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Sustaining a healthy lifestyle in a clean and safe environment

The Safety Measurement Institute strives to achieve its goal of ‘sustaining a healthy lifestyle in a safe and clean environment’ by developing emerging technologies and supporting measurement standards related to nanotechnology, health care, and hydrogen infrastructure in addition to environment-related fields such as facility safety, nuclear waste, and climate watch.

Our institute develops evaluation technology of nanomaterial toxicity using nanomaterial property analysis and various molecular imaging technology coupled with an optical and mass spectrometry. In terms of measurement standard for health care, high sensitive biosignal measurement with AI-based analysis and quantitative medical imaging are being intensively developed. Our focuses also encompass the development of safety evaluation technology for hydrogen infrastructure and relevant materials, as well as structural safety monitoring and defect detection technology for multiscale constructions. Furthermore, the institute develops measurement techniques and standarad reference materials for safe disposal of radioactive waste, measurement standards for Global Warming Potential (GWP) of alternatives to the conventional greenhouse gases and other climate forcing factors.

Director: Dr. Bong Young Ahn (

Integrated Safety Team

The Integrated Safety Team develops technology that monitors health during all moments of everyday life: as you drive/ride, walk, and sleep etc. The technology is especially important as it can detect diseases in elderly people with health issues in advance, ensuring patients arrive at hospitals within the golden time. Through such efforts, the team works to improve public health and furthermore reduce the cost of health care for all citizens.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Development of measurement technology for real-time bio-signal measurement during everyday life using embedded and wearable sensors : ECG, EEG, EOG etc.
  • • Development of reliability evaluation technology for relevant IoT measurement sensors
  • • Development of technology for providing health information and detecting in advance

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Nano-safety Team

The Nano-safety Team aims to systematically promote national nano-safety research by developing standard measurement technology for nano-material safety evaluation. By securing and disseminating internationally recognized evaluation technologies, the team helps ensure consistent and reliable research.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Development of standard measurement technology for nano-material properties (size, composition, surface charge, form, reactivity etc.)
  • • Development of standard measurement technology for cellular-level nano-material toxicity evaluation
  • • Development and dissemination of nano-particle (certified) reference materials

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Bio-imaging Team

The Bio-imaging Team develops multi-scale (organelle-cell-tissue-organ) molecular imaging technology based on optical imaging and mass spectrometry imaging. Additionally. the team works to establish measurement standard technology required for functional and quantitative evaluations of biological models that will be required for precision medicine/advanced health care in the future.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Development of optical imaging technology: nonlinear optical microscopy, super-resolution microscopy, optical coherence microscopy/tomography etc.
  • • Development of mass spectrometry imaging technology for biomolecular interfaces: MALDI, TOF-SIMS etc.
  • • Development of measurement technology based on optical imaging and mass spectrometry imaging
  • • Development of imaging probes using surface functionalization technology

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Research Team of Material Compatibility to Hydrogen Facility

This team develops measurement technology and standards to ensure the reliability and safety of metal/polymer/elastomer used for hydrogen filling station and HFCV(Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles). This allows for the safe dissemination of hydrogen energy into the private sector which can help Korea become a leading hydrogen economy nation. Additionally, the team aims to develop high-temperature property measurement technology and databases for energy materials that could potentially serve as next-generation gas turbine materials, with the goal of disseminating both into the industry.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Development of measurement standards regarding the material compatibility for high-pressure hydrogen purposes metalic materials:
    Mechanical property and hydrogen embrittlement evaluation under low temperature, high-pressure hydrogen gas environments
  • • Development of measurement standards regarding the material compatibility for high-pressure hydrogen purposes polymer & elastomer:
    Mechanical, physical, and thermal property measurement technology and hydrogen effect evaluation technology for polymer & elastomer under high-pressure hydrogen environments
  • • Development of mechanical property measurement for next-generation gas turbine materials at high-temperature

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Photonics Technology Team for Facility Safety

The Photonics Technology Team for Facility Safety develops and disseminates photonic sensor technology for facility safety diagnosis and real-time monitoring applications. Facility safety can be evaluated using the whole structural behavior and the presence of local defects. Accordingly, the team is conducting research on fiber optic sensor technology for the evaluation of structural behavior, as well as terahertz imaging technology for the detection of internal local defects in facilities.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Scattered light-based optical fiber sensor technology for distributed strain and temperature measurement :
  • • Optical fiber sensor technology for point strain and temperature measurement :
    FBG, Interferometry etc.
  • • Scattered light-based optical fiber sensor technology for distributed vibration and acoustic measurement :
    Phase-sensitive OTDR
  • • High-speed terahertz imaging technology for defect detection :
    A-scan, B-scan, C-scan, and 3D imaging technology

