College of Chemistry and Materials Science of South-Central University for Nationalities was founded in 1981, which was originally known as Department of Chemistry. After 20 years of development, College of Chemistry and Materials Science has made great progresses in the construction of academic disciplines in both science and technology for undergraduate and postgraduate education. Presently it has 6 undergraduate specialties, namely Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Technologies, Materials Chemistry, Polymer Materials and Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science, and recruits students in two major specialities－Chemistry and Environment.Applied Chemistry was honored as the “Brand Specialty” in Hubei province and “National Characteristic Specialty” in 2007. College of Chemistry and Materials Science was authorized to award the Master Degree of Chemistry in 2005 by the Degree Committee of the State Council. It recruits graduate students in chemistry and other chemical related disciplines including material, environment and biology etc. The college has a strong staff team of 89 people, among whom 58 are faculty members including 17 professors and 24 associate professors. Forty-five faculty members hold a Ph.D. degree and 6 professors are awarded “State Council Expert for Special Allowance”.
College of Chemistry and Materials Science currently possesses two key laboratories: the Key Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials Science of Hubei Province and the Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission. It also hosts a Teaching Center of Chemistry Experiments, an Institute of Analytical Chemistry, an Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and an Institute of the Environmental Science and Engineering. The Teaching Center of Chemistry Experiments was honored as "the Demonstration Teaching Center of Chemistry Experiments of Hubei province". In 2006, the Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering was authorized to establish a research and promotion center in wastewater treatment and reuse development for small and medium-sized enterprises in Hubei province. In addition, College of Chemistry and Materials Science has made a great progress in the construction of academic disciplines. Analytical Chemistry is the key discipline of Hubei province. Organic Chemistry is the key discipline of the State Ethnic Affairs. Physical Chemistry is the characteristic discipline of Hubei province. The undergraduate courses "physical chemistry" and "physical chemistry experiment" are honored as “the outstanding courses” in Hubei province. This college possesses a 15000 m2 comprehensive laboratory building and state-of-the-art instruments of nearly 40 million RMB, and provides a good platform for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and scientific research.
College of Chemistry and Materials Science lays emphasis upon academic researches and has obtained more than 40 research grants, including one National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Major Program, 6 NSFC General Programs, 22 provincial programmes, as well as the participation in 2 National “863” Programs (High-Tech Research and Development Program of China) and one National “973” Program (National Basic Research Program of China). The total research grants are over 10 million RMB. In the past five years, College of Chemistry and Materials Science has published 4 books and 450 scientific articles, including 110 SCI, EI and ISTP papers, and have filed 10 national invention patents and won 6 ministerial and provincial awards for advances in science and technology. Some of the scientific research achievements have applied in industrials and gained great economic and social benefits.
In order for extensive international cooperation and exchanges, College of Chemistry and Materials Science has established collaborative relationships with a number of renowned universities in USA, Russia, Japan, Canada, Korea and Malaysia etc.Since 2005, 20 faculty members have been sent abroad for academic visiting and training, and 10 exchange students for study. Over 20 well-known scientists from domestic and overseas universities, such as academicians of Chinese Academy of Societies and South African Royal Society, and professors of Tokyo University of Science and Technology etc., have been invited to give lectures and seminars.
College of Chemistry and Materials Science presently has 1370 undergraduates and over 130 master students and PhD candidates. It has a good academic atmosphere and aims at training students with high abilities, creativities and solid academic backgrounds. Every year, it is the leading college of South-Central University for Nationalities in terms of the employment rate and the number of students enrolled by graduate study. In the three consecutive years of 2004, 2005 and 2006, it was honored as the “Excellent College” by the university. Students of this college have won many awards in all kinds of national or provincial champions and competitions, and have gained impressive achievements.