Chinese research funders visited the University of Birmingham to explore opportunities to work with engineering experts.

Representatives from Jiangsu Industry Technology Research Institute (JITRI) visited Birmingham and met top researchers in the fields of experimental physics, mechanical engineering and chemical engineering.

Dr Liwen He, Vice President, JITRI and his fellow visitors met Professor Kyle Jiang (mechanical engineering), Professor Zhibing Zhang (chemical engineering) and Professor Richard Palmer (experimental physics) in their laboratories on campus. Group members are pictured above with Professor Jon Frampton, Director of the China Institute (far right) and Professor Tim Softley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer.


Dr He was joined by Xin Yao, Resource Development Department, JITRI; Cheng Ji, Director, Jiangnan Graphene Research Institute; Liang Shan, Vice Director, Food Biotechnology Institute of Jiangnan University; Rongchuan Wang, Director, Robotics and Intelligent Equipment Institute; and Jun Zhou, Director, Nanjing Institute of Advanced Laser Technology.

Professor Jon Frampton, Director of the China Institute and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (China), said “We met with representatives from JITRI in March, and they expressed a strong interest in further developing our relationship that began last year. We are delighted to welcome this distinguished group of visitors to the University of Birmingham. JITRI’s visit is testament to our growing reputation in China, and presents another exciting opportunity for the University researchers to foster strong partnerships across the globe.” 

JITRI sponsors research collaboration with Chinese and global universities in a range of areas, including: advanced materials; biotechnology and new medicine; environmental protection; next generation information technology and software; and innovative equipment manufacturing. 

Dr Liwen He said: “We have been very impressed by the world-leading research undertaken in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham (UoB), and would like to develop a strategic partnership with UoB to support collaborative research and develop programmes, which is mutually beneficial.”


Notes to Editors 

  • The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 5,000 international students from over 150 countries. 
  • Based in Nanjing, JITRI, is a funding body set up three years ago by Jiangsu Province Science and Technology Commission, and aims to support development of new industrial technologies via collaboration with national and international researchers.   
  • Professor Richard Palmer established the Nanoscale Physics Research Lab (NPRL) in 1994 as the first centre for nanoscience in England. His research interests lie in atomic manipulation, atomic clusters, nanofabrication and novel instrument development with applications in catalysis, theranostics and clean energy. 
  • Professor Zhibing Zhang has built an international reputation for developing original work on micromanipulation of single micro-/nanoparticles and encapsulation / bioencapsulation with applications in chemical, food, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, household care and human care industries.

For more information, please contact Tony Moran, International Communications Manager, University of Birmingham on +44 (0) 121 414 8254 or  +44 (0)782 783 2312.