An event for students interested in startup culture and aspiring founders of technology-based startups Talks with Vice President Michael W. Punke of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and a talk concert sharing visions of businesswomen and female startup founders The 2022 Female Technology Startup Forum under the theme of ‘‘Women, Technology, and the Future’’ was successfully held at the LG Convention Hall on September 29 (Thu.). As part of the ‘‘Korean I-Corps” program, the forum was organized for companies in Korea and abroad that offer various on-demand services to share the processes and innovative results through which they realized their ideas and created new value with Ewha students who dream of starting their own business. The Korean I-Corps refers to an innovation startup education program launched by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) in 2015 upon benchmarking the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program in line with Korea’s situation. Ewha was selected in May as a women-specific institution of the Korea Innovation Technology Startup Center (KITS), the host organization of the Korean I-Corps program. The forum was simultaneously held offline and online via livestreaming through the YouTube channel and began with opening remarks by President Hyang Sook Lee of the Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation (EUICF), a congratulatory address by Director Bong-soo Kim of the Commercializations Promotion Agency for R&D Outcomes (COMPA), and a welcome speech by Executive Vice President for External Affairs Kyung Shik Shin. Part 1 of the forum featured talks with Michael W. Punke, Vice President of Global Public Policy (GPP) at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Meanwhile, Part 2 featured a talk concert titled ‘‘Talks about the Future Technology and Women’s Entrepreneurship” for sharing experiences and know-how of technology businesswomen. Part 1 consisted of a conversation between AWS Vice President Michael W. Punke and Quint Simon, Head of Public Policy, APAC at AWS, under the theme of ‘‘An Encounter between Cloud-Based Advanced Technologies and Entrepreneurship.” In the conversation, Vice President Punke remarked on Amazon’s corporate culture of respecting diversity, women’s entrepreneurship in the cloud era, and anecdotes and know-how related to his career as a writer, a diplomat, and an executive member of a global IT company. This was followed by a Q&A session, during which students asked a range of questions including how he overcame difficulties while working for the IT company as a policy expert and what a background in liberal arts meant in engineering fields. In particular, the conversation drew attention as it marked Vice President Punke’s first visit to Korea with the hope of meeting the students of Ewha Womans University, an educational institution that embodies the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as shared by AWS. In Part 2, Soo-jung Lee, Head of Education and Healthcare at AWS, presented a special lecture under the theme of ‘‘Women@IT.” Subsequently, Soo-won Eom, CEO of Adriel, a company offering customized digital marketing solutions, shared her startup experience under the theme of ‘‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) Digital Marketing Service,” while Ji-young Kang, CEO of Robo Arete, an innovative company developing a cooking robot and AI, shared her startup case under the theme of ‘‘Robot Food Tech Robert Chicken.” Part 2 was presided by CEO Na-ree Lee of Hey Joyce and wrapped up with practical and candid conversations among female entrepreneurs on women’s technology startups and plans to facilitate such startups under the theme of ‘‘Talking about Future Technology and Women’s Entrepreneurship.”
Research Paper by Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji Published in World-Renowned Academic Journal Additive ManufacturingExpectations for the application of 3D printing technology in fabricating microactuators and commercial application of LiDAR system as an essential technology for fully autonomous driving and smart factories A research team led by Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji at the Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering developed an electromagnetically-actuated scanning micromirror device for LiDAR systems using three-dimensional (3D) printing and published the results in Additive Manufacturing (IF: 11.632), a prestigious top 1% journal in engineering and manufacturing. A LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system refers to a remote sensor that measures the distance to a target by shining a light onto the target’s surface using near-infrared light and then detecting the reflective light emitted from the surface with an optical sensor. This allows the system to accurately detect not only the distance to a target but also location and morphology of the target, attracting attention as an essential technology to achieve a fully autonomous vehicle. The research team of Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji devised a LiDAR scanning micromirror device capable of 360-degree scanning and fabricated the device by multi-jet fusion(MJF) 3D printing, a powder bed fusion process. The device developed by the Ewha research team was fabricated through the 3D printing process while a conventional scanning micromirror was made of silicon wafers using the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. This is a pioneering outcome in fabricating microactuators using 3D printing technology, which is conventionally used for the construction of macro-scale structures. In addition, compared with motor-based scanners applied to mechanical LiDAR systems or scanning micromirrors fabricated using the MEMS technology, it has the capacity to achieve high performance with short production time and low production cost, leading to expectations of the commercial application of LiDAR systems. The team led by Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji at the Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering drew attention by publishing the research paper, titled “Electromagnetic Omnidirectional Scanning Micromirror with Multi Jet Fusion Printed Structures for Smart Factory Applications,” marking the outcome of the project conducted with support from the Phase 4 Brain Korea 21 (BK21) project, in a renowned journal in the relevant field. In October last year, Ewha was selected for the smart factory sub-field under the “new industry” category of the innovative talent training program in the BK21 project hosted by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The ‘‘Education and Research Group for training intelligent IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) convergent talents for human-centric smart factories” (led by Professor Jeong Tae Kim) is composed of ten professors from the Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and three professors from the Division of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at ELTEC College of Engineering, and is carrying out several studies focused on the five core areas of smart factories: smart network, AI & big data, smart sensors, human-centric systems, and cyber physical systems.
