On Dec. 10, 2019, the Korean Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Sung-Ho Moo, and KETI President, Dr. Yongsam Kim, visited the Fraunhofer IAP to seal the expansion of the collaboration with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
KETI and Fraunhofer IAP have been working together on the latest display technologies for more than 10 years. Among other things, the partners are developing cadmium-free quantum dots, which have become indispensable in the manufacture of displays due to EU regulations (RoHS directive). With the signing of the MoU, the cooperation is to be expanded to other research areas of the Fraunhofer IAP, such as new fiber and processing technologies. In the field of high-performance polymeric materials, there will be even more projects in the future with KETI and other Korean research institutions as well as industry.
"It is not self-evident that partners over such a long period of time and over such a long distance successfully cooperate with each other in order to tackle global issues of the future," said Prof. Alexander Böker, the head of the Fraunhofer IAP. “We are very pleased that the cooperation with Korea is greatly expanded at all levels, also beyond the industrial cooperation with KETI. This applies, for example, to relationships with Korean universities or the exchange of scientists.”
Pictured: (L-R): Sung-Ho Moo (Korean minister of Trade, Industry and Energy), Dr. Yongsam Kim (president, KETI), Dr. Armin Wedel (head of Research Department at Fraunhofer IAP), Sebastian Saule (managing director of Economic Development of the State of Brandenburg).