East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST)


East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) is a prominent research-oriented university and is China’s first higher education institution specialized in chemistry and chemical engineering.

The history of ECUST can be dated back to Nanyang Public School (1896) and Université d’Aurora (1903). The university was officially founded in 1952 as East China Institute of Chemical Technology by merging chemical engineering or chemistry departments from Jiaotong University, Université d’Aurora, Utopia University, Soochow University and Jiangnan University. Under the direct governance of the Chinese Ministry of Education, it is now a multi-disciplinary university featuring a wide range of programs covering science, engineering, social sciences and humanities. The university currently encompasses 15 academic schools, including School of Chemical Engineering, School of Biotechnology, School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, School of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Information Science and Engineering, School of Mechanical and Power Engineering, School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, School of Pharmacy, School of Science, School of Business, School of Social and Public Administration, School of Art Design and Media, School of Foreign Languages, School of Law, and School of Sports Science and Engineering.

Following the values of “Diligence, Truthfulness, Aspiration and Virtue”, ECUST is always committed to developing a united and pioneering spirit and providing an academic environment full of intellectual stimulation and technological innovation. Located in Shanghai, an emerging metropolis of the world, ECUST has 3 campuses, covering more than 1.7 million square meters. The university’s 1,853 faculty body includes 2 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 3 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 20 chair professors of Cheung Kong Scholars Program, 5 scientists of the national Recruitment Program of Global Experts (also known as the Thousand Talents Plan), 18 recipients of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China, 15 recipients of the National Science Fund for Excellent Youth Scholars of China, 4 scientists of the Recruitment Program for Young Professionals under the national Thousand Talents Plan, 8 chief scientists of the National Program on Key Basic Research Project (973 Program), and 2 awardees of the National Teaching Celebrity. Among the university’s 25,636 students, approximately 1,300 are international students.

As one of China’s rapidly growing universities, ECUST enjoys a remarkable growth in global reputation in the past five years. The 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy ranked ECUST among the global 391th, and the Reuter’s listed the university as the 45th most innovative university in Asia. ECUST also has four disciplines, including materials science, engineering, biochemistry and biology, and pharmacology and toxicology ranked among the global top 1% by the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) subject ranking, and specifically, its chemistry program is ranked among the global top 1‰. According to 2016 Nature Index data, ECUST is the world’s top 34th academic institution in chemistry (based on weighted fractional count from January to December 2016).

ECUST values international engagements and has partnered with prestigious institutions worldwide. Exposed to the most cutting-edge academic and scientific programs, the university’s faculty and students are able to harness greater expertise and gain a broader view.

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1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) published between 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

158 72.10 72.10

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 121 69.14 69.14
Physical Sciences 15 4.55 4.55
Life Sciences 35 2.85 2.85

Highlight of the month: East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST)

In the loop on cancer treatment

© ANDRZEJ WOJCICKI/Science Photo Library/Getty

© ANDRZEJ WOJCICKI/Science Photo Library/Getty

A new therapeutic system combines gold particles and RNA to detect and selectively destroy cancer cells.

The system, developed by a team at the East China University of Science and Technology, targets short RNA molecules known as micro-RNAs which are misexpressed in many cancers. It uses gold nanoparticles that are small enough to easily enter cells. Each particle is attached to synthetic pieces of RNA that have trapped a fluorescent dye by folding in on themselves in loops.

When these RNA loops encounter the target microRNA, they unfold and release the dye. The unfolded synthetic RNAs then bind to each other, linking the gold nanoparticles together in a chain, which can then be heated with an infrared laser to selectively kill the cancerous cells containing the gold particle chains.

The team tested the system on mice and found that it killed tumour tissue and reduced tumour growth without adverse side effects.

Supported content

  1. Analytical Chemistry 88, 8640-8647 (2016). doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.6b01804

View the article on the Nature Index

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 65.27% Domestic
  • 34.73% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (106 total)

  • East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China
  • Domestic institution
  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China (34.34)
  2. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China (5.12)
  3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China (4.82)
  4. National Center for Drug Screening, China (4.28)
  5. People's Liberation Army (PLA), China (4.25)
  6. Fudan University, China (3.93)
  7. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China (2.57)
  8. Shihezi University (SHZU), China (2.50)
  9. ShanghaiTech University, China (2.27)
  10. Zhejiang University (ZJU), China (2.26)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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