Third Smart College - Boling Smart College


Boling smart College (hereinafter referred to as the College), which is subordinate to School of Physics, will be hosted in turn by School of Physics, School of Mathematical Sciences, College of Chemistry, College of Life Sciences and School of Economics, all of which have Boling Classes. The College plans to enroll 110 students every year, of which 30 are from the host college and 20 from each of the other colleges, with student/tutor ratio of 10:1. A training period closes when all students of same session graduate.

II. Features

1. College positioning

Following the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, implementing fully the guiding principles of the Party’s 19th National Congress, as well as implementing the Spirit of the National Education Congress, according to the spirit of Opinions of the Ministry of Education on Accelerating the Construction of High-Level Undergraduate Education and Comprehensively Improving the Ability of Talent TrainingOpinions of Six Departments including the Ministry of Education on Implementing the Top-notch Students Training Program 2.0 in Basic Scientific Disciplines and other documents, the College has deeply implemented the Top-Notch Students Training Program 2.0 in Basic Scientific Disciplines (Top-notch Program 2.0 in short) and accelerated the cultivation of top-notch talents in basic scientific disciplines.

2. Cultivate objectives

Adhering to foster virtue through education, and focusing on the innovation of institutional mechanism and reform of education and teaching, through strengthening mission driving and prioritizing experts’ leadership, innovative learning methods, comprehensive qualities, cross-disciplines, as well as science and education integration should be promoted, so as to build up the base for the top-notch students training in basic scientific disciplines.

Making use of modern information technology, and exploring College system in the new era, the College succeeds in pooling mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology study in one place, integrating immersive learning, nurturing, edification and education as a whole, as well merging knowledge exploring and personality cultivation into one. By exploring the operation mechanism of characteristic management, the College realizes organic combination of teaching affairs, experts governance and professional management team; achieves flexible and efficient teaching management; as well as forms a smooth connection with the relevant institutions inside and outside NKU, so as to promote the base construction for the top-notch students training in basic scientific disciplines and help those students grow up healthily into talents.

3. Teaching mode

Underpinned by the information digital technology, the College has adopted a new College mode with networked organizations, substantive activities and intelligent learning. Through humanized content design and modern means of communication, the College has implemented the operation mode of online classes, online courses, offline tutoring and offline activities, which gives full play to the “contact function” of smart Platform and improves efficiency. The details are as follows:

Online classes: Composed of teachers and students, it promotes the coherence between them and implements the concept of teacher-student community, through interactions between teachers and students, among teachers, or among students.

Offline tutoring: Including lectures, teacher-student community activities (face-to-face learning, tutoring, class meeting), etc.

Offline activities: Including monthly lectures, academic exchanges and service-learning practices. Offline activities are organized once a month, while the College-level activity is organized once a semester.

College’s students can choose interdisciplinary courses with tutors from different schools. Through setting up general elective courses, organizing scientific and research practices, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, carefully designing online courses and offline lectures, holding a variety of academic exchanges and service-learning practices, the College has inspired students with outcomes and reflections after study, so as to achieve the goal of self-remodeling through the integration of arts and sciences.

III. Tutors Information


Li Lei

Professor, College of Life Sciences

Research direction: Proteomics and Plant Molecular Biology

Course: Botany Experiments


Professor Li Lei received Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry from the University of Western Australia in 2009-2013; Li worked as Assistant Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology in Australia from November 2012 to September 2018. During this period, he went to VIB in Belgium for short-term cooperative research. He was hired as a Professor of College of Life Sciences of Nankai University in September 2018 and was selected in the 100 Young Academic Leaders Plan in Nankai University.

Professor Li Lei has been committed to plant biochemistry research and has carried out researches on protein stability, protein complexes assembly and protein degradation pathways. Li has published 14 academic papers with cumulative influence factors of over 80 and H-index of 11, with 7 articles as the first author, including Trends in Plant Science (1), Plant Cell (1), Molecular and Cellular Proteomics (1), Plant Journal (1) and JBC (2) . Li has been invited to give keynote speeches at the Australian Biochemistry and International Proteomics Conference and was awarded the Young Scientist Award by the Australia-China Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation in 2017. Li serves as the review editor for Frontiers in Plant Science, a well-known botany journal. Li also reviews for major academic journals such as Nature Plants, Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, New Phytologist, Journal of Proteome Research, etc. 


Jiang Yiming

Professors, Director of Department in School of Mathematical Sciences

Research directions: Stochastic processes, stochastic partial differential equations (SPDEs) and their application in finance

Courses: Probability Theory, Financial Options


Jiang Yiming, male, Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, Nankai University, Director of Department of Mathematical Finance and Actuarial Science. In 1999, he was recommended for admission Class of Chern Shiing-shen (now Boling Class), Nankai University; He received a Bachelor of Science degree in July 2003; He began studying for his doctorate (Direct Entry) in the major of Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics in School of Mathematical Sciences, Nankai university. His main research direction is Stochastic partial differential equations (SPDEs) and their applications; In December 2007, he had early doctoral graduation (awarded Nankai University 2008 Outstanding Graduate) and stayed in School of Mathematical Sciences as a teacher, engaged in the research of Stochastic partial differential equations (SPDEs) and their applications in finance. He is also a visiting scholar to Institute of Mathematics, Oxford University, UK (China Scholarship Council program, July 2013-June 2014) and has presented academic papers at numerous conferences and seminars at home and abroad. He has formally published 21 SCI academic papers. In 2018, he won the 8th “Best Teacher and Mentor” Award from Nankai University. 


