The IBS Center for Quantum Nanoscience Receives the Highest Grade in its Fifth-Year Performance EvaluationThe IBS Center for Quantum Nanoscience (QNS) at Ewha Womans University received the highest grade in its performance evaluation, which is conducted on IBS research centers that have been in operation for five years since their inception. The Institute for Basic Science (IBS), a government-funded research institute established to conduct world-class basic science research and now operates a total of 33 research centers including the QNS at Ewha Womans University, conducted the first performance evaluation for research centers that had been active over five years since their foundation. This performance evaluation is an essential process that determines whether each research center continues to be operated, and is based on qualitative assessment of scientific excellence, talent acquisition and cultivation, organizational management, etc. The evaluation committee, comprised of distinguished global scholars in basic science, recognized the world-class scientific excellence of the QNS in this evaluation. During the evaluation, the QNS presented outstanding research results, suggesting the potential of the world’s smallest storage medium and successfully performing the world’s smallest magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), based on its research environment including world-class, low vibration laboratories, and ideal research culture. The QNS was also highly acclaimed for its cultural diversity with a high proportion of foreign researchers, as well as for nurturing next-generation talents, especially women leaders. Indeed, women account for 45 percent of the researchers at the QNS. Ewha launched the QNS on January 1, 2017, under the agreement with the IBS. Andreas Heinrich, Director of the QNS, joined the university as a distinguished professor of the Department of Physics and the first director of the QNS in 2016 after leading research at IBM in the United States for 18 years, and has laid the foundation for the research center by not only designing the low vibration laboratories, but also establishing the state-of-the-art research facilities. With his unique leadership and professionalism, he has brought unprecedented achievements in the short span of five years. The QNS’s research focuses on designing qubits (quantum bits), the basic unit of information in a quantum computer, by using quantum spins on surfaces. Heinrich said, “So far, the QNS has gone through big challenges and I am proud that it has grown to this level in a short span of time with its host Ewha Womans University,” and he added, “The evaluation standard in Korea is so high that we are all making our best effort to meet that standard.”
Holding the International Summer College offline in three years since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic Providing various cultural activities, such as a Korean royal palace tour and Korean food making, and the first internship opportunities The Office of International Affairs hosted the welcoming ceremony for 2022 Ewha International Summer College Session I on June 29 (Wed.), at the Lee Sam-bong Hall of the ECC building, announcing the beginning of this year’s Summer College, the university’s major global summer program. The Summer College, Korea’s first summer school launched in 1971, has since provided a wide range of courses with credits and cultural activities for international students from various countries every year. The program, designed based on the long tradition of 52 years and Ewha’s education know-how, boasts a high satisfaction rating from participating students for enabling them to take high-quality academic courses taught in English and experience activities related to Korean history and culture. This year’s program consists of two sessions, one for four weeks and another for two weeks, with over 300 participating students. The participants in the International Summer College Session I, which is conducted for four weeks from June 29 (Wed.), included foreign university students from the United States and Europe as well as Ewha. Among them were students from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and Boston College in the United States and the University of Toronto in Canada participating through faculty-led programs. Staying in the dormitories at Ewha, they took academic courses in English in seven different fields: Art & Music, Business & Economics, East Asian Studies, Humanities, Social Science, Science & Engineering, and Korean Language. In addition to the regular courses, participants also experienced Korean culture every Friday through various activities such as field trips to the royal palace, cooking Korean food, and a visit to Hybe Insight and Jogyesa Temple. Ewha International Summer College Session II took place for two weeks from August 9 to 23, offering the Introductory Korean Studies program, which consists of Korean language classes of different levels, special lectures for English and Japanese by track, and Korean cultural activities. The Office of International Affairs has made efforts to provide more education opportunities for students from foreign universities even when the pandemic restricted overseas travel, by launching Ewha International Winter College in 2020 and hosting both summer and winter colleges online. This year’s Summer College, in particular, offered internship opportunities to the participants for two weeks before the session began, as part of efforts to develop and expand the program to improve students’ satisfaction.
