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The Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (TIPC-CAS) was founded in Beijing in June 1999 on the basis of the former Institute of Photographic Chemistry, the former Cryogenic Laboratory, as well as some relevant departments from Beijing Research and Development Center of Artificial Crystals and from the Institute of Chemistry of CAS. The institute's motto is "Self-reliance, Pragmatism, Harmony, Innovation".
TIPC focuses on interdisciplinary fields in physics, chemistry and engineering technology. As a national institute, TIPC dedicates to high-tech innovation and technology transfer to serve for the national economy and development of society. On one hand, the institute has been strengthening its fundamental research in the cutting edge technologies to further develop its innovation capability. On the other hand, great efforts have been made to promote the combination of scientific research and industry.
The core research fields of TIPC include the optical functional materials and devices, the functional crystals and laser technology, the new technologies of cryogenic engineering, the photochemistry researches, the biomimetic smart interfacial materials, the bio-based materials, the medical technical equipment and the degradable plastic materials.
TIPC has been responsible for a number of important research projects. Many research achievements with great strategic significance have been achieved since the institute's foundation, e.g.: a deep ultraviolet (DUV) solid-state laser device has made China the first country mastering the technology; Large-scale Liquid helium refrigeration system and deep sea buoyancy materials were firstly developed with domestic technology. The laser-display technology and the bioenzyme gelatin realized the industrialization purpose, powering economic growth and sustainable development. A series of new advancements of practical technologies, such as liquid metals, biomedical materials have been applied in cancer treatment, high performance electronic ink, and flexible robot sensing and control system.
Up to date, TIPC has set up 1 national key laboratory, 1 national engineering research center, 4 CAS key laboratories and many other laboratories research centers and research groups. The institute has been authorized both the Master's programs and the Ph.D. programs, as well as the post-doctoral positions. Aiming at the innovative undergraduate education, TIPC proposed to establish the School of Future Technology at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences as the initiator. The school focus on the teaching quality in the fields of future advanced technology, such as brain science and intelligent technology, photon and quantum chip technology, genome health technology, liquid metal materials science and technology and biomimetic interfacial materials. TIPC has a total of 510 staffs, among whom there are 5 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 2 Fellows of the Third World Academy of Sciences, 2 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1 foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering, 86 research professors, and 149 associate research professors. There are also over 500 graduate students doing their coursework and research work at the institute.
TIPC has published amount of high quality papers since the institute was established. There are more than 4000 papers in total, including 2 Nature, 1 Nature Materials, 20 Nature Communications, 7 Science Advances, 100 Advanced Materials, 63 Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 63 Journal of the American Chemical Society, 112 Applied Physics Letters, 8 Physical Review Letters, 4 Chemical Reviews, 10 Chemical Society Reviews (as the first or co-authors).
As a scientific institute, TIPC always uphold the notion of opening-up and is active in the international cooperation and exchanges. Long-term partnership has been established with major S&T institutions worldwide from the USA, Germany, France, Russia, Japan, etc. The institute has played important roles with other key international scientific organizations and participates in the international mega-science programs such as ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) and TMT (Thirty Meters Telescope program). On average, TIPC researchers make more than 200 trips abroad for academic exchange annually and 50 foreign scientists from dozens of countries or regions visit TIPC each year. By 2017, more than 20 international academic conferences have been organized by the institute; several scientists from the institute have taken executive positions in international science organizations.
TIPC's affiliates include the Chinese Society of Photographic Science and Engineering, the Committee of Photochemistry of the Chinese Chemical Society, the Committee of Photochemistry of the Chinese Solar Energy Society, the Cryogenics Division of the Chinese Association of Refrigeration, and the Division of Cryogenic Physics of the Chinese Physical Society. The Institute publishes the journal of Imaging Science and Photochemistry.