From UCR: “UC Riverside and Korea Institute of Materials Science Announce New Research Center”

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UC Riverside

May 26, 2017
Sarah Nightingale

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UCR and the Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS) will partner on advanced materials research. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in April, followed by a workshop on May 25. Left to right: Kelechi Kalu, vice provost of international affairs; Cynthia Larive, interim provost and executive vice chancellor; Kyu Hwan Lee, director of the Climate Change Materials Research Center at KIMS; Nosang Myung, professor and chair of chemical and environmental engineering.

The University of California, Riverside and the Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS) have announced a new international partnership to advance the research and development of high performance, environmentally friendly materials. The collaboration was formalized with a ceremony and workshop held Thursday, May 25 at UC Riverside.

The agreement between UCR and KIMS, signed by Interim Provost Cynthia Larive and KIMS President Hai-Doo Kim, establishes the UC-KIMS Center for Innovative Materials for Energy and Environment, which will support collaboration between researchers and students across campus with scientists in South Korea.

KIMS, a government-funded research institute that specializes in the development of new materials such as metals, semiconductors, polymers, and ceramics, is supporting the initiative through a $300,000 commitment to UCR over three years. This joint research collaboration is supported by Research and Economic Development, Bourns College of Engineering, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and the Office of the Provost, under the auspices of International Affairs.

“The new partnership with KIMS expands UCR’s efforts to promote innovation and cooperation in scholarly research while increasing opportunities for educational exchanges and entrepreneurship activities. As a chemist, I see the Center as an opportunity to translate basic scientific advances to commercial reality. On behalf of the campus, I express my thanks to the Korea Institute of Materials Science for their support and look forward to a productive partnership,” Larive said.

KIMS President Kim said: “UCR and Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS) have a long history of collaboration and friendship, which we are pleased to strengthen through the Center for Innovative Materials for Energy and Environment. We are looking forward to working together with UCR to create a sustainable future through innovation in materials science and engineering.”

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