Beijing University of Chemical Technology


Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) is designated high risk for its high proportion of defence research.

BUCT is subordinate to the Ministry of Education. The university engages in high levels of defence research. In 2016, the Ministry of Education and defence industry agency SASTIND agreed to jointly construct BUCT, a move designed to expand its involvement in defence research. ;

Between 2011 and 2015, the university’s spending on defence research reached RMB272 million (AUD56 million), approximately 15% of the university’s research spending and an increase of around 50% over the previous five years.

BUCT specialises in the development and application of critical materials for the defence industry. Its research on carbon fibres has been applied to the aerospace industry.

BUCT holds secret-level security credentials, allowing it to participate in classified defence and weapons technology projects.

Major defence laboratories

Designated defence research areas

In 2017, SASTIND approved four disciplines with defence characteristics at BUCT. These four disciplines could not be identified but they probably include materials science and pattern recognition technology. ;

Defence and security links

A vice president and member of the party standing committee at BUCT previously worked for the PLA General Staff Department Third Department (3PLA), which was the Chinese military’s signals intelligence arm until it was incorporated into the PLA Strategic Support Force in 2016.

Noteworthy international collaborations

A professor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a ‘foreign principal investigator’ at BUCT’s International Research Center of Soft Matter (国际软物质研究中心).

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