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The Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP)

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
457 Zhongshan Road Dalian, P.R. China
Dalian, Liaoning

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Introduction of DICP

The Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) is located in the port city of Dalian, China. In the past half century, research at DICP has closely reflected the economic and scientific needs of China. The Institute has built up an impressive portfolio of achievements, principally in the fields of catalysis, chemical engineering, chemical lasers, chemical dynamics, organic synthesis, and chromatography for modern analytic chemistry and biotechnology. These achievements have greatly contributed to the China's economic and technological development.

Research at DICP is now focused on energy-related topics, and the Institute's current development strategy is summarized as follows: "DICP focuses on sustainable energy research and coordinates the development of environment optimization, biotechnology and advanced material in a multidisciplinary atmosphere by strengthening technological integration and innovation. DICP aims to play an indispensable roles in the national economy and security, and become a leading research institute in the world."

Since its founding, DICP has produced numerous outstanding scientists and high-quality engineers who have developed both strong domestic and international reputations. A total of 26 DICP scientists have been elected to the members of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the members of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), four to the members of World Academy of Sciences, and one to the member of Academia European. DICP has over 1,900 employees, 1,164 graduate students as of October 2022.

Through the efforts of the scientists, staff, and students, scientific research and competitive capacities at DICP continue to grow, the strategic plan continues to improve, collaborations continue to expand, and dedicated research programs continue to influence their fields. The quality of the basic research at DICP is reflected in the number of publications in high-level journals and patents and valuable technologies for industry that are continually developed at the Institute. At the same time, DICP’s innovative research for national security has received numerous commendations. By 2021, DICP have received 94 national awards for science and technology (S&T).

In 1999, Former President JIANG Zemin gave an on-site appraisal of DICP and directed the Institute to "carry out the Knowledge Innovation Program (KIP)* and make DICP as a leading institution in the world." In 2002, Former President HU Jintao also gave an on-site appraisal, encouraging the Institute to "continue to strive for technological and scientific advances, to fully adopt the spirit of innovation, to advance the Knowledge Innovation Program, to generate greater progress in science and technology and human resources, and to make important contributions to China's scientific, economic, and societal development."

Mission Statement of DICP

DICP focuses on sustainable energy research and coordinates the development of environment optimization, biotechnology and advanced material in a multidisciplinary atmosphere by strengthening technological integration and innovation. DICP aims to play indispensable roles in national economy and security and to become a leading research institute in the world.

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History of DICP

The history of the modern Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), began on March 19th, 1949. Since then, the Institute has undergone many changes, including renaming, as it kept pace with the regional reorganization of research institutions and the research goals of China. Originally the Scientific Research Institute of Dalian University, the Institute later was changed to the Dalian Branch of the Northeastern Scientific Research Institute in 1950.

In 1952, it was renamed the Institute of Industrial Chemistry and became an institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Institute was renamed again in 1954 and became the Institute of Petroleum. This name change reflected the urgent demand for petroleum-related research in China due to the lack of oil in the country at that time.

In 1962, the Institute’s name was changed to the Institute of Chemical Physics because of an increased emphasis on basic research, in addition to research on petroleum-related processes. Since that time, the Institute has become a multidisciplinary institute.

In 1970, the Institute’s name was finally changed to it's current title: the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (DICP).

Since its founding 70 years ago, DICP has spun off three separate institutions within China: the Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, the Institute of Coal Chemistry in Taiyuan, and the 42nd Institute of the Academy of the Coalition of Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) in Xiangfan.

The former directors of the Institute include a list of 11 distinguished scientists, educators, and researchers: QU Bochuan, DONG Chen, ZHANG Dayu, GU Yijian, LOU Nanquan, ZHANG Cunhao, YUAN Quan, YANG Boling, DENG Maicun, BAO Xinhe and ZHANG Tao. At present director is LIU Zhongmin.

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Introduction of DICP Postdoctoral Research Center

Established in 1985, DICP was one of the first postdoctoral research centers in China. It houses two national outstanding postdoctoral research centers respectively in chemistry, and chemical engineering and technology. At present, there are more than 340 postdoctoral researchers (including more than 20 international ones. DICP attaches great importance to the cultivation of post-doctoral talents, and many of its postdoctoral researchers have published papers in high-quality journals, such as Science, Angew. Chem, and JACS.


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