Awards & Publications


Over the past decade, Nanjing University has acquired more than 800 national, provincial and ministerial awards for research. Since 2000, NJU has won 1 first prize and 18 second prizes in the National Natural Science Awards, 6 second prizes in the National Scientific and Technological Progress Awards and 4 second prizes in the State Technological Awards. In 2006, a project accomplished by NJU physicists led by academician Ming Naiben won first prize in the National Natural Science Awards, which is the highest award for natural scientific research in China.

The First Prize of National Natural Science in 2006: Design, Preparation, Properties and Applications of Dielectric Superlattice Material

Under the leadership of Professor Min Naiben, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the research group won in 2006 the First Prize of National Natural Science for the project: design, preparation, properties and applications of dielectric superlattice material. The project introduced the concept of superlattice to dielectric material and developed periodical, quasi-periodicity and two-dimensional quasi-periodic modulation of dielectric superlattice. The research group investigated the propagation, excitation and coupling effects of electromagnetic waves and elastic waves. The group did creative and systematic work in the research of new effects, theoretical prediction of new mechanism, material preparation, experimental verification and prototype devices.

The group had three papers published in Science, one in Advanced Materials and six in Physics Review Letters. It had 55 papers cited 639 times in SCI journals and extensively quoted by 13 review articles. Its members delivered keynote addresses 20 times at international conferences and wrote four review articles for international academic journals.

The 2015 Ministry-of-Education Grand Prize for Progress in Science and Technology: The Research and Application of  Animal Disease Models

The animal model is the foundation of modern biomedicine research. At the beginning of this century, China’s core technology of animal model development lagged behind, and this became the bottleneck for original research and drug development. To solve this problem, the research group made persistent efforts and finally achieved great success in animal model analysis. The group improved gene targeting in ES cells and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology and made a breakthrough in the knockout of mouse genes. The group also established a knockout of dog genes, the first of its kind in the world. In addition, it built a world-class resource center of the mouse model, meeting the need for application of animal models. It participated in the project of the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium, set many analytical standards, and made achievements in research fields such as physiological homeostasis and birth defects.

The members of the group published 21 papers about this project. They have been cited 21 times in SCI journals. Those papers have been highly praised by international colleagues.

Recent Publications

NJU ranks top among Chinese universities in terms of the quality and quantity of research papers listed in the Science Citation Index (SCI). The number of SCI publications of NJU was ranked first among Chinese universities for seven years since 1992, and NJU had the highest number of citations of SCI papers for eight years since 1992. In 2013, NJU was ranked fourth among Chinese universities in the Nature Publishing Index. In 2014, NJU was ranked 38th in the Global Nature Index and fourth for China. In 2015, NJU was ranked 7th in the Asia-Pacific Nature Index, and again fourth for China.In 2016, NJU was ranked 20th in the Global Nature Index among global universities, 4th in the Asia-Pacific Nature Index, and 2nd among Chinese Universities.

Studies Published in Nature

1. A new eutriconodont mammal and evolutionary development in early mammals

2. Call from China for joint nanotech toxicity-testing effort

3. Early Cambrian ocean anoxia in South China

4. Inefficient star formation in extremely metal poor galaxies

5. Parent-progeny sequencing indicates higher mutation rates in heterozygotes

6. Reactions triggered electrically

7. Single-nucleotide mutation rate increases close to insertions deletions in eukaryotes

8. Sulphide oxidation and carbonate dissolution as a source of CO2 over geological timescales

9. The association of GRB 060218 with a supernova and the evolution of the shock wave

Studies Published in Science

1. A Swimming Mammalia form from the Middle Jurassic and Ecomorphological Diversification of Early Mammals

2. Nonreciprocal Light Propagation in a Silicon Photonic Circuit

3. Observation of Feshbach resonances in the FH2 HFH reaction

4. Phosphatized polar lobe-forming embryos from the Precambrian of Southwest China

5. The crushing weight of urban waste

6. The distance to the Perseus spiral arm in the Milky Way

7. X-ray flares from postmerger millisecond pulsars

Studies Published in Cell

Programming and Inheritance of Parental DNA Methylomes in Mammals

Studies Published in PNAS 

1. A vacuolar phosphate transporter essential for phosphate homeostasis in Arabidopsis

2. Bidirectional thermotaxis in Caenorhabditis elegans is mediated by distinct sensorimotor strategies driven by the AFD thermosensory neurons

3. BIK1 interacts with PEPRs to mediate ethylene-induced immunity

4. Cell fate decision mediated by p53 pulses

5. Complex embryos displaying bilaterian characters from Precambrian Doushantuo phosphate deposits, Weng'an, Guizhou, China

6. Dual roles of FBXL3 in the mammalian circadian feedback loops are important for period determination and robustness of the clock

7. Effect of the Fukushima nuclear accident on the risk perception of residents near a nuclear power plant in China

8. Energy landscape and multiroute folding of topologically complex proteins adenylate kinase and 2ouf-

9. Energy landscape views for interplays among folding, binding, and allostery of calmodulin domains

10. Enhancing dissociative chemisorption of H2O on Cu111 via vibrational excitation

11. Great majority of recombination events in Arabidopsis are gene conversion events

12. Hierarchical nanostructured conducting polymer hydrogel with high electrochemical activity

13. Intensification of phosphorus cycling in China since the 1600s

14. Nanopurification of silicon from 84% to 99.999% purity with a simple and scalable process

15. Photonic topological insulator with broken time-reversal symmetry

16. Pictet-Spengler reaction-based biosynthetic machinery in fungi

17. Presence absence polymorphism for alternative pathogenicity islands in Pseudomonas viridiflava, a pathogen of Arabidopsis

18. Pressure-induced superconductivity in a three-dimensional topological material ZrTe5

19. Protein folding guides disulfide bond formation

20. Raman spectra of a lower Cambrian ctenophore embryo from southwestern Shaanxi, China

21. Rapidly evolving R genes in diverse grass species confer resistance to rice blast disease

22. Regulation of DLK1 by the maternally expressed miR-379 miR-544 cluster may underlie callipyge polar overdominance inheritance

23. Role of cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript in estradiol-mediated neuroprotection

24. Two-phase dynamics of p53 in the DNA damage response

25. Underestimated role of East Atlantic-West Russia pattern on Amazon vegetation productivity

26. Understanding phase behavior of plant cell cortex microtubule organization

27. Winter teleconnections can predict the ensuing summer European crop productivity