Merck Korea head Glenn Young, center, poses with the winners of this year’s Merck awards. At left is Prof. Hong Yong-taek from Seoul National University, and at right is Prof. Lee Hyun-koo from Sookmyung Women’s University. The former has won the 17th Merck Award while the latter is the winner of the Merck Young Scientists Award for this year. Photo courtesy of Merck Korea

Two Korean scientists recognized at IMID 2020

Merck Korea picked the winners of its annual awards to recognize them on the sidelines of the International Meeting of Information Displays (IMID) 2020, which takes place this week online.

The Seoul-based affiliate of Merck, a global top-tier science and tech company, announced August 24 that Prof. Hong Yong-taek from Seoul National University won the most prestigious Merck Award of this year.

Prof. Hong has worked on the development of next-generation flexible display and stretchable wearable technologies, according to Merck Korea.

Today’s display technology desperately needs another technical breakthrough and expansion to new application areas. Many companies and researchers, including the Merck, are trying to open up an unprecedented path via the deep change in their portfolio,” Prof. Hong said.

I will continuously make efforts to incorporate the flexible/stretchable electronics into the technology road map and to contribute to the innovative change of future society.”

Meanwhile, this year’s Merck Young Scientists Award went to Prof. Lee Hyun-koo from Sookmyung Women’s University, who has contributed to the fields of display and lighting.

I would like to thank advisers, colleagues with teams for leading me to achieve excellent research results and for helping me to start a new study in new environments. I will continue to make efforts to develop future display technology,” he said.

As part of efforts to promote scientific research in display technologies, Merck Korea joined hands with the IMID organizer in 2004 to establish the Merck Award. The year also marked the 100th anniversary of Merck’s liquid crystal research.

Two years later, the scope of the yearly event expanded to create the Merck Young Scientists Award.

Merck Korea chief Glenn Young said that the company will continue to support technological advancement.

At Merck, we have a strong interest in both internal innovation efforts and fostering fundamental research that contributes to technological advancement related to and beyond our business in performance materials, healthcare, and life science,” he said.

He also invited people to the IMID 2020, which will be hosted online due to the threats of the novel coronavirus. Merck plans to hold the Merck Online panel discussion about displays, which will be shared through the outfit’s social media channel.