Ewha College of Nursing Selected for the College of Nursing Training Support Project by the Ministry of Health and Wel..Ewha College of Nursing Selected for the College of Nursing Training Support Project by the Ministry of Health and Welfare The College of Nursing was selected for the “2022 College of Nursing Training Support Project” organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The College of Nursing Training Support Project is designed to help new nurses adapt to clinical settings and contribute to the improvement of medical quality by enhancing clinical practice and training for nursing students. Through this project, the College of Nursing will receive KRW 600 million and create a state-of-the-art simulation education environment based on the fourth industrial revolution technologies to cultivate talents suitable for the rapidly changing healthcare environment, which might involve, for example, response to novel infectious diseases. As Korea’s first college of nursing established as an undergraduate course in 1955, the College of Nursing at Ewha Womans University has been playing a leading role, producing over 1,000 Korean and foreign nursing educators. It introduced a clinical professor system for the first time in Korea in 2013 and adopted high-fidelity simulator practice for capacity building of nursing educators and training for students. Furthermore, it has consolidated its position not only as the country’s first but also as the best nursing education institute, organizing and providing programs to enhance the simulation education capacity of nursing educators and sharing information through the Korean Society for Simulation in Nursing founded by Ewha as a national network of nursing educators of simulation practice. Through this project, the College of Nursing will further secure high-fidelity simulators for the Ewha Nursing Simulation Center, which was established in 2013, and create a state-of-the-art simulation education environment equipped with facilities including isolated intensive care units and virtual reality simulation education rooms. In addition, it will expand the faculty to provide high quality simulation education and develop multifaceted practice modules and simulation curriculum based on the rapidly changing healthcare environment. The College of Nursing will not only support professors and nursing educators of partner institutes to enhance their capacity by building a consortium with small- and medium-sized local hospitals and colleges of nursing, but also conduct simulation practical education to improve the practical capability of nurses from Ewha Womans University hospitals and its partners.
Three Research Teams at Ewha Selected for the 2022 Original Technology Development Project As original technologies are increasingly important for promising industries in the future, three research teams of the College of Pharmacy and the ELTEC College of Engineering at Ewha Womans University were selected for the “Original Technology Development Project” organized by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Research Foundation of Korea to secure technological competitiveness and growth potential. (From left) Professor Sun Choi, Professor Jin-Byung Park, Professor Si Jae Park The research team of the Global AI Drug Discovery Center (Director: Professor Sun Choi) at the College of Pharmacy was selected for the “2022 AI-Driven Innovative Drug Discovery Project” to lead the new drug development field using big data and artificial intelligence (AI). The College of Pharmacy at Ewha was the only one that was chosen as a research institute to lead the “AI-Driven Drug Development Platform Project” and received the grade “S” (excellent) by successfully establishing the AI-driven drug development platform for the past three years and achieving excellent results through active convergence research. Thanks to these accomplishments, the team from the College of Pharmacy has been recently selected as the only Korean university research team to lead the “AI-Driven Innovative Drug Discovery Project.” The College of Pharmacy at Ewha, the leader of this project, and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Seoul National University, AI company AITRICS, AIGENDRUG, MediaZen, and Txinno Bioscience will receive a total of around KRW 4.1 billion for the next three years and seven months to conduct the task titled “Advancement of AI-Driven Drug Development Platform and Discovery of Innovative Drug Candidates.” The Ewha research team, led by Professors Sun Choi, Soosung Kang, and Jinha Yu, and the other five participants are expected to make great contribution to the development of new drugs and the pharmaceutical industry through their continuous joint industry-academic convergence research. The research team from the Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biosystems Engineering (Director: Professor Jin-Byung Park) of the Food Science and Biotechnology major at the ELTEC College of Engineering was selected for the “2022 Biomass-based Carbon-Neutral Bioplastic Product Technology Development Project,” which is designed to develop a technology to produce carbon-neutral biodegradable plastic. The research team will receive a total of around KRW 4.6 billion for the next three years and six months and carry out a task titled the “Bio-Lactone Technology Development for the Production of Biodegradable Plastic” in collaboration with Kookmin University, the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, the Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, and the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology. Bio-lactone is a polyester-based polymer fiber that is widely used as surgical sutures or food industrial packages, and is expected to contribute to addressing the existing problems related to plastic as it can be used as a key material for plastic production. Professor Jin-Byung Park of the Food Science and Biotechnology major, who is in charge of this research project, said, “Bio-lactone-based biodegradable plastic production technology will make great contribution to the production of biodegradable materials and plastics as well as development of new and renewable material production technology.” The Biochemical Engineering Laboratory (Director: Professor Si Jae Park) from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major at the ELTEC College of Engineering was selected for the Production Process Development part of the “Biomass-based Carbon-Neutral Bioplastic Product Technology Development Project.” The laboratory will receive a total of around KRW 4.6 billion for the next three years and six months and conduct a task titled “Development of Original Technology of Synthetic Microorganism Platform for the Production of One-Step-and-One-Pot-based Next-Generation Biodegradable Bioplastic” in collaboration with Kyungpook National University, the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and Konkuk University. The research team will focus on the development of high-performance microbial strains that can produce everything in a single process from biomass and the raw material, to the final target product, that is property-tailored next-generation biodegradable bioplastics containing new monomers. Professor Si Jae Park, who is in charge of this project, said, “The Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major is focusing on the study on carbon neutrality to respond to climate change, and was recently selected for the ‘Low-Carbon Green Energy Chemical Process Research Project’ (Director: Professor Woo-Jae Kim), a part of the Ewha Frontier 10-10 Project. The task is related to biomass-based eco-friendly bioplastic production, which can contribute to carbon neutrality, and is expected to increase the possibility of commercialization of bioplastic through the development of process that enables the production of raw materials to the final products in a single process, thus playing an important role in the construction and vitalization of the carbon-neutral bioplastic industry ecosystem.”
