The School of Chemical Engineering and Technology (SCET) begins its life as the Department of Chemical Engineering in April 1984. In 1995, the School of Chemical Engineering was established with the development of various disciplines. In 1999, the department established the Department of Environmental Engineering and changed its name to the School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering. In 2004, the main body of the School merged with the School of Energy and Power Engineering. With the advancement of science and technology, economic and social development, especially the vigorous development of the energy and chemical industry, the School of Chemical Engineering and Technology (referred to as the School of Chemical Engineering) was established in 2012. The School of Chemical Engineering will focus on the economic and social development needs of the nation and the western region, especially the rapid development of the energy industry, and explore the path of talent cultivation and innovation in scientific research and new technology engineering in accordance with the high starting point, high level and international construction ideas.
The school has a strong faculty. Up to now, there are 98 faculty members, including 71 teachers, 10 full-time researchers, and 4 experimental technicians. There are 18 professors in the teaching team, 5 special researchers, 22 associate professors and 26 lecturers. Among them, there are 1 Minister of Education Chang Jiang Scholars, the National Outstanding Youth Fund winners and the ten thousand people plan leading talents, 2 of the national “Thousands of Young People” , 2 of the State Council Special Allowance Experts, and 5 of the “100 Talents Program” and the “Thousands of Young People” Scholars in Shaanxi Provinc, 1 of scientific and technological star in Shaanxi Province, 5 of "three Qin talents", 12 young talents in the university. Since 2012, the school has hired more than 30 well-known professors and enterprise experts including Nobel Prize winners and academicians of the two academies to serve as honorary professors, part-time professors and visiting professors of our institute, offering various lecture courses for students and provide guidance for the development of the school.
The disciplines of the school are distinctive. The chemical engineering and technology disciplines participated in the fourth round of the national assessment in 2016 and won the B+ (shared 15thplace). The second-level discipline of chemical engineering machinery belongs to the first-class discipline of power engineering and engineering thermophysics and won A+ (shared 1stplace). The School of Chemical Engineering consists of two undergraduate subjects in chemical engineering and technology, process equipment and control engineering. Among them, the process equipment and control engineering has been selected into the National Excellent Engineers Training Program, and the chemical engineering and technology has been selected into the Shaanxi comprehensive professional reform pilot project.
In the past six years, 537 undergraduate students have graduated from the school, and the demand for graduates is strong. In 2017, the undergraduate employment ratio reached 100%, the proportion of graduate students by recommendations was 21%, and the proportion of continued further studies reached 60% (including 11% of the abroad further studies rate). The undergraduate students have participated in various discipline-level competitions and won 43 awards at provincial-level or higher, including one award of the American University Students Mathematical Modeling Competition Meritorious Winner, one Honorable Mentions, First Prize of the National Robot Competition, first prize of the National University Student Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Competition, the special award for the University Students Process Equipment Practice and Innovation Competition, the first prize of the first "Silk Road" International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition. The school has the entitlement to confer Ph.D. degrees in the first-level discipline of chemical engineering and technology and the second-level discipline Ph.D. degrees in chemical process machinery. At present, there are 60 doctoral students and 165 graduate students. In the past six years, 52 doctoral students and 239 master students have graduated, and the employment rate of graduate students is 100%. A total of 18 doctoral students have been jointly trained in overseas universities, and graduate students have won 2 outstanding paper awards from internationally renowned academic conferences, 5 academic competition awards, 1 best instructor award from the Ministry of Education for the 10th anniversary of the National Innovation Project, 1 innovation star award, 1 outstanding doctoral dissertation in Shaanxi Province, first prize for Xi'an Natural Science Excellent Academic Paper, 7 excellent doctoral dissertations at university level, 3 “Academic Stars” awards, and 1 graduate student model at university level. The graduates are in high demand, mainly engaged in higher education, scientific research, technology development, engineering design and operation and maintenance, engineering supervision, senior administration and work in related fields such as coal chemical engineering, petrochemical engineering, energy, environmental protection, medicine, electronics and finance. In 2017, undergraduate and graduate employment rates both reached 100%.
