Exploring untapped possibilities of diverse soft matter through interdisciplinary research
IBS Center for Soft and Living Matter
3rd Fl., Building 103, UNIST
50, UNIST-gil, Eonyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan
Director Steve GRANICK
Before moving to Korea in 2015, Steve Granick was professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 30 years, most recently as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Biophysics, Chemistry, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Among other awards, he is recipient of the national APS Polymer Physics Prize (2009) and the national ACS Colloid and Surface Chemistry Prize (2013). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
Understanding the principles of soft and living matter
The subjects encompass the chemistry and physics of biomolecular science; the intellectual complexity of complex materials; the puzzles of understanding structure and dynamical processes of matter far from equilibrium; the mystery of what is life. This IBS Center includes focused research on soft matter, biology, theory, simulation, and light-matter interactions.
Inadequate understanding of soft and living matter holds back progress in vital societal needs: health issues with ramifications from genetic development to nanomedicine, and environmental issues from climate change and water purity, to affordable energy. Numerous industries revolve around applying these principles: among them, liquid crystals, synthetic polymers, membrane systems, protein assays, and bioengineering.
Institutions with soft matter interests elsewhere in the world are under economic stress, and increasingly under pressure to pursue short-term engineering of an applied nature. This is one reason why the broad expertise and sophisticated equipment of this Research Center will have a decisive competitive edge over those other places. Long-term investment can have major impact in this important scientific area where the secular trend elsewhere in the world is to focus on the short-term.
The research themes have been selected to avoid duplication with existing research, yet to complement existing research, as clearly the Research Center will benefit from collaborations with existing groups in Korea and globally. The Research Center will establish itself on the forefront of scientific inquiry and wishes to be known for basic, fundamental science, not for technology. It is anticipated that the Research Center will train a new generation of scientists in this intellectual area where scientific excellence can have major impact on society. With hard work and good luck, students and postdocs who pass through the Research Center may one day attain achievements at the highest level.
|Korean/ International||30(Korean), 53(International)|
As of October 2019