Ewha Hosts Academic Conference “Reflecting on the Literature of Lee O-young, a Leading Intellectual of the Era”Ewha Hosts Academic Conference “Reflecting on the Literature of Lee O-young, a Leading Intellectual of the Era” Ewha hosted an academic conference, “Reflecting on the Literature of Lee O-young, a Leading Intellectual of the Era,” to honor the academic achievements of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Lee O-young who passed away in February this year. Sponsored by Ewha Womans University and the Korean Language and Culture Center and co-hosted by the Department of Korean Language & Literature and the Society of Ewha Korean Language & Literature, the conference was held at the ECC theater on July 12 (Tue.), and live-streamed via an online channel to promulgate Lee’s life and world of literature. Since 1966 when he started giving lectures at Ewha, the late Distinguished Professor Emeritus served various positions including a professor of the College of Humanities, a distinguished professor of Korean Language & Literature, and a distinguished professor emeritus. Moreover, outside the campus, he was appointed as the first Minister of Culture and known as the “intellectual of our time” based upon his ingenious discourses produced as a culture critic, journalist, educator, and creator. The event was organized to provide an opportunity to examine Professor Lee’s academic achievements throughout his entire life including literary critiques as well as creative works in various fields, such as poems, novels, essays, plays, etc., and honor his contribution to nurturing numerous students at Korean Language & Literature of Ewha and performing a significant role of solidifying the foundation of the Society of Ewha Korean Language & Literature, the host of this event. President Eun Mee Kim, Director Kang In-sook of the YoungIn Museum of Literature President Eun Mee Kim emphasized, “Professor Lee cultivated women of many accomplishments by instilling students at Ewha with cultural imagination and inspiration, made utmost efforts for the development of the university by consistently contemplating the vision for Ewha to pursue, and maintained a continued special relationship with Ewha.” Director Kang In-sook of the YoungIn Museum of Literature, the surviving spouse and culture critic, remarked, “Late Professor Lee pioneered the uncharted field of modern literature research after the country’s liberation and through his new methodology lectures, Ewha was able to take the lead in analytical criticism, semiotics, etc. I hope today’s conference will lead to various academic discussions.” The first session titled “Remembering Late Professor Lee O-young” shed light on the life of Lee, who served as a literature critic, Minister of Culture, culture planner, critic of civilization, futurologist, supporter of talented individuals, and educator. In the subsequent session, presentations and vibrant discussions were provided to investigate the rationale behind his criticism, from revisitation of criticism between the 1950s and 1960s to the Digilog theory and futurology regarding AI in the 2000s. Lastly, in the third session titled “Lee O-young as a Writer and Exploration of His Literary World,” a meaningful attempt was made to officially highlight Lee’s literary works in depth by concentrating on those works that have largely been unnoticed over his criticism and culture theories through studies and discussions on his overall creation including plays, novels, poems, etc.
