Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

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 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

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 July 2019 - 30 June 2020 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
378 155.63

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 209 84.10
Chemistry 159 75.69
Life Sciences 90 25.76
Earth & Environmental Sciences 4 0.51

Highlight of the month

Quantum spin cloud seen for the first time

© Artur Debat/Getty

© Artur Debat/Getty

Physicists have made the first experimental observation of a quantum phenomenon known as the Kondo screening cloud, which was predicted more than half a century ago.

Back in the 1930s, physicists discovered that the electrical resistance of some metals containing magnetic impurities increases dramatically with decreasing temperature. In 1964, the Japanese theoretical physicist Jun Kondo explained this effect by postulating that a cloud of conduction electrons forms around the impurity spin, effectively shielding it. But until now, the Kondo cloud had not been observed experimentally.

A team that included two physicists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has now succeeded in observing the Kondo cloud using quantum dots — tiny blobs that are like artificial atoms.

The measurement promises to lead to greater insights into systems that contain multiple magnetic impurities, such as high-temperature superconductors.

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  1. Nature 579, 210–213 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2058-6

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1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 49.65% Domestic
  • 50.35% 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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