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Brief Introduction to the Institute 




Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (abbreviated as FUNSOM) was founded at Soochow University on June 9th, 2008. The institute is led by the founding director Prof. Shuit-Tong Lee, an Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences. The institute includes a provicial key lab: the Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-based Functional Materials and Devices.


FUNSOM is taking functional nano & soft materials as its object of investigations and focusing on research and development in the areas of optoelectronics, new energy, green environment and biomedicine. This institute conducts both fundamental and applied researches in an interdisciplinary way on molecular design, material synthesis and characterizations,  as well as device fabrication and characterizations.


FUNSOM dedicates to academic innovation, technology development, and cultivation of talents. The institute concentrates its research acitivities on an R&D chain of “molecular design -- material synthesis -- device fabrication -- technology application”, aiming at proprietary high-performance materials and devices, and world-leading research achievements. This institute will be developed into both high-level academic research platform and high-level technology transition platform; it will enhance the interdisciplinary researches in chemistry, physics, materials science, electronic engineering and biomedical sciences.


It will cultivate young talents and form an academic echelon with strong background in the interdisciplinary fields. Moreover, this institute will push forward the commercialization of nanotechnology and generate new opportunities for economical growth of Suzhou City and Jiangsu Province.


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