Launch of WHU’s first national major project for developing scientific research instrument
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WHU  has seen, in Wuhan, China, the official launch of its first national  development project of major scientific research instrument, namely the  time and space-crossing in situ / real-time monitoring and regulating  instrument for film growth defects. The project will be conducive to  world-class film growth study in China and leapfrog development for  China’s advanced equipment.  

It  is the only major instrument development project endorsed by the  Ministry of Education in 2017 and also the first of its kind to be  approved among the higher institutions in Central China. Receiving a  direct fund of 65 million RMB, the project is supported by WHU, with  Prof. Liu Sheng, the Dean of School of Power and Mechanical Engineering  at its core, and partnered by the Institute of Semiconductors of CAS,  the Tianjin Research Institute for Advanced Equipment of Tsinghua  University, the Institute of Microelectronics of CAS, Huazhong  University of Science and Technology, and South China University of  Technology.

The joint meeting of the Management and Supervision Team and 

the Project Initiation Event

At  the joint meeting of the Management and Supervision Team and the  Project Launch Event, Vice President of WHU Li Jiancheng expressed  sincere gratitude to the National Natural Science Foundation of China,  the Ministry of Education, the experts of the Project Assessment Team  and the Supervision Team, as well as the R&D personnel from  cooperative institutions for their strong support for WHU. And he hoped  that WHU and other participants would cooperate in a sincere manner and  complete the project in high quality and quantity. At the same time, he  said that WHU would shoulder its responsibility in finding experimental  sites, introducing and fostering high-quality professionals, recruiting  more graduate students and allocating more funds to facilitate the  implementation of the project.

Gao  Ruiping, Deputy Director of the National Natural Science Foundation of  China, put forward three requirements: first, this is a pioneering  project in universities of central China, so the team should develop  innovative instruments on the basis of solving specific scientific  research problems and making breakthroughs; second, the expert group  ought to make it a good start by putting forward good suggestions and  taking the responsibility for the country and the project as well; and  third, the Supervision Team should take its due responsibility and give  full play to the role of guidance and correction, promoting the  formation of original results.

Zhou  Min, Deputy Director of the Basic Research Office of Department of  Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, proposed three  expectations: to strengthen the responsibilities of the leading  university; to emphasize the industrialization of research results; and  to fully exert the influence of the Supervision Team.

Wang  Guobiao, Vice Director of Engineering and Materials Science Department  presided over the project presentation, expert evaluation, inquiry, and  field research. Also, he demonstrated the assessment objectives,  difficulties of the implementation, and technical routes requirements.

Liu  Sheng introduced the progress of the project and the 2018 plan. He gave  a speech about the content of the project and the research route from  six aspects, namely instruments and scientific objectives, working  foundation of instrument development, working conditions, specific  implementation plan and development progress, project management  mechanism and risk analysis, and project results and the test methods.

The  experts from the Assessment Team and the Supervision Team fully praised  the technical route and implementation plan of the project and put  forward many suggestions as guidance. Academician Tan Jianrong, the  leader of the Supervision Team, also provided opinions on the  supervision work, hoping that the Ministry of Education would give some  support so that the Team could fully play its role of supervision and  guidance.

The  Assessment and Supervision Teams also visited the “Advanced  Manufacturing and AI Laboratory of WHU” under construction, including  the Electron Microscopy Laboratory and the Purification Laboratory. They  were optimistic about the laboratory's construction planning, external  environment, safety, and technical support conditions.

The Assessment and Supervision Teams visiting the laboratory

After  discussion and on-site research, the Assessment and Supervision Teams  agreed that the project has a clear goal, a reasonable overall design  plan, and a feasible five-year development plan; the annual work plan is  specific and meticulous, the management measures for organization and  implementation are reliable; and academic support conditions and  advanced public scientific research facilities provide a sound working  platform for the implementation. As a result, both the Assessment and  Supervision Teams agreed to start the instrument development at an early  date.

It  is said that film growth represents the direction of advanced  manufacturing. Its defect mechanism, spanning from meso- and macroscopic  level and from femtosecond to second, however, still leaves rooms for  further exploration. At present, the measurement of the film growth is  mostly limited to macroscopic one, and the microscopic measurement  cannot be traced at a time-space level, thus lacking effective analysis,  feedback, and regulation for microscopic mechanism of defect formation.  The time and space-crossing in situ / real-time monitoring and  regulating instrument for film growth proposed by the project will not  only direct the country to the world's leading level in this field, but  will also greatly promote the multidisciplinary development such as  physics, chemistry and biology.

The  approval of the project has also further consolidated Wuhan  University’s comprehensive scientific research capabilities as a  comprehensive university, laying a solid foundation, in the new era, for  the development of double first-class engineering research and  teaching.

(Author: Ding Xing. Rewritten by Li Xin. Edited by Zheng Lingling, Shen Yuxi, Liu Jiachen and Liu Xiaoli)