▣ Prof. Hyoung-seop Kim, Shinhan Diamond Best Paper Award

Prof. Hyoung-seop Kim was presented Shinhan Diamond Best Paper Award at the Spring Academic Conference of the Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute. The Award is given to a paper selected from those published in the Institution’s journal at the annual Spring Academic Conference. His paper title is “Computer Simulation and Verification of Adiabatic Temperature and Apparent Activity Energy of the NiO/AI Aluminothermic System.”

Computer Simulation and Verification of Adiabatic Temperature and Apparent Activity Energy of the NiO/Al Aluminothermic System.
Journal of Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute, 20, 5, 332(2013)

▣ Prof. Jong-lam Lee, 2013 Creative Science and Technology Award, and Prime Minister’s Award from Korea Invention Patent Exhibition

  Prof. Jong-lam Lee of POSTECH Materials Science and Engineering department was presented 2013 Creative Science and Engineering Award of Korea by the Prime Minister for his technology for metal substrate with nanometer scale surface roughness for flexible electronics. The new technology solves problems of both plastic and metal substrates at the same time. Since the technology can be used for roll-to-roll manufacturing process of next generation electronic devices including OLED, display devices and solar cells, it is expected to largely promote national interests.
 The Creative Science and Engineering Award is given to three teams that have been leading the advancement of science and engineering with creative ideas and practices in the purpose of encouraging creativity in every field of science and engineering. The Award is one of the most prestigious awards in Korea. Prof. Lee’s research team had the honor to be the first and only university team that have been given the prime minister’s award.
 Also, Prof. Lee’s team was presented another prime minister’s award from 2013 Korea Invention Patent Exhibition for its nano-sized transparent electrode technology. The technology is to have indium tin oxide grow to nano branch. With this technology, the performance of solar cells can be immensely improved since light absorption is maximized, and OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) also showed drastically enhanced performance as the light emission increases.  The research team registered 7 domestic patents and 2 international patents for this technology, ensuring the possession of intellectual property on the new technology and building a high entry barrier of flexible electronics technology. The 2013 Korea Invention Paten Exhibition, hosted by Korean Intellectual Property Office and Korea Invention Promotion Association and one of the prestigious events for promoting invention and advancing technologies, selected Prof. Lee’s team as the recipient of the honorable prime minister’s award for its patented technology.

▣ Prof. Hyoung-seop Kim, Prof. Sung-hak Lee, and Prof. Tae-woo Lee, Awards at Fall Academic Conferences

The continued efforts of POSTECH professors and students have reaped valuable outcomes.
 There has been a series of awards news from fall academic conferences.
 Prof. Hyoung-seop Kim of POSTECH Materials Science and Engineering department was awarded from both the Korean Society for Technology of Plasticity and the Korean Institute of Metals and Materials. From the former, he was presented an Academic Award of Korean Society for Technology of Plasticity, which has been established last year and given to a select scholar with excellent academic performance who has contributed to the development of plasticity technology at the annual fall academic conference and general meeting. From the latter, he received a MMI-Springer Award.
 The MMI-Spring Award, created this year, is granted by the publishing company, Springer Publishing Company, of SCI journal Metals and Materials International, to authors of the best papers published in their journal. Prof. Sung Hak Lee also received the same MMI-Springer Award.
 Prof. Tae-woo Lee has been presented a similar EML-Springer Award, EML being a short for Electronic Materials Letters, the name of the publishing company’s another journal.
 PhD candidate Seung-jae Oh (academic advisor: Prof. Jong-kyu Kim) presented a paper at the academic conference Electronic Materials and Nanotechnology for Green Environment and it was selected as the recipient of a Best Paper Award amongst 150 papers. 
 The Korean Society of Technology Plasticity held a fall academic conference on October 15 in Jeju and presented its academic awards; the Korean Institute of Metals and Materials held a fall academic conference and general meeting on October 24 at Kimdaejung Convention Center in Gwangju and granted Springer award; and Electronic Material and Nanotechnology for Green Environment was held on 25 at Kimdaejung Convention Center in Gwangju.

▣ Prof. Sei-kwang Hahn, Grand Prize at 2013 Academia-Industry Collaboration Best Case Competition

'The Full Amount of Prize Money, Donated to MSE Development Fund'

'The Full Amount of Prize Money, Donated to MSE Development Fund'

 POSTECH announced on 23th that Prof. Sei-kwang Hahn’s team of medical nano material research was awarded a Grand Prize at 2013 Academia-Industry Collaboration Best Case Competition.
 The Ministry of Education has hosted the Competition to invigorate academia-industry collaboration and establish infrastructure for it and presented prizes to best cases of academia-industry collaboration.
 Prof. Hahn was awarded a Grand Prize in the technical collaboration category for development of hyaluronic acid-based nano-sized medicine through the cooperative work with Shin Poong Pharm.
 Prof. Hahn developed a new anti-adhesion medicine Medicurtain using hyaluronic acid and successfully commercialized it. He also succeeded in developing facial fillers, joint lubricant and drug delivery system for protein therapeutics using hyaluronic acid derivatives and is conducting research on their commercialization.
 In joint research with Genexine and Shin Poong Pharm., he developed cell therapy method for cancer and leg ischemia using self assembling hyaluronic acid hydrogel and signed a MOU for research on its commercialization.
 Recently, he has been collaborating with Harvard Medical School to develop world-class nanomedicine and conducting preclinical tests overseas.
 Prof. Hahn’s team has published a total of 33 papers on hyaluronic acid derivatives and nanomedicine development using a variety of biomaterials in international journals including Nature Photonics for the recent three years and finished applying and registering 30 patents domestically and internationally.
 Through such active academia-industry collaborative research and commercialization, he has been contributing to biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
 The Competition awarded prizes in two categories, technological collaboration and human resource training on October 23 at COEX Mall in Seoul. Prof. Hahn’s prize money was fully donated to MSE Development Fund.

