UNIST has announced that two of its research centers have been selected for the Circle Foundation Innovation Science Project by the Circle Foundation (formerly Ahn Cheol-soo Foundation). The two research centers are the UNIST Center for Waste Plastics Carbon Cycling (UWCC) and the Seawater Resources Technology Research Center of UNIST.
The Circle Foundation signed a cooperation agreement in the areas of technology, science, and innovation with 6 organizations at the Kensington Hotel in Yeouido, Seoul on December 17, 2020. Under this partnership, the foundation has promised to provide its full support.
This project has been designed to provide support for creative and innovative minds that are committed to solving problems or current issues in our community, such as climate change, infectious disease, and energy issues. Through this partnership, the foundation plans to build an organic collaborative task system in support of their sustainable growth and expansion. It also plans on investing hundreds of millions of won as subsidies over the next several years.
The UNIST Center for Waste Plastics Carbon Cycling (UWCC), led by Professor Donghyuk Kim (School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, UNIST) will be developing next-generation biodegradable plastics via recycling. In addition to this, the center plans to conduct research on decomposition process for suppressing the miniaturization of waste plastics and to produce biodegradable plastics, and to conduct demonstration work with businesses and citizens in the future.
The Seawater Resources Technology Research Center of UNIST, led by Professor Youngsik Kim (School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, UNIST) pursues research on rechargeable seawater batteries, including the study of the many additional functions of seawater batteries. As part of this project, the center aims to develop an all-in-one device, in which seawater desalination, sterilization, hydrogen production, and carbon dioxide capture are possible during the charging and discharging process. They are now putting work into turning their research findings into real-world applications.
Meanwhile, the ceremony has been attended by Founder Cheol Soo Ahn of the Circle Foundation), President Soon-Heung Chang of Handong Global University, and representatives of the newly-selected research centers for the Circle Foundation Innovation Science Project.