The Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials (iChEM) was established jointly by Xiamen University (XMU), Fudan University (FDU), University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) under the guidance of the 2011-plan. In addition, many outstanding scholars from several well-known institutions and universities such as the Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter (FJIRSM) of CAS, the Institute of Chemistry of CAS, Tsinghua University, the University of Oxford, and the University of California-Berkeley (UC-Berkeley) have joined the center as affiliated collaborators. The mission of the consortium is to integrate key innovative elements from universities, research institutes, and enterprises in China and abroad. In addition, iChEM takes advantage of each of the four member institutions’ strengths in “chemistry and materials sciences” to further advance cutting-edge energy-related research while simultaneously offering invaluable training to promising and emerging young researchers, In doing so, iChEM is able to strengthen the extant research community and spur on new industry collaboration. At the end of 2014, the iChEM center received approval from the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Finance (MOF) and was officially recognized as a national research center. It is the only “2011 Center” specializing in energy-chemistry and one of only two in China in the broader field of chemistry.