Prof. Dr. Hyeon Suk Shin and Youngjin Park visiting TU Dresden

besuch-hyeon-sukYet another Korean-German partnership was established with the visit of the Director of UCRF (UNIST Central Research Facilities) Prof. Dr. Hyeon Suk Shin and his Ph.D. student Youngjin Park in the Physical Chemistry chair of Prof. Alexander Eychmüller (TU Dresden) on the 17th till 20th of October 2016. After a warm welcome, Prof. Eychmüller and his two Ph.D. candidates Christian Meerbach and Christoph Bauer were eager to discuss the organization of the intercultural exchange and the upcoming research with their Korean partners, which will focus on nanostructured monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) for material-efficient hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Firstly focusing on the synthesis of copper chalcogenide Cu2-xA (A = S, Se, Te) nanosheets which will be employed as template in cation-exchange for a variety of 2D TMDs (such as MoA2, WA2, ZrA2, TiA2, etc.). We were then later discussing both groups cooperation Ph.D.student recent results on this topic to extract our overall knowledge and possible cooperating fields. In this both the Korean and German group demonstrated a successful preparation of copper chalcogenide nanosheets. Furthermore we showed different methods of cation exchange and an insight in the schlenk-line technique. To optimize our preparation skills the students worked together on the first cation-exchange in the laboratory.

After a conjoint lunch Prof. Dr. Hyeon Suk Shin presented his groups work on 2D-layered graphene, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and TMDs.

During their stay in Dresden we also showed our Korean visitor the city’s famous sights and provided them with a small tour with some history background. Our guests highlight was the traditional food and beer at local restaurant Brauhaus Watzke.

 

iEGSEMP at the Korean-German Conference 2016

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The iEGSEMP members from Dresden took part in the Korean-German Conference on November 17th in Dresden. The conference is organized by the Alumni Network Gemany-Korea (ADeKo), the City of Dresden, the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), the RWTH Aachen University, Fraunhofer Society, Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP) and The Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in the FRG (VeKNI), and offered valuable opportunity for lively discussions among international experts.

The main topics of the conference were 5G & Tactile Internet, Digital Products, E-Health, Energy Transition in Nano Electronics, Future Electronics and Robotics. Among many honourable guests, such as former Korean Prime minister Hwang-Sik Kim and Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich we were happy to meet again Honorary consul Dr. Christoph Hollenders and his wife Caroline.

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iEGSEMP Officially Started

On Wednesday, November 2th we celebrated the official start of our iEGSEMP Graduate School. We were happy to welcome all iEGSEMP members from TU Dresden, the corresponding Professors, our special guest, the Honorary consul of the Republic of Korea, Dr. Christoph Hollenders, in addition to over 20 friends and colleagues in the Villa of the Graduate Academy. Thanks to the solo cellist Jin Kyung Kim we had a great musical start, with the master piece “Divertimento” by Krzysztof Penderecki (*1933). Dr. Hollenders then gave an interesting and entertaining overview of the bonds between Korea and Dresden, followed by the introduction of the program by the iEGSEMP Speaker Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti. After him, student coordinator Thomas Lehmann addressed a few organisational aspects of the graduate school and our PhD students Sangwook Park rounded off the event by presenting his work and how he sees the differences and similarities between the two countries of Germany and Korea. The subsequent poster session allowed everyone to connect and initiate discussions.

We would like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the Kick Off and all guests who joined us for the event!

UPDATE: As we really liked the speech of Honorary Consul Dr. Hollenders we provide a transcript of it online.


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Startschuss für das Deutsch-Koreanische Graduiertenkolleg iEGSEMP

Einen weiteren Schritt vorwärts in Sachen internationaler Kooperation mit Korea ging am 02. November 2016 die TU Dresden. Mit einem offiziellen Kick-Off-Meeting erfolgte in der Villa der Graduiertenakademie der TU Dresden der offizielle Start des neu etablierten internationalen Graduiertenkollegs „International Excellence Graduate School on Emerging Materials and Processes“, kurz iEGSEMP. In der aus Mitteln des Zukunftskonzeptes der TU Dresden finanzierten Gruppe arbeiten auf deutscher Seite sieben Nachwuchsforscherinnen und –forscher im engen wissenschaftlichen Austausch mit ebenso vielen Kolleginnen und Kollegen in Korea gemeinsam an aktuellen Fragen der Materialforschung und –entwicklung.

Die Gründung dieses Kollegs wurde vor etwas mehr als einem Jahr im Beisein von Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck auf der Koreanisch-Deutschen Konferenz »Wissenschaft und Innovation« in Seoul beschlossen. Der Rektor der TU Dresden, Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen unterzeichnete dort zusammen mit den Präsidenten der koreanischen Spitzenforschungseinrichtungen POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology), UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology) und der Yonsei University eine Absichtserklärung, die nun in die Tat umgesetzt wird.

