The Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics & Chemistry (XTIPC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was founded in 2002 on the basis of the former Xinjiang Institute of Physics and the Xinjiang Institute of Chemistry. On May 10, 2002, XTIPC was recruited into the CAS Knowledge Innovation Program.
Taking physics, chemistry, environment engineering technology and computer information technology as its academic basis, the Institute is mainly engaged in the technological innovation and development. According to the nation and Xinjiang regional strategic needs, its general goal is, to carry out applied basic research, applied research, and early stage work of commercialization. It stresses the strategic, key and integrated features of technological innovation, enhances its interaction with industries, localities and enterprises, to make substantial contributions to the social and economic development of Xinjiang and nation, and become a research institute with important influence in western China as well as in Central Asia.
The key research areas of XTIPC include material physics and chemistry, plant resources chemistry, multilingual information technology and environmental science & technology. It also carries out researches in the areas of optical functional materials and devices, radiation physics and special sensitive materials etc. It is divided into a number of key laboratories, research centers and groups, with two CAS key laboratories: the Key Laboratory of Plant Resources and Chemistry of Arid Zone, and the Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments, with two provincial key laboratories, that is, State Key Laboratory Basis of Xinjiang Indigenous Medicinal Plants Resource Utilization, and Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices.
By the end of 2012, XTIPC has 293 staff members, including 30 full professors or the equivalent, and 90 associate professors. The Institute has the right to confer Ph. D. and master’s degrees in the fields of physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, microelectronics & solid electronics, computer application technology, material physics & chemistry, physical electronics, and master’s degrees in medicinal chemistry, materials engineering and computer technology, and has set up chemistry, electronic science and technology for post-doctoral researchers. In 2012, there are currently 202 graduate students, including 78 doctoral candidates, 124 master candidates, and 7 postdoctors.
Since 2002, the XTIPC has applied 435 Chinese invention patents, 206 have been granted, including one US invention patent. Besides, the total number of publishing papers is over 1200, 337 SCI papers and 151 EI papers included. XTIPC has established relationships of cooperation and communication with more than 20 countries and regions. Based on regional characteristics, the institute proposes “Rooted in Xinjiang, Facing Central Asia” as its international cooperation strategy. In accordance to the Go-global Strategy of CAS, XTIPC will set up overseas research institutions together with other institutes of CAS―“Central Asian Drug Discovery and Development Center of CAS” in Central Asia, and the first phase of construction is being under way in Uzbekistan. In 2012, XTIPC personnel made more than 20 outbound international person-visits and received over 60 international person-visits. It has built the “Cross-Cooperation Program for Creative Research Teams” of CAS by domestic and American experts.
The Physics Society, the Chemistry Society, the Automation Society, the Physiological Science Society and the Nuclear Society in Xinjiang are affiliated to the institute.