An Introduction to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

In December 2009, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) was founded with faculty members from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, which was originally established in 1993 by Dr. Naiben Min, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Selected by Nanjing University as a test bed to pioneer the university’s internationalization initiative, CEAS is taking a systematic approach in its efforts toward building a world-class college. Internationalization is being implemented in every facet of the college (education, research, administration, faculty recruiting/assessment, and infrastructure), and virtually every member of the college (administrators, faculty, staff, students) is participating.

CEAS has assembled an administrative team consisting of both world-renowned scholars from developed countries and China. CEAS focuses on four cutting-edge engineering disciplines and national strategic priorities, with each focus area corresponding to an academic department, namely materials engineering, optical engineering, biomedical engineering, and energy engineering.  Selected interdisciplinary centers are also being established to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration, translation, and commercialization.  A new tenure-track system is being implemented for faculty recruiting, evaluation and promotion. During recent years, nearly 30 junior faculty members have been recruited from the US, UK, Europe, and Japan into the tenure-track system, primarily through the prestigious “National Thousand Global Young Talents” program. The curriculum of each department of CEAS offers a wide selection of courses taught by world-class faculty scholars. The medium of instruction for many courses (target percentage: 50%-80% in five years) is being converted to English. High quality course work is also combined with extracurricular activities, many of which are international such as an international summer camp of engineering design in collaboration with the Ohio State University. Faculty members of the CEAS conduct cutting-edge research, and regularly publish in high profile scholarly journals such as Science, Nature series journals, Physical Review Letters, JACS, Angewandte Chemie, and Nano Letters). International research collaborations are beginning to form via joint research projects and international research laboratories. Finally, a new 60,000 m2 world-class building for research and education is currently under construction to house the academic departments and research centers, embodying CEAS’s global vision and forward-looking plan.

CEAS is now poised to become a world-class college in the near future. With generous support and help from our friends in China and abroad, the CEAS at the historic city of Nanjing will produce not only world-class knowledge and technologies, but nurture students and scholars with global view and competence who can meet the major challenges and opportunities posed by an increasingly globalized society as well. It’s believed that the CEAS will play leadership roles in shaping the future of China and the rest of the world.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a scientific discipline integrating fundamental material knowledge, engineering principle and manufacture process to create new materials, microscopic devices and systems for improving human life. Our mission is to achieve breakthroughs in material science and engineering for cutting-edge technologies, including informatics, energy storage and converting as well as precision medicine.

Since founded in 1993, the MSE department has distinguished itself through faculty leadership in national research communities and close partnerships with industry and the government. In the recent three years, more than 80 research projects (about 190 million RMB) have been granted from national funding bodies, including 9 from State Key Program for Basic Research of China, 3 from National 863 Projects. We have published more than 500 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. 40 Chinese patents and 3 international patents have been granted with 65 more patents pending.

The department offers BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering. Among them, materials physics and chemistry have been listed among the National Key Subjects. The department is dedicated to develop the next-generation leaders in materials science and engineering, to discover and apply material breakthroughs for improving human life. We try our best to make the department one of the most important international bases for research and education on advanced functional materials, which also provides essential technique supports for national material research.

Scientific Research

Research interests include: artificial band-gap materials and devices, thin films and devices for next-generation memories and processors, materials for renewable energy, precise materials synthesis and fabrication, advanced materials characterizations, and materials design and materials genomics.

Research Centers:

Laboratory of Intelligent Materials and Functional Integrations

Center for Quantum Materials and Microstructures

Nanjing University Materials Engineering Institute (Nantong)

Nanjing University-Suqian Joint Laboratory on Advance Materials

Nanjing University –Hai’an Advanced Technology Institute


Currently the MSE department enrolls about 80 BS, 75 MS and 25 Ph.D. students every year.

Department of Quantum Electronics and Optical Engineering


Established in 2010, the Department of Quantum Electronics and Optical Engineering now has 15 professors, 8 associate professors, 1 lecturer, and 2 senior engineers. Among them, there are 1 member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1 member of the “One-thousand Talents Plan”, 3 OSA Fellows, 6 members of the “Youth One-thousand Talents Plan” and 1 Changjiang Scholar with distinguished professorship. Research directions of the department cover a wide range of areas, including (but not limited to) quantum information, all-solid-state lasers, optical sensors and communications, micro/nano-photonics, bio-photonics, photovoltaic solar cell, and so on.