Ewha Becomes a Hub for Youth Startup Clusters in Northwestern Seoul The Ewha Campus Town Project Team was selected for the 2023 Integrated Seoul Campus Town Project. The project team is now expected to receive around KRW 8 billion to run the project over the next four years starting from 2023 to 2026 and will serve as a hub for the Sinchon Youth Startup Valley and youth startup clusters in northwestern Seoul. The Seoul Campus Town Project is designed to facilitate the mutual development of universities and local communities by enabling them to develop and operate a startup and startup personnel accelerator program in addition to a regional revitalization program through a university-regional district consortium. After being selected for the Unit-type Seoul Campus Town Project for three years since 2019, Ewha cultivated around 50 startup teams and provided practical training for future entrepreneurs. Ewha also offered various programs for mutually benefiting local communities, including consultation and mentorship for local small businesses and a network-building program. Under this project, Ewha set the goals of fostering youth startups and future professionals with the capacity to lead innovative technologies and building a regional revitalization model. Reflecting the needs of the era on changes in the startup ecosystem, Ewha will boost startups like bio-healthcare businesses that are based on expertise in lab work and innovative technologies and contribute to the revitalization of local economies by renewing the Sinchon commercial district and traditional markets. Kyung Shik Shin, Ewha’s Executive Vice President for External Affairs and the research director for this project, commented, “The Seoul Campus Town Project will allow Ewha to play a more pivotal role as a hub for startup clusters in northwestern Seoul in connection with the Sinchon Youth Startup Valley established in partnership with Seodaemun-gu, Ewha Womans University Medical Center, and the Seoul Magok District Industrial Complex.” Ewha established “Ewha Vision 2030+” and “Medium-to-long-term Development Plan for University-Industry Collaboration” and is promoting various new projects to foster creative individuals who can create innovative value according to the needs of society, establish a total platform for the commercialization of creative and convergent technology, and build a hub for startups that can expand with future technology. As a result, Ewha has been selected for the so-called “Korean I-Corps program” of the Korea Innovation Technology Startup Center (KITS) under the Ministry of Science and ICT in May 2021 and designated as the best Business Incubator (BI) by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups this year, thereby winning recognition as the nation’s top institution for fostering startups and startup professionals.
Ewha Signs a Business Agreement with the KSIF to Attract and Support Excellent Foreign Nationals Ewha signed a business agreement with the King Sejong Institute Foundation (KSIF) on August 17 (Wed.) and agreed to provide high-quality Korean language education for international students and attract more talented foreign nationals. Under the agreement with the KSIF, Ewha will operate an online King Sejong Institute tailored to international students and utilize the Sejong Korean Language Assessment (SKA), the KSIF’s Korean language proficiency test for assessing foreign nationals’ communication skills. Ewha and the KSIF also agreed to cooperate to attract talented foreign nationals through King Sejong Institutes located around the world and discover joint projects to spread the Korean language and culture, while providing mutual support. The cooperation between Ewha, which provides a professional, systematic education system and environment for international students, and the KSIF, which aims to promote the Korean language and culture around the world, is expected to offer a wider range of opportunities and support for international students who wish to improve their Korean language skills. In particular, from the 2022 fall semester, Ewha will provide high-quality Korean language education for international students via the “Ewha Online King Sejong Institute.” President Eun Mee Kim commented, “This will be a new opportunity to explore ways to strengthen the overall influence of the Korean language and culture based on our shared pioneering spirit and experiences of rapid growth. I hope that this agreement serves to create momentum for Ewha and the KSIF to become highly-respected organizations that lead the global trend of Korean culture.” Ewha has played a leading role in Korean language education, establishing Teaching Korean as Second Language as a major for the first time in Korea in 1982 and starting Korean language education for foreigners at the Ewha Language Center in 1988. The agreement with the KSIF is expected to enable Ewha to further strengthen its status as a leading institution for cultivating global leaders by attracting more talented foreign nationals and developing a support system for international students.
