Dow Korea Awards Go to Outstanding Chemistry Researchers

Winners of the 2014 Dow Korea Award pose together at a ceremony in Ilsan. (click to expand)

Top young researchers from across the country were presented with the Dow Korea Award in an April 18 ceremony at the Korea International Exhibition Center in Ilsan co-hosted by the Korean Chemical Society.

The first-place award was given to Joon-Yong Park, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, for his research paper on key materials for flexible devices such as flexible displays and wearable computers.

The award comes with a grant from Dow Korea of 3 million won, roughly equal to 3,000 U.S. dollars. Three second-place winners each earned 2 million won and five third-place winners each earned 1 million won. An additional 1 million won was granted to the winners’ research labs.

A total of 148 research papers were entered in the competition. The winners were selected by a panel of five professors and lab researchers including a Dow Korea official.

 “The Dow Korea Award, designed to discover excellent papers in basic and applied research in the area of electronic materials, attracted many research papers this year,” said Dominic Yang, country general manager of Dow Korea. “We at Dow Korea will continue our support for research activities of STEM students.”