Printable Battery, Selected for Top 100 National R&D Achievements

A professor, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), has been selected as an outstanding R&D project of 2017 in South Korea.

Every year, the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) selects and announces top 100 ounstanding research achievements to inspire an interest of the general public in science and technology.

A recent breakthrough by Professor Sang-Young Lee in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST has been selected as one of the top 100 national R&D achievements of 2017 by MSIT.

Professor Lee has received this honor in recognition of his recent development, 'All-inkjet-printed flexible batteries on paper'. This new breakthrough is a technique for fabricating batteries directly on conventional A4 paper using a commercial desktop inkjet printer. With this technology, it will be even possible to print a portable electronic device on any surface, regardless of its shape.

This is expected to hold substantial promise as a significant breakthrough for the forthcoming IoT and flexible, wearable electronics, according to Professor Lee.

Since 2006, MSIT has been nominating top 100 outstanding research achievements every year to inspire an interest of the general public in science and technology. For this year, out of 54,000 latest breaking government-funded R&D projects, the selection committee has shortened the list to a total of 100 outstanding R&D achievements.

"I am deeply honored to be named one of the National R&D Projects of 2017," says Professor Lee. "This will become the main driving force of my future battery research."