R&D Center
R&D Center

Introduction to the center

As an active research area in the Greater Bay Area, the research and development of new materials is one of the most promising research areas, with an extensive research foundation among many research institutes and universities in the region. Based on the innovation-driven development strategy and focusing on the construction of the Greater Bay Area, the IAPME, as a scientific research institute in Macao, participates in the construction of a thriving Greater Bay Area and injects new momentum into the development of innovative technology in the region. In response to the Development Plan Outlines for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the Advanced materials Research Center (AMRC) at Zhuhai UM S&T Research Institute was established in 2019. Focusing on the frontiers of materials science and applied physics, the IAPME carries out fundamental and applied engineering research in science and technology fields that are important for the nation and for social development.

The AMRC aims to become a world-class science and innovation centre with global academic leadership and international reputation. Through an open and collaborative research system, the institute will strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside the university, enhance connection and collaboration with mainland universities, research institutes and enterprises, and boost international research collaboration. One of the important development strategies is to seize the development opportunities of the Greater Bay Area and comprehensively enhance regional collaboration. It is also important to promote Macao’s technological innovation through academic achievements, and cultivate emerging industries that can promote economic diversification. In line with the university’s research plan, the AMRC will enhance high-quality research output, improve its influence and develop a series of functional materials and applications for energy, environment and health. The AMRC gives priority to research for strategic emerging industries such as new energy, new photoelectric materials, and nanobiology


Novel energy and energy storage materials

Solid State Batteries: To study the critical issues of solid state electrolyte materials and battery interface in attempt to solve the issues of low electrical conductivity, low stability and high interface resistance of electrolyte materials. Flexible Energy Storage: Based on the well-established research and development in novel energy storage materials, devices, and fabrication of wearable batteries by the Institute’s battery energy storage team and other collaborators, we aim to develop a new generation of flexible lithium-ion battery packs for wearable electronic products and to achieve their industrialization. 

Quantum Dot Light Emission and Perovskite Photoelectronics

Perovskite Photoelectronics: The development of highly efficient, stable perovskite solar cells to alleviate crisis in energy shortage and environmental pollution facing society nowadays is of great significance to world economy and people's livelihood. The flexible nature of perovskite solar cells allows the conversion and utilization of solar energy to cover every aspect of our daily life, thus solving the application limitations of traditional silicon solar cells. Moreover, research in the recovery of lead heavy metal in perovskite solar cells will greatly reduce concern about environmental pollution and promote its commercialization, which in return, will further reduce the cost of perovskite photovoltaic devices and pave the way for future commercialization. AMRC will further improve the performance and stability of organic perovskite solar cells through interface engineering research. Quantum Dot Light Emission: Due to quantum confinement effect, quantum dot light-emitting devices (QLED) can readily achieve emission of the entire visible light spectrum with full-color, high-saturation display applications by adjusting the size and composition of the material. QLED is considered to be the most promising, next-generation display technology.

Novel functional and environmental materials

The AMRC will further strengthen research in novel technologies and materials, including electrolytic catalysed hydrogen production, farmland and arid region water retention, sewage purification, biocompatible medical gel, and flexible sensor devices/materials. It will also promote applications of high-flexural concrete, ultrasonic nondestructive testing technology and cement-based piezoelectric transducer in infrastructural engineering.


The AMRC aims to promote the clinical application of nanomaterials in biophotonics and major diseases treatment and to develop the theory and methodology for the application of novel nanofunctional materials such as non-toxic, biocompatible carbon nanodots in bioimaging, cell labelling and recognition, cancer immunity therapy, nanomedicine, and vaccine research and development.

Research achievements

Patents and Technology Transfer

  • Guoxing Sun.泡沫混凝土纳米发泡剂组合物及其砌块及其制造方法.Chinese Issued Patent No. 201710183416.5.

  • Zongjin Li, and Guoxing Sun.纳米复合水凝胶材料及制备方法.Chinese Full Patent Application No. 201710342113.3.

  • Guoxing Sun, Xiaosai Hu, and Zongjin Li.一种超吸水水凝胶材料及其制备方法和应用.Chinese Full Patent Application No. 201910268432.3.

  • Guoxing Sun, Xiaosai Hu, and Zongjin Li.高分子导电水凝胶材料及制备方法.Chinese Full Patent Application No. 201910239903.8.

  • Zongjin Li, Binmeng Chen, Guoxing Sun, and Rui Liang.一种聚合物水泥基材料及其制备方法与应用.Chinese Full Patent Application No. 202010274758.X.

  • Zongjin Li, Guoxing Sun, Rui Liang, and Qing Liu.高抗折水泥基材料及其制备方法.Chinese Full Patent Application No. 202010358001.9.

  • Guoxing Sun, Dan He, and Zongjin Li.一种填充了离子液体作为聚羧酸酯类减水剂专用牺牲剂的水泥基浆料及其制备方法.Chinese Full Patent Application No. 202010416779.0. 

  • Guichuan Xing, Jia Guo, Tanghao Liu, Zikang Tang, “Ultrashort Laser Pulse Doubling by Metal-Halide Perovskite Multiple Quantum Wells”, National invention patent of China, 202010663280.X, 10/07/2020.

Top Journal Papers in Construction Materials

Multi-disciplinary Journal Papers

  •  Qiao Wang, Hongyao Ding, Xiaoxu Liang, Xiaosai Hu, Miaomiao Wang, Qing Liu, Zongjin Li*, and Guoxing Sun*.A dual-trigger-mode ionic hydrogel sensor for contact or contactless motion recognition.Materials Horizons. 2020, 7, 2673.