The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in the Division of Advanced Technology at ELTEC College of Engineering was selected for the “semiconductor track program” as part of the “2022 Collaborative Intra-government Expertise Cultivation Project,” which is jointly organized by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The “semiconductor track program” is designed to develop advanced technologies and supply professionals required by industries, aiming to strengthen the national competitiveness of the semiconductor industry. With funding of KRW 900 million for the next three years, Ewha aims to lead the future semiconductor industry by newly-establishing two semiconductor design tracks, the SoC (System-on-Chip) track and the Circuit track, under the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, in addition to producing more than 40 undergraduate students every year through specialized training programs in semiconductor design. To this end, Ewha plans to form a consortium with domestic semiconductor companies, including LX Semicon, SAPEON Korea, Telechips, Semi Five, VisioNexT, etc., and operate training courses that reflect various issues in the industry. Students from their junior year can complete the program by taking more than 21 credits in major foundation courses and major courses including four subjects designated by each track. For practical training, the program courses will utilize Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools and intellectual properties (IP) that are actually used in the industry and provide special lectures on semiconductor design and others during vacation time to enhance the practical experience of students in the field. Professor Kim Ji-Hoon, the director of the program, remarked, “Since the semiconductor business is a major strategic industry for our country, it is crucial for Korea to extend its competitiveness from a focus on memory chips to various system semiconductors and strengthen competitiveness in ultra-fine processing. We will organize the program to reflect actual industry trends in our department’s outstanding curriculums, so we can provide students with a solid foundation in semiconductor design and various opportunities for practical training. In addition, we will continue to expand the consortium by attracting more companies and establish a council for academic-industry-research institute cooperation so as to respond promptly and effectively to the rapidly-changing semiconductor industry.” The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Ewha Womans University leads new trends in electronic and electrical engineering by applying AI technology to core research fields, including network and communication systems, semiconductor devices and design, image and signal processing, and semiconductor control, following the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is conducting cutting-edge research projects in electronic and electrical engineering based on artificial intelligence by collaborating with renowned companies, government agencies, and universities at home and abroad, thereby garnering recognition for its accomplishments from world-class academic societies and journals. Moreover, particularly in the semiconductor and circuit design fields, it is leading major research projects related to AI technology, participating in various development projects, including next-generation AI semiconductors, PIM (Processing-In-Memory) technology, and future semiconductor devices, and conducting main hardware design for AI systems including CPU and NPU.
Research Team from Department of Physics and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Ewha Suggests a Strategy ...Research Team from Department of Physics and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Ewha Suggests a Strategy to Enable Exciton Funneling and Boost Visible Light Emission in 2D Inorganic Semiconductors A joint research team at Ewha reports rapid transfer of photogenerated excitons and enhanced light emission from 2D inorganic semiconductors integrated with blue-fluorescent organic molecules. The results of the study, which highlights a strategy to develop a new type of optoelectronic devices, were published in the online edition of Advanced Science (IF: 16.806), a world-renowned academic journal within the top 4.4% in the field of materials science, on June 16 (Thu.). (from left) Prof. Youngmin You, Prof. Dong-Wook Kim, Dr. Soyeong Kwon The team led by Professors Dong-Wook Kim at the Department of Physics and Youngmin You at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science confirmed the enhancement of luminescence due to exciton transfers in heterostructure interfaces comprised of two-dimensional semiconductor transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) and fluorescent organic molecules. Professor Kim fabricated heterostructures by stacking evaporated thin films of DY1 fluorescent molecules on TMD MoS2 monolayers. The DY1 fluorescent molecules used in the process were obtained by the team led by Prof. You during the team’s OLED development researches. Optical characterizations and probe-based surface charge distribution measurements revealed exciton transfer from DY1 molecules to the MoS2 monolayers, which led to 1.7-fold enhanced light emission from MoS2. It has been reported that charge transfer rather than exciton transfer is dominant at the interfaces of different TMD materials. This work successfully demonstrated exciton transfers in the hybrid heterostructures by stacking fluorescent organic molecules on TMDs. The team could also propose a way to identify the transfer process of charges and excitons, based on the complementary use of measuring optical properties and analyzing scanning probe microscopes. (Left) A schematic diagram to illustrate the transfer of excitons generated from DY1, a self-developed fluorescent organic molecule, to an adjacent two-dimensional semiconductor MoS2 monolayer. (Right) Enhanced light emission characteristics and extension of exciton lifetime of the DY1/MoS2 hybrid heterostructure (small figure). Dr. Soyeong Kwon at the Department of Physics remarked as the first author of the paper, “Given the various trials and errors as well as numerous difficulties that I went through while studying the novel research subject of organic and inorganic heterostructures over the last two years of my Ph.D. course, I feel an even deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. I also hope that our findings will be followed by many follow-up studies.” The paper, titled “Exciton Transfer at Heterointerfaces of MoS2 Monolayers and Fluorescent Molecular Aggregates,” was conducted through collaborative research by the Department of Physics at Ewha (Professor Seokhyun Yoon and Taeyoung Choi), the Institute of Basic Science at Sungkyunkwan University (Professor Ji-Hee Kim and Ki Kang Kim), and the Department of Physics at Chungnam National University (Professor Ki-ju Yee), with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea and the Institute for Basic Science. Professors Dong-Wook Kim and Youngmin You, the corresponding authors of this paper, are supported by the Basic Research Laboratory grant.
