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Key Laboratory of Inorganic Coating Materials of the Chinese Academy of Sciences was founded in the 1960s to meet the demand of solving the frontier research topics on special coating materials, which are urgently needed in national modernization construction. Since the first man-made satellite "Dong fang Hong", our lab has been undertaking almost all the research and production task of spacecraft used inorganic thermal control coatings. The main research achievements of our lab include special protective coatings, inorganic thermal control coatings, high-temperature insulation coatings, high-temperature oxidation resistance coatings, bio-compatible coatings and so on. Among which, more than 70 items have been rewarded by the country, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the city government of Shanghai. The Laboratory won the honorary title of “advanced collective” of Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIC-CAS), and the title of "Shanghai science and technology system model collective" of the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai from 2001 to 2003, the title of "Shanghai labor model collective" of the Shanghai Municipal People's Government from 2001 to 2003, and the annual "staff of Shanghai science and technology innovation team" of Shanghai Municipal Federation of Trade Unions in 2013 .

Key Laboratory of Inorganic Coating Materials focus on national economic construction, and engaged in the study of applied basic research and engineering of high-performance inorganic coating materials. The applied basic research focus on the inorganic coating materials which have important restrictive effects on the future development of science and technology, or on the breakthrough of performances of coating itself which will have a significant impact on product performances. The study of high technology innovation and application development mainly concentrates on the development high-performance materials and production of new materials which are urgently needed by the country, with the goal of improving the stability of product performance, quality reliability and production efficiency. Meanwhile, the laboratory carried out the improvement on the production technology and process optimization of coating materials, for example, providing small quantities, many batches and multi-type special inorganic coating products.

The main researches include: special functional coatings, bio-medical coatings, special protective coatings and characterization of coating service behavior.