Special Issue on the 100th Anniversary of Xiamen University
Though century-old, Xiamen University (XMU) has always been known for creativity and innovation. It was the first university in China to be established by overseas Chinese (Mr. Tan Kah Kee) and the first prestigious Chinese university to set up an overseas branch campus (Xiamen University Malaysia), which has been honoured as a “shinning pearl” of “Belt and Road Initiative”. Its 400,000 graduates to date have already carried XMU’s motto “Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection” with them to all corners of the world.
XMU has been selected for the “Double First-class Initiative” Scheme, as one of the leading pioneers in achieving China’s ambition of building world-class universities. It has achieved significant progress in the field of optics and photonics, and is leading in several aspects: development of laser holography that greatly promotes the anti-counterfeiting technology in China; study of entangled photon pairs that leads to quantum communications and optical micromanipulations, as well as the creation of facial recognition techniques based on the light beams; development of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) that not only conquers the material and surface limits of SERS, but also realizes the fast detection of trace hazards in the field of food safety; improvement of efficiency for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) via creative pathways, including deep ultraviolet LEDs and high colour rendering warm-white LEDs.
Research scientists across different disciplines in XMU are working on optoelectronic materials and devices, with interests in the designs and syntheses of luminescent materials, quantum dots, electrochromic materials as well as their applications in solid-state lighting, emissive displays, sensing, smart windows and photovoltaic cells. Experiments based on synchrotron-radiation light source as well as other advanced techniques are combined with computations/simulations to achieve better understanding of the composition-structure-property coupling mechanism of functional materials, providing guidelines for developing high-performance materials and optoelectronic devices.
This special issue is dedicated to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of XMU (6th April 2021) and the establishment of the LSA Editorial Office in Xiamen (3rd July 2021). It features some of the latest achievements in optical and optoelectronic sciences and technologies made by XMU scholars and alumni.