POSTECH scientists develop breakthrough technique to easily optimize electrical properties of Polyaniline nanosheets to an unprecedented level in an environmental-friendly and inexpensive way. A piece of deep frozen ice and electronic gadgets may seem to have little connection (except that they are both ‘cool’ to have on you), but ice could now play a role in opening a new era in the electronic industry where conducting polymers, simply put plastics with electrical properties, are in great demand for practical applications. Chemists at Pohang University of Science and Technolo..
One of the most basic yet important surgical skills to keep a patient alive and intact may be closing wounds. It seems that doctors will now get the job done with more ease thanks to new, nontoxic surgical glue that instantly seals a bleeding wound and helps it heal without a scar or inflammation. Inspired by nature’s wonders, Korean scientists at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) have developed a light-activated, mussel protein-based bioadhesive (LAMBA) that works on the same principles as mussels attaching to underwater surfaces and insects maintaining structural ..
Toxic environmental contaminants are increasingly known to cause a number of severe health problems, in particular on fetuses, including heart failure, low cognitive ability, delayed development, and neurobehavioral disorders.A new research featured in the Environmental Science and Technology published by the American Chemical Society suggests that the fetus is more vulnerable to some pollutants with certain properties because they penetrate further into the feto-maternal system. The research found that distributions of pollutants and the mechanisms of distributions vary depending on each poll..
A research team consisting of Dr. Gil-Ho Lee, Prof. Hu-Jong Lee, Sol Kim, and Prof. Seung-Hoon Jhi of Department of Physics, reported realization of “short and ballistic” Josephson junctions based on a monolayer graphene sheet. The paper was published in the February issue of Nature Communications. Josephson junction, a nanometer-scale hybrid superconducting device, consists of two superconducting (S) electrodes weakly coupled by a normal-conducting (N) insert. It supports a resistance-free junction supercurrent along with quantum interference effects and has been utilized for rea..
Noise plays a key role in important biological processes, such as bacterial antibiotics resistance, cancer development, and stem cell differentiation. Physics can explain much of this biological phenomenon. Professor Nam Ki Lee of the Department of Physics and the School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering with Department of Physics graduate students Sora Yang, Seunghyeon Kim, Cheolhee Kim, Hyeong Jeon An and Professor Jaeyoung Sung of Chung-Ang University studied how cells propagate noise using RNA polymerase. Their research was published in this month’s Nature Communica..
Professor Yoon-Seok Chang (School of Environmental Science and Engineering), a worldwide authority on dioxin, has been selected as a first prize winner of the academic research award by the Korean Society of Environmental Engineers. An awards ceremony was held at the Kimdaejung Convention Center on August 21st. Over the past 30 years, Professor Chang has published nearly 200 SCI papers and studies which include analyses of toxic substances such as dioxins and other endocrine on human health. His study of the environmental risks of bio-nanomaterials has recently received academic attention.
POSTECH Department of Chemical Engineering Professor Hyung Joon Cha and his team’s research on bone graft material binder technology was published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.Mussels stick to rocks because its protein has strong adhesive properties. This protein has been used as a binder for bodily wounds and surgery. An engineered mussel glue protein,a promising functional binder for the acceleration of bone substitute-assisted bone regeneration,has been developed by the joint research team of POSTECH and Korea University Anam Hospital, which can be used in teeth implants. ..
Despite having numerous advantages, clinical applications of 3D printed scaffolds for tissue regeneration are extremely rare. A team consisting of POSTECH Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dong-Woo Cho, Professor Jong Won Rhie of the Department of Plastic Surgery College of Medicine at the Catholic University of Korea, and Won-Soo Yun of T&R Biofab Co., have applied 3D printing technology for correcting an asymmetric face caused by the removal of a tumor in a patient about a decade ago.The patient had trauma in the right malar region and because of this his eyes were misaligned. In this ..
The fundamental concepts of physics are crucial to understanding the correlation of the structure and strength of materials. Some materials, like a steel coil spring or rubber, are elastic. Grasping a rubber ball deforms the shape momentarily before it returns to its original state. Other materials when manipulated with, such as clay, will retain its newly deformed shape. This phenomenon, called plasticity, has been studied by scientists in designing high strength steels and alloys. The demand for high-technology metallic materials continues to depend on further research and understanding of ..
A research team, led by Department of Materials Science and Engineering Associate Professor Sei Kwang Hahn and graduate student Hwiwon Lee, has published research on a new rheumatoid arthritis treatment. The article “Hyaluronate – Gold Nanoparticle/Tocilizumab Complex for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis” was published in the April 2014 edition of the ACS Nano, a monthly scientific journal published by the American Chemical Society. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory immune disease that affects 0.5 to 1 percent of the adult population worldwide and ..