Applied for patents using knowledge learned during class as sophomores and registered patent before graduating
Developed ‘fusion device’ with improved productivity and economic feasibility that can produce high quality metals
Can be used in research centers related to metal... Currently being used in undergraduate research labs
[December 20, 2017]
YU students developed a device using knowledge they learned in their major to register a patent.
The patent that they registered is the ‘Fusion device (patent no. 10-1790431), and its inventors are registered as YU School of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Park No-geun (36), Baek Seung-min (26, graduated from YU School of Materials Science and Engineering), senior Shin Yoon-ji (22, left on photo), and Lee Dong-hee (22, right on photo). The patent was applied for in March of last year and recently registered and gained more interest as Shin Yoon-ji and Lee Dong-hee designed this based on what they learned in class as sophomores and registered the patents while still being enrolled in undergraduate school.
The patent that they registered is a technology that suppresses oxidation reactions that occur in the melting and cooling process of metal materials. They applied what they learned in the ‘Material Equilibrium’ class (Advising Professor Park No-geun’, which is a major class of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, during the second term of 2015,
The patent inventor Shin Yoon-ji said, “In existing fusion devices, there is a huge loss with a collection rate of only 60-65% when solidifying the melted materials during metal casting. The fusion device that we developed improved productivity by increasing the collection rate to about 80%. Furthermore, other melting equipment used expensive vacuum facilities to prevent oxidation of metals, but our patented technology can suppress oxidation reactions of metals while using relatively cheaper vacuum equipment, making it possible to produce less expensive, yet high quality metals.”
<School of Materials Science and Engineering Senior Shin Yoon-ji and Lee Dong-hee is conducting research on the patented fusion device that they developed.>
The patented technology can be used in metal-related research labs and it is expected to help improve metal properties testing and on research for enhancing metal functionalities. The patented device is currently being used for research and testing at the YU School of Materials Science and Engineering.
Lee Dong-hee revealed his future research plans saying, “I want to participate in more in-depth research in the alloy design field by enrolling in graduate school.”
Professor Park No-geun said, “The students showed great interest in their majors, and continuously worked on identifying and resolving pending issues as students of engineering, which led to the achievement of registering a patent while still in school.” He added, “Having intellectual property rights as an undergraduate student is a priceless experience. It will serve as an opportunity for them to do more in-depth research in their majors at graduate school.”