ShanghaiTech University
上海科技大学

China

Tackling China’s Challenges through Science and Technology

A newly established university, ShanghaiTech University offers a stimulating environment for pursuing studies and impactful research

Officially opened on September 30th 2013, ShanghaiTech University is a research university jointly established by the Shanghai Municipal Government and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Addressing pressing challenges

ShanghaiTech is dedicated to be a research university of academic excellence and a dynamic people centered hub where innovative research, education, and community service meet to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and to solving global challenges.

Located in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, ShanghaiTech is close to various industries and venture companies. It is also near several large science facilities, including the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the National Facility of Protein Science in Shanghai, the National Drug Screening Platform and the Shanghai Center for Microsatellites. Over 700,000 square meters in area, its campus was designed to be faculty and student oriented and to facilitate interaction and integration.

Focusing on science and technology, ShanghaiTech University consists of four schools — the School of Physical Science and Technology (SPST), the School of Information Science and Technology (SIST), the School of Life Science and Technology (SLST), the School of Entrepreneurship and Management (SEM) — and two research institutes — the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies (SIAIS) and the iHuman Institute. The fifth School, School of Creative Arts, is under planning.

Investing in people

The university is forming a top-tier faculty of 1,000 professors, including 500 tenured or tenure-track faculty (recruited globally) and 500 distinguished professors-in-residence from CAS or other prestigious universities or institutes. The current faculty (405 by April 2017) include three Nobel laureates, six National Academy of Sciences (USA) members, two Royal Society (UK) fellows, twenty-six CAS members and three Chinese Academy of Engineering members.

ShanghaiTech offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It will eventually have 2,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students (including 3,000 PhD candidates). The first cohort of 296 graduate students was admitted in September 2013, followed by first cohort of 207 undergraduate students from 9 provinces in China in 2014. Currently there are 849 undergraduate students and 1272 graduate students on campus (by April 2017).

ShanghaiTech aims to nurture future leading scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs. At ShanghaiTech, residential colleges work closely with schools to foster students’ moral integrity, academic capabilities and innovative spirit. Students are encouraged to investigate the challenges China faces, to explore cutting-edge research areas and high-tech industries, and to implement their innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

Advancing research through collaboration

By encouraging an interdisciplinary approach and the integration of university and national research facilities, the university aims to form a complete innovation value chain, which will drive industrial development through the advancement of science.

Of the first four large-scale science facilities initiated by the Zhangjiang Comprehensive National Science Center, ShanghaiTech is playing a very important role in the Free Electron Laser Facility, the Live Cell Imagining Facility and the Ultra-Intense and Ultrashort Pulse Laser Facility.

ShanghaiTech is actively engaged in the globalization of education. It has extensive collaborations with University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago, MIT, Yale University, Harvard University, and the University of Padova. To break down barriers between research and industry, ShanghaiTech collaborates closely with domestic and international high-tech companies in joint research and development and student training.

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1 June 2017 - 31 May 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for ShanghaiTech University published between 1 June 2017 - 31 May 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

AC FC
121 24.85

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 55 16.17
Physical Sciences 40 9.08
Life Sciences 48 5.03

Highlight of the month

Crystal lattices go viral

© Hao Jiang/Moment/Getty

© Hao Jiang/Moment/Getty

Surface-tunable non-spherical viral proteins that yield different shaped crystals could expand the production of nanomaterials, according to a study published in ACS Nano.

Crystals assembled from biomolecules, such as DNA and proteins, are set to transform numerous fields, including biomaterials, optics, catalysis, and electronics, because of the inherent physicochemical and structural characteristics of their nano-sized building blocks. However, difficulty in arranging and orienting non-spherical units into extensive well-ordered networks have limited the fabrication of protein crystals to assemblies of spherical building blocks.

A ShanghaiTech University-lead team has now generated crystals using the rod-shaped protein shell that protects the DNA of the tobacco mosaic virus. The researchers modified the outer surfaces of the viral protein by site-specific mutations using amino acids, which allowed them to tailor the resulting crystals. Specifically, when they decorated the proteins with the sulfur-bearing amino acid cysteine, they obtained structures in which adjacent building blocks were held by sulfur–sulfur bonds, whereas the nitrogen-containing histidine gave rise to a hexagonal arrangement in the presence of zinc ions. This can widen the scope of functional supramolecular materials.


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  1. ACS Nano 12, 1673–1679 (2018). doi: 10.1021/acsnano.7b08316

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1 June 2017 - 31 May 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 64.98% Domestic
  • 35.02% International

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

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

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