In the past two decades, the research direction and characteristics of the school have gradually formed: (1) Energy and chemical process system integration and emission control. This direction is aimed at the theoretical and applied research on chemical energy reservation and chemical process integration of industrial process ecologicalization, water system integration, energy system integration and hydrogen system integration, and it is in a leading position in China; (2) Strengthening and amplifying energy chemical processes. This direction is devoted to the coupling technology of supercritical fluid process, reaction and separation, also including the synergy of external field, and the basic applications and engineering amplification research of process strengthening technology such as unconventional medium and heat and mass transfer in energy production. Focusing on major issues and real needs in the field of energy and chemical industry, promoting the application of process enhancement and amplification technology in the field of energy and chemical industry; (3) Green transformation of coal-oil-gas-salt resources. This direction applies various new types of catalytic reaction and separation technologies in petrochemical, natural gas chemical, salt chemical and coal chemical industry, providing basic theoretical support and demonstration of engineering applications; (4) long-term safe operation of energy chemical systems and equipment . A large number of applied basic research and application research have been carried out in this direction, which provides theoretical and technical support for the safe and reliable operation of process equipment. (5) Efficient chemical process machinery and equipment technology. Research on theoretical and applied technologies around the equipment urgently needed by the process industry to provide key equipment technologies for energy and chemical industry.
In recent years, the school has undertaken 2 national 973 projects, 3 863 projects, 1 national major special project, 1 national science and technology support plan, 1 national defense 973 project, and 3 international cooperation projects. In addition, it has undertaken 2 national key projects of the Natural Science Foundation, 1 National Outstanding Youth Fund, and was approved to participate in 6 national key research and development programs, more than 40 NSFC science funds and youth funds, and more than 120 provincial and ministerial level and enterprise cooperation projects. In the past three years, it has published more than 280 SCI papers (7 ES1 papers), more than 100 EI papers, 50 invention patents, 6 Chinese and English books (chapters), 4 provincial and ministerial awards, and 2 international awards.
In the aspects including chemical system integration optimization, natural gas compressors, solar energy utilization and others, the school has achieved transformation of scientific results. The school has several provincial and ministerial level research bases. In December 2017, the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation has approved the school to establish the “Key Laboratory of Coal-Based Carbon Materials for the Petroleum and Chemical Industry”. In September 2017, it was approved to jointly build the “Guangdong High Performance Construction Materials and Coatings Engineering Technology Research Center”. In June 2016, the “Xi'an Jiaotong University-Oxford University Catalyst International Joint Laboratory” was established. In September 2015, the “Shaanxi Provincial Key Laboratory of Energy and Chemical Process Strengthening” was approved. In addition, the school and the Northwest Chemical Industry Research Institute, Hualu Engineering Technology Co., Ltd., and Shaanxi Weihe Coal Chemical Industry Group Co., Ltd. jointly established the “Shaanxi Coal Chemical Engineering Technology Research Center”, and established the “Joint R&D Center for Process and Equipment Technology" with Shaanxi Coal Industry Chemical Technology Research Institute.
In the context of the “One Belt and One Road”, in order to implement the “University Alliance of the Silk Road” development plan of Xi'an Jiaotong University, the school actively promotes international exchanges and builds an international joint research platform: in 2017, it established the “Xi'an Jiaotong University-Oxford University Catalyst International Joint Laboratory”, and in 2018, the schoold signed an international joint research center and talent development agreement with the University of Queensland in Australia. At present, it is actively preparing for the sub-alliance of the “University Alliance of the Silk Road” and the establishment of an international joint laboratory with the University of Liverpool. In the past three years, more than 10 foreign doctoral students have been enrolled and graduated. In addition, the school has successfully hosted two international academic conferences since 2015. Each year, well-known overseas scholars are invited to exchange lectures and teachers participate in overseas international conferences for more than 100 times a year. The school pays attention to the international exchange of undergraduates, and selects students to participate in the 4+4 and UTT projects of China and France every year. In 2018, the project of “Charming Chemical Engineering Oxford and Cambridge Schools Tour” has been launched for the first time, and the “Sakura Plan” in cooperation with Tokyo University of Science will attract high-quality students. In the past three years, more than 100 students have travelled abroad and exchanged. More than 10 university around the globe have been visited, which include Columbia University, University of California, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Imperial College of Science and Technology, Marseille Central University of Technology, Troyes University of Technology, Waseda University, Tokyo University of Science, St. Petersburg University of Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and universities in Taiwan.
The School of Chemical Engineering and Technology will focus on the country's major strategic needs, the needs of the economic and social development of the central and western regions, and the forefront of international chemical engineering. It will further develop the advantages of chemical engineering and technology in the fields of sustainable development in the fields of energy, chemicals and materials and broaden the direction of disciplines.
The school will also establish a synergistic innovation mechanism for production, learning, and research; build and expand new professions, implement innovative talent training models, and comprehensively carry out education and teaching practices in line with international standards, promote the internationalization of college personnel, and further expand students' international perspectives. The shool will cultivate high-level talents with international competitiveness, and through unremitting efforts, it will strive to become a high-level platform for domestic and international chemical industry leading talents training, technological innovation and transformation of achievements, and make important contributions to national and regional economic development.