Established in 2001 by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry in Jilin University (the Lab) aims to advance an integral understanding of the synthetic chemistry of inorganic materials. The Lab had its start in 1993 as the Key Laboratory of Hydrothermal Synthetic Chemistry by the Ministry of Education. It assumed its present name under the leadership of the founding Director Professor Ruren Xu, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), who has built a unique culture in conducting rigorous first-class research within the Lab. This tradition has been well kept by the leaders following his steps, namely, Professor Shouhua Feng (an academician of the CAS) as the second Director, Professor Qisheng Huo as the third Director, and Professor Guangshe Li as the fourth Director. The Academic Committee of the Lab has been chaired by Prof. Hongjie Zhang (an academician of the CAS) since 2015. The Lab has identified three strategic research directions, namely (1) condensed matter chemistry, (2) atomic and molecular devices and (3) molecular engineering, closely aligned with national level initiatives in building China’s core technologies.

Prof. Ruren XuChinese Academy of Sciences
Prof. Ruren Xu

Prof. Shouhua FengChinese Academy of Sciences
Prof. Shouhua Feng

Prof. Jihong YuChinese Academy of Sciences
Prof. Jihong Yu

Prof. Guangshe LiCurrent Director
Prof. Guangshe Li

Prof. Hongjie ZhangChair of Academic Committee
Prof. Hongjie Zhang

Scientists in the Lab pursue individual research interests around the strategic directions. The Lab has established its national and international reputation through its remarkable achievements in areas of molecular engineering, hydrothermal and solvothermal synthesis, microporous materials and crystals engineering, low-dimensional phosphates, strongly correlated materials, host-guest chemistry and new catalysts. These achievements have been recognized with numerous prestigious awards, including three 2nd prizes and two 3rd prizes of the National Natural Science Award, Innovative Research Team by the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2001, and the Golden Bull Award by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2004.
The innovative research and the awards well reflect the Lab’s commitments to pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge and achieving scientific excellence with broad impacts. It is well funded by the top-priority funding and through the support of the “211 Project” and the “985 Project” by the central government. The Lab has established a robust infrastructure for boosting, promoting and fostering nationwide as well as worldwide collaborative research. It will continue to advance the science in inorganic synthesis and preparative chemistry, and to build a vigorous and world-class research team.

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