ENEC and Ajou University sign MoU to drive innovation, research and development
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 10 April 2021: The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ajou University, a leading research institution based in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. The MoU will provide a framework for collaboration for research & development (R&D) and innovation in the energy fields. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Mohamed Ibrahim AL Hammadi the Chief Executive Officer of ENEC and Dr. Hyungju Park President of Ajou University. The MOU reinforces the continuous collaboration between the UAE & the Republic of Korea in the R&D fields, building on the strong relationship between the two nations and opening the door for new opportunities across various sectors in the energy industry for both countries. With signing the memorandum of understanding, Ajou University and the Emirates Nuclear Power Corporation(ENEC) will collaborate to develop research in the energy industry, including nuclear power, and also to cultivate human resources.They also agreed to expand cooperation fields by starting joint research in industrial mathematics. ENEC is responsible for developing the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program and its flagship Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, one of the largest nuclear plants globally. Established in 2009, ENEC is delivering safe, clean, efficient and reliable electricity through nuclear energy to support the UAE’s sustainable social and economic growth. ENEC recently celebrated its most historic milestone to date with the start of commercial operations of Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant. The Unit produces 1,400 MW of emissions-free electricity 24/7 to power homes and business across the UAE, driving the largest decarbonization effort in the country and helping to tackle climate change.
Ajou partners with Suwon for new and renewable energy
Ajou University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the city of Suwon to cooperate over fostering the local new and renewable energy industry. The MOU signing ceremony took place online on February 5, attended by University President Park Hyung-ju and Suwon’s Mayor Yeom Tae-young. The memorandum led both parties to affirm their commitment to close cooperation on fostering new and renewable energy businesses and a culture of energy diversification. Under the new agreement, the two parties intend to co-organize programs towards developing the new and renewable energy industry and facilitating energy transition, and also to work together on running a regional energy center. The two parties also discussed possible cooperation over the joint research and development of new energy technologies. Specifically, the two parties agreed to assemble a board of advisors on new and renewable energy (especially hydrogen), connect Suwon’s regional energy center with Ajou’s, increase support for use of new and renewable energy by local government agencies, businesses, and research institutes, launch campaigns to usher in a shift in energy paradigm, and support Ajou’s BK21 projects. Ajou, for its part, will prioritize providing energy-related education and advice and accelerating academic, research, and technical activities. Since identifying the core areas of industry-university cooperation it is particularly suited to specialize in, Ajou University has opened industrial cooperation centers (ICCs) to develop local businesses in these areas. There are currently four ICCs, dedicated to smart mobility, biotechnology and healthcare, new and renewable energy, and AI and big data.
Ajou discusses collaboration with the UAE’s ENEC
Ajou University recently began discussing possible future collaboration with the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) over hydrogen energy and AI. On February 3, Ajou President Park Hyung-ju held a video conference with ENEC’s CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi to discuss collaboration. Of particular interest was cooperation over key areas of future industries, such as artificial intelligence, hydrogen energy, and industrial mathematics. CEO Al Hammadi received an honorary engineering doctorate from Ajou in 2019. Since he assumed leadership over ENEC in 2007, Al Hammadi has been crucial in the development of a peaceful nuclear energy program in the UAE and facilitating friendship between the UAE and Korea, in recognition of which the honorary degree was awarded. The CEO spoke of plans to stop by Ajou on his next visit to Korea to specify the terms of cooperation he discussed with President Park.
Ajou partners with Hanhwa Systems for research on self-driving mobility
Ajou University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hanhwa Systems, agreeing to organize and strengthen research collaboration over self-driving mobility. A ceremony was held on February 22 at Yeonam Hall on campus to mark the signing of the memorandum. Executive Vice President for University-Industry Cooperation Oh Yeong-tae and Hanhwa Systems’ R&D Director Lee Su-jae [KHTC1]signed and exchanged two copies of the memorandum. The ceremony was also attended by Hanhwa Systems researchers and Ajou faculty members affiliated with the ACES Mobility Industrial Cooperation Center[KHTC2], including Prof. Song Bong-seob (Department of Mechanical Engineering) who chairs the center. This MOU paves the way for increased collaboration between Ajou and Hanhwa specifically over research and development of night vision technology, the use of available research equipment and infrastructure, organization of a committee and exchange of technical advice, and development of related education and training programs. Car-mounted thermal-imaging night vision cameras are essential to nighttime safety with self-driving cars. Designed to provide cars with vision during both the day and night and particularly in visibility-compromised conditions, night vision technology is emerging as a key to the success of autonomic mobility. Ajou and Hanhwa Systems will work together closely toward developing an intelligent, AI-controlled thermal imaging engine module to be mounted on existing models of thermal imaging cameras. Ajou University’s LINC+ Project Group runs a number of industrial cooperation centers (ICCs) to strengthen the University’s research specialties through collaboration with local businesses and industries. There are currently four ICCs dedicated to smart mobility, biotechnology and healthcare, new and renewable energy, and AI and big data.