Scientific Research

Research interests include: quantum information, all-solid-state lasers, optical sensors and communications, micro/nano-photonics, photovoltaic solar cell, and bio-photonics.

Research Centers:

Jiangsu research center for optical communication system and network engineering 

Research center for laser and photonics engineering technology

International research center for quantum information and photonics technology (Preparing)

Research center for microwave photonics technology


Undergraduate program

The undergraduate of optoelectronic information science and engineering leading to a Bachelor Degree of Engineering has an innovative curriculum integrating physics, materials, electronics as well as modern optical science and technology courses. Our training program introduces students to front-line research topics in a modular fashion, allowing for a highly personalized course schedule that fits students’ personal interests.  

Graduate program

Our postgraduate education programs in optical engineering include a Master of Engineering program and a Doctor of Philosophy program. The graduate students are trained in a leading research infrastructure, supervised by top engineers and scientists.

Department of Biomedical Engineering


Biomedical Engineering (BME) integrates engineering principles and biomedical knowledge to solve biomedical problems and develop innovative technologies for diseases diagnosis, treatment and prevention, thus improving the quality of human life. The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Nanjing University was established in October 2011. During the last 5 years, the department has grown rapidly, both in the number of people and the amount of research funding. It has made significant progress in undergraduate/graduate education, fundamental research, as well as clinical translation.

Scientific Research:

Major areas of research include (1) biomaterials, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, (2) molecular design and engineering, (3) nanomaterials and nanomedicine, (4) biomedical imaging, biosensors, and minimally invasive medical technologies, (5) synthetic and computational biology.

Research centers:

Nanjing University Center for Aerosol Bio-effects and Human Health.

Translational Center for Biomedical Technology.

Engineering Research Center for Minimally Invasive Interventional Medical Devices and Materials.


Undergraduate program

The BME undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor Degree of Engineering has a curriculum integrating mathematics, physics, chemistry as well as life science and basic medicine courses. The program introduces students to advanced research in a modular fashion for a training that is personalized to the individual student.

Graduate program

Students in the BME graduate program are supervised by leading engineers and scientists in a top-notch research university. This three-year program leads to a Master of Engineering Degree.

Department of Energy Science and Engineering


The department of Energy Science and Engineering (DESE), established in July 2012, is aimed for developing a multidisciplinary research on science and engineering for the applications in new energy. At present, there are several research fields in DESE: (1) Advanced Secondary Battery Technology; (2) Clusters and Micro-Nano Energy Devices; (3) Solar Utilization Technology; (4) Transformation and Utilization of Thermal Energy; (5) Solar Hydrogen Production; (6) Technology of Fuel Cell; (7) Utilization of Biomass Energy and Nuclear Energy. DESE combines several disciplines that are traditionally strong in Nanjing University, including materials and microelectronics, physics, and chemistry. The department forecasts to become a priority discipline at NJU, one of the most important bases for talents training and R&D in the field of energy, generalizing especially advanced secondary battery technology and new energy in China and promoting China’s advances in these fields internationally.

There are 8 professors, 4 associate professors in this department. From 2012 till now, DESE has been supported by the Chinese government (National Basic Research Program of China “973”, National High Technology Research and Development of China “863”, Natural Science Foundation of China “NSFC”Natural Science Key Foundation of Jiangsu Province, and Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province and Enterprise Projects).

Scientific Research

Research interests include: advanced secondary battery technology, clusters and micro-nano energy devices, solar utilization technology, transformation and utilization of thermal energy, solar hydrogen production, technology of fuel cell, utilization of biomass energy and nuclear energy.

Research centers

Center for Energy Storage Materials and Technologies

Ecomaterials and Renewable Energy Research Center

Photovoltaics Technology Research Center

Institute of Energy Science


Undergraduate program

Our undergraduate education combines broad exposure in sciences and humanities, technical education in fundamental principles of energy science and engineering, and hands-on training using real-world examples.

Graduate program

The ESE graduate program leads to a Master or Ph.D. Degree of Engineering in 3 years.

Contact us:

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Nanjing University

Address: Room 916, Science Building, 22 Hankou Road, Nanjing, 210093

Tel: +86-25-83594648



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