The IBS Center for Quantum Nanoscience Receives the Highest Grade in its Fifth-Year Performance EvaluationThe IBS Center for Quantum Nanoscience (QNS) at Ewha Womans University received the highest grade in its performance evaluation, which is conducted on IBS research centers that have been in operation for five years since their inception. The Institute for Basic Science (IBS), a government-funded research institute established to conduct world-class basic science research and now operates a total of 33 research centers including the QNS at Ewha Womans University, conducted the first performance evaluation for research centers that had been active over five years since their foundation. This performance evaluation is an essential process that determines whether each research center continues to be operated, and is based on qualitative assessment of scientific excellence, talent acquisition and cultivation, organizational management, etc. The evaluation committee, comprised of distinguished global scholars in basic science, recognized the world-class scientific excellence of the QNS in this evaluation. During the evaluation, the QNS presented outstanding research results, suggesting the potential of the world’s smallest storage medium and successfully performing the world’s smallest magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), based on its research environment including world-class, low vibration laboratories, and ideal research culture. The QNS was also highly acclaimed for its cultural diversity with a high proportion of foreign researchers, as well as for nurturing next-generation talents, especially women leaders. Indeed, women account for 45 percent of the researchers at the QNS. Ewha launched the QNS on January 1, 2017, under the agreement with the IBS. Andreas Heinrich, Director of the QNS, joined the university as a distinguished professor of the Department of Physics and the first director of the QNS in 2016 after leading research at IBM in the United States for 18 years, and has laid the foundation for the research center by not only designing the low vibration laboratories, but also establishing the state-of-the-art research facilities. With his unique leadership and professionalism, he has brought unprecedented achievements in the short span of five years. The QNS’s research focuses on designing qubits (quantum bits), the basic unit of information in a quantum computer, by using quantum spins on surfaces. Heinrich said, “So far, the QNS has gone through big challenges and I am proud that it has grown to this level in a short span of time with its host Ewha Womans University,” and he added, “The evaluation standard in Korea is so high that we are all making our best effort to meet that standard.”
Three Research Teams at Ewha Selected for the 2022 Original Technology Development Project As original technologies are increasingly important for promising industries in the future, three research teams of the College of Pharmacy and the ELTEC College of Engineering at Ewha Womans University were selected for the “Original Technology Development Project” organized by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Research Foundation of Korea to secure technological competitiveness and growth potential. (From left) Professor Sun Choi, Professor Jin-Byung Park, Professor Si Jae Park The research team of the Global AI Drug Discovery Center (Director: Professor Sun Choi) at the College of Pharmacy was selected for the “2022 AI-Driven Innovative Drug Discovery Project” to lead the new drug development field using big data and artificial intelligence (AI). The College of Pharmacy at Ewha was the only one that was chosen as a research institute to lead the “AI-Driven Drug Development Platform Project” and received the grade “S” (excellent) by successfully establishing the AI-driven drug development platform for the past three years and achieving excellent results through active convergence research. Thanks to these accomplishments, the team from the College of Pharmacy has been recently selected as the only Korean university research team to lead the “AI-Driven Innovative Drug Discovery Project.” The College of Pharmacy at Ewha, the leader of this project, and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Seoul National University, AI company AITRICS, AIGENDRUG, MediaZen, and Txinno Bioscience will receive a total of around KRW 4.1 billion for the next three years and seven months to conduct the task titled “Advancement of AI-Driven Drug Development Platform and Discovery of Innovative Drug Candidates.” The Ewha research team, led by Professors Sun Choi, Soosung Kang, and Jinha Yu, and the other five participants are expected to make great contribution to the development of new drugs and the pharmaceutical industry through their continuous joint industry-academic convergence research. The research team from the Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biosystems Engineering (Director: Professor Jin-Byung Park) of the Food Science and Biotechnology major at the ELTEC College of Engineering was selected for the “2022 Biomass-based Carbon-Neutral Bioplastic Product Technology Development Project,” which is designed to develop a technology to produce carbon-neutral biodegradable plastic. The research team will receive a total of around KRW 4.6 billion for the next three years and six months and carry out a task titled the “Bio-Lactone Technology Development for the Production of Biodegradable Plastic” in collaboration with Kookmin University, the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, the Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, and the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology. Bio-lactone is a polyester-based polymer fiber that is widely used as surgical sutures or food industrial packages, and is expected to contribute to