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BK 21 Plus Program

Integrated Energy Center for Fostering Global Creative Researchers

Name of Institute

Integrated Energy Center for Fostering Global Creative Researchers

Research Field Classifications

Nature Science

Principal Investigator




Education Field ⇒

Creative Researcher

Integrated Energy Science

Nanomaterials /


Research Field ⇒

Future Energy

Energy Storage /

Energy Conversion

Energy System /

Energy Catalysis

Necessity ⇒

Energy Paradigm Shift

Energy Global Competitiveness


Education / Research


Project Objective
1st stage   (2013-2014) ▶ Foundation of a strong infrastructure
2nd stage (2015-2016) ▶ Achievement of target goal
3rd stage  (2017-2019) ▶ Establishment of sustainable circulating system


Our ambition is to become one of the world-leading research and education centers in new energy sciences based on nanotechnologies


• Focus on selected research fields, re-organize them on the foundations of basic sciences,

   and use the momentum from the previous WCU (World-Class-University) program to propel

   BK21+ project

• Integration of (i) basic science areas consisting of nanoscience and energy science and

   (ii) development of core-application technologies in the fields of energy storage, energy

   conversion, energy systems and energy catalysis


• Secure at least 10 global leading technologies in research and development

• Construction of basic research infrastructures, delivering high level research results and 

   fostering professional specialists in energy technologies

• Strengthening of industrial competitiveness by the fast commercialization of new energy

   technologies meeting the social needs

• Technological development impacting the energy industry sector


Expected Outcome

The education activities will produce (1) global leaders able to establish and implement energy policies after acquiring a deep professional knowledge related to energy science and technologies, (2) creative researchers in fundamental sciences who can initiate energy paradigm shifts, and (3) distinguished engineers who can make revolutionary improvement in the energy industry, yielding a profound impact on the future economic development of Korea.


The research activities will (1) develop and provide basic knowledge and know-how in pure and applied sciences for future orientations and new concepts in the areas of Energy Storage, Energy Conversion, Energy Systems; as well as Energy Catalysis, and (2) strengthen the nationwide competitiveness of universities and industries through securing intellectual properties of new fundamental technologies and publishing original results in high impact scientific journals.


On the basis of the above research and education structure, the team will be a global, worldwide leading department of education and research in the field of energy science.