A number of international joint research platforms have been set up in cooperation with world-class universities and research institutions. It is formed that the University’s International Joint Research Centers focus on the national and provincial level and are added by University Level Joint Laboratories. Based on these platforms, HUST has conducted sustained collaborative research and achieved significant research results.
International Joint Research Laboratory of Magnetic Confinement Fusion and Plasma Physics（IFPP）
IFPP is established due to the demand of ITER and future energy. The purpose is to carry out basic research related to nuclear fusion energy and cultivate versatile talents in Fusion energy research and development.
IFPP has the J-TEXT tokamak facility which is jointly built up by University of Texas at Austin and HUST. This facility is the only medium-sized tokamak among Chinese universities, and also the main research platform relying on HUST for “research center of magnetic confinement fusion, Ministry of Education”.
IFPP conducts related research and personnel training in the fields of fusion engineering technology fusion, plasma physics and nuclear science and technology. It also undertakes 32projects, like the national Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Program projects, "973" plan, the State Natural science fund, all together over 150 million Yuan.
IFPP has published over 100 SCI papers in Physics Review Letters, Nuclear Fusion and other international high-level journals, and has invited talks in several top-level international fusion meetings. IFPP carries out domestic and international academic exchange activities, and has established close cooperative relationships with famous institutes at home and abroad, such as the Fusion Research Center in University of Texas at Austin, National Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, General Atomics, Southwestern Institute of Physics, and Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Plasma Physics, University of Science and Technology. It has formed a cooperation and exchange mechanism like well-known regular scholar visits, outstanding graduate student assignments and joint training.
International Research Center for Sensory Biology and Technology
The International Research Center for Sensory Biology and Technology was approved by the National Ministry of Science and Technology in 2017, which is based on the research groups in the college of life science and technology and the Key Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics of Ministry of Education. Its main research interests focus on understanding the fundamental sensory processes of different environmental signals such as light, temperature, chemical or mechanical stimuli, which are essential for our ability to interact with the world around us. Then combined with the discovery of new sensory receptors, signaling transduction and modulation mechanism, the center aimed to develop new technologies for diagnosis or new strategies for diseases treatment to improve the health of life, especially targeting to cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, cancer, cancer.
The Center brings together more than 60 scientists working multiple majors, including biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, biomedicine, bioinformatics, structure biology, neuroscience et.al. It has published many papers with high impact in the field, including papers published in Nature, Science, Cell, Nature genetics and Nature materials. Meanwhile, the center undertakes more than 200 projects, like the key program of Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), all together over 100 million Yuan.
As an international center, it also carries out domestic and international academic exchange activities, and has established close cooperative relationships with many institutes, such as Universite Paris-Sud (France), Evry University (France), Institute of Functional Genomics in CNRS (France), Yonsei University (Korea), Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Korea), Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia), Rice University (USA), University of Waterloo (Canada).
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