The Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC) was established in 1948 as the Northeast Industrial Institute and took its current name in 1978.
Over the past 70 years, the institute has made significant contributions to scientific discovery, national defense and economic development. CIAC produced China’s first synthetic rubber in 1950 and subsequently developed its own butadiene rubber technology, which is the basis for producing 400,000 tons of rubber in China annually. In 1997, CIAC started a company to commercialize heat-shrinkable materials that are based on proprietary technology derived from the institute’s radiation polymer chemistry expertise. Since 1958, CIAC has also formulated various propellants for rockets used by the armed forces. In addition, each of the country’s three major rare earth production sites has a 10,000-ton production facility based on CIAC technology.
CIAC is a multidisciplinary chemistry institute, comprising 12 laboratories and units that conduct basic and applied research and high-tech innovation in polymer sciences, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry. Currently, CIAC’s research focuses on resources and the environment; advanced materials; and new and renewable resources of energy. The strategic goal of CIAC is to become a first-class comprehensive chemical institute and an innovation center in the fields of polymer and rare earth materials while achieving worldwide recognition.
At the end of 2017, CIAC had 895employees, including 492 scientists, of whom 140 are full professors. CIAC is proud to include seven members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and four members of The World Academy Sciences on its staff. CIAC has recruited 38 scholars through the CAS Hundred Talent Program and eleven through the National Thousand Talent Program. Twenty-three of its scientists are supported by the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars.
CIAC was one of the first Chinese institutions authorized to confer master’s and doctoral degrees. It offers graduate programs in inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, and physics and applied chemistry. The institute currently has 460 Ph.D. students and 362 master’s students. CIAC also has postdoctoral programs in polymer chemistry and physics, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and organic chemistry.
On behalf of the Chinese Chemical Society, CIAC publishes the Journal of Analytical Chemistry, the Journal of Applied Chemistry and Chemistry Communication. The former two are listed among China’s core scientific periodicals.
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