addressing the existing problems related to plastic as it can be used as a key material for plastic production. Professor Jin-Byung Park of the Food Science and Biotechnology major, who is in charge of this research project, said, “Bio-lactone-based biodegradable plastic production technology will make great contribution to the production of biodegradable materials and plastics as well as development of new and renewable material production technology.” The Biochemical Engineering Laboratory (Director: Professor Si Jae Park) from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major at the ELTEC College of Engineering was selected for the Production Process Development part of the “Biomass-based Carbon-Neutral Bioplastic Product Technology Development Project.” The laboratory will receive a total of around KRW 4.6 billion for the next three years and six months and conduct a task titled “Development of Original Technology of Synthetic Microorganism Platform for the Production of One-Step-and-One-Pot-based Next-Generation Biodegradable Bioplastic” in collaboration with Kyungpook National University, the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and Konkuk University. The research team will focus on the development of high-performance microbial strains that can produce everything in a single process from biomass and the raw material, to the final target product, that is property-tailored next-generation biodegradable bioplastics containing new monomers. Professor Si Jae Park, who is in charge of this project, said, “The Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major is focusing on the study on carbon neutrality to respond to climate change, and was recently selected for the ‘Low-Carbon Green Energy Chemical Process Research Project’ (Director: Professor Woo-Jae Kim), a part of the Ewha Frontier 10-10 Project. The task is related to biomass-based eco-friendly bioplastic production, which can contribute to carbon neutrality, and is expected to increase the possibility of commercialization of bioplastic through the development of process that enables the production of raw materials to the final products in a single process, thus playing an important role in the construction and vitalization of the carbon-neutral bioplastic industry ecosystem.”
The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in the Division of Advanced Technology at ELTEC College of Engineering was selected for the “semiconductor track program” as part of the “2022 Collaborative Intra-government Expertise Cultivation Project,” which is jointly organized by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The “semiconductor track program” is designed to develop advanced technologies and supply professionals required by industries, aiming to strengthen the national competitiveness of the semiconductor industry. With funding of KRW 900 million for the next three years, Ewha aims to lead the future semiconductor industry by newly-establishing two semiconductor design tracks, the SoC (System-on-Chip) track and the Circuit track, under the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, in addition to producing more than 40 undergraduate students every year through specialized training programs in semiconductor design. To this end, Ewha plans to form a consortium with domestic semiconductor companies, including LX Semicon, SAPEON Korea, Telechips, Semi Five, VisioNexT, etc., and operate training courses that reflect various issues in the industry. Students from their junior year can complete the program by taking more than 21 credits in major foundation courses and major courses including four subjects designated by each track. For practical training, the program courses will utilize Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools and intellectual properties (IP) that are actually used in the industry and provide special lectures on semiconductor design and others during vacation time to enhance the practical experience of students in the field. Professor Kim Ji-Hoon, the director of the program, remarked, “Since the semiconductor business is a major strategic industry for our country, it is crucial for Korea to extend its competitiveness from a focus on memory chips to various system semiconductors and strengthen competitiveness in ultra-fine processing. We will organize the program to reflect actual industry trends in our department’s outstanding curriculums, so we can provide students with a solid foundation in semiconductor design and various opportunities for practical training. In addition, we will continue to expand the consortium by attracting more companies and establish a council for academic-industry-research institute cooperation so as to respond promptly and effectively to the rapidly-changing semiconductor industry.” The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Ewha Womans University leads new trends in electronic and electrical engineering by applying AI technology to core research fields, including network and communication systems, semiconductor devices and design, image and signal processing, and semiconductor control, following the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is conducting cutting-edge research projects in electronic and electrical engineering based on artificial intelligence by collaborating with renowned companies, government agencies, and universities at home and abroad, thereby garnering recognition for its accomplishments from world-class academic societies and journals. Moreover, particularly in the semiconductor and circuit design fields, it is leading major research projects related to AI technology, participating in various development projects, including next-generation AI semiconductors, PIM (Processing-In-Memory) technology, and future semiconductor devices, and conducting main hardware design for AI systems including CPU and NPU.
