History

The Institute of Chemistry was among the first several institutes established when Academia Sinica was founded in 1928 inNanking, China. During its first two decades, despite the difficult times of World War II, the Institute managed to grow and contribute to chemistry research in China. In 1949, Academia Sinica was moved to Taiwan, and eventually relocated to the present site at Nankang, Taipei. In 1957, the Institute of Chemistry was reinstated in Taiwan.

Until1970's,earlier research was focused on applied chemistry related to, for example, fermentation, food chemistry and starch chemistry. During this period, the support from the government was limited. It was not until 1980 when the economic situation in Taiwan had been significantly improved that steady progress in research at Academia Sinica was achieved. The Institute of Chemistry has benefited from the economic growth of the island. Many of our colleagues were recruited during this period. In 1983 the Institute was moved in the modern five-story Chien Shih-Liang Memorial Hall, and in 1995 a second eight-story research laboratory was built. Research interests of our colleagues were expanded to organic synthesis, organometallic chemistry, structural chemistry and the chemistry of materials. However, lack of manpower was the major obstacle for research at this Institute. Even under these circumstances, research continued its steady growth.

Since the mid-nineties, the research programs of the Institute have been regrouped into three main areas: materials chemistry, chemical biology and catalysis. Colleagues with backgrounds in synthesis, analytical chemistry and computational chemistry work together on integrative research programs in the above areas

 

Directors

王璡所長

Wang Jin

1928~1934

1928
莊長恭所長

Zhuang Changgong

1934~1940

1934
任鴻雋所長

Zen Hung-chun

1940~1942

1940
吳學周所長

Wu Xuezhou

1942~1949

1942
魏喦壽所長

Wei, Ngan-Shou

1965~1972

1965
陳朝棟所長

Chen, Chou-Tung

1973~1979

1973
林渭川所長

Lin, Wei-Chuwan

1979~1985

1979
彭旭明代理所長

Peng, Shie-Ming (Acting)

1985~1987

1985
周大紓代理所長

Chou, Ta-shue (Acting)

1987~1990

1987
周大紓所長

Chou, Ta-shue

1990~1996

1990
陶雨台代理所長

Tao, Yu-Tai (Acting)

1996~1997

1996
陳長謙所長

Chan, Sunney I.

1997~1999

1997
周大新代理所長

Chow, Tahsin J. (Acting)

1999~2001

1999
陸天堯所長

Luh, Tien-Yau

2001~2004

2001
陳長謙代理所長

Chan, Sunney I. (Acting)

2004~2005

2004
陶雨台所長

Tao, Yu-Tai

2005~2011

2005
王寛所長

Wang, Kuan

2011~2013

2011
陶雨台代理所長

Tao, Yu-Tai (Acting)

2013.1~2013.9

2013
陳玉如所長

Chen, Yu-Ju

2013~

2013