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Research AreasNano-Convergence Manufacturing Systems Research Division
List of Technologies

KIMM Institute of Manufacturing Systems

The KIMM Institute of Manufacturing Systems secures, accumulates, and spreads core equipment technologies and supports industries through the planning, development, and commercialization of core manufacturing equipment and parts for national strategic items.

Nano-Convergence Manufacturing Systems Research Division

The Nano-Convergence Manufacturing Systems Research Division is carrying out research to develop original and/or core technologies in the field of large-area nano patterning lithography processes/systems, nano molding, nano measurement & analysis, and nature-inspired systems. Current research includes technology or equipment development for commercialization of the functional, flexible devices (several nanometers in scale), nano bio-devices, and nano energy devices covering a large area. The Division is keen to make a breakthrough in manufacturing next-generation electronic energy devices, flexible semiconductors/displays, and IT innovations that can create new industries based on solid and stable foundation for the application of nano-convergence technology.

Department of Nano-manufacturing Technology

Research Topics

  • Large-surface machining technology for high-precision micro patterns
  • Nano/micro molding and packaging technologies
  • Large-area nano-imprint process and equipment

Major Achievements

Roll-type Stamp-based Nano-imprint Lithography System

Nano-imprint lithography systems and processing technology use roll-type transparent master rolls. The transparent master roll units are installed with internal UV ray sources to enable a roll-to-plate or roll-to-roll nano-imprinting process over a large surface area of a flexible film. This technology can be applied to flexible optical and electric devices such as displays and solar cells.

Department of Applied Nano-Mechanics

Research Topics

  • Measurement/Analysis/Design/Evaluation technology of nano-structures
  • Transfer technology of nano-structures for realization of metamaterials and stretchable devices
  • Materials and device application technology based on nano-structures

Major Achievements

Development of Infrastructure for Flexible Devices with High-performance Using Nanomaterials

Various nanomaterials including graphene, nanowire, and nanotubes are transferred on flexible substrates and are integrated into flexible devices with high performance such as high-efficiency solar cells, micro-LED displays, and flexible silicon memory. Transfer technology for inorganic LEDs, single-crystalline silicon memory, and III-V solar cells, laser lift-off and transfer technology for inorganic LEDs, and synthesis technology for graphene, Characterization technology of electro-mechanical properties of flexible and stretchable devices.

Department of Printed Electronics

Research Topics

  • Core technologies for roll-based continuous production systems
  • Printing, coating, and patterning processes and equipment technologies
  • Manufacturing technology for flexible and stretchable printed electronic devices

Major Achievements

Roll-to-roll Micro-pattern Printing Process and Equipment

Offering a 1㎛ grade micro-printing technology, the process can be used for cost-effective mass production of multi-functional devices such as flexible displays, RFID-based Internet of Things (IoT), and nano-enhanced thin film solar cells.

Department of Nature-inspired Nano Convergence Systems

Research Topics

  • Characterization of nano-structures in nature
  • Fabrication of nano-structure based functional surfaces
  • Nanotechnology-based artificial materials and sensing systems
  • Manufacturing & equipment for nanomaterial-based tissue-engineering

Major Achievements

Nature-Inspired hybrid structure design and flexible tactile device technology

Flexible tactile device based on nanocomposite materials is capable of measuring normal pressure and shear force. The system is inspired by the specific characteristics of tactile sensing function and structures in nature. This technology will be advanced into a skin-type 3D sensor structure technology capable of sensing the various tactile surfaces.