Shenzhen Geim Graphene Research Center Jointly Inaugurated By The Nobel Laureate Andre Geim, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute and Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University

December 07 2017

On the morning of December 4, another Nobel Laureate Laboratory was established in Shenzhen. Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) and Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University officially inaugurated Shenzhen Geim Graphene Research Center (referred to as SGC), to drive the rapid development of Shenzhen graphene and two-dimensional materials.

The Deputy Secretary of Shenzhen Municipal Committee (of CPC), Mayor Chen Rugui, Nobel Prize Winner, Chinese Academy of Sciences Andre Geim, Municipal Government Secretary-General Li Tingzhong, Deputy Inspector of the Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province Zhou Zhaotang, Science and Technology Innovation Committee of Shenzhen Municipality Liang Yongsheng, Economy, Trade and Information Commission of Shenzhen Municipality Liu Sheng, Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipality Yao Weizhi, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of TBSI Low Dimensional Materials and Devices Laboratory Cheng Huiming, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Professor of School of Civil Engineering of Tsinghua University Nie Jianguo, Dean of Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University Kang Feiyu, Co-director of TBSI, Zhang Lin, Secretary of Party Committee, Associate Dean of Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University Wu Xiaofeng, Associate Dean of Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University Ma Lan and other guests were present at the opening ceremony of the research center.

SGC was inaugurated together by the leaders and guests present

The Director of SGC, Andre Geim and Chen Rugui inaugurated together

The Executive Director of SGC, Chen Huiming and Chen Rugui inaugurated together.

"SGC" was invested and constructed by Shenzhen Municipal Government, managed by Science and Technology Innovation Committee of Shenzhen Municipality, and supported by TBSI and Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University. Under the leadership of Professor Andre Geim, one of the 2010 Nobel Prize winners in physics and graphene discoverers, the research center was built as a top international platform for scientific research and experiment, to mainly solve key problems on the basic cutting edge research of two-dimensional materials represented by graphene and high-end product industrialization, and ultimately become a multi-functional service platform of research and development, standardization, and industrial testing.

At the opening ceremony, Professor Andre Geim, the Director of SGC, said: "Human civilization has experienced the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age and the Silicon Age. What represents our time now is the two-dimensional material such as graphene, etc. In the past 5 to 10 years, there has been a tremendous leap forward in basic research and industrialization of graphene in the world. I am very pleased to know that the establishment of SGC will greatly promote the development of graphene and other two-dimensional materials in the fields of materials science and engineering." Professor Geim also said that in the next 10 years, the graphene would be widely used. I believed that under the strong support of the Shenzhen Municipal Government, SGC would be the world's leading research institute for graphene and two-dimensional materials. At the same time, I hoped the Shenzhen Municipal Government would invest more resources to the research and industrialization of the graphene and other two-dimensional materials, which will be of great significance to the development of Shenzhen, talent training, industrial upgrading and other aspects.

Andre Geim made a speech.

Prof. Huiming Cheng, Executive Director of SGC, said: "The graphene and other two-dimensional materials have excellent performance and wide application prospects. Professor Andre Geim won the Nobel Prize in Physics not only because of his discovery of graphene, but also he led the latest trends in the fields of graphene and other two-dimensional materials. I believe that after the completion of the research center, it will make a breakthrough in basic research, leap in industrialization promotion, introduce and cultivate a number of outstanding talents. "

Cheng Huiming made a speech.

Shenzhen Mayor, Chen Rugui said: "The Shenzhen Municipal Government attaches great importance to scientific innovation, basic research and world-leading research & development. As a new research center in Shenzhen, we have full expectations for that. The graphene and other key areas will be strongly supported by Shenzhen Municipal Government." The Mayor, Mr Chen stressed:" Shenzhen is characterized by innovation. Under the guidance of the government, through relying on the support from all circles of society, and actively promoting a new round of innovation and development, we will build the research center to be a global science and technology industry innovation center. "

Chen Rugui made a speech.

It is reported that the research center is expected to build a basic research and industrialization cutting-edge innovation team, led by 1-2 Nobel Prize winners, and composed of 3-5 core members of academicians from China, Europe and the United States and other developed countries, more than 20 outstanding professors as scientific experts, and more than 100 professional front-line researchers. The team will be made up of international top talents with a reasonable layout through five years of construction. Professor Andre Geim is the fifth Nobel laureate who works in Shenzhen.

According to reports, graphene and new two-dimensional materials and devices are the dominant disciplines of TBSI and Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University. At present, the main research goals of the research team are to explore, design, prepare new low-dimensional materials, and build flexible, portable and smart devices based on low-dimensional materials while exploring and developing their applications in energy conversion and storage, sensing, electronics and optoelectronics.

During The Opening Ceremony

Visiting Scientific Research Achievements Chen Rugui (the second one on the left), Nie Jianguo (the second one on the right), Kang Feiyu (the first one on the left), Zhang Lin (the first one on the right)

It is reported that during "the 13th Five-Year Plan" period, Shenzhen will stress on graphene, two-dimensional materials and other areas, and promote the development of new materials and basic research institutions based on the existing problems in the new materials research and industrial development. As the laboratory led by the Nobel Laureate Andre Geim, was established in TBSI and Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University, the research center will play a role in research & development and service, make a breakthrough in several core technologies, build a high-level industrial technology innovation system, introduce a group of domestic and international high-level talent teams, lead the new materials industry in the future and develop  new advantages to actively support and promote the construction and development of the huge market of the graphene and emerging two-dimensional materials in Shenzhen and China.

Li Baohua, Director of the Department of Energy and Environment, Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University, part-time professor of TBSI Nano-Energy Lab, Yang Quanhong, associate professor Liu Bilu and nearly 100 teachers and students from the TBSI Low-Dimensional Materials and Devices Laboratory, attended the opening ceremony.

Text/ Wei Feifei

Photo/ Wang Zheng