Research Team from Department of Physics and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Ewha Suggests a Strategy ...Research Team from Department of Physics and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Ewha Suggests a Strategy to Enable Exciton Funneling and Boost Visible Light Emission in 2D Inorganic Semiconductors A joint research team at Ewha reports rapid transfer of photogenerated excitons and enhanced light emission from 2D inorganic semiconductors integrated with blue-fluorescent organic molecules. The results of the study, which highlights a strategy to develop a new type of optoelectronic devices, were published in the online edition of Advanced Science (IF: 16.806), a world-renowned academic journal within the top 4.4% in the field of materials science, on June 16 (Thu.). (from left) Prof. Youngmin You, Prof. Dong-Wook Kim, Dr. Soyeong Kwon The team led by Professors Dong-Wook Kim at the Department of Physics and Youngmin You at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science confirmed the enhancement of luminescence due to exciton transfers in heterostructure interfaces comprised of two-dimensional semiconductor transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) and fluorescent organic molecules. Professor Kim fabricated heterostructures by stacking evaporated thin films of DY1 fluorescent molecules on TMD MoS2 monolayers. The DY1 fluorescent molecules used in the process were obtained by the team led by Prof. You during the team’s OLED development researches. Optical characterizations and probe-based surface charge distribution measurements revealed exciton transfer from DY1 molecules to the MoS2 monolayers, which led to 1.7-fold enhanced light emission from MoS2. It has been reported that charge transfer rather than exciton transfer is dominant at the interfaces of different TMD materials. This work successfully demonstrated exciton transfers in the hybrid heterostructures by stacking fluorescent organic molecules on TMDs. The team could also propose a way to identify the transfer process of charges and excitons, based on the complementary use of measuring optical properties and analyzing scanning probe microscopes. (Left) A schematic diagram to illustrate the transfer of excitons generated from DY1, a self-developed fluorescent organic molecule, to an adjacent two-dimensional semiconductor MoS2 monolayer. (Right) Enhanced light emission characteristics and extension of exciton lifetime of the DY1/MoS2 hybrid heterostructure (small figure). Dr. Soyeong Kwon at the Department of Physics remarked as the first author of the paper, “Given the various trials and errors as well as numerous difficulties that I went through while studying the novel research subject of organic and inorganic heterostructures over the last two years of my Ph.D. course, I feel an even deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. I also hope that our findings will be followed by many follow-up studies.” The paper, titled “Exciton Transfer at Heterointerfaces of MoS2 Monolayers and Fluorescent Molecular Aggregates,” was conducted through collaborative research by the Department of Physics at Ewha (Professor Seokhyun Yoon and Taeyoung Choi), the Institute of Basic Science at Sungkyunkwan University (Professor Ji-Hee Kim and Ki Kang Kim), and the Department of Physics at Chungnam National University (Professor Ki-ju Yee), with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea and the Institute for Basic Science. Professors Dong-Wook Kim and Youngmin You, the corresponding authors of this paper, are supported by the Basic Research Laboratory grant.
