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SKIT - A Technology Powerhouse of Korea Contents
title SKIT - A Technology Powerhouse of Korea
attachment date 2004-12-07 count 15401
"Let’s lower the walls of research institutes in the Daeduk Tech Valley for more mutual cooperation." (Young-hwa Cho, President, KISTI)

"It is our duty to facilitate more exchanges among research institutes by holding meetings. However, the meetings should be more than a simple gathering. They should translate into a chance to share research results and high-end research equipment.” (Seong-nyeon Kim, Researcher, KAERI)

SK Institute of Technology (Headed by Sang-hoon Park), a research institute of SK Corporation, has opened up its gates to other institutes in the Daeduk Tech Valley to accelerate exchanges among them at the practical level.

The Daeduk Science Town Association (Yeong-hwa Cho, president, KISTI) organized a tour to SKIT starting at 9:30 am on April 7, 2004, as part of the initiative of accelerating inter-research institute exchanges.

This is the fourth event of its kind following the visit to ETRI on March 23. SKIT Head Sang-hoon Park launched the event with his opening remarks to visitors, which is followed by SK company introduction, PR movie, presentation on SKIT status, tour to show rooms and labs, DPF demonstration, and discussion on cooperation plan.

This event was participated in by 60 visitors, who are related to research collaboration between academy and business in the Daeduk Tech Valley. Since the beginning of the exchange program, the largest number of people attended the event, indicating that more venture companies and professors pay keen attention to mutual exchanges.

In the meeting, heads of major Daeduk research institutes including KISTI president Young-hwa Cho, NIST president Se-gyeong Lee, president of the Korea Chemical Research Institute Chung-seob Kim, on top of SKIT head Sang-hoon Park, shared their opinions, displaying their eagerness to push ahead with mutual cooperation.

In the opening remarks, SKIT Head Sang-hoon Park said that everyone in this event is our potential partners and more exchange events of similar kind should be held to get to know and help each other.

NIST President Se-gyeong Lee stated that he is grateful of SKIT’s disclosure of its lab facilities to the public, and since the cooperation between private companies and state-funded organizations is meaningful, more voluntary efforts should be made to get the cooperation more mature.

KCRI president Chung-seob Kim mentioned that there have been many talks about exchanges but little actions have been made so far. He was sure that this event will serve as a springboard to generate tangible results out of collaboration, and expressed his satisfaction that he had a chance to see different research activities through this visit, which different research units of the KCRI have never seen before despite a certain level of exchanges between SKIT and KCRI.

SKIT unveiled its labs to the public, which was an unprecedented gesture. Furthermore, in order to display performance of DPF, DPF demo was conducted, drawing good reactions from the audience.

The lab tour program introduced the environmental catalyst lab; the medical research lab where new medicines including epilepsy and schizophrenia cures are studied; the specialty product research lab where modified asphalts are studied; and the lubricant research lab where finished lubricant products and lubricant base oil are studied.

As one of the participants, President of Gyeongnam Agricultural Research & Extension Services Jae-ho Kim pointed out that unlike public research institutes, corporate research institutes such as SKIT have conducted their researches at a practical level with focus on marketability, thereby successfully developing proprietary technologies. He also mentioned that following the example of private institutes, state-funded research labs should raise a business mind-set and apply it to research activities.

Professor Gyu-sang Lee of Mokwon University also expressed that he is cheerful because he saw potentials and strengths of Korea during the tour to SKIT, and added that researchers shall make more efforts to raise public awareness about their activities.

Meanwhile, in the meeting, the participants shared their views on the Act for Daeduk R&D Special Zone, which was passed by the review sub-committee for science, technology and ICT of the National Assembly on April 6 and talked about countermeasures they have to take in response to the Act.

By Ji-yeon Hong, December 7, 2004, the Daeduk Net

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SKIT Drives Inter-Research Institute Exchanges with Focus on New Energy and Environment

The event held on December 7 at SK Institute of Technology (SKIT) was aimed to boost exchanges among research institutes. SKIT, a research institute of SK Corporation, took this opportunity to introduce itself to visitors.

