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 July 2020 - 30 June 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 July 2020 - 30 June 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
401 182.40

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 142 71.04
Earth & Environmental Sciences 6 3.79
Physical Sciences 242 111.02
Life Sciences 74 26.01

Highlight of the month

Ionized jets create less of a splash

© Jason marz/Moment/Getty Images

© Jason marz/Moment/Getty Images

A jet of weakly ionized gas molecules produces a more stable deformation on a liquid surface than a neutral gas jet.

Blowing through a straw creates a small dimple on the surface of a drink. This simple phenomenon is important in a wide range of natural and industrial processes, including in biomedical engineering and steel making. However, the factors that influence the stability of these cavities on a liquid surface have received little attention.

Now, seven researchers, including five from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), have discovered that cavities on a water surface produced by jets of weakly ionized helium gas are more stable than those created by a neutral helium jet.

This is the first time that an ionized gas jet has been shown to have a stabilizing effect and it could shed light on the dynamics of weakly ionized atmospheres of planets as well as important industrial processes.

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  1. Nature 592, 49–53 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03359-9

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 58.05% Domestic
  • 41.95% 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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