BjPCR1 makes Calcium-rich Product Available (2011.11.23)
A new leaf-mustard kimchi season is here, stimulating appetites with the unique flavor and aroma of leaf mustard and ground red chili, plus the promise of enriched calcium.The joint research by Professor Youngsook Lee of the Department of Life Science. and Dr. Won-Yong Song and Prof. Martinoia of University of Zurich have created a way for producing the calcium-rich product.The research team found that the protein, BjPCR1, facilitates transportation to calcium absorbed from root hair of plants to inner cells. Prof. Lee’s research team demon-strated the fact that BjPCR controls the transp..
Breakthrough in Microsurgical Robots (2011.12.7)
Professor Kwan Hyoung Kang of the Department of Mechanical Engineering developed anelectrohydrodynamic (EHD) pumping method for dielectric (or non-polar) liquids utilized for micro fingers of microsurgical robots. He presented a new way which relies on the EHD flow generated by the filed dependent electrical conductivity.The EHD pump is a device that converts electrical energy to mechanical energy indirectly, and it is required for the cooling system of microelectronic devices for chemical and biological analysis and micropumping of organic solvents.The results of this research are significant..
HangulBot, for Learning Korean Faster (2011.12.8)
The HangulBot, developed by the research team of Professor Sonya S. Kwak (HSS), won the Delegate’s Choice prize on Dec. 8 at the International Conference on Social Robotics 2011 held in the Netherlands.The robot, developed by Prof. Kwak, Song Young-bin (CSE 08), Park Joon-sin (ME 09), Eun Ho Kim (KAIST), and Ji Myung Kim (KAIST), was designed for children and non-Koreans. By rotating and rearranging a consonant block and a vowel block, learners can understand the concept of the phonetic aspect of the Korean language in a short time.The robot was designed to perceive the arrangement of th..
Graphene Meets OLED (2012.1.9)
A research te-am that consists of Professor Tae-Woo Lee (MSE), Tae-Hee Han (MSE Ph.D. ca-ndidate), Prof. Jong-Hyun Ahn (SKKU), and Prof. Byung Hee Hong (SNU) has developed graphene into organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and flexible, white light with it for the first time.This team noticed that the inefficiency of graphene in OLED can be resolved by replacing conventional indium tin oxide anodes with high-work-function, low-sheet-resistance graphene anodes. The team improved the luminous efficiencies to 37.2 Im/W for fluorescent and 102.7 Im/W for phosphorescent devices, which are higher tha..
One Step Closer to a Cure (2012.3.21)
Professor Nam -Ki Lee (i-Bio and Physics) su- cceeded in find- ing the step-by-step processes of neurotransmitt- ers in the brain cells through the single molecule technique, which had previously been unknown. This principle allows for possibilities to understand the causes of brain cell damage when patients suffer from intractable cerebropathy such as dementia.Prof. Lee’s research team jointed with Prof. Yeon-kyun Shin (KIST) to discover the fact that synaptotagmin-1, which is protein in biological membrane, controlled fusion of cell membrane in process of releasing chemicals by gradati..
Nano-sized Bullet Developed to Remove 10nm Pollutants (2012.4.19)
POSETCH researchers have successfully developed the particle beam technique to eliminate nanometer-sized contaminant particles (CPs) of nano-scale devices, for the first time in the world.A research team led by Professor Jin Won Lee of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has succeeded in developing the technology to completely remove 10 nm-sized CPs using a revolutionary beam technique that uses nanometer-sized bullet particles (BPs) moving at supersonic speed. The research result has been published in the online edition of Nanoscale Research Letters on Apr. 11.Due to the attraction by su..
Bone Regeneration Enhanced by Use of Mussel Adhesive Proteins (2012.4.25)
The research team of Professor Hyung Joon Cha (CE), Prof. Dong-Woo Cho (ME), and Prof. Rhie, Jong Won (The Catholic University of Korea) succeeded in developing functional three-dimensional scaffolds that enhance regeneration of bone tissue. Using mussel adhesive proteins, it is safe for the human body. It is also proven to be remarkable in adhesion and coating. This research was published in the Apr. 2 online version of Acta Biomaterialia, a renowned academic journal in the field of body materials.The research team affixed the stem cell on the surface of the polymer using the mussel-extracted..
Micro-oscillators to Detect Cancer in Early Stages Invented (2012.5.10)
Professor Sangmin Jeon (CE) and Jinmyoung Joo (Post Doc.) have developed the technology that diagnoses cancer by using micro-oscillators made of photo- catalytic silicon and nanoparticle on the inside and magnetic material on the outside. This technology, published on ACS Nano, attracted academic attention because it could be applied to cancer diagnosis at once as well as early detection, which is crucial in cancer treatment.When patients suffer from cancer, the concentration of specialized proteins in blood and other body fluids increases. This technology uses the concentration of the protein..
Development of Bio-binding Agent for Immunosensors with Mussel Extracts (2011.9.15)
Professor HyungJoon Cha of the Department of Chemical Engineering has devised a new technique which combines Mussel Adhesive Protein (MAP) and antibody-binding protein to pin down an antibody on diverse surfaces coated with a new linker protein (BC-MAP).BC-MAP is a linker material to immobilize y-shaped antibodies onto immunosensors such as a pregnancy test which examines for infection by antigen-antibody reaction. In order to work properly, antibodies are supposed to be exactly immobilized onto surfaces.Previously, antibody-binding protein did not immobilize an antibody depending on the surfa..
Development of Nanofibers from Mussel Adhesive Protein and Silk from Sea Anemone (2011.11.8)
POSTECH researchers have found a way to tightly fix bio materials by using mussel adhesive proteins (MAPS).Professor HyungJoon Cha of the Department of Chemical Engineering had developed sticky nanofibrous scaffold based on MAPS, which can be functionalized with diverse types of biomolecules. The paper supported by “Marine Bioengineering Technology Project” under the Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs appeared in the Angewandte Chemie International Edition published online on Oct. 19.Nanofibers are a promising tool for tissue engineering applications, and various stu..