Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
한국과학기술원

South Korea

KAIST is the first and top science and technology university in Korea. In the wake of its 50th anniversary, KAIST is scaling up new research initiatives in order to become a ‘first mover.’ This is in line with its plan to pivot away from its previous role as a ‘fast follower,’ a role that led to Korea’s rapid industrialization.

Established in 1971 by the Korean government, KAIST was tasked with the very clear institutional mission to make innovations that would drive the country’s economic growth engine, especially in the fields of ICT and electronics. KAIST has fully achieved its institutional mission, creating a very successful educational model that is now being benchmarked by many other countries.

Turning 50 years old in 2021, its R&D strategy has shifted to focus on creating global value for the future. Among others, the Global Singularity Research Project aims to identify the most critical projects which will make the biggest difference in people’s lives.

This innovative research project selects the two most creative and future-oriented research projects every year. Young researchers’ projects on new materials, neuro-rehabilitation, and brain function redesign selected as this research program will surely bring breakthroughs which will serve as game changers for the future.

For more information on KAIST research, visit https://www.kaist.ac.kr/en/html/research/04.html

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) published between 1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021 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.

Count Share
399 186.12

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 238 112.57
44 21.24
30 18.10
19 11.95
5 3.24
1 0.02
6 1.68
34 14.25
17 8.92
5 1.32
28 14.38
2 0.87
2 0.92
1 0.01
4 2.59
1 0.01
17 5.84
9 3.14
1 0.14
12 3.96
0
Chemistry 157 82.09
Life Sciences 71 24.59
Earth & Environmental Sciences 6 3.21

Highlight of the month

Green catalyst converts waste into a hydrogen-rich energy store

© LAGUNA DESIGN/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

© LAGUNA DESIGN/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

An electrocatalyst based on single iron atoms can efficiently convert nitric oxide into a valuable chemical that could play a key role in the hydrogen economy.

The widespread use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture has unbalanced the global nitrogen cycle and led to nitric oxide accumulating in the environment.

But environmentally friendly possibilities for electrocatalytically converting problematic chemicals such as nitric oxide into valuable compounds are emerging thanks to the increasing availability of renewable electricity generation.

Now, researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have used an electrocatalyst based on single iron atoms dispersed across a nitrogen–carbon substrate to efficiently convert nitric oxide into hydroxylamine — a chemical feedstock used in producing nylon and also of interest as a potential carrier molecule for clean hydrogen fuel.

When the researchers incorporated the catalyst into a fuel cell, the device efficiently consumed nitric oxide to produce hydroxylamine with no significant deactivation after 50 hours of operation.

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  1. Nature Communications 12, 1856 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-22147-7

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 58.26% Domestic
  • 41.74% International

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

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

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