2024 Spring School on Frontier and Interdisciplinary Sciences

 21st April to 26th April, 2024

The 2024 Spring School on Frontier and Interdisciplinary Sciences for International Students in IC-UCAS has held successfully from 21st April to 26th April, 2024 in the city of Dongguan, Guangdong Province. This activity has been organized by the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences(UCAS), co-organized by the Institute of Physics ("IP"), and hosted by Songshan Lake Materials Laboratory(hereinafter referred to as the "Songshan Lab".


Thirty-four excellent overseas students coming from eight countries and 15 training units gathered together at the city of Dongguan, together with 12 education management faculty. This spring school gathered high-level faculty from the Institute of Physics and Songshan Lab to lecture about cross-science courses in physics, materials science and engineering, chemical engineering and technology, as well as related advanced science and technology fields. Meanwhile the "National Panorama Learning Workshop"(the 4th session), open to the international and management teams of UCAS and its training units has been carried out simultaneously.


Part I. Opening Ceremony

On the morning of 22nd April, the opening ceremony of the 2024 Spring School has been held in the meeting room 204, which is located at the meeting centre of the Songshan Lake Materials Laboratory. The vice director of the Office, Guangyu Zhang, director assistant Gelan Cheng, and many teaching experts, representatives from the education management teams as well as the whole group of participating students showed up at the opening ceremony. The vice President of IC-UCAS, Professor Feng Chen hosted the ceremony.


Group photo of the opening ceremony

At the opening ceremony, the vice director of the Songshan Lab, researcher Guangyu Zhang has extended a warm welcome to the managing representatives and all participants from the training units of UCAS.He encouraged the participants to discuss the scientific research outcomes and and to share their most advanced thoughts or mindsets, with a sincere hope that they will further explore the scientific research field like climbing a high mountain, so as to make their own contribution to scientific and cultural exchanges internationally.


Speech delivered by Prof. GuangyuvZhang

Afterwards, Vice executive president Professor Chen from IC-UCAS expressed heart-felt thanks to the Institute of Physics and Songshan Lab for their thoughtful arrangements and neat organization. He also said that the management teams and overseas students are welcome to participate this kind of activity. He introduced the development and historical changes of the spring school, e.g. the learning workshop has carried on a very glorious mission that the year of 2024 marks the first decade of the Spring School since its first inauguration in 2014, showcasing the high expectation towards the full period of this activity.


Speech delivered by Prof. Feng Chen

At the opening ceremony of the learning workshop, Professor Shuangyun Zhou/Chou, the director of the Office of Graduate Students Affairs from the Institute of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, delivered the running flag to the Songshan Lake Materials Lab. The fourth session of the learning and training workshop has kicked off when the assistant director of the Lab took the flag from its predecessor.


Flag-given ceremony

Part II. Frontiers Lectures

The expert panel of the spring school is composed of senior scientists from the Institute of Physics and the Songshan Lake Lab, as well as a group of young scientists. Thanks to the high-level teaching resources, the academic lectures cover the following topics: Amorphous Alloy Coupling Metal materials, 2-D materials, Space Materials, Spintronic Quantum Materials, Environment and Energy High Polymer Materials, Biomedical materials, Advanced Steel and Iron Materials, Data-Driven Materials, etc., emphasizing the significance of cross-disciplinary academic exchanges.


On 22nd, April, researcher Wu Hao introduced the application of quantum materials in spintronic with the topic of “Quantum Materials for Spintronic Applications”. And researcher Wang Xin discussed the application of polymers in aqueous batteries, highlighted how to optimize the performance of batteries by tuning the interface and solvent structure, and showcased the integration between environmental science and study and physics, biology and chemistry, etc. 

4月22日,吴昊研究员以“Quantum Materials for Spintronic applications”为题,介绍了量子材料在自旋电子学的应用。王欣研究员的报告“Polymers in aqueous batteries: tuning of interface and solvent structure”探讨了聚合物在水系电池中的应用,着重介绍了如何通过调节界面和溶剂结构来优化电池性能,体现了环境科学研究与物理学、生物学和化学等学科的交叉融合特色。

Themed on “Material Wonderland in the Fridge”, researcher Shang Baoshuang introduced the qualities of material and its testing methods with a tricky way that lured the students to become interested in the seemingly difficult topic. The report “A brief introduction of integrated Silicon Photonics”, delivered by researcher Zhang Weiwei, also allowed students to learn about optical communications and sensor system, which combined photonics and Silicon integrated circuits and to have a close peer at the theory, application and development trend as well as related research progress of the topic.

4月23日,尚宝双特聘研究员以“Material Wonderland in the Fridge”为题目的报告,深入浅出地介绍了材料具备的各种性质和测试方法,引发了同学们的极大兴趣。张巍巍研究员的报告“A brief introduction of Integrated Silicon Photonics”介绍了光子学与硅集成电路相结合的光通信与传感系统,向学员们展示原理、应用、发展趋势以及相关研究进展。

On April 24, researcher Yuanchao Hu's presentation "The New Era of Materials Science Research" explained the role of advanced experimental and computational techniques in materials science research and the impact of interdisciplinary collaborations in advancing the field of materials science. While, in the fellow researcher Xian Lede’s presentation "Designing Twisted Two Dimensional Materials as Morie Quantum Simulators", the design and application of two-dimensional materials as quantum simulators were demonstrated clearly to the students.

