The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering can be dated to 1958 when Department of Coking and Chemicals was established within Wuhan Iron and Steel Institute (the predecessor of WUST). Tao Zhu, one of the founders of the Department was a renowned figure in coal chemical industry in China. Through 60 years of development, the School has trained large numbers of leading professionals in coking and chemical industries and has become an important institution for chemical education and academic research in Central China.
The School currently has 110 faculty members, including:
•27 associate professors
•one specially-appointed professor of the Chutian Scholars Program
•five appointees of the Chutian Young Scholars Program
•two recipients of Outstanding Achievement Award for Young and Middle-aged Experts of Hubei Province
•two recipients of Special Government Allowances of the State Council
•14 PhD supervisors
•57 postgraduate supervisors
Currently, there are 1386 students, including 1135 undergraduates and 251 postgraduate students and PhD candidates (including international students).
The School now consists of four departments: Chemical Engineering Department, Chemical Technology Department, Bioengineering Department and Chemistry Department. There are:
three undergraduate programs, namely Chemical Engineering and Technology, Bioengineering, and Applied Chemistry;
• one doctoral program and one post-doctoral research center for first-level discipline of Chemical Engineering and Technology;
•three postgraduate programs, among which Chemical Engineering and Technology has been listed as the advantageous discipline of Hubei Province and the key (special) discipline of Hubei Province and has been graded B (Top 20-30%) in the Fourth Round of National Assessment conduct by China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Center in 2016, a major contributor to the university’s Top 1% Ranking in Engineering in ESI (Essential Science Indicators).
The School has established Hubei Provincial Key Laboratory of Coal Conversion and New Carbon Materials, Hubei’s Teaching Demonstration Center for Basic Chemistry Experiment as well as three other research centers and five research institutes. In recent years, faculty members won one first prize, two second prizes and one third prize in Provincial Teaching Achievement Award; there have been a second prize of the National Award for Science and Technology Progress, two first prizes and two second prizes of the Provincial Award for Science and Technology Progress.
In the past five years, the School has launched 26 projects under National Research and Development Plan and National Natural Science Foundation of China, 30 projects under Hubei Province Science and Technology Innovation Program and Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province, and more than 60 projects with companies. The total research funding is about 40 million yuan.More than 600 research papers have been published in international and national journals, including nearly 300 articles listed in the three major academic indexes (more than 200 articles in SCI). And more than 10 academic monographs and textbooks have been published.
The School has established friendly and cooperative relations with universities and research institutions from countries including United States, Britain, Canada, France and Japan, as well as from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions.Each year, more than ten teachers and students are sent overseas to study in universities and scientific research institutions, developing a new pattern of international exchanges and cooperation.
Since its establishment, the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering has been developing constantly in the spirit of the university motto——be virtuous, learned and pragmatic, and has made remarkable progress in all fronts, higher education, discipline development, and academic research. And it remains committed to the goal of building a top-ranking discipline of chemistry in China.