▣ MSE Students, Won Prizes at Humantech Paper Award

 MSE students won a score of prizes at the 20th Humantech Paper Award hosted by Samsung Electronics and co-sponsored by Ministry of Education and Joongang Daily on February 12 at the Samsung Electronics headquarter in Seocho-dong, Seoul. A total of 1982 papers from 151 high schools and universities all over the world was submitted for the Award.
 The best honor of the Award, the Gold Prize is given to 10 teams and MSE student Yang-hee Song’s (advisor: Prof. Jong-lam Lee) team was one of the ten winners. Also MSE student Kyung Song (advisor: Prof. Sang-ho Oh) won a Bronze Prize and another MSE members Won-seok Ko (advisor: Prof. Byeong-joo Lee) and Hong-kyu Seo (advisor: Prof. Tae-woo Lee) received a Encouragement Award.
 The Humantech Paper Award was established in 1994 to nurture young scientists for advancement of science and engineering in the 21th century and POSTECH has produced a number of the Award winners.

▣ MSE student Mr. Ji-san Lee, Materials Science Best Paper Award

Ji-san Lee (MS-PhD integrated course, advisor: Prof. Jung-ho Je) was granted a Best Paper Award of Korea Institute of Materials Science by the president of the institute. The award is established to nurture great talents and presented to PhD candidates who have produced quality papers. Mr. Lee was selected for his paper, “Size Limits the Formation of Liquid Jets during Bubble Bursting.”
 The Award was presented in the diploma presentation ceremony of the department with celebration from the audience.

▣ Process Materials Design course students, Great Result in Contests

 The Process Materials Design class in the undergraduate program encourages senior students to set a creative research topic in two-to-three-person groups through discussion and lets them learn to cooperate towards the topic, eventually promoting their creative perspectives on technology development. The class has resulted in great results in a variety of contests every year.
 At the 2nd DSME College Student Idea Contest held on November 25, DSSRAC Team (MSE students Jae-hyuk Park, Jai-myun Jung, Min-ji Jang) got a prize while 64 teams competed for best ideas on new products and technologies and recruitment. The student team of Jae-won Kim, Jong-myung Yoo and Jong-won Lee was selected at the Wonjin Aluminum Contest on November 18 with its project “The lotus blossomed on the Han River” using sunlight. Also at POSTECH Appropriate Technology Contest, the MFE (More Food for Ethiopia: Jae-won Kim, Seok-jae Lim, Jong-won Lee) was ranked 1st place with its unique appropriate technology to raise the quality of life of African indigenous people.

▣ Jae-yong Park, Best Research Award at 2013 Undergraduate Students Research Program


 At the POSTECH Undergraduate Student Research Program (June 3 - December 1, 2013), MSE student Jae-yong Park (MS-PhD integrated program, advisor: Prof. Jong-lam Lee) was presented a Best Research Award in January 2014 with his research “High-efficiency Light Emitting Diode using Three-dimensional Nanostucture.” The research started with a hypothesis that to improve the efficiency of next generation light source LED, if MgO that has a lower refractive index value than ZnO is grown onto Zno nanowires in the sharp of a branch, the MgO branch would pull out a waveguide locked in ZnO.   
 The hypothesis was proven true through FDTD simulation and the ZnO/MgO branch 3D hierarchical structure was realized in the simple experiment (Hydrothermal growth (ZnO nanowire) + Oblique angle flux (Mgo branch)) verifying high efficiency. Additionally, due to the diverse MgO profile, the optimum devices could be identified through simulation.

▣ MSE Graduate Students, Recognized from Academic Societies with Quality Papers

 MSE graduate student Byeong-chan Suh (MS-PhD integrated program, advisor: Prof. Nack-joon Kim) presented his paper “Mode coupling between Nonpolar and Polar Phonons as the Origin of Improper Ferroelectricity in Hexagonal LuMnO3” and won a Best Poster Award at the 23th Dielectric Materials Symposium and the 15th Ferroelectric Materials Workshop, held on February 16-18 at the Muju Resort.
 MSE Graduate Student Byeong-chan Suh (MS-PhD integrated program, advisor: Prof. Nack-joon Kim) received a Poster Award for his paper “Effect of Initial Texture and Alloying Elements on the Deformation Behavior of Mg Alloys” at the 5th Asian Symposium on Magnesium Alloys held in October 6-8 in Japan. He also won the Second Prize of Oral Presentation at the 5th International Conference on Magnesium on September 26.