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AMOREPACIFIC lays the foundation for identifying life phenomena through a joint research.

R&D 2015-07-20

AMOREPACIFIC Corporation (CEO Shim Sang-bae) R&D Center published a paper which is co-authored with Dr. Weitz and his group in an international academic journal, Science, and its efforts to develop skin science research in collaboration with leading research institutions of the world have become widely recognized.

The research was conducted by Han Sang-hoon, head of the AMOREPACIFIC Corporation R&D Center in collaboration with David A. Weitz, Professor of Department of Physics at Harvard University and his fellow researchers. The co-authored paper was published in the journal, Science, on July 17.

This paper elaborates on making liquid samples by graphene to produce atomic-scale images of colloidal nanoparticles that are observable with an electron microscope. The research team succeeded in imaging the electronic density of nanocrystals and producing a atomic-scale image of the structure of a nanocrystal which is as small as the size of a nanometer (1/1,000,000,000m). This means it is now possible to observe the structural details of colloidal nanoparticles at the molecular level in their natural state. This research is significant in that provides an important clue to identifying the structural principles of the smallest cells of life creatures, the basic unit of life, in their natural state.

On June 12, the research team introduced another related research that directly observed live cells in the journal, ‘Nano Letters’, a prestigious chemistry journal in the US.

So far, the AMOREPACIFIC Corporation R&D Center has worked on expanding its research network with leading research institutions of the world and conducting joint research on skin science. In particular, the publication of this paper is the result of the research that the AMOREPACIFIC Corporation R&D Center has worked on since 2006, through partnership with Prof. Weitz, Department of Physics at Harvard University, Dr. A. Paul Alivisatos, UC Berkeley, one of the greatest scholars in nano science, and Dr. Park Jeong-won, a promising researcher working in the US. The AMOREPACIFIC Corporation R&D Center is planning to leverage this research as a springboard to facilitate ongoing joint research efforts aiming to identify the interaction between skin cells and neurotransmitters.

“AMOREPACIFIC has made extensive efforts over a long period of time to develop the infrastructure of basic skin science and the publication of the research paper means a lot as it is the sign of international recognition” stated Han Sang-goon, the head of the AMOREPACIFIC Corporation R&D Center. “I hope that this research will lead to further explanation of life phenomena and much deeper research on skin science.”