Ewha Confers Honorary Doctoral Degree on Solvay CEO, Ilham Kadri Ewha Womans University conferred an honorary doctoral degree in women’s studies on Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO of global chemicals company Solvay, at the Lee Sam-bong Hall of the ECC building on June 20 (Mon.) at 10:00 a.m. Explaining the reason for the honorary doctoral degree, President Eun Mee Kim remarked, “We are hereby recognizing Dr. Ilham Kadri’s lifelong dedication to the empowerment and growth of women in the field of science as well as in business management as the CEO of one of the world’s top chemicals companies.” Born in Morocco in 1969, Dr. Ilham Kadri studied chemical engineering at L'École des Hauts Polymères de Strasbourg in France and received a doctorate in macromolecular physical chemistry at Louis Pasteur University in France. She is the first female CEO at Solvay, a world-leading chemicals company based in Belgium with a history of around 160 years. The conferment ceremony was attended by more than 200 people, including President Eun Mee Kim, former president Kim Sun-Uk, other key faculty members and staff, and members of Solvay and the Belgian government, as well as recipients of the Solvay Scholarship. The ceremony was held in the order of a prayer, a recommendation speech, the conferment of the honorary doctorate degree, a celebratory performance, and the honorary degree acceptance speech. Professor Han You-kyung, Dean of the Ewha Graduate School, remarked in her recommendation speech, “Dr. Ilham Kadri has actively advocated for the values of inclusion and diversity in various fields and dedicated herself to mentoring and teaching young women, with a special focus on the improvement of women’s education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM),” and explained the significance of the award by saying, “Dr. Ilham Kadri’s efforts are in line with the vision of Ewha, which was established 136 years ago based on the spirit of Christianity to build a better world for all.” In the acceptance speech, Dr. Ilham Kadri responded to the recommendation speech by remarking, “I feel very honored and humbled today to be awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Ewha Womans University. I would be the happiest woman in the world to know that there is even one little girl out there who is inspired by the career choices that I’ve made,” and further emphasized, “I am deeply grateful to receive this recognition from a university that contributes so heavily to the education of women leaders in STEM fields, and I am convinced that a partnership with Ewha will be the key to building a more diverse talent pipeline.” Through the conferment of an honorary doctoral degree on Dr. Ilham Kadri, Ewha and Solvay are expected to further strengthen their partnership. Ewha is the first and only university in Korea to have formed a university-industry partnership with Solvay, having established the partnership in 2011. In order to train promising women scientists, Solvay has been offering the Solvay Scholarship to outstanding graduate science and engineering students at Ewha since 2012. To date, 47 students have been provided with scholarships worth around KRW 2 billion in total. Ewha also established the Ewha-Solvay Research & Innovation Center in 2014 as part of the joint research infrastructure and has been strengthening academic ties with Solvay through a mutually-beneficial research partnership.
