Corporate R&D

A World Class R&D Center
in Key Technologies :

Developing
Innovative Customer-Oriented Products & Technologies

Corporate R&D strives to become a leading R&D center by strengthening business competitiveness through developing and merging of platform technologies and by obtaining next generation technologies and products for new business. Corporate R&D not only focuses on strengthening the core platform technologies such as adhesion/adhesive, coating, process technology, simulation and analytical technology but also on discovering and developing potential businesses such as green/energy materials, advanced display materials under the future technology research center within Corporate .

Platform Technology

Coating/Dispersion

Continuous efforts are underway to improve the coating quality, which is the key to the look and durability of the surfaces of numerous materials for display, vehicles, and exterior construction. Research efforts are also in progress to improve the appearance and hardness of easily scratched components such as LCDs, Touch Panels and Mobile Phone Windows via wet coating process. Currently, we are focusing on developing coating films for flexible display. As a next generation technology, we are developing a technology that confers weather proof and wear and chemical resistance properties on substrate without the coating process.

There are diverse types of coating technologies and applications such as Hydrophobic coating, Low Reflection coating, Photochromic coating,  Antifingerprint coating, Phase separation coating, Anti scratch coating and so on

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Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com

Platform Technology

Adhesion/Adhesives

In the research field of adhesive technologies, various functional adhesive materials are developed for use in display and industrial energy applications. Fundamental studies on design and synthesis of polymer, adhesive film processing technologies, and property evaluation technologies are conducted.

Polymer Design/Synthesis
Structures of polymeric resins, mechanisms of crosslinking, polymer compositions and properties are arranged, considering the applications, required reliability levels, substrate types, surface properties and reworkabilities of the material. For this purpose, studies on polymerization/copolymerization of monomers, dispersion of nano- or micro-sized inorganic particles, and the formulations with additives are conducted.
Adhesive Film Processing
Coating and lamination technologies that precisely control film properties and processibilities to manufacture adhesive films without a defect are developed.
Application Development/Evaluation:
Based on the overall property evaluations including adhesion durability and reliability, rheological properties, and interfacial properties, the evaluation technologies are studied for the required properties for different applications.
light leakage phenomenon between normal polarizer and polarizer with strain relieved adhesive

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Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com

Platform Technology

Simulation

Advanced Optimization Technology
Advanced mathematical algorithms such as LP(Linear Programming), MILP(Mixed Integer Linear Programming), NLP(Non Linear Programming) are dealt in the AOT Project. Also, modern statistical theories that include PCA(Principal Component Analysis), PLS(Partial Least Square), and Decision Tree are integrated in the Data Mining problem and Big Data Analytics. These mathematical and statistical methodologies are used to provide a solution for optimized productivity and profitability in production planning, distribution planning, and to solve scheduling problems and unit optimization issues in the supply chain of a petrochemical, an information technology & electric materials and a battery business division.
  • data optimizing programs such as GAMS and SIMCA
CFD(Computational Fluid Dynamics)
CFD A&D(Computational Fluid Dynamics Application & Development) PJT performs computer simulations for fluid dynamics and structural mechanics. We develop unique and competitive devices through computer simulations for various kinds of Petrochemicals & Polymers, IT & E Materials, and Battery production facilities, such as mixers, coaters, pressing rolls, and water tanks. In order to release the new products to market on time, we also support developing innovative products that include polarizer, metal mesh, and battery packs for HEV/EV and energy storage systems (ESS) by performing CFD and FEM structural analyses.
  • structure analysis of organic molecules
Drying Simulation
Computer simulation techniques for analyzing detailed physics of drying processes have been developed to improve the efficiency and product quality of a drying process. Various drying processes have been studied and optimized for Li-ion battery electrode coating solvent drying, optical film coating drying, and petrochemicals drying.
  • rheologic simulation of drying equipment
  • drying model of polymer particles
Computational Chemistry
Our goal is to understand detailed mechanisms underlying chemical and physical phenomena using computational and theoretical tools, and to support material development. Quantum mechanics has been mainly employed to elucidate the structural and electrical properties of organic and inorganic materials. COSMO-RS and Classical mechanics are also applied to complement the computational tools.
  • Analysis of the stirring devices by Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Analysis of the stirring devices by Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com

