In 1927, Prof. Shou-heng Li, a true pioneer in chemical engineering education, established a separate chemical engineering department at Zhejiang University, making it the first of its kind in the country. Since then, Chemical Engineering at ZJU's has remained one of China's top engineering programs providing excellence in education and research. As the oldest Chemical Engineering program in the country, it has seen many changes over its lifetime. In its more than 90 years of existence, ZJU has experienced the lows of wars and economic calamity and China's rise in the world. Through it all, the program has found a way not only to survive but to thrive.

The program recently expanded its core program into six institutes and changed its name to the College of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Zhejiang University (ZJU CBE) to reflect its expanding size and interests.The list of institutes includes Chemical Engineering, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Polymer and Polymerization Engineering, Bioengineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, and Industrial Ecology and Environment. These provide world-class education and research opportunities attracting the best and brightest students from China and worldwide. The College's mission is to provide science and engineering talent to develop China's chemical and related industries, further supporting the national economy's long-term development.

ZJU CBE Facts & Figures


1.In 2021, ZJU Chemical Engineering has been ranked top 100 in the world by QS World University Rankings for the 10th year in a row.(In 2021, ZJU ranked 30th in the world and 3rd in China.)

2.The alumni and faculty of ZJU CBE includes 19 members of the National Academy of Engineering or National Academy of Science, and 1 member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Canada.

3.Between 2009 and 2019, ZJU CBE received 72 national or provincial awards including the National Award for Technological Invention and the National Award for Advance in Science and Technology.

4. During this same period, ZJU CBE was awarded more than 2600 research grants from government agencies.

5. In 2019, the ZJU CBE faculty published nearly 300 papers (SCI and EI) and filed more than 100 invention applications.

6. In 2020, total research funding forZJU CBE reached over RMB 200 million yuan.

7. Since its establishment, ZJU CBE has trained and graduated more 20,000 chemical engineers.  Our graduates are found throughout the world including many of the top companies and universities.