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NO.356 12.18.2017

Named as “World’s Most Influential Researcher” for Second Consecutive Years

Professor Jong-Whan Rhim of the Department of Food and Nutrition has been named as ‘the world’s most influential researcher’ in agricultural science.

 

This year Professor Jong-Whan Rhim was selected as one of the top 1% researchers in the world for the second year in a row. Along with Prof. Rhim, Prof. Seo-young Jeong at the Department of Pharmacy and Prof. Eun-Jung Park at the Graduate School of East-West Medicine Science have also been chosen in the area of Pharmacology and Toxicology. “2017 Highly Cited Researchers (HCR)” are a group of researchers whose academic publications have received the top 1% highest number of citations.

 

Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), a global academic information service provider, announced 2017 HCR after assessing around 130,000 scholarly articles registered in the Web of Science over the last 11 years (from January 2005 to December 2015). The number of researchers on the list of 2017 HCR is about 3,300 in 21 disciplines. Among them, 28 are Koreans including Prof. Jong-Whan Rhim, Prof. Seo-young Jeong, and Prof. Eun-Jung Park.

 

Opening a New Horizon in Food Packaging through Convergence Research
For almost 30 years, Prof. Rhim has published approximately 200 articles on food packaging and packaging materials development such as biodegradable and functional nanocomposite packaging materials. He said, “It feels like my years of research work so far have been recognized,” and that “My research has been highly cited because of a growing interest among researchers in the packaging technology using nanocomposites.”

 

When asked about his driving force to continue to come up with new ideas and go all out for research, he answered, “If I keep on researching, I discover new things. Also, it is fun to combine my research with other fields because there is no end.” He also emphasized the importance of convergence research by saying “My research on the nanocomposite packaging materials was possible by applying the technologies in material chemistry and physical chemistry to the packaging. It adds new possibilities in the food packaging and widens the horizon of the field.”

 

Nanocomposites are formed with uniformly dispersed nanoparticles, which enhance the physical strength and air blockage of packaging materials. New features such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, and UV-protection properties can also be added. With growing interests in the development of eco-friendly food packaging, the food packaging material using nanocomposites could be a reasonable alternative, as nanocomposites can improve the strength of biodegradable packaging material to the level comparable to plastic packaging materials. Prof. Rhim has been continuously developing biodegradable packaging materials.

 

“Hope to Nurture Future Generation of Discipline”
Prof. Rhim joined the Department of Food and Nutrition of the University of Kyung Hee in the first half of 2017 and has been carrying out researches at the Institute of Humanities Convergence Research. One of his goals is to nurture the academic future generation. He said, “We need the next generation to take over the know-hows and data that have been accumulated so far” and added, “It would feel more rewarding if I could nurture qualified students at Kyung Hee University who would continue the researches that I have been working on.”

 

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