Nav: Home

Three natural science professors win TJ Park Science Fellowship

October 10, 2016

Three UNIST professors have been selected to receive 2016 Chung-Am (TJ Park) Science Fellowship from the POSCO TJ Park Foundation.

Kwanpyo Kim, Jung-Min Kee, and Kyudong Choi are among 31 early career scientists and researchers from 12 organizations and universities chosen for a two-year fellowship.

The Chung-Am (TJ Park) Science Fellowship, now in its eighth year, selects and supports young scientists, including PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and new professors who study and research basic science in a university or institution in Korea, not abroad, so that they can focus on their research in Korea with stability and a sense of pride, and grow into world-class scientists.

In keeping with its goal of recognizing potential groundbreaking researchers in their respective fields, this year's Chung-Am (TJ Park) Science Fellowship program awards fellows KRW 70 million to pursue their choice of research topics and allows them flexibility in applying funds toward their research. Ultimately, the program works to foster and secure excellent researchers.

Kwanpyo Kim, a professor of Physics, studies the synthesis and various property characterizations of nano materials, especially emerging 2D materials beyond graphene. The fellowship will allow him to work on his latest project, entitled "Thin-film growth and control of electromechanical properties of black phosphorus".

"It is a great honor for me to be recognized by the POSCO TJ Park Foundation for the 2D material research I am doing at UNIST," says Prof. Kim. "Such recognition is a great stimulus for me and our group to continue our research and to advance it further.

Jung-Min Kee, a professor of Chemistry, investigates the complex biological systems at the molecular level using tools of synthetic chemistry. The fellowship has been awarded to Prof. Kee for his plans to develop new molecular tools for studying protein post-translational modifications (PTMs).

Prof. Kee notes, "I am extremely honored and grateful to be the recipient of the 2016 Chung-Am (TJ Park) Science Fellowship." He adds, "I would like to take this moment to thank the evaluation committee who saw potential in my research."

Kyudong Choi, a professor of Mathematical Sciences, explores the mathematical analysis of partial differential equations (PDEs) in fluid dynamics and related equations. The fellowship has been awarded to Prof. Choi for his latest project, entitled "Singularities in fluid motions".

"Our research focuses on the irregular fluctuations occurring in inviscid incompressible fluids," says Prof. Choi. "This fellowship will assist me in providing mathematical explanations of observable irregular fluctuations occurring in 2D fluid motions."

The award ceremony for this year's fellowship was held at the POSCO Center, Pohang, South Korea on September 23, 2016. The event was attended by a total of 65 people, including 31 recipients of the 8th fellowship, 18 of the former fellows, 12 selection board members, and executive directors of the Foundation. For reference, four faculty members from POSTECH, three form KAIST, and three from the University of Seoul have been named winners of the 2016 Chung-Am (TJ Park) Science Fellowship.

"Constant innovation and groundbreaking science and technology are necessary for South Korea to create a great future for world history," says the foundation chairman Kwon Oh-joon of POSCO. "We hope that our Chung-Am (TJ Park) Science Fellows can create a new history and embrace constant challenges that help them overcome any fear of failure."
-end-


Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)

Related Chemistry Articles:

Coordination chemistry and Alzheimer's disease
It has become evident recently that the interactions between copper and amyloid-β neurotoxically impact the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Can ionic liquids transform chemistry?
Table salt is a commonplace ingredient in the kitchen, but a different kind of salt is at the forefront of chemistry innovation.
Principles for a green chemistry future
A team led by researchers from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies recently authored a paper featured in Science that outlines how green chemistry is essential for a sustainable future.
Sugar changes the chemistry of your brain
The idea of food addiction is a very controversial topic among scientists.
Reflecting on the year in chemistry
A lot can happen in a year, especially when it comes to science.
Better chemistry through tiny antennae
A research team at The University of Tokyo has developed a new method for actively controlling the breaking of chemical bonds by shining infrared lasers on tiny antennae.
Chemistry in motion
For the first time, researchers have managed to view previously inaccessible details of certain chemical processes.
Researchers enrich silver chemistry
Researchers from Russia and Saudi Arabia have proposed an efficient method for obtaining fundamental data necessary for understanding chemical and physical processes involving substances in the gaseous state.
The chemistry behind kibble (video)
Have you ever thought about how strange it is that dogs eat these dry, weird-smelling bits of food for their entire lives and never get sick of them?
Top 10 chemistry start-ups
Starting a new chemistry-based company is one part discovery, one part risk.
More Chemistry News and Chemistry Current Events

Trending Science News

Current Coronavirus (COVID-19) News

Top Science Podcasts

We have hand picked the top science podcasts of 2020.
Now Playing: TED Radio Hour

Uncharted
There's so much we've yet to explore–from outer space to the deep ocean to our own brains. This hour, Manoush goes on a journey through those uncharted places, led by TED Science Curator David Biello.
Now Playing: Science for the People

#555 Coronavirus
It's everywhere, and it felt disingenuous for us here at Science for the People to avoid it, so here is our episode on Coronavirus. It's ok to give this one a skip if this isn't what you want to listen to right now. Check out the links below for other great podcasts mentioned in the intro. Host Rachelle Saunders gets us up to date on what the Coronavirus is, how it spreads, and what we know and don't know with Dr Jason Kindrachuk, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and infectious diseases at the University of Manitoba. And...
Now Playing: Radiolab

Dispatch 1: Numbers
In a recent Radiolab group huddle, with coronavirus unraveling around us, the team found themselves grappling with all the numbers connected to COVID-19. Our new found 6 foot bubbles of personal space. Three percent mortality rate (or 1, or 2, or 4). 7,000 cases (now, much much more). So in the wake of that meeting, we reflect on the onslaught of numbers - what they reveal, and what they hide.  Support Radiolab today at Radiolab.org/donate.