An der TU Dresden bildet das iEGSEMP eine Schnittstelle von Aktivitäten der drei Professuren Physikalische Chemie (Prof. Alexander Eychmüller), Molekulare Funktionsmaterialien (Prof. Xinliang Feng) sowie Materialwissenschaft und Nanotechnik (Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti) und dem Fraunhofer-Institut IKTS (Dr. Jörg Opitz) und bündelt so interdisziplinär Fachkompetenzen aus Physik, Chemie und Werkstoffwissenschaft. Maßgebliches Ziel der Schule ist es, die bereits bestehenden langjährigen und erfolgreichen Kooperationen zwischen der TU Dresden und den Partnerinstitutionen in Korea durch die tägliche intensive Diskussion von jungen Wissenschaftlern zu stärken.

„Auch wenn in Zeiten von Skype und WhatsApp Distanzen zu verschwinden scheinen, ersetzt die digitale Kommunikation nicht den persönlichen Kontakt. Die deutschen und koreanischen Doktoranden des iEGSEMP werden hierzu für jeweils sechs Monate ins andere Partnerland gehen und ihre Forschungsarbeit in den Partnergruppen vor Ort vorantreiben.“ sagt Prof. Cuniberti, der die Schule koordinieren wird, und fährt fort: „Dadurch erhalten unsere Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden nicht nur eine exzellente wissenschaftliche Ausbildung, sondern machen wichtige Auslandserfahrungen in einem wirtschaftlich und wissenschaftlich führenden Land Asiens und bekommen interkulturelle Handlungskompetenzen vermittelt!“

Das Bild zeigt u.a. die beteiligten Professoren der TU Dresden, die sieben Mitglieder des Graduiertenkollegs iEGSEMP an der TU Dresden und den Honorarkonsul der Republik Korea, Notar Dr. Christoph Hollenders, bei der Auftaktveranstaltung an der TU Dresden am 2. November 2016. (Quelle: Robert Lohse )

UPDATE: Wir möchten jenen, die leider nicht dabei sein konnten, hier die sehr gelungene Ansprache des Honorarkonsuls Dr. Hollenders in Textform bereit stellen.

Korean-German Conference on Engineering for our Future, Nov. 16-18th

We would like to bring your attention to the Korean-German Conference on Engineering for our Future, held from November 16 – 18 in the International Congress Center Dresden.

The main topics of the conference will be: 5G & Tactile Internet, Digital Products, E-Health, Energy Transition in Micro-/(Nano-)Electronics, Future Electronics and Robotics. The conference is organized by the Alumni Network Gemany-Korea (ADeKo), the City of Dresden, the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), the RWTH Aachen University, Fraunhofer Society, Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP) and The Korean Scientists and Engineers Association in the FRG (VeKNI). The conference will offer valuable opportunity for lively discussion among international experts.

All iEGSEMP Members from Dresden will take part in the conference to grow our network.

For more information, visit the official website: http://www.korean-german-conference.de

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Kick-Off Meeting, Nov. 2nd

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We would like to invite everyone who is interested to join us for our Kick-Off Meeting in Dresden on Wednesday, November 2th at 3:30 pm in the Villa of the Graduate Academy!
We prepared an interesting and entertaining program to introduce our new German-Korean Graduate School. Don’t miss it!

 

Letter of Intent signed on Korean-German International Graduate School

The scientific cooperation between Germany and Korea has been taken a further step forward. On 13 October 2015 in Seoul, a Letter of Intent on the establishment of an International Research Training Group entitled iEGSEMP Korea: International Excellence Graduate School on Emerging Materials and Processes, a joint project between Pohang University of Science and Technology, UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology), Yonsei University and Technische Universität Dresden, was signed.

For many years, there have been very close links between TU Dresden and partners in Korea. In March 2014, this connection was highlighted by the visit of the President of the Republic of Korea, Geun-hye Park, to Dresden and the honorary doctorate which she was awarded from TU Dresden. To foster further binational synergies, TU Dresden now teams up with renowned Korean research institutions to establish an International Research Training Group on Materials Science, a central field in academic and industrial research in both countries.

The formal signing ceremony took place alongside the Joint Korean German Conference “Science and Innovation”, which was attended by the German Federal President, Joachim Gauck. The foundation of the International Research Training Group was announced during the opening ceremony of this event and is recorded in the photograph of Federal President Gauck with Prof. Doh-Yeon Kim (Pohang University of Science and Technology), Prof. Mooyoung Jung (UNIST) and Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen (TU Dresden), the presidents of three of the four institutions involved.

The aim of the International Excellence Graduate School on Emerging Materials and Processes is to train ten PhD students, five from Germany and five from Korea, in a synergetic way in current topics of materials research for applications in electronics, energy and medical technologies. “I am very glad that we were able to establish this strong binational Graduate School to deepen our contacts with research partners in Korea,” said Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen, the Rector of TU Dresden, after signing the Letter of Intent and added: “The PhD students will be working on highly innovative topics and they will greatly benefit from the close cooperation within the network of excellent partners in Germany and Korea.” To allow them to gain international research experience and to promote the synergetic approach, the German and Korean PhD students will each spend six months at an institution in the partner country.

TU Dresden is among the top universities in Germany and Europe: strong in research, first-rate study programmes and close ties to culture, industry and society. TU Dresden was selected as one of eleven universities of excellence in the German government’s national Excellence Initiative. It is a modern comprehensive university with 14 departments and about 37,000 students.