Institute of Physics (IOP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

IOP is the leading research institute in China in condensed matter physics and related fields. Through 90 years of development, IOP has become a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary research organization engaged in research on basic and applied physics. Its current research activities concentrate on condensed matter physics, optical physics, atomic and molecular physics, plasma physics, soft matter physics, and condensed matter theory and computation physics. There are 12 laboratories and 7 centers in our research system together with a strong technical support system. In 2017, IOP was officially designated as the Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics. More Information about IOP can be found at

By the end of 2017, IOP had a total of 656 staff, including 346 of scientific research, 127 of technical support, and 54 of administrative duty. IOP has 14 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and 1 academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering. Among IOP researchers, 37 obtained the National Outstanding Youth Foundation Grants. More than 70 academicians have worked in the institute. Currently, IOP has 882 graduate students, with 616 working for a doctor’s degree and 266 for a master’s degree. It also has around 60 post doctorate fellows.

IOP has made significant breakthroughs with global impact, such as the discoveries of copper-and iron-based high-temperature superconductors, topological insulators, the quantum anomalous Hall effect, and Weyl semimetals, among many others. IOP is very proud of its high-tech products as well—its high-quality neodymium permanent magnets, lithium-ion batteries, single-crystal silicon carbide substrates, and high-temperature superconductivity filters have all successfully entered the domestic or global markets.

Since 1978, IOP researchers have won 300+ awards, including 8 physics awards of the Third World Academy of Sciences, 1 National Top Award for Science and Technology, 28 National Awards for Natural Sciences, 24 National Awards for Science and Technology Progress, and 8 National Awards for Technological Inventions.

IOP has also undertaken or participated in the construction of some large-scale scientific facilities, such as the Synergetic Extreme Condition User Facility (SECUF), in Huairou, Beijing, the China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, and the Dream Line – Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Shanghai, as well as the two interdisciplinary research centers of Center for Clean Energy and Center for Materials Genome Initiative in Huairou, Beijing.

Apart from the current ZhongGuanCun campus, which is focusing on fundamental research, IOP will soon have three more campuses opening, that is, Huairou campus (in Huairou Science City, suburban Beijing) to develop large scientific facilities and interdisciplinary research centers, Liyang campus (in Jiangsu province) to undertake science commercialization and academic exchanges, and Dongguan campus (in Guangdong province) to develop the Songshan Lake Lab for Materials Science.

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