Institute for Basic Science (IBS)

South Korea

IBS was established in 2011 aiming at advancing the frontiers of knowledge and fostering leading scientists of tomorrow by pursuing excellence in basic science research. Since then, IBS has been providing infrastructure for long-term, large-scale, and group research as well as supporting autonomous research activities of researchers, focusing on exploration of creative knowledge.

As a basic science research institute representing Korea, IBS is running 28 Centers in physics, chemistry, mathematics, life sciences, and interdisciplinary areas as of late 2017 and planning to increase the number to 50. The institute’s main philosophy is to select a world renowned scientist as a Center’s director and create an environment where the director can concentrate on his/her own creative research. That is because IBS believes that creativity can be maximized when excellent researchers focus on conducting challenging research in an autonomous research environment.

IBS has been generating research outcomes that attract world-wide attention and was named one of Nature Index Rising Stars 2016. Despite a short history, the institute is standing shoulder to shoulder with international basic science research institutes. With the 2018 completion of its new headquarters designed as an urban science park, IBS will maximize merits of group and interdisciplinary research as well as bring IBS’ research capabilities together. It will more actively recruit young researchers at home and abroad with its expansion, heralding an even brighter future.

Since 2016, IBS has been operating Young Scientist Fellowship (YSF) under the slogan ‘Initiate your own research at IBS.’ YSF provides junior researchers with research autonomy and independence so that they can devote themselves to their work. Those selected can have access to IBS’ cutting-edge research infrastructure and equipment as well as can enjoy opportunities to grow through interdisciplinary research with outstanding IBS researchers.

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1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Institute for Basic Science (IBS) published between 1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

238 63.45 63.23

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 140 36.10 35.88
Chemistry 105 30.70 30.70
Life Sciences 39 9.29 9.29
Earth & Environmental Sciences 1 0.25 0.25

Highlight of the month

The circle of light conversion on a nanochip

© Buena Vista Images/DigitalVision/Getty

© Buena Vista Images/DigitalVision/Getty

Computers could perform at light speed using miniature circuits that combine electronics and photonics on a single nanochip.

Using light to send information through a circuit at the nanometre scale is difficult as its wavelength is larger than the width of the tiny wires involved. This can be overcome by using surface plasmons — electromagnetic waves on the surface of the wire — to manipulate the light rushing through the circuit.

A South Korean team, including researchers from the Institute for Basic Science, built optical circuit components by overlaying silver nanowires on thin transition metal semiconductors. They used a laser to generate surface plasmons in the silver nanowire. These plasmons are converted to excitons by the semiconductor, and back to surface plasmons in the nanowire, to eventually be emitted as light.

“This is the first time that we can complete the circle going from plasmons to excitons and back to plasmons” says one of the authors. The technique may enable rapid information processing in tiny devices.

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  1. Nature Communications 7, 13663 (2016). doi: 10.1038/ncomms13663

View the article on the Nature Index

1 November 2016 - 31 October 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 56.74% Domestic
  • 43.26% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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