Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP)
Academia Sinica has established the Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) in collaboration with a consortium of several key research universities in Taiwan. The purpose of the program is to develop the research manpower pool in those modern multidisciplinary fields that are important in the future economical and social development and to enhance the innovative potential and academic standards of research in these and related fields. TIGP will offer Ph.D. programs in only selected disciplines to be agreed upon between Academia Sinica and these research universities. It is the intent of the Program to offer Ph.D. education programs only in inter-disciplinary areas in the physical sciences, applied sciences, engineering, biological and agricultural sciences, health and medical sciences, and humanities and social sciences. Academia Sinica assumes principal oversight of the academic options of the Program, and provides the intellectual leadership, the research resources, and the research and physical facilities. Qualified faculty members of the participating research universities are involved in various programs as affiliated faculties of the Program, and participate in the teaching of courses, supervision of research, and mentoring of the international graduate students.
TIGP Program on Sustainable Chemical Science & Technology
Within this context, the international Ph.D. program of Sustainable Chemical Science and Technology is designed to offer specific training and research opportunities to Ph.D. students who are interested in the following areas: 1.develop optoelectronic materials and their applications related to sustainable energy 2.construction of supramolecular materials for recognition, self-assembly, and identification of chemical species 3. new drug development related to human diseases 4. understanding of disease mechanisms, 5. study in cell structure and function 6. development of biosensors 7. green technology of organic synthesis 8. energy related catalysis 9. technology for environmental monitoring and therapy. This program is a collaborative effort between Academia Sinica and National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) and National Taiwan University (NTU). In accordance with these research areas, the sustainable chemical science and technology program is divided into three categories, namely, sustainable materials, sustainable life science and sustainable catalyst & synthesis. The number of total students admitted to Sustainable Chemical Science and Technology Program every year is limited to twenty. The bulk of these students are international students with reasonable proficiency in the use of the English language. However, highly qualified Taiwanese students (up to 10 people) with adequate English proficiency are also considered. Students may do their thesis research with faculty whose principal appointments are associated with the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) and National Taiwan University (NTU).
A whole array of laboratory equipment and facility for teaching and research are available within the participating units. The following is a list of some examples -- device fabrication facilities: NMR Spectrometers: 200MHz, 300MHz, 2x400MHz, 500MHz,600MHz and a 300 MHz Solid state, Mass Spectrometers: GC/MS, Ion Trap, Q-TOF, ESI-TOF, Sector, MALDI-TOF/TOF, Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometer & Powder X-ray Diffractometer, Microscopes: AFM, STM, SEM, and TEM, Dip-pen Nanolithography System, EPR Spectrometer with ESEEM, ENDOR, and Time-resolved Measurements, ESCA/XPS/Auger Spectrometer, Magnetic CD, Physical Vapor Deposition System in clean room, Solar Cell Measurement System, SQUID, Ultra-high Speed Centrifuges.
Together with the above facilities, diverse expertise, and, more importantly, close collaboration among scientists and engineers of all participating units, the present graduate program provides students with an excellent opportunity to cultivate their research interest, and to develop their creativity and skills in problem defining and problem solving.