The key laboratory of materials modification by laser, ion and electron beams of Ministry of Education (MMlab) was part of state key laboratory of materials modification by laser, ion and electron beams between 1991 and 2008. In 2009, it becomes an independent key laboratory of Ministry of Education. The current director of MMLab is Prof. Jijun Zhao, and the current chairman of academic committee is Prof. Kesong Zhou. The MMlab has totally sixty scientists (including 36 full professors, 21 associate professors, 3 lecturers) and five stuffs. Every year, it also hosts about twenty visiting scientists and postdoctoral fellows. There are about 200 Ph. D students and 250 master students in the MMlab.
The major scientific field of MMlab is the interdisciplinary research between materials science and plasma physics/condensed matter physics. Currently, the five research directions of MMlab are: (1) Design of novel materials and materials modifications; (2) Materials surface modification technology with energetic beams; (3) Materials processing theory and technology by special energy fields; (4) Low-temperature plasma physics and technology; (5) Fusion plasma physics and fusion reactor materials.
The scientists in MMlab are now undertaking about 160 research projects with total amount of funds over 178 million RMB. Every year, they publish over 100 SCI papers. The MMlab has established world-wide collaborations with those well-known institutes in USA, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Sweden, etc.