ELTEC College of Engineering Selected as Nation’s First Specialized Graduate School for Convergence Analysis of...ELTEC College of Engineering Selected as Nation’s First Specialized Graduate School for Convergence Analysis of Meteorological and Climate Data The ELTEC College of Engineering was selected as the nation’s first specialized graduate school for the convergence analysis of meteorological and climate data. The program for the specialized graduate school for the convergence analysis of meteorological and climate data was newly introduced this year by the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) and the Korea Meteorological Institute (KMI) to foster talented youths with the capacity to lead emerging future industries based on meteorological big data analysis. With the gradual increase in damages from weather-related disasters caused by climate change, meteorological big data analysis and utilization skills and climate change response capabilities have become more important than ever as they can directly affect a country’s future competitiveness. In relation to this program, Ewha Womans University and the KMI have agreed to begin cooperating in fostering specialists in the field of meteorology and held an “MOU Signing Ceremony for the Specialized Graduate School Program for the Convergence Analysis of Meteorological and Climate Data” at the ECC on June 10 (Fri.). Following this selection, Ewha is expected to receive government grants and climate change response funds amounting to KRW 2.268 billion to operate the program over the next four years and seven months. Ewha will select scholarship recipients this fall semester among graduate students who are enrolled in courses related to convergence, analysis, and utilization of meteorological and climate data and participating in a university-industry cooperation program. Ewha is planning to recruit at least 15 students each year to join the master’s and doctoral program of the specialized graduate school for the convergence analysis of meteorological and climate data in addition to the track course program, and open the graduate school this September to train master’s and doctoral students to become experts in the convergence, analysis, and utilization of meteorological and climate data. Ewha will also offer various courses, such as weather forecasting using artificial intelligence, climate modeling, and data analysis for sustainable energy (e.g., CCUS, renewable energy, and hydrogen energy), and develop business internship programs at the school that will lead to full-time job opportunities. Furthermore, each year, Ewha will produce specialists who can consistently introduce innovations and advancements in meteorology as well as various fields of convergence studies and publish papers in international journals. Graduates of the specialized graduate school will gain in-depth knowledge that will allow them to immediately enter into various industries, including fields that require the convergence, analysis, and utilization of meteorological and climate data. The Department of Climate and Energy Systems Engineering has been rapidly growing while conducting a variety of studies and projects since its establishment in 2016, and has since become one of the most popular majors in Korea because of its future-oriented convergence education and research that contribute to solving complex issues, such as climate change response, energy, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management.
Research Outcome Produced by a Team Comprised of an Undergraduate Student from the Chemical Engineering and...Research Outcome Produced by a Team Comprised of an Undergraduate Student from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Major and Graduate Students Published in an SCI-grade Journal A phase transition in two-dimensional (2D) materials first identified using nano-radiation beams Excellent results of joint research alongside graduate student mentors produced through a practical class for undergraduate students (from left) Lee Ha Heun, Yim Eunji, Kang Seohui Senior student Yim Eunji from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major of the ELTEC College of Engineering and graduate students Lee Ha Heun and Kang Seohui (advisor: Prof. Suyeon Cho) from the System Health Convergence major, who were chosen for the fourth phase of the Brain Korea 21 (BK21) Project (Director: Prof. Oran Kwon), published the results of joint research on a phase transition in 2D materials using nano-radiation beams that was conducted with a team led by Dr. Chiang from the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC) based in Taiwan. The outcome of this research, supported by the Overseas Large-scale Research Facility Utilization Support Project of the National Research Foundation, was published under the title of “Local phase transition at crack edges of Mo1-xWxTe2 polymorphs” in the online edition of Applied Surface Science (IF: 6.707, top 4.76 percent of JCR), an SCI-grade journal. A structural phase transition in 2D materials has attracted considerable attention in academia as it enables reversible conversion between semiconductors and conductors caused by the external environment. The research team from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major analyzed the nanoscale physical properties of a structural semiconductor-to-metal phase transition in a thin Mo1−xWxTe2 alloy sample with a thickness of several nanometers using nano X-ray diffraction and nano X-ray fluorescence with nano-radiation beams. As a result, the research team confirmed that, when a sample is synthesized in an alloyed form, the distribution of tungsten (W) becomes uneven at the critical point of a phase transition, and that the higher the tungsten content, the lower the amount of energy required for a phase transition. The research team identified the effects of substitutional elements in 2D materials on a structural phase transition therein. This is expected to further expand the applications of 2D materials used in a wide range of areas including energy conversion and optoelectronic devices. In particular, this research was developed into a thesis led by Lim Eunji alongside graduate student mentors Lee Ha Heun and Kang Seohui in a seasonal class named “Advanced Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Lab” conducted by the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science major. The class is a practical course in which students conduct self-directed research under the guidance of a professor in the laboratory of the full-time faculty member during a school vacation, and is continuously resulting in outstanding achievements such as allowing students to carry out self-directed research, give a presentation at an international conference and present a senior thesis.