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5th “Zhi-Hong International Summer School of Advanced Materials (ISS-AM)

 -Advanced Materials Processing- 

Important Update-April 17, 2020

The 2020 "Zhi-Hong" International Summer School will be held on time (July 5-18, 2020), and it will be an online summer school program this year due to the influence of COVID-19 pandemic. We are planning to arrange online lectures, online visits, online cultural experiences, and other activities. Welcome to apply for the 2020 "Zhi-Hong" International Summer School online, the deadline can be delayed to May 15 , 2020. Please send any questions to zh_iss@sjtu.edu.cn. Meanwhile we will update the website as quickly as possible, please check back for the latest information.

Overview and Purpose


The “Zhi-Hong” International Summer School of Advanced Materials (ISS-AM) is organized by School of Materials Science and Engineering (SMSE) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), aiming at promoting the interactive cultural and academic exchange between top-level scholars and students from all over the world. The ISS-AM is named as “Zhi-Hong” not only to commemorate the school founder Professor Zhihong Zhou, but also to inspire the summer school participants since “Zhi-Hong” in Chinese means “being ambitious”.

“Zhi-Hong” ISS-AM is a two-week program with one theme. “Advanced Functional Materials” will be the theme of the program in 2020.

In the last four years, the 1st to 4th “Zhi-Hong” ISS-AM were organized successfully. 96 foreign students from over than ten countries and 105 outstanding Chinese students have been selected to attend the past four events. Many renowned experts and scholars from our university and foreign institutes, e.g. Harvard University, Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, Osaka University, Monash University, Ryerson University, Federal University of Sao Carlos, were invited to give academic lectures.

 1st “Zhi-Hong” ISS-AM in 2016

2nd “Zhi-Hong” ISS-AM in 2017

3rd “Zhi-Hong” ISS-AM in 2018

4th “Zhi-Hong” ISS-AM in 2019

Introduction to SMSE 

MSE program of SJTU was ranked 25 in 2019 QS world university ranking

MSE program in SJTU, has been consistently remained in national top 5 in last ten years

MSE program in SJTU was ranked No. 1 by the Ministry of Education in 2003

MSE in SJTU was authorized as the first-class National Key Discipline in 2007

MSE in SJTU has been listed in world top 1‰ discipline of ESI for 10 years

What to expect

The “Zhi-Hong” ISS-AM will offer lectures and professional practice in all areas of Advanced Functional Materials and organize student seminars, visits to research laboratories, culture festival, field trips and culture tours in Shanghai. The “Zhi-Hong” ISS-AM is also a platform provided for graduate and senior undergraduate students from all over the world to exchange ideas and build friendships.

A “Zhi-Hong” ISS-AM Certificate of Accomplishment will be issued to the participant upon completion of the program.

Time and Venue

Time: July 5-18, 2020
Venue: Minhang Campus, SJTU


1) Lectures 

Topics of the lectures include biomedical materials, optoelectronic materials, energy materials, advanced characterization methods, simulation. All the lectures will be given by distinguished professors from overseas universities and SJTU.

2)  Poster shows

All participants are required to prepare an academic poster in advance. During the summer school, the most popular poster and the best poster will be voted to pick out.

3) Field trips

On campus: 

The research labs affiliated to SMSE at SJTU, e.g. State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, Light Alloy Net Forming National Engineering Research Center.

Off campus:

Visits to research facilities and manufacturing companies in Shanghai, e.g. Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF), etc.

4) Student seminars

All participants will be teamed up into several study groups. Students in each group will work together on a topic. Groups will make a final competition with each other through PPT presentation. The faculty committee will choose the best group and present the group members “Award of Excellent Team”.

5) Culture tour
Campus tour, Chinese culture activities, and Shanghai city tour will be arranged.


Graduate and undergraduate students who are majored in MSE, or any other majors related to MSE, such as mechanical engineering, physics, and chemical engineering. A total of 60 domestic and oversea participants will be recruited.


Professor Fawaz Habbal, Harvard University, USA

Professor Yip-Wah Chung, Northwestern University, USA

Professor Gianaurelio Cuniberti, TU Dresden, Germany

Professor Liyuan Han, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Professor Tao Deng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Professor Jiajun Gu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Professor Guanyin Yuan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


The list of confirmed lecturers will be updated regularly.



Tuition: 3000 RMB
Others costs: meals (~50 RMB/day) and transportation
The summer school will cover the costs of lecture materials, lodging (in SJTU student dormitory), and transportation for group activities.


Type A: “Zhi-Hong Future” Scholarship
Amount: 8000 RMB/person
Number: 5 

Each “Zhi-Hong Future” scholarship covers tuition fee and part of the international travel costs up to 5000 RMB/person.

Type B: “Zhi-Hong Excellence” Scholarship
Amount: 3000 RMB/person
Number: more than 80% of the enrolled participants

Each “Zhi-Hong Excellence” scholarship covers the tuition fee.

How to Apply 

1)For International students: Apply online http://apply.sjtu.edu.cn. Please provide GPA(e.g. **/100), Ranking (in percentage) and academic transcript online.

2)For Chinese students: The applications should be submitted to Ms. Weihui Xie by email at (zh_iss@sjtu.edu.cn). The application materials include 1) application form, 2) CV, 3) academic transcripts, 4) IELTS/TOEFL/CET6 score certificate or any other certificate showing the competency of English (waived for native English speakers), and 5) a one-page personal statement.


Application deadline: Apr. 15, 2020

Contact Us

Coordinator: Weihui XIE

Email: zh_iss@sjtu.edu.cn

Address: Room 400, Xuzuyao Building, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, 200240, Shanghai

Website: http://en.smse.sjtu.edu.cn/admission/admission.aspx?id=5

Program overview (Tentative)
Day Time Event
1 5-Jul, Sun Arrival, Registration
2 6-Jul, Mon Opening Ceremony, Teaming-up, Ice-breaking, Campus Tour, etc.
3 7-Jul, Tue Lectures
4 8-Jul, Wed Lectures
5 9-Jul, Thu Lectures
6 10-Jul, Fri Company Visit
7 11-Jul, Sat Culture Tour
8 12-Jul, Sun Free time
9 13-Jul, Mon Lectures
10 14-Jul, Tue Lectures
11 15-Jul, Wed Lectures, Cultural Festival
12 16-Jul, Thu Company Visit
13 17-Jul, Fri Group Presentation, Awards & Closing Ceremony
14 18-Jul, Sat Departure

800 Dongchuan Road, Minhang District, Shanghai, China Tel: +86-21-3420-3098