The physics subject of South China Normal University joined the National ``World-First-Class Subject" Building Project in 2017, as well as the Guangdong Province ``Reaching First Class" List of Core Colleges in 2018. The Institute of Quantum Matter was found in July 2018. In the same year, the Institute joined the international experimental collaboration LHCb at CERN. In 2020, the Institute joined the international experimental collaboration BESIII, and founded the Southern Nuclear Science Computing Center jointly with the Institute of Modern Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Institute of Quantum Matter is a second-rank organization of teaching and research of South China Normal University. The first director of the Institute is Prof. Enke Wang, Chancellor of the university. The research staff of the Institute consist of 24 people, including one member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, one recipient of the National Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, one National Specially-Hired Young Expert, and one recipient of the National Fund for Excellent Young Scholars. All current research staff of the Institute have a PhD degree, with an average age below 40, forming a team of young researchers of diverse background. The Institute has been focusing on the following five fields of research in particle physics and nuclear physics: high energy nuclear physics, hadron physics, high energy experiments, lattice gauge theory, and gravity duality and string theory. Since its establishment, the Institute has had several milestones of development, which include the approval of the Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Nuclear Science in 2019 and the approval of the Guangdong-Hong Kong Joint Laboratory on Quantum Matter, the university's first Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Joint Laboratory, in 2020. In addition, under Prof. Enke Wang's leadership, the research team has received approval of a National Natural Science Fund Core Project and a Guangdong Major Project of Basic and Applied Basic Research.
The Institute of Quantun Matter will contribute to the university as a Guangdong Province High-Level University as well as in the development of the First-Class physics Subject. The Institute will also satisfy the demand of fundamental physics research in the Guangdong Province and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Great Bay Area, and provide support to the strategy of innovation-driven development and the transformation of economy of the Guangdong Province.