The Center for Condensed Matter Sciences (CCMS), established in October 1992, is an interdisciplinary research institute reporting directly to the Vice President of National Taiwan University. The overall goal of CCMS is to be a leading research institute engaged in frontier basic research and technology development. It emphasizes the development of specialized technical expertise and the establishment of advanced facilities to promote the research and technological accomplishments through collaborations with outstanding domestic and international research groups.
The fields of research in CCMS encompass physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, etc. In recent years, the research work at CCMS has been focused in the following two areas: (1) emergent materials and advanced devices, and (2) spectro-microscopy. Expertise of research groups and labs includes Inorganic Materials, Thin Film Heterostructures & Spintronics, Semiconductor Physics & Nano Electronics, Molecular Materials, Theoretical Modeling and Materials Computations, Electron Microscopy, Laser Spectroscopy, and Surface NanoScience and Nano-Physics. Currently, we have 11 regular research faculty members (and/or professors), 9 adjunct faculty members through joint appointments, 4 NSC research scholars, more than 20 postdoctoral associates, and over 100 graduate students and assistants. In the last five years, over 100 research projects have been completed, and over 100 students have obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees based on studies carried out at CCMS. More than 200 scholars from various departments and universities have participated in various projects.
The overall goal is to establish an outstanding research center with excellent scholars and facilities to promote interdisciplinary research and to develop advanced graduate programs for fostering new scientists and engineers. The collaborative research comprises the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering (electrical, chemical and mechanical, etc.), with participating researchers from various universities, Academia Sinica, Industrial Technology and Research Institutes, and Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, etc. Research studies are to be focused on novel materials/structures and new techniques, directly relevant to the industrial development of this country. Therefore, team efforts from basic research to device applications among the academic and the industrial communities are particularly encouraged.
In order to cultivate new generations of R&D experts with interdisciplinary trainings and experiences, we will endeavor to set up graduate curriculum offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in emerging topics. The teaching and research faculties shall come from this Center and various departments of Science and Engineering Colleges of the University. With planning to be in full operation in six years, we expect this program would eventually involve 45 faculty members, 80 master students, 50 doctoral students, 50 postdoctorals and 30 visiting scholars. Our objective is to establish CCMS as one of the most advanced teaching and research labs in the world.