Participants from the Daeduk Tech Valley were very attentive during the presentation about research status and technologies of SKIT, a private research institute, since the information presented was very new and up-to-date. According to the presentation, SKIT is currently conducting researches on oil, lubricant, petrochemicals and polymer, and plans to pay more research attention to alternative energy and environment.

To become a new technology incubation hub, which is a core competence of business infrastructure and new technology businesses, SKIT plans to launch five new businesses by 2010. To this end, SK Corporation (“SK Corp”) is working on the R&D management infrastructure, product differentiation and high value creation.

For R&D activities of the fundamental businesses, SKIT developed high-quality base oil manufacturing process first in the world in 1995. In 1999, it successfully enhanced asphalt performance compared with conventional asphalts and developed new heating pipe materials.

In the new business area, SKIT is conducting researches on core technology for fuel cells, air pollution control technologies and soil preservation technologies. Recently, researches on propylene oxide (PO) manufacturing technology and information electronic materials are under way.

In addition, it is in the course of developing small-scale co-generation energy supply device called CHP, which is able to supply heat and electricity to home at the same time, and shaping the business of manufacturing and selling high value-added specialty materials, including polymer cement. Technology licensing is one of its business areas.

More than anything, to ensure 100% commercial success from R&D to business, the Stage Gate Process has been defined and applied after the business incubation function is added to R&D activities.
In the environment sector, SKIT is developing environment-friendly lubricants including biodegradable lubricants and low-pollution generating diesel engine (PO) oil. To develop alternative energies, hydrogen energy research has been pursued for past 10 years. Recently, the R&D center is conducting researches on hydrogen station fuels as part of such research tasks as “Development of Local Hydrogen Fuel Station Technologies” commissioned by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE), and “Development of the System for Modifying Natural Gas Steam” sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

SKIT was granted “IR52 Jang Young Shil Award” by the MOST for DPF, a filter designed to remove diesel-generated car pollution. DPF has been exported to Japan by 10,000 units so far for trial operation, and will be installed on 600 vehicles domestically for a pilot project by end of this year.

In 1999, first in Korea, SKIT commercialized catalyst technology. Since then, Korean consumers have shifted from sole dependence on foreign catalysts to domestic ones, pushing up the operation rate of catalyst manufacturing facilities from 30% to 100%. An international marketing campaign was carried out and as a result, a license was granted in India where the largest catalyst plant is located.

SKIT is also conducting its R&D activities in the medical field. Since 1993 when a medical research-dedicated team was launched, medical R&D has been continued. The joint research is conducted in three labs via cooperation with the NJ Pharmaceutical development center of the US, the Daeduk Pharmaceutical development center of Korea and the new medicine development research institute of Shanghai, China

Medical research activities have resulted in next generation epilepsy treatment in 1998. Three medicines developed have received an approval to conduct clinical trials in the U.S., and clinical trials of these medicines are underway in the U.S. and Europe. For epilepsy and schizophrenia cures, 2nd and 3rd phase development is going on.

In particular, researches made efforts to enhance values of asphalts, which are produced at the end of crude oil refining, and low value-added product. As a result, “Superphalt”, polymer modified asphalt, was developed for the first time in Korea.

Superphalt is made of regular asphalt and SBS mixed in a certain proportion. In case of using regular asphalts, road pavement should be conducted four times over 20 years. But Superphalt needs only two pavements during the same period due to its excellent elastic recovery.

SK Corp has export its asphalt products amounting to 5 million tons so far, and plans to celebrate its export achievement this week. It has exported 1.1 million tons of asphalt to China, taking up 60% of high-end asphalt market there. In Korea, SK asphalt has 37% and 50% of the market shares in regular and high-end asphalt markets respectively.

SK is also providing the Superphalt porous pavement service. Porous Superphalt immediately drains rain on roads, and has a less rough surface compared with regular asphalt, so that it can reduce noises by 5~7dB.

Furthermore, SK has been producing high-end lubricant called “U-base” since the end of 1990s leveraging the lubricant base oil process. This lubricant base oil is treated at high-temperature and high-pressure. Impurities are turned into saturated carbon so that the lubricant base oil is clean and transparent. It has 60% of the international high-end lubricant market share.
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