UNIST Advanced Material Research Building Opens Its Doors

UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology) has ushered in a new era for the development of advanced materials that promise a wide variety of convergence of bio technology and material science.

UNIST President Moo Je Cho officially opened the university’s new, five-story material research building on Sept 6th 2013. Scale of 22.6 billion won, the Advanced Material Research Building (AMRB) spans 9,700㎡ and features massive research facilities with various laboratories for in vivo cultivation and analysis, virus and infection disease, and imaging center.

Based on the convergence of nano and bio technologies, the AMRB will shorten the development time of bio sensors, enabling health monitoring and early detection of various diseases. The AMRB neighbors the Hans Scholer Stem Cell Research Building which allows for convenient and wide ranging interdisciplinary research.

The Green Energy Materials Development Center will be placed on the first floor and the Institution of Basic Science (IBS) Campus Research Center and the facilities related to green energy research area will be placed in the buiding, too. Additionally, the Soft Matter Advanced Research Team (SMART) of Prof. Steve Granick research group, will be located on the third floor of the building. This research team is aiming to develop core technologies into applications for climate, energy and medical related areas through our world-class research facilities.

The Green Energy Technology Development Center will bring high capacity and high power secondary batteries for electric cars with various advanced facilities.

As of the opening of this research building, UNIST is adding fresh fuel to promote interdisciplinary research, nurture high quality professionals and enhance the collaborations among industry-university-institution.

UNIST has already founded the UCRF (UNIST Central Research Facilities) in 2009 and will open another new research building, the Low Dimensional Carbon Materials Center (LDCMC). With 24.5 billion won invested in more than 30 advanced laboratory equipments, the LDCMC will explore world carbon materials markets.

“Now UNIST is furnished high-tech facilities with the AMRB, UCRF, the Hans Scholer Stem Cell Research Building and LDCMC supporting research capability,” said Vice President Pann-Ghill Suh. “UNIST will be a cradle of prominent scientists as producing Nobel laureates in the near future.”

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