Prof. Taihyun Chang has been elected as a Fellow by the American Physical Society (APS). Fellowship in the American Physical Society is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the entire membership. Election to APS Fellowship is a recognition by peers of outstanding contributions to physics. The fellowship citation will be published in the March 2011 issue of APS News and on the Fellowship page of the APS website. Prof. Chang performed in previously impossible detailed separations and characterizations of polymers using various techniques such as High Performance Liquid Chromatograp..
POSTECH President Sunggi Baik was selected as the recipient of the third Honorable Korean Alumnus of Cornell University Award.The Cornell Club of Korea, which is a Korean alumni association of Cornell University, announced that President Baik has been selected to receive the award this year and will be awarded at the year-end party that will take place at the Novotel Ambassador Gangnam in Seoul on December 11.Along with having performed influential research the field of ceramic materials, President Baik has also contributed tremendously to the advancement of POSTECH, including achievements suc..
Prof. Jin-Woo Lee is selected as the first Dongkuk Endowed ProfessorDongkuk Steel Group, a company that has devoted itself to the steel industry since its establishment, will now support the advancement of humanities and social sciences of POSTECH.On December7, Sae-Joo Chang, the president of the Dongkuk Steel Group made an agreement with POSTECH to make financial contributions for the advancement of humanities and social sciences at POSTECH. According to the agreement, Dongkuk Steel is to make donations totaling KRW 1.5 billion by 2011, and Mr. Chang handed KRW 500 million to President Baik t..
Prof. Byeang Hyean Kim has been selected as a fellow member by the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), which is a prominent academic association in Korea.Prof. Kim joined POSTECH in 1988 and has shown research accomplishments including a total synthesis of Nonactin, new synthetic methods of macrocyclic compounds, and development of Chiral capsules based on calixanen and novel dipeptide isosteres. In addition, Prof. Kim developed the world's first quencher-free molecular beacons (QF-MBs) applied to DNA sensors and designed an effective DNA sensor system that can control a fluoresce..
Increasing Plant Biomass Production with High Immunity (2010.8.20)
The term ‘biomass’ may seem unfamiliar at first glance, but it is closely connected to the energy sources we use in daily life. In simple terms, it refers to an organic matter that contains renewable energy. When solar energy is absorbed by any plant, photosynthesis stores the energy in chemical form, and biomass can be extracted from the plant.One way of using this biomass is burning it to obtain heat, which can in turn be used to generate electricity, but it can also be converted to practical forms of energy, such as transportation fuels like ethanol and biodiesel or methane gas...
Smallest Pumps of the Size of Blood Cells (2010.5.17)
Amicrofluidic chip that can diagnose the warning signs of stroke (or cerebrovascular accidents) with only one percent of one drop of blood or medical devices that may be able to treat something as tiny as blood cells were previously just subjects for science fiction. But a recent study done by a POSTECH-Michigan University (USA) research team broke open the possibility to turn such ideas into reality. The study was selected as the Featured Paper on the May 17th edition of Nature Nanotechnology Online, a respected journal in the field of nanoscience. Dr. Sanghyun Lee, postdoctoral researcher at..
Security Cameras that Think for Themselves (2010.7.26)
In the D. J. Caruso film Eagle Eye (2008), a super-computer equipped with artificial intelligence controls the society by monitoring everything with CCTVs located all over the world. A recent development suggests that the movie may possibly become a reality; a surveillance camera that can judge a situation by itself and prevent terrorism or theft has been invented.A research team led by Professor Daejin Kim of the Department of Computer Science and Technology has developed a technology which automatically detects unattended items as well as burglaries in public places such as subway stations a..
A Drug Delivery Device Conceptually Similar to Hourglass (2010.7.29)
If you are suffering from cancer and need interferon therapy, or if you need human growth hormone for the treatment of short stature, you could not escape unpleasant repetitive injections. The former requires thrice-a-week injections and the latter needs daily injections. However, such frequent injections are no longer necessary, thanks to a new drug delivery device developed by a POSTECH research team.For long-term controlled delivery, protein drugs had been encapsulated within biodegradable polymers such as poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid), PLGA. Despite successful commercialization, however, ..
Graphene’s Role in Making Arsenic-Free Water (2010.7.20)
Arsenic is a very toxic substance most widely used for wood preservers because it is a strong killer of insects and bacteria. It is also being applied in the manufacture of agrichemicals such as pesticides, insecticides and herbicides; but its usage has been declining because of adverse effects on the environment.Due to its odorless and colorless character, and its capacity to become transferred easily, arsenic intake can occur accidentally by drinking allegedly “clean” water. The World Health Organization estimated that approximately 57 million people worldwide are drinking arseni..
One More Step Toward ‘Green Cars’ (2010.5.3)
Anisotropic Fatigue Behavior of Magnesium Alloys InvestigatedENVIRONMENTAL protection has surfaced as a major problem that the world needs to solve, and there is no doubt that car pollution takes up a large portion of it. Therefore, the need for eco-friendly cars or ‘Green cars’ with lower emissions and more fuel efficiency is has increased, which explains why the recent work on the related subject conducted by POSTECH and the Korea Research Institute of Standards Science (KRISS) is gaining significance. It has been reported that Professor Chong Soo Lee and Sung Hyuk Park, a Ph.D. ..