Shi Erwei, a research professor, was born in June 1955 in Shanghai.
In 1982, Shi graduated from the Department of Chemistry of the Wuzhou Branch School of Jiangxi Normal College. From 1982 to 1985, he taught chemistry at Wuzhou Normal College in Jiangxi Province. In 1985, he was admitted to the postgraduate program of the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics under CAS (SICCAS), where he obtained his master's degree in 1988 and his Ph.D. in 1992. From 1992 to 1993, he conducted post-doctoral studies at Pusan National University in the Republic of Korea.
Dr. Shi served at SICCAS as an associate research professor from July 1994 and as a research professor from January 1997. He was appointed assistant director of SICCAS in June 1995 and director in February 1998. He was named CAS deputy secretary-general in October 1999, secretary-general in August 2000 and a vice president in January 2004.
Prof. Shi has pursued long-term studies into the growth of synthetic crystals and related theories. He participated in the development and industrialization of synthetic colored quartz, conducting systematic research into defects of the crystal and inter-relations between its growth conditions and properties. Based on this, he suggested a double-doping strategy and a responsive color-core model. While conducting his post-doctoral research in South Korea, he carried out studies on the synthesis of perovskite thin films by the hydrothermal method. After returning home, he threw himself into probes of preparations of various crystallites with the hydrothermal method, such as barium titanate, zirconium oxide, aluminum oxide, bismuth germanate, titanium oxide, zinc oxide, spinel and composite mixtures of aluminum oxide and zirconium oxide. In particular, he engaged in penetrating research on the inter-relationships of hydrothermal conditions with the structure of crystallite, particle size, growth morphology, physical phases and defects. He suggested the concept of aggregation processes in hydrothermal synthesis system. His recent scientific research interest is focused on morphological studies of the synthesis of high-temperature semi-conductor materials. Starting from a model about crystal growth, he systematically exposes the internal associations of structure and morphology of crystals with physical and chemical conditions set for the synthesis. His work provides theoretical support for optimization of synthesis conditions and related properties of the crystalline materials and also opens new horizons for computational crystallography.