College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CCCEMS) consists of three schools: School of Chemistry, School of Materials Science and Engineering, and School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, renowned for its high quality of education and research, and caliber of graduates.
CCCEMS was formed by the original School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering grew out of the Chemistry Department of Soochow University, which was founded in 1914 and was one of the earliest chemistry departments in China. The founders, Professor N. Gist Gee and Dr. E. V. Jones, both graduating from Vanderbilt University in the United States, were the first science teacher and the first chemistry teacher of Soochow University. In 1917, the First Master Degree of Chemistry in China was proudly issued by Soochow University.
Education and Career
CCCEMS has over 1,000 postgraduate and nearly 1,500 undergraduate students in 10 different majors, including chemistry, applied chemistry, inorganic non-metallic materials engineering, polymer science and engineering, functional materials, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, etc. Recent graduates are working for government departments and large industrial corporations, which rely on the firm foundation of technical problem-solving skills developed during their time at CCCEMS.
CCCEMS is research intensive in a variety of fields and works collaboratively across areas. There are around 250 faculty staff in the College, many of whom are acknowledged leaders in their research fields. In the College, there are 2 academicians, more than 25 national-level talents and 50 provincial-level talents. CCCEMS has a range of national and provincial-level research centers, such as the National Center for International Research on Intelligent Nano-Materials and Detection Technologies in Environmental Protection, National Engineering Laboratory of New Functional Polymer Materials, Advanced Polymer Materials Design and Application, etc. In the past five years, more than 70 projects on average are undertaken for more than US$7 million funded by the government and industries. Besides, in the recent three years, a total number of over 1000 SCI papers are published and 95 patents on average are issued each year. Noticeably, both disciplines of Chemistry and Materials Science of the College are listed top 1‰ around the world according to the latest Essential Science Indicators. Besides, the rankings of the above-mentioned two disciplines have improved to Top 400 based on the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject. The latest Nature Index indicates that the discipline of Chemistry ranks Top 9 in China, and Soochow University is the only non-985 university in Top 20.
CCCEMS runs joint-degree programs, including 3+2 for Bachelor/Master and 2+2 for Ph.D. programs. More than 70 students have continued their study via the programs with National University of Singapore, the University of Akron, the University of Waterloo, Wayne State University and so on.