Institute for Basic Science (IBS)
기초과학연구원

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 August 2017 - 31 July 2018

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 August 2017 - 31 July 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

AC FC
303 80.33

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 142 36.84
Physical Sciences 190 49.35
Life Sciences 47 11.07
Earth & Environmental Sciences 4 1.02

Highlight of the month

Flexible diamonds

©Sebastian Ervasti/EyeEm/Getty

©Sebastian Ervasti/EyeEm/Getty

Scientists have grown nanoscale diamond structures that can be bent, paving the way for a range of new flexible materials for use in applications from data storage and imaging, to optoelectronics.

Diamond is the hardest and most durable of all natural materials, properties that make it useful in a range of fields, including mechanics, medicine and electronics. In its bulk form, however, diamond is very brittle and breaks when only slightly bent, limiting its applications. 

Now, an international team of scientists, including researchers from the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea, have grown diamonds a few hundred nanometers in length that can be strained up to 9 per cent without breaking, compared with bulk diamond which breaks when less than 1 per cent strain is applied.  

The work could open the door for diamond-based flexible devices in applications ranging from sensing and imaging, to drug delivery and optoelectronics.


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  1. Science 360, 300-302 (2018). doi: 10.1126/science.aar4165

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1 August 2017 - 31 July 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 54% Domestic
  • 46% International

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

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

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