Interdisciplinary Materials Measurement Institute

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Driving the growth of future innovation through the development of integrated measurement technology for national materials and devices

The Interdisciplinary Materials Measurement Institute (IMMI) has developed various measurement and analysis techniques for multi-functional properties of cutting-edge materials and devices, many of which are used in fields such as renewable energy, display technology, semiconductors, and IoT. IMMI focuses on interdisciplinary research on operando measurement, opto-electronic imaging, nano-bio sensing, extreme-environment measurement, smart materials/devices, etc. Additionally, IMMI is in the process of developing AI-based measurement and evaluation techniques such as ultrasonic wave measurement.

Director: Dr. Jaeyong Song (

Operando Methodology and Measurement Team

The Operando Methodology and Measurement Team develops techniques to analyze the simultaneous correlation between dynamic material properties and device operating conditions. The developed technology is used to produce integrated measurement technologies for the characterization and development of next-generation materials for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • (Material reliability) Evaluation of the operational reliability of optoelectronic materials for solar cells and light emitting diodes
  • • (Semiconductor physics) Physical and chemical analysis of flexible semiconductor materials for information technology devices.
  • • (Structural properties) Real time structural analysis for emerging semiconductors

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Hyperspectral Nano-imaging Lab

The Hyperspectral Nano-imaging Lab conducts research and development related to high spatial/temporal resolution hyper-spectral microscopy for the characterization of nano-compositional materials to strengthen national competitiveness in the IT/Energy/Bio industries.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Space-time Hyperspectral Photo-induced Force Microscopy
  • • Tip-enhanced Raman scattering microscopy
  • • SSRM/SCM

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EM Nanometrology Team

The EM Nanometrology Team’s goal is to develop electron microscopy-based measuring technologies and their standardization for low-dimensional materials, with a focus on the in-situ and operando nano-characterization. We expect to contribute to the development of key integrated-technologies necessary for emerging future industries.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Standardization of particle size and membrane thickness measurement
  • • Development of electron microscopy-based in-situ technique for electro-mechanical property measurement
  • • Development of in-situ AFM (AFM in SEM technique)
  • • Operando electron microscopy in liquid environments

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Surface Analysis Team

The Surface Analysis Team establishes national standards for advanced industries such as semiconductors and display technology through the establishment of measurement traceability, international standards and certified reference materials. The dissemination of the national standards will enhance the competitiveness of advanced industries by standardizing key fabrication process.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Development and standardization of thickness measurement and compositional analysis methods for ultra-thin films
  • • Development and standardization of surface analysis methods (CCQM and ISO/TC-201, etc)
  • • Development and application of computer simulation methods for surface analysis
  • • Surface analysis community (measurement club, symposium and training, etc)
  • • Certified Reference Materials (multilayer, alloy and oxide thin films, etc)

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Frontier of Extreme Physics Team

The Frontier of Extreme Physics(FEP) team realizes and controls extreme environments (e.g. high temperature and pressure, micro gravity, atomic or nano scale and non-metastable or metastable-environments in the laboratory to reflect the conditions of aero and space, deep oceans, the Earth’s interior and ourter planets. The team also develops measurement techniques under extreme conditions within atomic space and time. This will help humans extend their reach into extreme environments and contribute to the facilitation of new functional materials that can be applied to future industries.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Development of high temperature levitation and measurement techniques
  • • Development of dynamic high pressure and related measurement techniques
  • • Development of ultra-fast time-resolved scattering techniques (X-ray, laser, ultrasonics)
  • • Development of material property measurement techniques under non-equilibrium or metastable states.

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Vacuum Materials Measurement Team

The Vacuum Materials Measurement Team develops measurement technology for materials based on vacuum environments for semiconductor/display industries. For our main research areas, we develop technology for the measurement of functional materials such as precursors and coating materials for semiconductor processes/equipment.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Vapour pressure measurement
  • • Thermal stability measurement
  • • Phase transition measurement
  • • Particle measurement

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AI Metamaterial Research Team

The AI Metamaterial Research Team works on metamaterials in order to develop novel measurement technology, and also aims to advance AI-based evaluation and analysis methodologies on safety measurement system. Furthermore, we strive to contribute to the growth of new industries through research on various application fields including sensors and energy-harvesting using AI and metamaterials.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Metamaterial technology regarding vibration, acoustics and ultrasonics
  • • Novel measurement technology using metamaterials
  • • Metamaterial-based applications including energy harvesting and sensing technologies
  • • Data-based evaluation methodology
  • • AI-based diagnostic technology

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Nanobiosensor Team

The Nanobiosensor Team develops functional nanomaterials, biomaterials, biosensing devices, and standard measurement techniques to establish ultrasensitive, highly reliable, and standardized nanobiosensing platform for early diagnosis and the monitoring of disease progression. On the basis of the standard nanobiosensing technology and platforms, we supports the rapid and sustainable growth of the bioindustry.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Development of functional nanomaterials, biomaterials, and biosensing devices
  • • Development of ultrasensitive detection techniques for disease biomarkers
  • • Development of standard measurement techniques for reliability and validity of nanobiosensors
  • • Establishment of standard nanobiosensing technology and platforms

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Smart Devices Team

Smart Devices Team develops core technologies for future industries by realizing micro & smart active devices based on renewable self-power and infrared sensor technology.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Low-power generation / storage technologies based on thermoelectrics and organic rechargeable batteries, respectively
  • • Multi-functional optoelectronic materials/devices
  • • Self-powered micro-optoelectronic devices

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Low-Dimensional Material Team

The Low-Dimensional Material Team develops high-precision measurement technologies for emerging low-dimensional quantum materials that can be applied to current-generation semiconductors and opto-electronic device applications, in addition to next-generation quantum information devices and quantum sensors. With the first-principle density functional theory and nanoscale device fabrication functionality, we proactively predict optimal device configurations and material compositions, and experimentally realize theoretical expectations to foster the commercialization of multifunctional electronic and optical devices based on novel low-dimensional materials.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Prediction of composite low-dimensional material properties based on the first-principle density functional theory
  • • Development of multi-functional nanoscale devices using semiconductor device fabrication technology
  • • Development of high precision electronic and optical measurement technologies for low-dimensional materials
  • • Improvement of low-dimensional material and device characteristics
  • • Synthesis of multi-functional low-dimensional materials

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Energy Infra Material Measurement Team

The Energy Infra Material Measurement Team establishes core measurement techniques and measurement standards to develop measurement technology regarding the mechanical properties and reliability of energy infrastructure materials. This is also in line with the objective of evaluating the performance and reliability of energy infrastructure systems used in national flagship industries including the power generation and renewable energy industries. The team aims to contribute to the sustainable growth of the clean and renewable energy infrastructure industry.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Establishment of material measurement standard and traceability systems
  • • Development of suitability assessment techniques for energy infra material
  • • Development of performance and reliability measurement techniques for wind energy system
  • • Development of mechanical characterization techniques for nano-energy materials

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