Institute for Basic Science (IBS) South Korea

Overview

IBS was established in 2011 to advance the frontiers of knowledge and foster leading scientists of tomorrow by pursuing excellence in basic science research. Since then, IBS has been providing infrastructure for long-term, large-scale, and group research as well as supporting autonomous research activities of researchers, focusing on the exploration of creative knowledge. In 2018, IBS had moved to its new building in Daejeon, South Korea. Watch the tour video of our headquarters and some of our research centers.

As a basic science research institute representing Korea, IBS is running 30 Centers in physics, chemistry, mathematics, life sciences, and interdisciplinary areas, in addition to Korea Virus Research Institute as of January 2022, with the goal of eventually increasing the number to 50. In order to meet this goal, IBS is hiring Research Center Directors and Chief Investigators, as well as postdoctoral researchers. For career opportunities, please visit https://www.ibs.re.kr/prog/recruit/eng/sub04_01/list.do.

The institute’s main philosophy is to select world-renowned scientists as its Centers’ directors and create an environment where the director can concentrate on his/her own creative research. That is because IBS believes that creativity can be maximized when excellent researchers focus on conducting challenging research in an autonomous research environment.

IBS has been generating research outcomes that attract worldwide attention and was named one of Nature Index Rising Stars 2016. Despite a short history, the institute is standing shoulder to shoulder with international basic science research institutes. With the 2018 completion of its new headquarters designated as an urban science park, IBS will maximize the merits of group and interdisciplinary research as well as bring IBS’ research capabilities together. It is actively recruiting young researchers at home and abroad, heralding an even brighter future.

Since 2016, IBS has been operating Young Scientists Fellowship (YSF) under the slogan ‘Initiate your own research at IBS. In order to intensify its support to grow the next-generation leaders of scientific investigators, IBS has been launching a new research unit called Pioneer Research Centers (PRC), a subset of the existing IBS HQ Centers since early 2019. PRCs consist of up to five Chief Investigators (CIs) each. The CIs lead their own research group to pioneer new fields and focus on challenging research in the basic sciences. CIs are required to have scientific excellence equivalent to that of a principal investigator at a globally renowned research institute or to have great potential to reach the aforementioned level in the near future. IBS will continue its efforts to become a research hub where young scientists can devote themselves to their science with full autonomy and independence.

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Research

Date range: 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Institute for Basic Science (IBS) published between 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Article Count and Share for Institute for Basic Science (IBS)
Count Share
345 92.95

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
50 11.74
149 40.06
214 58.75
12 1.97

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
70.81 71.57 88.05 89.27 85.82

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Highlight of the month

A new angle on carbon-nanotube growth

© ROBERT BROOK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images

A theoretical analysis has finally revealed what drives the growth of carbon nanotubes.

First discovered in 1991, carbon nanotubes are long, but incredibly slender cylinders of carbon. Their remarkable properties make them attractive for a wide range of applications.

Carbon nanotubes are produced by growing on a nanoparticle catalyst. But it has been has been a mystery why they grow since capping of the catalyst should be a more energetically favourable process.

Now, a team led by researchers from the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea has shown in a simple theoretical model that the contact angle — a neglected aspect in previous studies — is critical for explaining carbon-nanotube growth.

This finding will help improve the design of catalysts for growing carbon nanotubes, the researchers say.

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References

  1. Journal of American Chemical Society 144, 5606−5613 (2022). doi: 10.1021/jacs.2c00879

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Collaboration

Date range: 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 57.21% Domestic
  • 42.79% International

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Top 10 domestic collaborators with Institute for Basic Science (IBS) by Share (87 total)

  1. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Seoul National University (SNU) (54.68)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)22.95
    Seoul National University (SNU)31.73
  2. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (48.85)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)23.28
    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)25.57
  3. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) (26.94)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)12.26
    Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)14.68
  4. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) (24.31)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)8.41
    Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)15.90
  5. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) (23.64)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)12.65
    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)10.99
  6. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Yonsei University (14.98)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)4.16
    Yonsei University10.82
  7. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Korea University (12.47)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)6.83
    Korea University5.65
  8. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and University of Science and Technology (UST) (7.60)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)5.39
    University of Science and Technology (UST)2.21
  9. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Ewha Womans University (Ewha) (7.28)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)4.36
    Ewha Womans University (Ewha)2.92
  10. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) (5.78)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)3.00
    Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)2.78

Top 10 international collaborators with Institute for Basic Science (IBS) by Share (678 total)

  1. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Max Planck Society (5.93)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)2.66
    Max Planck Society3.27
  2. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Peking University (PKU) (4.51)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)1.63
    Peking University (PKU)2.87
  3. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Harvard University (3.80)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)1.73
    Harvard University2.07
  4. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) (3.57)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)2.00
    University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison)1.57
  5. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (3.47)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)1.93
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)1.54
  6. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (2.91)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)2.08
    Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres0.83
  7. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2.90)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)0.76
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)2.14
  8. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) (2.93)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)1.02
    The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)1.91
  9. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) (2.52)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)1.64
    French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)0.88
  10. Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) (2.45)
    Institute for Basic Science (IBS)1.44
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)1.01

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