Yeom Han Woong Wins 2015 Korea Science Award

Professor Yeom Han Woong has won the 2015 Korea Science Award, becoming the 6th IBS director to do so.

AsianScientist (Jan. 5, 2016) – Professor Yeom Han Woong of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) Center for Artificial Low Dimensional Electronic Systems has been awarded the 2015 Korea Science Award.

Into its 15th year, the Korea Science Award honors three winners every two years. Each awardee will receive 50 million won (~US$42,000) and a commemorative plaque. The award is presented by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the National Research Foundation of Korea to promote basic science research and encourage creative R&D activities, in particular by recognizing scientists who identify fundamental principles in natural science.

Yeom is a distinguished scientist in the field of physics. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 from Tohoku University in Japan before relocating to Korea as a full professor at POSTECH in 2000.

A research team led by Yeom recently observed the existence of chiral solitons on indium atomic wires. Chiral solitons are topological edge states in one-dimensional atomic chains that store and release a single electron. This discovery is expected to have future implications for developing single-electron information storage devices.

IBS has an illustrious history with the Korea Science Award, with five directors who have previously won the award. Director Kim Kimoon of the Center for Self-assembly and Complexity won the 8th Award in 2001, and Director Noh Tae Won of the Center for Correlated Electron Systems received the 9th edition of the award in 2003. Director Hong Gil Nam of the Center for Plant Aging Research won the 10th Award in 2006. Choi Kiwoon of the Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe received the 13th Award in 2011, and the most recent recipient, Director Chang Sukbok of the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalizations won the 14th edition of the award in 2013.


Source: Institute for Basic Science.
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