IOP has made many breakthroughs in basic research, e.g., “Scaling of the strange-metal scattering in unconventional superconductors”, “Roton pair density wave in a strong-coupling kagome superconductor”, the discoveries of “Weyl fermions in condensed matter”, “superconductivity in CrAs and MnP”, “Nearly quantized conductance plateau of vortex zero mode in an iron-based superconductor”, “Rational design of layered oxide materials for sodium-ion batteries”, “evidence for Majorana bound states in an iron-based superconductor”, and “a new class of magnetic Skyrmion materials”; “catalogue of topological electronic materials”, “Atomically precise, custom-design origami graphene nanostructures”, “Observation of unconventional chiral fermions with long Fermi arcs in CoSi”, “high-temperature bulk metallic glasses developed by combinatorial methods”, and “growth of low-dimensional materials”. It plays a leading role in many areas, such as superconductors, topological materials, magnetism, condensed matter theory and computation, nanomaterials, 2D Materials, quantum computation, theoretical research of integrable models, plasmonics, carbon nanotubes, metallic plastic materials, soft matter/biophysics, and advanced materials, etc.
IOP also does well in applied physics. It has been granted 1400+ patents since 1998. Some of these patents have been successfully commercialized, with the most successful examples being the lithium ion battery, the LED-related techniques, and a core composite film for magnetic/nonmagnetic/magnetic multilayer thin films and its usage.
Since 1978, IOP researchers have won 490+ awards, including 8 physics awards of the Third World Academy of Sciences, 1 National Top Award for Science and Technology, 34 National Awards for Natural Sciences, 24 National Awards for Science and Technology Progress, and 9 National Awards for Technological Inventions.
With an aim to meet major national needs, IOP has been actively engaged in the transformation of scientific and technological achievements. By the end of 2021, IOP has 12 holding and sharing high-tech companies, and holds intellectual property shares in 9 of them.
The main areas of high-tech transfer include neodymium iron boron, lithium battery and silicon carbide. IOP started the research of rare earth magnetic materials in 1970s. Founded in 1985, Beijing Zhong Ke San Huan High-tech Inc. has become the world's second largest researcher and supplier of rare earth permanent magnetic materials. Established in 2006, Beijing Tankeblue Semiconductor Co. Ltd. was the first in China to engage in industrialization of silicon carbide crystals, and has become one of the world's leading manufacturers of silicon carbide wafer, with its products being exported to over 20 countries and regions, including Europe, Japan and the United States. In 2017, four companies in the field of new energy were established, majoring in areas of silicon carbon anode materials, density lithium batteries, and sodium-ion batteries. In recent years, IOP released to the public the world’s first sodium-ion battery electric vehicle, and installed the world’s first Na‐ion battery storage system with a capacity of 30 kW/100 kWh and 1 MWh Na-ion battery energy storage smart microgrid system integrated with photovoltaic and charging facilities in collaboration with Beijing HiNa Tech Co. Ltd.. Up until now, IOP enterprises have obtained more than 1 billion yuan of social financing.