ELTEC College of Engineering Selected as Nation’s First Specialized Graduate School for Convergence Analysis of...ELTEC College of Engineering Selected as Nation’s First Specialized Graduate School for Convergence Analysis of Meteorological and Climate Data The ELTEC College of Engineering was selected as the nation’s first specialized graduate school for the convergence analysis of meteorological and climate data. The program for the specialized graduate school for the convergence analysis of meteorological and climate data was newly introduced this year by the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) and the Korea Meteorological Institute (KMI) to foster talented youths with the capacity to lead emerging future industries based on meteorological big data analysis. With the gradual increase in damages from weather-related disasters caused by climate change, meteorological big data analysis and utilization skills and climate change response capabilities have become more important than ever as they can directly affect a country’s future competitiveness. In relation to this program, Ewha Womans University and the KMI have agreed to begin cooperating in fostering specialists in the field of meteorology and held an “MOU Signing Ceremony for the Specialized Graduate School Program for the Convergence Analysis of Meteorological and Climate Data” at the ECC on June 10 (Fri.). Following this selection, Ewha is expected to receive government grants and climate change response funds amounting to KRW 2.268 billion to operate the program over the next four years and seven months. Ewha will select scholarship recipients this fall semester among graduate students who are enrolled in courses related to convergence, analysis, and utilization of meteorological and climate data and participating in a university-industry cooperation program. Ewha is planning to recruit at least 15 students each year to join the master’s and doctoral program of the specialized graduate school for the convergence analysis of meteorological and climate data in addition to the track course program, and open the graduate school this September to train master’s and doctoral students to become experts in the convergence, analysis, and utilization of meteorological and climate data. Ewha will also offer various courses, such as weather forecasting using artificial intelligence, climate modeling, and data analysis for sustainable energy (e.g., CCUS, renewable energy, and hydrogen energy), and develop business internship programs at the school that will lead to full-time job opportunities. Furthermore, each year, Ewha will produce specialists who can consistently introduce innovations and advancements in meteorology as well as various fields of convergence studies and publish papers in international journals. Graduates of the specialized graduate school will gain in-depth knowledge that will allow them to immediately enter into various industries, including fields that require the convergence, analysis, and utilization of meteorological and climate data. The Department of Climate and Energy Systems Engineering has been rapidly growing while conducting a variety of studies and projects since its establishment in 2016, and has since become one of the most popular majors in Korea because of its future-oriented convergence education and research that contribute to solving complex issues, such as climate change response, energy, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management.
Research Outcome Produced by a Team Comprised of an Undergraduate Student from the Chemical Engineering and...Research Outcome Produced by a Team Comprised of an Undergraduate Student from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Major and Graduate Students Published in an SCI-grade Journal A phase transition in two-dimensional (2D) materials first identified using nano-radiation beams Excellent results of joint research alongside graduate student mentors produced through a practical class for undergraduate students (from left) Lee Ha Heun, Yim Eunji, Kang Seohui Senior student Yim Eunji from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major of the ELTEC College of Engineering and graduate students Lee Ha Heun and Kang Seohui (advisor: Prof. Suyeon Cho) from the System Health Convergence major, who were chosen for the fourth phase of the Brain Korea 21 (BK21) Project (Director: Prof. Oran Kwon), published the results of joint research on a phase transition in 2D materials using nano-radiation beams that was conducted with a team led by Dr. Chiang from the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC) based in Taiwan. The outcome of this research, supported by the Overseas Large-scale Research Facility Utilization Support Project of the National Research Foundation, was published under the title of “Local phase transition at crack edges of Mo1-xWxTe2 polymorphs” in the online edition of Applied Surface Science (IF: 6.707, top 4.76 percent of JCR), an SCI-grade journal. A structural phase transition in 2D materials has attracted considerable attention in academia as it enables reversible conversion between semiconductors and conductors caused by the external environment. The research team from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major analyzed the nanoscale physical properties of a structural semiconductor-to-metal phase transition in a thin Mo1−xWxTe2 alloy sample with a thickness of several nanometers using nano X-ray diffraction and nano X-ray fluorescence with nano-radiation beams. As a result, the research team confirmed that, when a sample is synthesized in an alloyed form, the distribution of tungsten (W) becomes uneven at the critical point of a phase transition, and that the higher the tungsten content, the lower the amount of energy required for a phase transition. The research team identified the effects of substitutional elements in 2D materials on a structural phase transition therein. This is expected to further expand the applications of 2D materials used in a wide range of areas including energy conversion and optoelectronic devices. In particular, this research was developed into a thesis led by Lim Eunji alongside graduate student mentors Lee Ha Heun and Kang Seohui in a seasonal class named “Advanced Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Lab” conducted by the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major. The class is a practical course in which students conduct self-directed research under the guidance of a professor in the laboratory of the full-time faculty member during a school vacation, and is continuously resulting in outstanding achievements such as allowing students to carry out self-directed research, give a presentation at an international conference and present a senior thesis.