As said by Benjamin Franklin, an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. The Institute of Graphene, Shaanxi University of Technology was established in December 2016, which launches a new chapter in the development and utilization of natural resources in the Qinling-Bashan area.
The Institute of Graphene is located in the Chinese historical and cultural city—Hanzhong, which lies between Qinling and Bashan and is along the beautiful Hanjiang River. With pleasant summer and mild winter, as well as humid climate and evergreen woodlands, Hanzhong is especially amiable and expedient for living. It has long history and rich culture heritage, with a number of ancient sites dated back to Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and Three Kingdoms (184-220 AD). Hanzhong also features rich natural and mineral resources, including huge underground reserve of graphite mines.
The newly established Institute currently has 16 researchers, including 2 professors, 7 associate professors, 16 junior scholars, and 2 overseas returnees. In the past two years, they received 6 national grants, 15 patents, and over 50 publications, and also involved in some 30 academic exchanges nationally and internationally. The mission of the Institute is to develop methodologies of graphene materials for fundamental research and practical applications, with focus on graphene preparation and characterizations, graphene device and applications, as well as collaborations with local graphene-related industries and government-funded initiatives.
Graphene as the most promising carbon material will likely bring a magnificent change in future material science and applications. The researchers here are dedicated, meticulous, committed to this emerging new direction at the Institute. With our effort, we hope to ultimately contribute to promoting R&D in China's graphene development.
The development of graphene in China has been greatly supported by the state and local governments at all levels, and the preparation and application of graphene industry have made great progress. The National Natural Science Foundation of China has strong support to graphene related projects, with graphene materials listed as an innovative material for high-tech development.
We encourage the researchers work toward the national strategic demand and new carbon material science frontier, and build the Institute into a graphene research base and an education base for graphene material science. We wish the Institute and the research team all the success!