  •  Xiaosai Hu, Qiao Wang, Qing Liu, Zongjin Li, Guoxing Sun*.Villus-like nanocomposite hydrogels with a super-high water absorption capacity.Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2020, 8, 12613.

  • Xiaosai Hu, Rui Liang, and Guoxing Sun*.Super-adsorbent hydrogel for removal of methylene blue dye from aqueous solution.Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2018, 6, 17612-17624.

  • Guoxing Sun, Zongjin Li*, Rui Liang, Lu-Tao Weng, and Lina Zhang.Super stretchable hydrogel achieved by non-aggregated spherulites with diameters < 5 nm.Nature Communications. 2016, 7, 12095.

  • Chao Liang, Hao Gu, Yingdong Xia, Zhuo Wang, Xiaotao Liu, Junmin Xia, Shouwei Zuo, Yue Hu, Xingyu Gao, Wei Hui, Lingfeng Chao, Tingting Niu, Min Fang, Hui Lu, Han Dong, Hui Yu, Shi Chen, Xueqin Ran, Lin Song, Bixin Li, Jing Zhang, Yong Peng, Guosheng Shao, Jianpu Wang, Yonghua Chen*, Guichuan Xing*, Wei Huang*.Two-dimensional Ruddlesden–Popper layered perovskite solar cells based on phase-pure thin films.Nature Energy DOI: org/10.1038/s41560-020-00721-5 (2020).

  •  Jia Guo, Tanghao Liu, Mingjie Li*, Chao Liang, Kaiyang Wang, Guo Hong, Yuxin Tang, Guankui Long, Siu-Fung Yu,Tae-Woo Lee, Wei Huang, Guichuan Xing*,Ultrashort laser pulse doubling by metal-halide perovskite multiple quantum wells. Nature Communications 11, 3361 (2020).

  •  Guichuan Xing, Bo Wu, Xiangyang Wu, Mingjie Li, Bin Du, Qi Wei, Jia Guo, Edwin KL Yeow, Tze Chien Sum* and Wei Huang*, Transcending the slow bimolecular recombination in lead-halide perovskites for electroluminescence.Nature communications 8, 14558 (2017).  

  • Guichuan Xing, Nripan Mathews*, Swee Sien Lim, Natalia Yantara, Xinfeng Liu, Dharani Sabba, Michael Grätzel, Subodh Mhaisalkar and Tze Chien Sum*, Low-temperature solution-processed wavelength-tunable perovskites for lasing.Nature materials 13, 476 (2014).

  • Guichuan Xing, Nripan Mathews*, Shuangyong Sun, Swee Sien Lim, Yeng Ming Lam, Michael Grätzel, Subodh Mhaisalkar and Tze Chien Sum*,Long-range balanced electron-and hole-transport lengths in organic-inorganic CH3NH3PbI3.Science 342, 344-347 (2013).

  • D. Li, C. Liang, E. V Ushakova, M. Sun, X. Huang, X. Zhang, P. Jing, S. J. Yoo, J.‐G. Kim, E. Liu, W. Zhang, L. Jing, G. Xing, W. Zheng, Z. Tang, S. Qu*, A. L Rogach,Thermally Activated Upconversion Near‐Infrared Photoluminescence from Carbon Dots Synthesized via Microwave Assisted Exfoliation.Small 2019, 15, 1905050.

  • X. Bao, Y. Yuan, J. Chen, B. Zhang, D. Li, D. Zhou, G. Xu, Y. Wang, S. Qu*,In vivo theranostics with near-infrared-emitting carbon dots—highly efficient photothermal therapy based on passive targeting after intravenous administration.Light: Science & Applications 2018, 7 (1), 91.

  • Z. Zhou, P. Tian, X. Liu, S. Mei, D. Zhou, D. Li, P. Jing, W. Zhang, R. Guo,* S. Qu,* A. L. Rogach, Hydrogen Peroxide-Treated Carbon Dot Phosphor with a Bathochromic-Shifted, Aggregation-Enhanced Emission for Light-Emitting Devices and Visible Light Communication.Adv. Sci. 2018, 1800369.

  • Di Li, Pengtao Jing, Lihuan Sun, Yang An, Xinyan Shan, Xinghua Lu, Ding Zhou, Dong Han, Dezhen Shen, Yuechen Zhai, Songnan Qu*, Radek Zbořil and Andrey L. Rogach*, Near-Infrared Excitation/Emission and Multi-Photon-Induced Fluorescence of Carbon Dots. Adv. Mater., 2018, 30, 1705913 .

  •  Di Li, Dong Han, Songnan Qu,* Lei Liu, Pengtao Jing, Ding Zhou, Wenyu Ji, Xiaoyun Wang, Tongfei Zhang, and Dezhen Shen, Supra-(Carbon Nanodots) with Strong Visible to Near-Infrared Absorption Band and Efficient Photothermal Conversion.Light: Sci. Appl., 2016, 5, e16120.

  • Songnan Qu,* Ding Zhou, Di Li,Wenyu Ji, Pengtao Jing, Dong Han, Lei Liu, Haibo Zeng, Dezhen Shen*,Towards Efficient Orange Emissive Carbon Nanodots through Conjugated sp2-Domain Controlling and Surface Charges Engineering. Adv. Mater., 2016, 28, 3516.