The winners were honored at the annual Fall meeting of the Polymer Society of Korea, which was held online from October 6 to 8, 2020. During the meeting, they announced the recipients of its 2020 Fall Awards, including the Sangam Polymer Award, Lotte Industry-Academy Cooperation Award, Toray Polymer Award, KOPTRI Polymer Award, TCI Oustanding Research Award, Mid-career Researcher Academy Award, Young Scientist Award, Outstanding Paper Award, MR-Springer Award, Contribution Award, Venture Technology Award, and Outstanding Student Presentation Award.
At the award ceremony, Professor BongSoo Kim (Department of Chemistry) and Professor Dongwoog Lee (School of Energy and Chemical Engineering) were awarded the Mid-career Researcher Academy Award and the Young Scientist Award, respectively. Ms. Sol Mi Oh (Advisor: Professor So Youn Kim, School of Energy and Chemical Engineering) was given the TCI Outstanding Research Award.
Professor BongSoo Kim is known for his work on conjugated polymer and single-molecule design and synthesis. In particular, he was highly praised for publishing a number of papers in some of the highly regarded journals in the field of polymer science, which includes the development of polymer materials for organic solar cells and material development for organic flexible electronics.
The Mid-career Researcher Academy Award, given annually by the Polymer Society of Korea, recognizes outstanding and exemplary mid-career researchers who have made significant contributions to advancing polymer science and engineering in Korea. Each year, the award recognizes three individuals, each at the Spring and Fall Meetings of the Polymer Society of Korea.
Professor Dongwoog Lee has been given the Young Scientist Award. Professor Lee has been carrying out research on the applications of polymeric materials through the measurement and analysis of the interference between specific molecules and surfaces at the nano level. From fundamental research to the development of adhesive, coating materials, and polymer composites through polymer design, his research has been recognized internationally as key aspects of ongoing and future polymer research.
The TCI Oustanding Research Award, given annually since 2018, recognizes the outstanding achievements of first authors and their research labs in the field of polymer science and technology. Ms. Sol Mi Oh has been given the award in recognition of her recent research work, published in Physical Review Letters in October 2019.
In the study, she has discovered that the initial dispersing solvent used in the solution mixing method has a significant effect on the structure and the properties of the polymer nanocomposites (PNCs). The study opens up new possibilities for designing PNCs, as it shows even with the same material and with the same volume, the properties of PNCs will vary depending on the initial dispersing solvent.