The Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices was founded by East China Normal University in December 2007 with the consent of the Ministry of Education, and officially accepted as a Key Laboratory in Ministry of Education (KLME) in March 2011. The laboratory passed the assessment organized by the Ministry of Education in November 2011. Driven by the strategic demands of national information industries and technological development, the laboratory is focused on studying the phenomena of electrical charge and spinal polarization in functional materials and devices, revealing the polarization laws and new physical effects, exploring new quantum-manipulation methods and characteristics of novel functional devices. The researches in the laboratory include: 1) ferroelectric/multiferroic charge polarization and magnetic coupling laws; 2) electronic spin polarization and transportation in narrow-gap semiconductors; 3) spin/charge polarization based optoelectronic devices; 4) micro/nano oxide electronic devices and their integration with silicon based devices.
With the financial support from the 211 and 985 projects, the laboratory has set up ten research platforms in the following fields: theoretical computer center, functional thin film, molecular beam epitaxy, nano optoelectronics, wide-band multi-function magneto- optical spectroscopy, time resolved optical spectroscopy, novel imaging spectrometer, strong magnetic field and cryogenic electron transport, functional devices, polarized materials and devices characterization. There are many scientific instruments in the laboratory, including molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), high vacuum pulsed laser deposition system (PLD), atomic layer deposition system (ALD), magnetron DC / RF sputtering machine, high-performance nanomaterials preparation system, plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition system, sol-gel systems, double-crystal X-ray diffraction analyzer (XRD), UV fluorescence microscopy spectrum tester, vacuum type Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, automatic ellipsometer, three-lever laser Raman spectrometer, femtosecond YAG laser system, temperature variable ferroelectric/dielectric testing system, comprehensive physical property measurement system, multifunctional atomic force microscopy, piezoelectric scanning probe microscope, and micro-nano device processing platform. The total cost of these instruments and equipment is over 72 million Yuan.
There are 40 research scientists in the laboratory including 18 full professors, 1 academician of Chinese academy of sciences and 2 National Outstanding Youth Grant winners, forming a research team with multi-disciplinary background headed by the academician and led by the National Outstanding Youth Grant winners. The laboratory was elected as one of the innovation teams of the Ministry of Education in 2009. Since the establishment, the laboratory has gained more than 30 important research projects from the Ministry of Science and Technology, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Education, and other national and local (Shanghai) government organizations. The total research grants are over 70 million Yuan. The Lab members have published more than 1000 peer-reviewed papers, including 18 ESI highly cited papers, and have been honored the first award of the Shanghai Natural Science Prize in 2013, the first award of the Outstanding Research Prize of the Ministry of Education in 2014 and two second awards of the Shanghai Natural Science Prize in 2012 and 2015 respectively. Up to now, the laboratory has trained over 200 postgraduate students, 120 PhD students and 10 postdoctoral fellows