Prof. Kim Ju-min’s team of researchers develops a microscale flow reactor capable of producing nanoparticles
A team of researchers from multiple organizations, led by Prof. Kim Ju-min (Departments of Chemical Engineering and Energy Systems Research) and his team, has developed a microscale flow mixing technique capable of synthesizing more even nanoparticles. The researchers expect their latest discovery to have a wide range of applications, including medical diagnostics, as well as preprocessing of specimens and reaction-based processes in microfluidics. Prof. Kim’s team worked with two other teams, led by Prof. Lee Chang-soo of Chungnam National University and Dr. Lee Sung-sik of ETH Zürich, respectively, to produce a microscale reactor. Their findings were published in a paper entitled, “Gear-shaped micromixer for synthesis of silica particles utilizing inertio-elastic flow instability,” featured on the cover of the February 7 issue of Lab on a Chip. Profs. Kim and Lee and Dr. Lee participated as corresponding co-authors. Hong Sun-ok, a recent graduate of Ajou University with a doctorate in energy systems research and now affiliated with Lotte Chemical, was listed as first author. Microfluidics is increasingly used in a number of applied fields, most notably for engineering point-of-care diagnostic devices that provide fast diagnosis. Efficient mixing of fluids is a crucial prerequisite for the preprocessing and core reactions of specimens in microfluidics. It is also the key performance requirement of micromixers. Given the near impossibility of generating turbulence in micromixers, the inefficient expansion-based mixing method has been preferred thus far. Manual mixing, which relies on conventional fluid dynamics, requires fluid channels with complex designs and complex manufacturing processes. Moreover, as layer-based mixing requires normal-state flows of fluid, the mixed output is prone to sedimentation along the fluid surface. Prof. Kim and the researchers discovered that flow instability, associated with diluted polymeric solutions, increases greatly in serpentine microscale channels that repeatedly contract and expand. They decided to apply this discovery to the development of a new micromixer with significantly greater efficiency. The inertio-elastic micromixer that came out of this discovery offers greater mixing efficiency at a wider range of flow rates. In other words, it is capable of more efficiently mixing a wider variety of fluid materials with greater simplicity. The researchers expect that their new model can be more easily applied to large-capacity micromixers. The researchers indeed applied their new micromixer to the synthesization of silica nanoparticles and confirmed that it was capable of producing particles of a more uniform size distribution (as measured in terms of distribution of particles of different sizes in a given specimen). They also demonstrated that their mixer was able to produce nanoparticles over a long span of time without the fluid channel becoming blocked—a problem common with conventional mixers. Prof. Kim explained: “Our study demonstrates that it is possible to design a micromixer capable of maximizing flow instability of viscoelastic fluids like polymer solutions. Our study is also significant because it demonstrates our technique by applying it to the synthesis of actual nanoparticles with a uniform size distribution.” This research has been made possible in part with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea’s Advanced Center of Excellence and personal research grants. # Captions * Upper left: The serpentine channel developed by Prof. Kim’s team, and a conceptual diagram of how it increases inertio-elastic flow instability to facilitate mixing. * Lower left: Particles mixed in a Newtonian fluid (a) show size distribution with a wide variance and nonspherical shapes (b). Particles synthesized in a dilute polymer solution with the help of inertio-elastic flow instability (c) boast uniform sizes and spherical shapes (d). * Right: Cover of the February 2021 issue of Lab on a Chip featuring Prof. Kim’s study. [Source: https://doi.org/10.1039/D0LC00834F]