Professor Jae-Wook Nam from the School of Chemical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)has won the 2016 L. E. Scriven Young Investigator Award on September 20, 2016. It was even more meaningful in that it is the first time for an Asian researcher to win the award. He was awarded for his contribution to a research on slot coating process investigator and the development of technology to analyze fine structures inside a film. Established in 1998, the prize honors a professor of University of Minnesota, L. E. Scriven, and is given by the International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST). A scientist or an engineer under 40 who makes a significant scientific achievement in the field of interface science and process of continuous coating is selected as the winner of the year. Interface indicates the boundary surface between any two substances; interface science, therefore, is a field of physical chemistry studying interfaces. Continuous coating is a process adding an extremely thin functional film to the board of another film. To make a final product, this functional film, which exists in liquid form at first, should be solidified by drying. Professor Nam has run a laboratory of process of coating since 2012, conducting a study on technology to process film of nano-structured materials. Not only has he been carrying out basic research, but he has also been working on applied research collaborating with diverse industries at the same time. This award indicates that his constant efforts in research of coating science has been awknowledged.
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