In 2014-2016, our school undertook more than 600 scientific research projects with total funds to 49.06 million RMB, in which 26.67 million RMB was from the public and government-sponsored research funds such as Natural Science Foundation of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology, national science and technology major project and so on, accounting for 54.4% of the total funds. The average fund for each full-time faculty was about 755 thousand RMB. 189 research articles have been published including 81 SCI papers. 38 SCI papers were published in the first- and second-rank journals according to JCR reports, including one paper in PNAS. 107 Chinese invention patents have been applied and 29 patents have been authorized. Three international patents have been applied. The school has won 6 research awards at the provincial and ministerial level or above, including a second class prize of the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award.
Our outreach programs focus on light industry pollution control and water environment management in Taihu Lake watershed. The brewery wastewater treatment technology has been applied to 54 wastewater treatment projects in 19 provinces or cities, such as Tsingtao Brewery Company Limited, COFCO the Great Wall wine (Yantai) Co., ltd.. In Suzhou, a demonstration project with a disposal capacity of 300 tons kitchen waste formed the “Suzhou model” in kitchen waste treatment and promoted the process of kitchen waste treatment. In the past 5 years, the school has undertaken 7 National Water Pollution Control and Treatment Science and Technology Major Projects. A whole set of techniques for water source protection and comprehensive treatment of polluted rivers have been developed and applied to the Taihu Lake management and treatment practices. In addition, a new training mode of “Teaching-Practice Integration” has been established and applied to the technical and management training for up to 12 thousand sewage treatment plant staff. Advanced environmental protection technologies and experiences of China have been presented to APEC students via these training programs.