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9th GRDC Symposium 2018 Held (November 09)

- Present on achievements of joint research with promising overseas research institutes including Drexel of the U.S. and Fraunhofer of Germany


The 9th Global Research and Development Center (hereinafter ‘GRDC’) Symposium 2018, organized by GRDC Committee and sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) was held in Samjung Hotel, Seoul and National Nanofab Center, Daejeon for two days, during the period of November 9 and 10.


The GRDC program provides support in operating domestic joint research center with outstanding overseas research institutes and attracting overseas institutions to Korea. Since 2005, 52 projects have received support as to secure core basic and fundamental technologies and strengthen national capabilities in science, technology and innovation.

10,067 million won for 2018, 20 projects, provide 300 million~1.3 billion annually for 3~6 years


GRDC Symposium is a gathering of researchers taking part in GRDC projects to present on tangible outcomes of global joint research projects being carried out with outstanding research institutes from all over the world. It is a venue for discussing future directions of international cooperation in the field of science and technology.

German Ambassador to Korea Stephan AUER (congratulatory remarks), over 200 participants to GRDC including Professor Yury Gogotsi of Drexel University (plenary speaker)


In the event, Professor Yury Gogotsi*(Drexel University), the principal investigator for overseas research of National Nanofab Center-Drexel University delivered a plenary lecture on “discovery of new two-dimensional materials and their use in current and future technologies”, which is a research topic of GRDC. Scientists from home and abroad taking part in 20 GRDCs presented on their research outcomes** including nanotechnology and biology and discussed future directions of international cooperation.


* Research of Nobel Class for physics: Citation Laureate 2018 (’18, Clarivate Analytics)

** (outcomes for 2017) attract and send researchers from home and abroad (327 people), thesis (172 papers, top 10% of 31 papers), patent application (80 cases), patent issuance (40 cases), technology transfer (67 million won) etc.


In particular, joint research center between National Nanofab Center and Drexel University of the U.S. presents on “discovery of new two-dimensional materials(MXene) and development of gas sensors that can be used in measuring lung diseases”, published in the ‘ACS Nano’ and ‘Advanced Materials’ in 2018, which are top 1% of papers in the field of nanotechnology.

Compared to existing sensors, very low level of noise, strong signal and flexibility (wearable) are recognized, and thus selected as ACS Editor’s choice and Frontispiece of Advanced Materials


In addition, POSTECH and Fraunhofer joint research center of Germany presented on technologies for developing silicon carbide (SiC), mass produced by Power Technics Co. from July 2018 for the first time in Korea, through technology transfer in March 2018.


Also, MSIT Minister’s award was given to Professor Jung-il Hong (DGIST) and Professor Chung Phil-sang (Dankook University) who have excellent results in the evaluation of projects for 2018.


In the joint research with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) conducted from December 2012 to July 2018, Professor Jung-il Hong proved the accurate control of magnetic properties of ‘Skyrmion’, thereby making an important breakthrough in using Skyrmion elements as next-generation, high-speed, low power, non-volatile materials.

* Skyrmions are formed by spins arranged in a whirl shape first found in 2009, and they can be used as next-generation memory devices, as they have properties such as stability, small size and effective motion.

** published in Nature Communications in 2017


Professor Chung Phil-sang said he found in the joint research* with Beckman Laser Institute conducted from December 2012 to July 2018, that when red low-power light is exposed to stem cells at a regular intensity and time interval, creation of new blood vessels can be facilitated and parenchyma necrosis can be treated more effectively.

* published in Biomaterials in 2014


An MSIT official said, “through this event, research outcomes which reflect wisdom from experts from home and abroad can promote cooperation in the future and can serve as the opportunity to facilitate international joint research.”

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