The Korea Institute of Industrial Technology has developed a world-first technology for efficiently recycling titanium metal using hydrogen plasmas and electromagnetic induction. 

Titanium is in demand in many industries due to its strength, lightness  and resistance to corrosion. In the new process, titanium scrap produced during the manufacture of ingots will be recycled using the new process, and then put through another new technological process - continuous casting - to produce high quality ingots at low cost. 

Next stop - Mars


The Korean government has announced plans to visit Mars by 2040.

Korea is already embarking on building its own complete launch vehicle by 2020, having previously relied in part on Russian technology.

Now, it plans to add middle-orbit and geostationary orbit capabilities, and then to undertake missions to Mars and asteroids.

Its an ambitious timescale, but is part of President Park’s drive to increase science and engineering proficiency and jobs in Korea.  

Chips and more chips


Korea is already a major chip manufacturer, and two of the leading companies continue to develop new products to keep ahead of the pack. 

SK Hynix, the world’s second largest chip manufacturer, has developed a low power DDR3 6 gigabyte chip. It announced that the chip’s speed is 1866 Mbps, and in a single channel it can handle 7.4 gig per second. In a dual channel, it can handle close to 15 gigabyte. 

Meanwhile, Samsung has developed and has started production of what it calls a ‘one-chip’ solution. Called the ‘ModAP’, it combines modem and application processor capabilities into a single chip and Samsung believes it will be the next generation chip for items such as truly flexible displays and wearable technology.

Not just flexible - but stretchable too


Korean scientists from the universities of Gyeongsang National \ and Chung Ang have developed a new polymer material that can stretch as well as bend. 

Not only that, but the new material has the highest rate of charge carrier mobility (how fast it can be switched on and off) that can be used in AMOLED displays.

The polymer semiconductor is also less expensive to produce than silicon-based semiconductors that are currently used widely in AMOLED displays.

Mass production of Polyketone


Hyosung, a major textile manufacturer in Korea, has announced its 10 year research into advanced plastics has culminated in production facilities capable of producing 1000 tons of Polyketone annually.

Polyketone is likely to replace many high-performance plastics in the future due its cost effectiveness, its high melting temperature, its inability to dissolve easily, and its improved impact, chemical and wear resistance.