Liu Yang

Research Fellow, College of Chemistry

Research directions: Synthesis of functional polymer; Nano-biomedical material 

Course: Comprehensive Chemistry Experiment


Liu Yang is a researcher and doctoral supervisor. He received bachelor’s degree from College of Chemistry, Nankai University in 2006 and received Ph.D. in Polymer chemistry from Nankai University in 2011. Liu went to UCLA in the same year, and received his second ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Molecular Bioengineering in 2016. After graduated in 2016, Liu returned to China and joined Nankai University’s College of Chemistry, setting up a research team to carry out researches. Currently, his researches focus on the study of polymer nanomedicine related to the treatment of major diseases such as cancer and chronic diseases.


Yang Jianyi

Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences

Research direction: Bioinformatics

Courses: Bioinformatics, Advanced Mathematics 


Yang Jianyi is a professor and doctoral supervisor at Nankai University. Yang graduated from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2011 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan, USA, from 2011 to 2014. Yang joined Nankai University in early 2015 and was promoted exceptionally to professor at the end of 2017. In 2016, Yang was elected to the 1000 Youth Talents Program and funded by the Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation in 2018. With research direction on bioinformatics, Yang has published 30 SCI papers as first author or correspondent in journals such as Nature Methods. The published papers were cited more than 3000 times by SCI, and 3 papers were selected as ESI highly cited papers.


Qiao Xiaonan

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, School of Economics, Program Director of Boling Class

Research directions: Political Economy, Environmental Economics

Courses: World Economy, the Frontiers of Modern Economics, Institutional Economics, International Economics


Qiao Xiaonan, male, born in 1981 in Tianjin, Associate Professor at Nankai University’s School of Economics, master’s tutor, researcher of the Collaborative Innovation Center for China Economy. He graduated from Department of Economics, Nankai University with Ph.D. in Political Economy. He is also a visiting scholar to Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Japan. He is mainly engaged in research of political economy and environmental economics. He has published more than 60 academic papers in Chinese and foreign journals such as Economic Research Journal, Management World, Studies on Marxism, China Economic Quarterly, The Journal of World Economy and China Industrial Economics. Meanwhile, he serves as an anonymous reviewer of 14 domestic journals. He has presided over more than 10 projects such as the general projects of the National Social Science Fund, the general projects of the Tianjin Philosophical and Social Sciences Planning and its youth project. He is also an executive member of the National Marxist Economics Youth Forum, executive member of the Annual Meeting of Chinese Young Scholars of Political Economy, Director of Research Association for China’s Economic Development, Director of Tianjin Economic Society. He has advocated and organized of Nankai Young Scholar Forum of Marxist Political Economy. In recent years, he continues research in areas based on the basic principles of Marxist political economy and its mathematical methodology, the development of contemporary capitalism and the construction of a modern socialist economic system.


Feng Zhixuan

Lecturer, Department of Economics, School of Economics

Research directions: Mathematical Political Economy, the Empirical Research Method of Political Economy, and the Dependency Theory

Courses: Excerpt of Das Kapital 2-1, Excerpt of Das Kapital 2-2, Mathematical Analysis Methods of Marxist Political Economy, Lecture on Mathematical Political Economy, Study of Capital


Feng Zhixuan, Male, Ph.D. in Economics, graduated from Political Economy major of School of Economics, Renmin University of China in 2016. Feng is mainly engaged in political economy teaching and research. He has published many academic articles on Management World, the Journal of World Economy, Studies on Marxism, China Review of Political Economy, People's Daily, Guangming Daily, etc.


Fu Xuewen

Professor, School of Physics

Research directions: Long-term engaging in the research of 4D Ultrafast Electron Microscopy Technology and Atom/nanoscale Ultrafast dynamics and its physics research; paying special attention to the development of new electronic imaging and probing technology of high temporal resolution to solve ultra-fast science problems in the new microcosmic world. Focus on the development of a new generation of electronic imaging and probing technology of high temporal resolution, including in-situ 4D Ultrafast Electron Microscopy Technologies and in-situ time-resolved cathodoluminescence (TRCL). In an unprecedented space-time scale, conduct in situ research of functional nano-materials’ physical and chemical changes (scientific problems of ltrafast dynamics) in real application such as energy conversion and information storage. Thus develop new functional devices and new applications.

