The Institute of Metal Research (IMR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was founded in 1953. Since then, IMR has firmly established itself as an indispensable base for materials science and engineering research in China. Research at IMR focuses mainly on high performance metallic materials, new types of inorganic nonmetallic materials, and advanced composite materials. Towards the understanding and characterization of materials properties, structure and performance, as well as materials synthesis and fabrication, processing, and application, the mission of IMR is to excel in materials research, develop advanced materials technology and foster exceptional talents, thus serving the nation, society and mankind.
IMR is home to Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, State Key Laboratory for Corrosion and Protection, Shenyang R&D Center for Advanced Materials, Environmental Corrosion Center, National Engineering Research Center for Corrosion Control of Metals, and National Engineering Research Center for High Performance Homogenized Alloys.
Many outstanding scientists and technical experts in the field of materials research have gathered together at IMR. As of 2013, IMR had a staff of 909, including 8 academicians and 762 researchers. Several scientists have held positions in international organizations, such as the International Committee of Nanostructured Materials, the World Corrosion Organization, and Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials.
IMR was one of the first organizations authorized to confer doctoral degrees in materials science and engineering in China. As of 2013, IMR had an enrollment of 663 graduate students, including 372 doctoral students and 291 master’s students. Graduate students at IMR have the opportunity to conduct a wide variety of topics, such as atomic scale modeling, characterization and fabrication, and complex manufacturing technologies in modern aerospace engineering. IMR also organizes summer camps for young people interested in materials science.
IMR emphasizes fostering cooperative relationships with scientific research institutes and organizations in materials science and engineering both at home and abroad. More than 300 scientists and scholars visit IMR for academic activities annually. In addition, IMR frequently organizes international academic conferences and bilateral seminars. For example, IMR and the Shenyang National Laboratory have established the “Lee Hsun Lecture Series Award”, which honors scientists who have made important contributions to materials science. The award is now world-known in the field of materials science.
IMR also publishes several academic journals in cooperation with various academic societies. These journals include Acta Metallurgica Sinica, the Journal of Materials Science & Technology, Chinese Journal of Material Research, the Journal of Chinese Society for Corrosion and Protection, and Corrosion Science and Protection Technology.
During the past 60 years, IMR has made strategic contributions to China’s economic growth and has achieved many landmark technological breakthroughs. IMR has received more than 400 awards, including 90 national awards. Many of its important research results have been published in top scientific journals in the field of materials science and engineering.