The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) has evolved from Chemistry Department of HUST. In 1953, both Huazhong Institute of Technology and Department of Chemistry were established. Then, the Department of Chemistry of Huazhong Institute of Technology and the Department of Physics were merged in the name of the Department of Chemical and Physical in 1981. Later in 1983, the Department of Chemistry of Huazhong Institute of Technology was founded, with the undergraduate major of Applied Chemistry set up. Approved by the ministry of education, the undergraduate major of Fine Chemical was set up in 1993 while in 1999 it was changed to the major of Chemical Engineering and Technology. In November 2006, the Department of Chemistry of HUST was founded, and then the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of HUST was founded in May 2008.
The number of on-the-job faculty and staff of our school is 110, of which there are 77 full-time faculties. One of them obtains the China National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scientists, four of them are the Recruitment Program of Global Youth Experts of The Organization Department of the Central Committee, nine are New Century Excellent Talents of The Ministry of Education, 10 are Chutian Scholars of Hubei Province. Besides, four have been rewarded as Hubei Province Outstanding Young Fund. The faculty in the department includes 32 professors and 32 associate professors, and the teachers who have a doctorate account for 83.5% of all the teachers.
The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering presently is equipped with Department of Chemistry, Department of Applied Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemistry and an Experimental teaching center. Also, it is equipped with 7 institutes: Institute of Inorganic and Chemical Biology, Institute of Organic and Fine Chemical Industry, Institute of Analytic Science, Institute of Physical Chemistry and Industrial Catalysis, Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Institute of Polymer Science and Engineering, Institute of Chemical Engineering.
The School has the right to grant the chemistry first-level discipline doctoral degree (Science) as well as the Chemical Engineering and Technology first-level discipline master's degree (Engineering). It has Material Physics and Chemistry (Science) doctoral station, and the chemistry first-level discipline is the key subject of Hubei province. There are also four undergraduate programs: Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Chemistry, Optoelectronic Materials and Devices (Material Chemistry).
The School has set up the key Laboratory for Large-Format Battery Materials and System of Ministry of Education, Hubei Key Laboratory of Bioinorganic Chemistry and Materia Medica, and Hubei Key Laboratory of Material Chemistry and Service Failure; it has also co-constructed The National Security Engineering Technology Research Center, National Engineering Center for Nanomedicine, and State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die & Mould Technology and Pulsed High Magnetic Field Science Center as well. Additionally, six School Enterprise joint Laboratory and Research Centers have also been built.
Currently, our School has about 700 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students. In addition, there are 430 or so freshmen of Tongji medical college of clinical medicine for eight years and the seven-year clinical medicine of Chongqing Medical University being trained in our School every year.