SU 'Materials Science' Enters the Top 10 in Mainland China


According to the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database released on May 10, 2019, the ‘Materials Science’ discipline of Soochow University (SU) now rose to No. 39 in the world and No. 9 in mainland China.

The global rankings of SU ‘Materials Science’ have moved up dramatically in the past decade. This rise started with the founding of our institute, the Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), which opened a new chapter in the development of Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, Electronics, Biology, Medicine, and corresponding interdisciplines of SU.

FUNSOM is led by its founding director, Prof. Shuit-Tong Lee, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). At present there are 41 principal investigators conducting cutting-edge research in nano-science and technology, including nano-optoelectronics, nano-energy, nano-biotechnology, and nanoscale interface sciences. To date FUNSOM has received over 650M RMB ($94M) in competitive national funding from NSFC, MOST and other national agencies. According to 2018 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics, 5 professors from SU are named in the field of ‘Materials Science’, including 3 professors and 1 former Ph.D. student from FUNSOM.


Introduction to ESI (quoted from

Essential Science Indicators is a compilation of science performance statistics and science trends data based on journal article publication counts and citation data from Thomson Scientific databases. It analyzes approximately 12,000 scientific and technology journals. The Essential Science Indicators database reveals emerging science trends as well as influential individuals, institutions, papers, journals, and countries in your field of research. With science trend statistics drawn from more than 12 million articles in more than 12,000 journals from around the world, Essential Science Indicators delivers the in-depth coverage you need to effectively analyze and benchmark research performance, identify significant trends, rank top performers, and evaluate potential employees and collaborators. Built on the foundation of Web of Science, Essential Science Indicators uses the most thorough, accurate, and objective information available.


  Editor: Danting Xiang, Wenchang Zhu


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