There are myriad materials to research on and develop in the field of materials engineering. The materials developed in AMSE are applied in semiconductors, displays, and AI technologies, enabling energy production, storage, and transmission. Also, we contribute to various fields such as the pharmaceutical and automobile industries, which are major industries in Korea, by developing metallic materials and bio-materials.
"New materials" in materials engineering refers to "new (advanced) substances." Although advanced materials engineering mainly deals with everyday commodities, the ultimate objective is to explore and develop unique materials holding novel properties and functions. Furthermore, AMSE, by developing advanced materials, aims to create brand-new industries to contribute to the scientific community's advancement.
Without a doubt, development in materials technology has contributed profoundly to the improvement of human quality of life. For instance, the recent emergence of well-known silicon semiconductors has had a significant impact on the development of smartphones and IoT devices, as well as the miniaturization and commercialization of computers. Consequently, our daily life has been simplified thanks to advanced materials. Human evolution will continue making progress as new materials such as nanomaterials and convergence materials are in active development.
Likewise, what we do here in AMSE is to study and develop brand-new materials which can complement or replace conventional materials. Through developing new materials, we will commit to making a brighter tomorrow by creating a more sustainable, healthier future.
Another research area we cover is the electronic/ microstructure of materials. Since material properties vary under the electronic structure and microstructures of materials, it is essential to analyze the structure using various equipment.
Furthermore, understanding the relationship between material properties through various computer simulations, machine learning, and AI technologies is another significant duty of the AMSE.