Cha Hyung Joon

Pohang University of Science and Technology

South Korea


Cha, who developed a protein-based adhesive inspired by mussels, received the Inventor of the Year Award from the Korean Intellectual Property Office. Unlike commonly used medical adhesives, the mussel-inspired bioadhesive is biocompatible and strongly adhesive even when wet. Cha has been listed as the inventor of 135 intellectual properties, including 23 international patents, 47 domestic patents, 34 international patent applications and 31 domestic patent applications.

(Photo: Pohang University of Science and Technology)

  • Inventor of the Year Award from the Korean Intellectual Property Office

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