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Peking University: Leading academic innovation in China for 120 years

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Since its founding in 1898, Peking University has been a leader in academic freedom and scientific research in China. As China’s first national university with multidisciplinary academic programmes, it has always been at the forefront of China’s modernization by fostering creativity in young minds, generating new ideas that advance the progress of human civilization, and developing cutting-edge science and technologies.

Take a look at how Peking University has set out to become a world-class university with continued research innovations in basic and applied sciences, ranging from mathematics, chemistry, and physics, to materials science, ecology and medicine.    

PKU Nanotechnology
Pioneering carbon-based nanoelectronics

PKU Medicine
Plotting an integrated approach towards healthy development

PKU Mathematics
Mathematical mysteries unravelled

PKU Equipment
PKU accelerates a vision of tomorrow

PKU Pharmaceutical sciences
Disease fighters: drugs from the desert and beyond

PKU Psychology
A culture of discovery in behaviour and mental health

PKU Materials science
Materials mastery: extracting the best from rare earth elements and beyond

PKU Ecology & environmental sciences
An atmosphere of discovery: new sustainable development paths are a breath of fresh air

PKU Physics
Quantum worlds and whispering light

PKU Chemistry
Hydrogen energy and cutting-edge chemistry

Interview with PKU President
Building a great university

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PKU research articles

  • Nature Communications | Article | open

    The monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenide molybdenum disulphide has recently attracted attention owing to its distinctive electronic properties. Cao and co-workers present numerical evidence suggesting that circularly polarized light can preferentially excite a single valley in the band structure of this system.

    • Ting Cao
    • , Gang Wang
    • , Wenpeng Han
    • , Huiqi Ye
    • , Chuanrui Zhu
    • , Junren Shi
    • , Qian Niu
    • , Pingheng Tan
    • , Enge Wang
    • , Baoli Liu
    •  &  Ji Feng
  • Nature | Review Article

    China has tremendous climatic and ecological diversity, so the impacts of climate change on natural and managed systems might likewise be expected to be diverse. Yet so far systematic studies have been rare. Here, the impacts of historical and future climate change on water resources and agriculture in China are assessed. Despite clear trends in climate, the overall impacts are overshadowed by natural variability and uncertainties in crop responses and projected climate, especially precipitation.

    • Shilong Piao
    • , Philippe Ciais
    • , Yao Huang
    • , Zehao Shen
    • , Shushi Peng
    • , Junsheng Li
    • , Liping Zhou
    • , Hongyan Liu
    • , Yuecun Ma
    • , Yihui Ding
    • , Pierre Friedlingstein
    • , Chunzhen Liu
    • , Kun Tan
    • , Yongqiang Yu
    • , Tianyi Zhang
    •  &  Jingyun Fang
  • Nature | Letter

    Directional cell movement depends on an intracellular calcium gradient. This study identifies calcium flickers in migrating fibroblasts and these are most active at the leading edge of cells. In the presence of a chemotactic gradient, an asymmetric gradient of calcium flicker activity develops which promotes turning of cells towards the direction of the chemoattractant.

    • Chaoliang Wei
    • , Xianhua Wang
    • , Min Chen
    • , Kunfu Ouyang
    • , Long-Sheng Song
    •  &  Heping Cheng
  • Nature | Letter

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes of a single chirality can be produced with an abundance of more than 92 per cent when using tungsten-based bimetallic alloy nanocrystals as catalysts.

    • Feng Yang
    • , Xiao Wang
    • , Daqi Zhang
    • , Juan Yang
    • , Da Luo
    • , Ziwei Xu
    • , Jiake Wei
    • , Jian-Qiang Wang
    • , Zhi Xu
    • , Fei Peng
    • , Xuemei Li
    • , Ruoming Li
    • , Yilun Li
    • , Meihui Li
    • , Xuedong Bai
    • , Feng Ding
    •  &  Yan Li
  • Nature | Letter

    Base-resolution maps of DNA methylation in human gametes and early embryos offer novel insights into human methylation dynamics and the functional relationship between DNA methylation and gene expression.

    • Hongshan Guo
    • , Ping Zhu
    • , Liying Yan
    • , Rong Li
    • , Boqiang Hu
    • , Ying Lian
    • , Jie Yan
    • , Xiulian Ren
    • , Shengli Lin
    • , Junsheng Li
    • , Xiaohu Jin
    • , Xiaodan Shi
    • , Ping Liu
    • , Xiaoye Wang
    • , Wei Wang
    • , Yuan Wei
    • , Xianlong Li
    • , Fan Guo
    • , Xinglong Wu
    • , Xiaoying Fan
    • , Jun Yong
    • , Lu Wen
    • , Sunney X. Xie
    • , Fuchou Tang
    •  &  Jie Qiao