4月24日,胡远超研究员的报告“The New Era of Materials Science Research”阐述了先进实验和计算技术在材料科学研究中的作用,以及跨学科合作对推动材料科学领域的影响。冼乐德研究员的报告“Designing Twisted Two Dimensional Materials as Morie Quantum Simulators”中,向学员们展示了二维材料作为量子模拟器的设计和应用。

On 25th April, researcher Zhang Guangyu’s presentation focused on the topic of "Two-Dimensional Semiconductors and Devices", he introduced the research progress on two-dimensional semiconductors and devices, and shared the exploration of novel materials, innovation in device design and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration.And after that, Dr. Liang Zhiyuan delivered a report entitled "Advanced high strength steels for automobile applications" to demonstrate the potential of advanced high strength steels in automotive design and manufacturing, and highlighting their importance in the automotive industry for the performance, efficiency and sustainability improvement.

4月25日,张广宇研究员带来了报告“Two-Dimensional Semiconductors and Devices”, 介绍了关于二维半导体和器件方面的研究进展,分享了新型材料的探索、器件设计的创新以及跨学科合作的重要性。梁志远研究员的报告“Advanced high strength steels for automobile applications” 展示了先进高强度钢材在汽车设计和制造中的应用潜力,突显了其在汽车行业中提升性能、效率和可持续性的重要性。

On April 26, Dr. Bo Zhang's presentation "Ultra-stable Ce-based Metallic Glass" provided an important insight into the research and applications of Ce-based metallic glasses, demonstrating their potential value and prospects for development in materials science and engineering. And in researcher Zhang Ye's presentation "Engineering Biomaterials to Regulate Integrin Spatial Distribution", the students can learn about how biomaterials engineering can affect cellular behavior by regulating the spatial distribution of integrins, and learn about how to apply the design and application of materials in the biomedical field.

4月26日,张博研究员的报告“Ultrastable Ce-based Metallic Glass”,在Ce基金属玻璃的研究和应用提供了重要见解,展示了Ce基金属玻璃在材料科学和工程中的潜在价值和发展前景。张晔研究员的报告“Engineering Biomaterials to Regulate Integrin Spatial Distribution” 阐述了生物材料工程如何通过调控整合素的空间分布来影响细胞行为,提供了从生物医学领域的材料设计和应用的新思路。

Photos taken at the lectures

Part III. On-site Observing and Learning

This Spring School has also arranged an on-site learning at China Spallation Neutron Source(CSNS), Songshan Lake Materials Laboratory and Dongguan Haili Chemical Materials Ltd for the participants. This activity enabled the education management faculty and students to learn about the CSNS that the world's fourth and China's first pulse-type spallation neutron source is a large platform for international frontiers basic research and national development strategy as well as cross-disciplinary studies. They have fully experienced the sci-tech innovation atmosphere and the huge potential in multi disciplines, learned about the “Three Quality(sanpin) Theory” and its aim to become a base for new materials R&D in southern China with global influence. The business mode which combines proxy sales and self research and development of HaiLi company also has left a deep impression on them. This short trip not only provided the participants a great opportunity to learn about the innovation and development in the research and production of materials science, and also inspired the students to think about/ponder over the future development of sci-tech development and industry applications.

本次春季学校安排了对于中国散裂中子源(China Spallation Neutron Source, CSNS)、松山湖材料实验室和东莞海丽化学材料有限公司的实地实习。通过实习,教育干部和学员们感受到CSNS作为我国首台、世界第四台脉冲型散裂中子源,是国际前沿基础研究和国家发展战略领域多学科交叉研究的大型平台,感受到科研创新氛围以及在多学科交叉研究领域的巨大潜力,了解到松山湖材料实验室特色的“三品论”,和致力于成为国际影响力的新材料研发南方基地的建设目标,对海丽集团的代理销售与自主研发生产相结合的商业模式留下深刻印象。通过了解材料科学研究以及材料生产等领域的创新和发展,同时激发了学员们对未来科技发展和产业应用的思考和启示。  

On-site learning group photos

Part IV. National Panoroma Education Class

On April 25th, 2024, the trainees came to Humen Sea Battle Museum to pay a visit. The Museum is an important witness to the development of China in the contemporary era(1840-1949), and it is also a witness to the striving process of the nation of People's Republic of China, as well as Chinese people's spirits of resilience against foreign invasion. This journey not only expands the horizon of the trainees, but also helped them further understand and learn about Chinese culture and traditions. The students stated, that through this visit, they will cherish the valuable experience and opportunity provided by UCAS to respect Chinese history and pay high attribute to its glorious achievements. They have also deeply knew about the significance of the mutual cultural exchanges and communications, as well as mutual learning between civilizations.


Visiting the Humen Sea Battle Museum

Part V. Closing Ceremony

On 26th, April, 2024, the closing ceremony of the Spring School has been held successfully at the Songshan Lake Materials Laboratory. As we have mentioned before, that this year marks the first decade of the series activity of the School with Characteristics organized and held by the International College of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. After its closure, a multi-cultural communication and friendship Gala was held, many of the students actively took part in the after-party and showed the teachers and their fellow students their cool talents, which embodies their cultural backgrounds, such as dancing and singing. The feast of their performance impressed almost everyone present and especially the quick Q&A session in terms of their national conditions, pushed the whole activity to a climax. Up to now, the 2024 Spring School has approached a full stop.


Closing Ceremony

This activity is jointly funded by the International College of UCAS, CAS-ANSO and the International Centre for Theoretical Physic Asia-Pacific, a category 2 centre under the auspices of the UNESCO.