On April 27, UNIST held a ceremony to mark the completion of new IBS Center for Multi-Dimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), located in a newly constructed building at UNIST. During the course of the event, UNIST also held an opening ceremony to celebrate the establishment of two other IBS research centers on campus.
One of the highlights of this event was the appreciation speech by IBS directors after congratulatory remarks by UNIST President Moo Je Cho and Mayor of Ulsan city. Through these speeches, each director shared their research goals and aspirations for growing research and the impact that will have on our city leading up to and beyond 2030.
The ceremony was attended by UNIST President Moo Je Cho, Mayor Gi-hyun Kim of Ulsan, IBS President Doochul Kim, co-CEO Jae Ho Song of Kyungdong City Gas Co. Ltd., President Chi-Yoon Lee of Deokayng Energen Corp., Vice President of Research Moo Young Jung at UNIST, Prof. Sangmin Jeon of POSTECH, KyeongJin Kim of DGIST, Prof. Sang Soo Kang at Gyeongsang National University, Prof. In Soon Choi at Silla University, Prof. Ran Ni at University of Amsterdam, visitors from IBS HQ, and other faculty members of UNIST.
President Cho states, “In cooperation with our world-class research staff and personnel, UNIST will consolidate its core role in activating start-ups, as well as in supporting R&D in Ulsan.” He continues by saying, “I firmly believe the center will focus on developing the most advanced chemical materials and graphenes, thereby contributing greatly to the creation of new industry sectors in Ulsan.”
The CMCM IBS Center, nestled in a beautiful area near the port cities of Ulsan and Busan, comprises five floor with a gross floor area of approximately 5,700 square meters. It supports a talented international team of highly collaborative researchers that design, synthesize and study new forms of carbon and related materials, many of which are expected to have exceptional physical and electronic properties.
The CMCM IBS Center is a world-class research hub, working collaborately across the globe and has been establishing close working relationships with world-class researchers, such as Konstantin Novoselov (2010 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics), Prof. Philip Kim at Harvard University, and Prof. Kian Ping Loh at National University of Singapore. The center has now raised $35 million USD in new funding from the City of Ulsan, bringing its total investment to date to $245 million USD.
The Mayor of Ulsan city announced his plans to invest in UNIST’s R&D activities to help develop new engine technologies for the next generation of advanced materials. He states, “We will continously help support and foster graphene research and development in this country in partnership with UNIST.” He continues by saying, “We hope that these IBS centers will lead us to new technologies for meeting tomorrow’s energy needs, thereby strengthening the city’s innovative capability.”
UNIST will continuously improve its global competitiveness to lead global research fields with support from the Government of Korea and the city of Ulsan.