In August 1954, Shanghai Normal College officially inaugurated and established the discipline of chemistry. In October 1997, the College of life and environmental sciences was established. In November 2018, the College of chemistry and materials science was established. In accordance with the discipline development objectives and teaching needs, the College is composed of "three departments and one center", namely the Department of chemistry, the Department of resource chemistry and engineering, the Department of molecular functional materials and the Center for chemistry and materials analysis.
The College now has 118 faculty members, including 15 doctoral supervisors, 2 overseas national distinguished professors, 1 NSFC distinguished young scholar (part-time), 2 NSFC excellent young scholars, 4 persons hosting New Century Excellent Talent Support Project of the MOE, 1 Shanghai leading talent, 3 Shanghai Excellent academic leaders, 7 Shanghai distinguished professors, 13 persons supported by the Shanghai Science and Technology Development Funds, 9 dawn scholars, 7 persons funded by Pujiang Talents Plan, 3 Shanghai outstanding young teachers in universities, 3 Baosteel excellent teachers, and many people awarded prizes in Shanghai young teachers teaching competition.
After more than 65 years of construction and development, the College has the Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Resource Chemistry, International joint laboratory of the ministry of education (Shanghai Normal University - National University of Singapore - Princeton University) and
the Shanghai key laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials. The college was selected into the Environmental unctional Materials innovation team of the Ministry of eduation, which won the rolling support under construction. In 2018, the Collegwas approvd the "111" plan of the state administration for foreign affairs and special affairs. Some research projects were respectively awarded by the Second Prize of National Science and Technology Progress, the First Prize or third of Shanghai Natural Science. Some faculties presided over key projects of NSFC (the National Natural Science Foundation of China). Faculty members published important papers in academic journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Commun., JACS, Angew. Chem. Int.edit.
Chemistry discipline is Shanghai plateau (category I) discipline, Shanghai key discipline of Rare Earth Functional Materials and Shanghai Physical Chemistry key discipline of Shanghai Education Commission. In January 2015, ESI (Essential Science Indicators) data showed that chemistry discipline ranking in the top 1% of disciplines in the world, and also materials science and engineering in the top 1% of ESI.
The College is located in Xuhui and Fengxian campuses. It offers master degree programs in Chemistry, Chemical engineering and technology, Materials and chemical engineering, and a doctor degree program in Environmental science and engineering (Environmental functional materials and recycling, Environmental catalysis and Air pollution control). At present, there are Shanghai undergraduate education highland in Applied Chemistry, Shanghai excellent courses. Instrumental Analysis and Physical Chemistry are the key courses of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission.
There are nearly 800 undergraduates and more than 500 postgraduates. The students won the outstanding master degree thesis of Shanghai, the first prize of "Challenge Cup" of national college students,
China Youth Science and Technology Innovation Award, Baosteel outstanding student award, Shanghai “Mayor Nomination Award”, the first prize of Shanghai "Science and Technology Innovation Cup", the first prize of "SAIC Education Cup" and Chen Jiageng youth Invention Award. College students also obtained excellent achievements for many times in the National College Students' chemical design competition, National chemical experiment competition for College Students, National normal professional chemistry competition, and the Chemical experiment competition of Shanghai normal colleges and university.
In the process of "Double First-class" construction in colleges and universities across the country, the college focuses on the frontier of Chemistry and Materials Science, creates new platforms such as Research Center for Biomimetic Synthesis and new drug innovation, Functional materials research center and Green chemical engineering technology research center. Research main fields of faculties involve in Resource chemistry and Catalysis, Bionic chemical synthesis and Pharmacy, Advanced functional materials and energy materials, Life analysis chemistry, and Chemical Education. Coordinative development of science, engineering and humanities is quite concerned. With improvement of the internationalization level of the teaching staff, promotion of the reform of the curriculum system facing the new era, consolidation of the 4 + 2 + 1 training mode of innovative talents, link up the training modes for undergraduate and master student, we train future middle school teachers and outstanding innovative talents for Shanghai and even the whole country in high quality. We will further highlight the social contribution of Chemistry discipline in Shanghai Normal University, and exert effort wisdom and strength to the high-level university construction aim of Shanghai Normal University.