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Research Areas

Advancement and globalization of energy and environmental research

Specific research topics to conduct intensive research on and foster experts are as follows:

  • Renewable energy: Development of original technology for clean power generation systems based on solar and fuel cells
  • Environment: Development of original technology needed to build a sustainable urban environment, including urban water treatment systems, climate change modeling, and utilization of organic wastes
  • Carbon cycle: Development of original technology needed to commercialize and create high value, using carbon cycle principles and materials
  • Policy task and support: Specialized research and joint research on policy issues related to the three specific R&D areas above, thus creating synergic effects with original technology development


Research Area

  • Solar Cells
  • Fuel Cells
  • Sustainable Water Cycle
  • Atmospheric Environment
Carbon Cycle for Bioenergy

Clean Power Generation System

  • Clean power generation system, with the focus on solar cell and fuel cell technologies, is the first specific research area of KU-KIST Green School, supported by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the National Research Foundation of Korea
  • Keyword : silicon heterojunction solar cell, CIGS electrochemical deposition, Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell: PEMFC, platinum catalyst, non-carbon support, MEA, cost competitiveness
Solar Cells
  1. Development of low cost, high efficiency hybrid solar cell
  2. Development of ultra-thin Si wafer solar cell
  3. Development of non-vacuum CIGS/ GZTS thin film solar cell
  4. Electrodynamic analysis of hybrid solar cell
Fuel Cells
  1. Enhancement of catalytic efficiency and reduction of Pt usage
  2. Enhancement of fuel cell durability
  3. Development of the high efficiency hydrogen synthesis and hydrogen storage technology
  1. Securing original technologies for solar cells and fuel cells
  2. Accelerated commercialization through enhanced performances and cost structure of solar/fuel cells
  3. Improvement in national competitiveness in the energy-related technologies
  4. Contribution to the increased use of environmental-friendly energy sources and the reduction of carbon dioxide emission
  5. Growth of the renewable energy industry and creation of employment