Course: General Physics Experiments


Fu graduated from the Department of Physics of Beijing Normal University in 2009 and received Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from Peking University in 2014 (learn from Academician Yu Dapeng). During doctoral study, his research is mainly on electronic structure of nano-sized semiconductor materials and the effect of strain on ultrafast carrier dynamics and its application. After graduation, he joined California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in postdoctoral research on 4D Ultrafast Electron Microscopy Technology and ultrafast dynamics of functional nano-materials (collaborating tutor: Professor Ahmed Zewail, inventor of 4D ultrafast electron microscope and Nobel Laureate), leading the development and application of liquid 4D ultrafast electron microscope in situ with high temporal resolution. In 2017, he joined Brookhaven National Laboratory in the United States to work on ultrafast electron diffraction and imaging and In situ spherical aberration corrected transmission electron microscope (ACTEM), developing 4D Ultrafast Lorentz Electron Microscopy with high temporal resolution. In September 2019, he was hired as professor and doctoral supervisor in School of Physics, Nankai University, where he chaired the establishment of Nankai University’s Ultrafast Electron Microscope Laboratory. Fu’s research directions are 4D Ultrafast Electron Microscopy Technology with high temporal resolution and ultrafast dynamics and its physics of atom/nanoscale. Fu has published more than 30 academic papers, including 17 papers as the first author on Science, Science Advances (2), Advanced Materials, ACS Nano (4), J. Phys. Chem. Lett., Appl. Phys. Lett. (2), Nanoscale, etc. Fu is also the first inventor of one patent. Fu’s research has been featured and particularly reported several times by Science,, Physicsword, Nanotechweb, Advances in Engineering, Liberty Times, World Journal,, etc. Fu has won awards and honors such as Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate from Beijing, Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate from Peking University, Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award of Peking University, Academic Talent of Peking University, First Prize of the First National Electron Microscope Picture Competition and Top Popularity Award.


Wang Xiaochen

Research Fellow and Teacher, College of Chemistry

Research directions: Organoboron catalysis, transition-metal catalysis

Course: Innovative Thinking in Chemistry


Wang graduated from Nankai University’s College of Chemistry as undergraduate in 2007, and achieved doctoral degree from the University of Maryland in 2012. Wang had conducted postdoctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute from 2012 to 2015, and joined Nankai University’s College of Chemistry and State Key Laboratory of Elemento-organic Chemistry in April 2015 as a Distinguished Researcher and Doctoral Supervisor. After joining Nankai University, Wang began research in organoboron catalytic chemistry, and has undertaken a number of scientific research projects at both national and provincial level. Wang has published more than 10 influential international journal papers, and has won the Asian Organic Chemistry Federation ACP Lectureship Award (2018) and the first Tencent Charity Foundation funded Xplore Prize (2019)


Ding Dan

Research Fellow, College of Life Sciences

Research direction: Design, preparation and biomedical use of new probes of molecule imaging

Courses: Advanced Biochemistry (II), Lecture on the Frontiers of Molecular Biology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Practice


Ding Dan, research fellow at State Key Laboratory of Bioactive Material Research (Ministry of Education) and State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology, School of Life Sciences, Nankai University. Ding graduated from School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (SCCE), Nanjing University in 2005 as undergraduate and achieved Ph.D. in Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Nanjing University in 2010. In August 2010, Ding joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore in the preparation and biological application of new fluorescent probes. Ding became a professor at Nankai University in March 2013. Ding’s research group is focused on the design, preparation and biomedical application of new type of molecule imaging probes. The research group mainly develops new molecular imaging probes based on “aggregation-induced emission luminogen (AIEgen)” and semiconductor conjugated polymer, and the group is committed to developing new materials and methods for diagnosis and treatment of serious diseases such as tumor and tissue ischemic. Since 2013, Ding has been selected into talent programs such as “the Thousand Talent Program for Young Outstanding Scientists” in Tianjin, “Hundred Young Academic Leaders Program” at Nankai University, “Young Scientific and Technological Talents in Tianjin”, and Outstanding Youth in Tianjin. In 2016, Ding has been supported by the National Natural Science Foundation’s Science Foundation of China for Excellent Young Scholars. To date, Ding has published more than 60 SCI papers as correspondent in major international journals such as Nature Communications, JACS, Advanced Materials, etc. Ding’s research achievements have attracted wide attention from domestic and foreign peer experts, with SCI papers cited more than 6,600 times and H-index, 48.


Liu Yubin

Professor, Director of Department of Modern Physics, School of Physics

Research direction: Theoretical physics

Course: Theoretical Mechanics


Liu lectures the compulsory course of physics, Theoretical Mechanics (available in spring semester of sophomore year). Liu is awarded Tianjin Outstanding Teacher in Teaching, and inspector of Tianjin Municipal Education Supervision Committee. Liu’s main research direction is particle physics theory in theoretical physics, and the specific area is law of strong interactions and the properties of particles with strong interactions. He has published more than 50 research papers on Physical Review Letters, Physical Review (D), Nuclear Physics (B) and Journal of High Energy Physics. 

Liu is currently a member of Teaching Steering Committee of Colleges and Universities of the Ministry of Education and member of the North China Regional Working Group. Liu is also director of Chinese Nuclear Physics Society and Computational Physics Society, vice Chairman of the Research Association of Physical Mechanics of Colleges in China, evaluation expert of National Natural Science Foundation of China, and evaluation expert of the Ministry of Education, reviewer of journals such as Chinese Physics Letters and Commun in Theor Phys. Liu has won the title of excellent teacher with morality in Tianjin and other honorary titles.