■ Yonsei Research in Media / A Homegrown Yonsei Graduate Hired by a Prestigious University Overseas A Yonsei graduate with no overseas educational experience starts his new life as a professor at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. A Yonsei graduate with absolutely no overseas educational experience was hired as a professor by one of Scotland’s most prestigious universities. Donghyu Kim, who received his Ph. D. from our Graduate School of International Studies, began his new life on September 1st, 2017 as a professor at the University of Glasgow. Kim, who will be teaching international business at the Adam Smith Business School, is a “purelyRead More →

■ Life Sciences / Possibility of Chronic Pain Treatment Opened Up A protein function that controls the excessive activation of nerve cells has been identified by Professor Eunji Cheong’s team. Pain generally occurs due to tissue damage and helps humans to recognize their physical problems. If patients do not feel pain when their bodies were damaged, it can cause serious problems including death due to delayed treatment. On other hand, the excessive activation of pain-related nerves in certain individuals can cause them to suffer from a disease in which they feel pain in response to even small stimuli such as brushing against their bodies. AccordingRead More →

■ Engineering & Technology / A New Infrared Stealth Technology Platform Presented The Yonsei research team led by Professor Jae Won Hahn develops infrared stealth technology using metamaterial. Professor Jae Won Hahn’s team (School of Mechanical Engineering, Yonsei University) has succeeded in developing the world’s first infrared stealth technology that can defend various missiles including laser guided missile and heat-traced missile. Particularly, it is expected that it will contribute greatly to the development of domestic defense technology by realizing stealth technology using metamaterials at the infrared wavelength widely used in actual weapon systems. There are two representative advanced guided missiles. One is ‘laser-guided missile’ whichRead More →

■ Social Sciences & Business / Making We the People True to Yonsei’s long tradition of interdisciplinary research, a political scientist meets a constitutional scholar to write an internationally acclaimed book that explores the theories and histories of democratic constitution-making in postwar Korea and Japan. What does it mean to say that it is “We the People” who “ordain and establish” a constitution? Who are those sovereign people, how can they do so, and by what right? Interweaving democratic theories with East Asian history, Sung Ho Kim of our Political Science Department and Chaihark Hahm of the Law School attempt to answer these perennial questionsRead More →

■ Life Sciences / Possible Production of Drought-Resistant Crops Enabled The gene that acts negatively in plant tolerance responses to drought stress has been identified by the research team led by Professor Woo Taek Kim. Approximately 30% of the world’s area under cultivation is facing drought stress, and over 50% of the maximum crop production capacity is estimated to disappear due to environment stress including drought stress. This is increasing the need for developing new stress-resistant varieties to actively respond to such drought stress. Crop development through the discovery of genes that respond to environmental stress is drawing attention as a core field to resolveRead More →

■ Natural Sciences / Commercializing Next-Generation 2D Semiconductors in Practice The research team led by Professor Seongil Im developed a 2D super-thin nano CMOS device. The research team led by Professor Seongil Im at the Department of Physics, Yonsei University, successfully converted the conductivity type of a transistor device on a selective manner based on a single 2D semiconductor piece, using a stable hydrogen doping method so called atomic layer deposition. This indicates that the potentials for commercialization of 2D semiconductor devices have significantly improved. Monolayer molybdenum ditelluride (MoTe2) is a transition metal dichalcogenide composite, one of the most well-known 2D semiconductor materials. Since MoTe2Read More →

■ Engineering & Technology / Investors and Instability: Renewables in the Third World Researchers from Yonsei University, Seoul, propose a model to assess the viability of investing in renewable energy projects in developing countries. Renewable Energy (RE) use is on the rise and the developing world will not be left behind. RE now accounts for about 20% of global energy produced, with developing countries playing an increasingly important role in RE production. This increase in production provides investment opportunities for public and private groups. But “despite the positive aspects of RE markets, it is difficult to make decisions regarding RE investments in developing countries,” saysRead More →

■ Yonsei Research in Media / A Homegrown Yonsei Graduate Hired by a Prestigious University Overseas A Yonsei graduate with no overseas educational experience starts his new life as a professor at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. A Yonsei graduate with absolutely no overseas educational experience was hired as a professor by one of Scotland’s most prestigious universities. Donghyu Kim, who received his Ph. D. from our Graduate School of International Studies, began his new life on September 1st, 2017 as a professor at the University of Glasgow. Kim, who will be teaching international business at the Adam Smith Business School, is a “purelyRead More →

■ Yonsei Research in Media / Newly Opened Yonsei Frontier Lab Casts International Research Net Collaborative hub connects Yonsei to world renowned researchers. Last June, Yonsei University founded Yonsei Frontier Lab (YFL) and tasked Moon-Gun Choi as managing director with the mission to elevate Yonsei’s internationalization. The YFL is intended to not only connect Yonsei researchers with world renowned counterparts in collaborative work, but also to offer a new international model for education and research at Yonsei. The lab’s promotion of international joint research is expected to increase the quality and quantity of research at Yonsei as well as boost public awareness of those affairs.Read More →

■ Medicine / The tracer 18F-AV-1451 may help diagnose progressive supranuclear palsy Yonsei researchers have identified a novel Korean-specific mutation that is expected to contribute in detecting and preventing relevant cancers. Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is an uncommon brain disorder that causes serious movement and balance problems. This condition involves abnormal accumulation of the tau protein in the brain, and its various clinical manifestations reflect the precise distribution of this accumulation. Research into these distributions has been impeded by the lack of a tracer that selectively targets pathologic tau proteins in living patients, but the radioactive tracer 18F-AV-1451 has recently been shown to strongly bindRead More →