During the past half century since I entered this field, the prospective of compression science has grown from a tiny niche field to an endless horizon. The tenacious advancement in high-pressure technology using synchrotron x-ray, neutron, laser, and electro-magnetic probes, and the extraordinary impact to physics, chemistry, Earth and materials sciences have demonstrated the unprecedented potential. The pressure dimension can open up the advanced materials world ten times of what had been achieved in the 20th Century. However, to unleash the full potential would require concerted and integrated efforts of the multidisciplinary high-pressure science and technology.
China is rising to the opportunity to establish the Center for High-Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR). This will be the world's first large-scale basic research center focusing exclusively on comprehensive multidisciplinary compression science. The HPSTAR is build upon its Staff Scientists who are provided with long-term, ample research funding, advanced facilities, and open, liberal research environment. They have the total freedom to define their research goals, paths, team, and domestic and international collaborations. They will be able to fully devote their time, efforts, and creativity to pursue their individual scientific dreams. Moreover with the complementary expertise of other Staff Scientists, they naturally join efforts to reach the apex. This is actually the most effective and efficient system for facilitating scientific research, as attested by the successful operation of the Carnegie Institution over 110 years. We are looking forward to HPSTAR to become a world leader in high-pressure research and to impact multidisciplinary physical sciences in China and beyond.
Director of HPSTAR