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Research Institute

College of Science


Center for Electromagnetic Metamaterials

Center for Electromagnetic Metamaterials was established in September 2014 as part of the Global Frontier project. Five faculty members and dozens of researchers are involved in research on new metamaterials. The research group is developing a variety of new technologies using metamaterials and basic principles for the interaction of light and matter in the natural world. Especially, we are developing various advanced technologies such as optical energy control and stealth technology using metamaterials, ultrafine sensing, ultrahigh resolution imaging, hologram display and nano laser, and through active exchange with other universities and government research institutes, Contributing to development.

Director: Prof. Park Gue-hwan, Department of Mathematics 426,

College of Science Asan Hall Tel. 02- 3290-3523

Center for Nano Science

The research team of the ultra fine nanostructured device window led by Professor Park Hong-kyu intends to develop ultra-high density nano optic integrated circuit by developing nano optical devices smaller than wavelength and efficiently combining these optical devices into one chip. Specifically, we aim to achieve research goals such as the implementation of highly integrated plasmonic circuits, the development of various electric pumping nano-lasers, the development of high-efficiency nanowire solar cells, and the synthesis of new nanowires. This will enable us to build core technologies of future optical industries such as high-efficiency optical computers and artificial retina.

Director: Prof. Park Hong-kyu, Department of Physics 626,

College of Science Asan Hall Tel. 02- 3290-3524


Center for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics

Center for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics at Korea University is developing new spectroscopy and imaging methods with high temporal and spatial resolution and applying them to chemical reactions and biologically important molecular systems. Observing the rapid movements of molecules involved in various life phenomena in real time is like taking molecular motion pictures, and there are no research methods and measurement techniques that can achieve this. Molecular spectroscopy and dynamics The research team is studying the method of capturing the movement of molecules using extremely short pulsed laser light, developing a new imaging method capable of capturing molecular motion and structure, We are conducting theoretical and computational studies on complex systems. Newly developed high-speed and ultra-high resolution spectroscopy methods have always attracted great attention due to their applicability. The development of molecular imaging measurements and microscopy techniques with high spatial resolution is also one of the main research topics of interest to this research group. Based on the understanding of the principle of interaction between matter and light, it is necessary to explain the life phenomenon at the chemical molecular level, and to understand the properties of new and functional materials that will play an important role in solving energy and environmental problems. We are developing dynamical methodology.

Director: Prof. Cho Min-hang, Department of Physics 320,

College of Science Asan Hall Tel. 02- 3290-3133 : http://cmsd.ibs.re.kr 

The Institute of Basic Science

The Institute of Basic Science (IBS) was born in 1971 as the Basic Science Research Institute affiliated with Korea University to oversee research assistance for every basic science area and perform fundamental research in thec field of pure and applied sciences. Expanded and restructured as IBS in 2010, it now administers several research institutes under the auspices of the College of Science of Korea University. IBS strives to efficiently manage research funds as well as research achievements and fulfill its responsibilities as an institute comprehensively supporting basic science studies. In particular, IBS is mainly focused on providing administrative support for faculty members to secure research grants, managing the progress of research projects, promoting interdisciplinary, international, and industry-academia-research joint research projects, securing research support facilities such as a joint equipment room, and hosting research presentation conferences.

Director: Prof. Hong Seong-bok, Department of Mathematics 101,

College of Science Asan Hall Tel. 02- 3290-4263
Wepsite: http://bsr.korea.ac.kr

Institute for Mineral Resource Research

In March 1991, with the support of the Korean government, the Institute for Mineral Resource Research (IMRR) was designated one of the Science Research Centers (SRC), a first among KU centers. Since then, IMMR has led initiatives in research on adults and the characteristics of strategic mineral resource reserves by type.
In particular, IMRR provides access to cutting-edge research equipment and devices, including ICP-AES, ICP-MS, AAS, IC, GC, Gas-Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer, EPMA, SEM, and XRD, thus actively implementing its support to meet diverse internal and external demands for analysis studies.

Director: Prof. Yoon Seong-taek, Department of Earth and Environmental Science 2nd floor,

College of Science Asan Hall Annex, Tel. 02-3290-4268

Research Institute for Natural Sciences

Selected as a Priority Research Center for Science in 2010 by the National Research Foundation, the Research Institute for Natural Sciences conducts studies on photo- and electro- responsive ∏-conjugated molecular system led by a faculty team from the Department of Chemistry. Paving the way for the future generation of scientists, the Research Institute provides support for full-time researchers and maintains close collaboration with, among others, Japan’s Waseda University and China’s Jillin University.

Director: Prof. Choe Dong-hun, Department of Chemistry 547A,

College of Science Asan Hall, Tel. 02-3290-4283
Wepsite: http://rins.korea.ac.kr

The Institute for Bioactive Molecules

The Institute for Bioactive Molecules provides an arena for faculty members with expertise in chemistry and biology to closely collaborate in designing, synthesizing and evaluating pharmacological actions of compounds that have the potential to cure diseases. By utilizing research results, the Institute aims to produce various new medicines for the global market. To this end, the Institute also endeavors to establish and develop differentiated research strategies appropriate to the current domestic research environment, train and foster required experts, and contribute to the improvement of Korea's pharmaceutical industry through industry-academia-research partnerships. Through these endeavors, the Institute aspires for recognition as the leading research institute in Korean pharmaceutical development.

Director: Prof. Jeong Nak-cheol , Department of Chemistry Tel. 02-3290-3148