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 January 2017 - 31 December 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 January 2017 - 31 December 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.

161 75.93 75.93

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 16 3.93 3.93
Chemistry 127 73.05 73.05
Life Sciences 32 2.50 2.50
Earth & Environmental Sciences 1 0.03 0.03

Highlight of the month

Pores for thought in cancer diagnosis

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Cancer diagnosis could be quick, easy and portable thanks to DNA-filled nanopores. 

Fast, cheap and early diagnosis is a major goal in cancer research. One approach uses membranes with nanometre-sized pores that pick up molecules released by the tumour. Big molecules, however, such as proteins and enzymes, can block the nanopores. 

A team including researchers from the East China University of Science and Technology made a nanopore membrane containing fragments of DNA designed to attract PSA, a common molecular marker of prostate cancer, and added a filter to prevent other molecules reaching the membrane. They applied an electric current to the membrane, which was blocked when a PSA molecule entered a pore, causing a blip in the signal. The membrane could detect minuscule concentrations of PSA in blood samples within 30 minutes. 

These membranes could be used in portable devices for on-the-spot testing for cancer, increasing the chance of early diagnosis.

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  1. Chemical Communications 53, 11564-11567 (2017) doi: 10.1039/C7CC06775E

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 67.68% Domestic
  • 32.32% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (92 total)

  • East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China
  • Domestic institution
  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China (32.60)
  2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China (6.25)
  3. People's Liberation Army (PLA), China (5.30)
  4. Changzhou University (CZU), China (4)
  5. Fudan University, China (3.70)
  6. University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China (3.20)
  7. Nankai University (NKU), China (2.72)
  8. Shihezi University (SHZU), China (2.58)
  9. Tsinghua University (TH), China (2.58)
  10. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China (2.53)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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