Fraunhofer IAP and KETI strengthen cooperation
on high-performance polymer materials

Press release /

The Korea Electronics Technology Institute KETI and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam will work even closer together in the field of polymer research. On December 10, 2019, the Korean Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Sung Yun-mo, and the KETI President, Dr. Yongsam Kim, visited the Fraunhofer IAP to seal the expansion of the collaboration with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

With a MoU between KETI and the Fraunhofer IAP, the two research institutes are consolidating the long-standing relationship between Korea and the state of Brandenburg.<br/><br/>From left: Sung Yun-mo (Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy), Dr. Yongsam Kim (President KETI), Dr. Armin Wedel (Head of Research Department at Fraunhofer IAP), Sebastian Saule (Managing Director of Economic Development of the State of Brandenburg)

KETI and Fraunhofer IAP have been working together on the latest display technologies for more than 10 years. Among other things, the partners are developing cadmium-free quantum dots, which have become indispensable in the manufacture of displays due to EU regulations (RoHS directive). With the signing of the MoU, the cooperation is to be expanded to other research areas of the Fraunhofer IAP, such as new fiber and processing technologies. In the field of high-performance polymeric materials, there will be even more projects in the future with KETI and other Korean research institutions as well as industry.

"It is not self-evident that partners over such a long period of time and over such a long distance successfully cooperate with each other in order to tackle global issues of the future," explains Professor Alexander Böker, the head of the Fraunhofer IAP. “We are very pleased that the cooperation with Korea is greatly expanded at all levels, also beyond the industrial cooperation with KETI. This applies, for example, to relationships with Korean universities or the exchange of scientists”, says Böker.

Brandenburg Economic Development Manager Sebastian Saule also underlines the importance of close cooperation between Korea and the State of Brandenburg.