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Non-destructive Evaluation Team

The Non-destructive Team aims to become a world-class reasearch leading group for safety measurement of facility and structure. To achieve this goal, the team develops evaluation technologies for early detecting abnormalities in facilities and structures (land transportation infrastructure, heavy chemical plant facilities, energy facilities etc.). Hence the team helps the construction of safety society based on measurement science and technology that can protect the life and property of people.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Development of on-site measurement technology for residual stress in metal structures using non-destructive measurement technology (magnetic methods, ultrasonic methods etc.)
  • • Evalution method development for infrastructure by non-destructive testing
  • • Development and supply of standard reference specimen of residual stress
  • • Performance test service of non-destructive inspection sensor and equipment

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Structural Safety Monitoring Team

The Structural Safety Monitoring Team develops real-time monitoring technologies of structural healthiness to ensure the safety of large infra structural facilities and to prevent major disasters in advance. The team aims to develop methods to measure key parameters for correct structural diagnosis that can reassure the public by further enhancing the field applicability of damage detection techniques and the reproducibility and reliability of new measurement techniques.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Development of core measurement technology for the detection of defects and anomalies in structures: ultrasonic, acoustic, and electromagnetic safety measurement technologies
  • • Development of bridge cable tension monitoring technology
  • • Development of nonlinear ultrasonic technology for precision measurements of micro-defects and material degradation
  • • Development of corrosion detection and monitoring technology

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Climate Watch and Hydrogen quality Metrology Team

The Climate Watch and Hydrogen Quality Metrology(CWAHyQ) Team aims to become world-leading group in the field of measurement standards regarding climate forcing factors of greenhouse gases and hydrogen fuel quality. Measurement standards and relevant advanced technologies of those are becoming increasingly important due to urgency on recent national agendas in climate change and energy conversion. The team places particular focus on the development of measurement standard of global warming potential (GWP) and national metrological traceability for hydrogen fuel quality. In particular, demand-oriented measurement solutions using molecular spectroscopy and mass spectrometry will be advanced in terms of accuracy and variability for public in order to be launched as measurement service. Additionally, the team conducts research on measurement standards regarding major stable isotope ratios, which are also important in a scientific activity regarding climate watch.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Global Warming Potential : Advanced technology and measurement standards of radiative forcing and atmospheric lifetime of alternatives to greenhouse gases
  • • Hydrogen fuel quality: development of a measurement platform and reference materials
  • • Trace gas analysis : development of trace greenhouse gas measurement standards based on mass spectroscopy/molecular spectroscopy
  • • Isotope ratio mass spectroscopy: development of measurement standards for major stable isotopes (C, N, S, O, H) and gas reference materials
  • • High precision spectroscopy: Development of molecular spectroscopy measurement technology based on optical frequency combs and high resolution FTIR

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Environmental Radioactivity Safety Team

The Environmental Radioactivity Safety Team strives to becoming a world-class pioneering research team on environmental radioactivity measurement standards that are closely related to public safety, such as environmental radioactivity, nuclear power plant operation and decommissioning projects. The team focuses on the development of environmental radioactivity measurement standard technology and certified reference material using environmental materials to secure the national traceability and reliability of environmental radioactivity measurements.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Development of radioactivity measurement standard technology for environmental radioactivity, radioactive waste and nuclear power plant decommining by-products
  • • Development of matrix (certified) reference material for environmental radioactivity analysis, securing metrological traceability, and quality assurance
  • • Development of national standard reference data for environmental radioactivitiy

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Medical Data Precision Measurement Team

The Medical Data Precision Measurement Team aims to become a a global leader in the field of medical metrology. The team develops medical measurement standard technologies that are traceable to the SI units. Furthermore, through medical device safety evaluation and the precise medical measurement technologies, the team seeks to improve the reliability of medical measurements and further elevate medical big data as a valuable product.

Its current R&D project include the following subjects :

  • • Development of measurement standards for human vital signs and platform technology for personal healthcare devices
  • • Development of measurement standard technology for quantitative evaluation of human development and rehabilitation
  • • Development of quantitative medical imaging (e.g. CT, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, etc.) and imaging system quality assurance technologies

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