Platform Technology

Process Technology

Process Development
Advanced process technology mainly conducts scale-up research, commercial process improvement research, and innovative process technology research. Various chemical engineering technologies cover our R&D area. such as fundamental technologies, i.e. organic synthesis, polymerization, catalysis, reaction engineering, separation/purification, process systems, and plant design and advanced technologies, i.e. reactive distillation, crystallization, supercritical fluid technology and pervaporation, etc.
Microreaction Technology
Microreaction technology allows for the miniaturization and intensification of chemical processes. Commercial production of high value added compounds can be validated in the laboratory without an investment in pilot plant. Compared with conventional batch reactors, micro channel reactors allow excellent reaction yields and selectivity, since the heat and mass transfer is dramatically increased in a micro channel due to high surface to volume ratios. Microreaction technology helps to shorten the time required in process development and promises production rates. At the same time, safety and environmental standards are improved with reduced equipment needs and maintenance costs. Microreaction technology has been applied to complete research on silver nano particles and polymer micro beads. It has also been proven to be useful in synthesizing various chemicals for electronics. For practically every process, there is an appropriate application of the microchannel reactor, mixer, and heat exchanger whether it is at the design or production stage.
Heterogeneous Catalyst
Heterogeneous catalysis platform technology is used in developing new catalysts and processes and strengthening the competitiveness of our current business. Our main focus is on developing/modifying/synthesizing catalysts for petroleum chemicals, core materials for energy and feedstock variations. In the field of petrochemicals, our own partial oxidation catalyst systems have been devised for acrylic acid production. We strive to expand the basic principles of catalysts to similar catalysts systems and to design nanostructures of noble metals and transition metaloxides which are necessary core technologies of energy and feedstock fields. Various characterization and analysis techniques and HTS(high throughput screening) are also under development and improvement.

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Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com

Platform Technology

Analytical Solution/Rheological Property

Analytical Solution
Center for Analytical Solutions is equipped with a large number of analytical instruments and outstanding personnel with expertise in chemical (organic/inorganic) and micro/nanostructure analyses. The analysis is further fortified by the competency in computational chemistry where chemical structure, molecular and solid properties, and reaction mechanism information are acquired through theoretical chemistry. The Center is recognized for executing timely and comprehensive analytical services in the areas of polymer/additives, IT electronics materials, batteries, and environment related issues. Solutions are provided not only for the needs of R&D projects but also for manufacturing sites and business divisions. The Center is presently geared with the following instruments: GC (FID, TCD, MS, Py-, HS-, P&T-), HPLC (PDA, ECD, ELSD), GPC (RI, MALS, Prep-), NMR (solution, solid), MS (GC/LC-MS, MALDI-TOF), IR, Raman, ICP, IC, EA, TGA/DSC, XRF, XRD, LIBS, SEM, TEM, FIB, CLSM, AFM, and ESCA, ToF-SIMS, GD-OES Furthermore, Laboratory Information and Management System (LIMS) is operated to facilitate the analysis process (e.g. analysis request, experimentation, report generation, instrument management)
The feature of researchers who operate analytical instruments in a systematic and efficient way
Rheological Property
Rheology is the science of flow and deformation of materials which have a complex chemical composition, structure, and viscoelastic property. We provide rheological solutions of complex processes through experiments and simulations based on fundamental techniques including Suspension-, Polymer-, Computational-, and Drying-Rheology. We also participate in product/cost leadership improvement projects that require systematic characterization and analysis of rheological properties of various products, and support the development of novel processes in all divisions of LG Chem.
  • equipment for rheologic property measurement

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Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com

Green Energy Materials

Water Treatment Membrane

Membranes emerged as a viable means of water purification in the 1960s with the development of high performance synthetic membranes. Implementation of membranes for water treatment has progressed using more advanced membranes made from new materials and employed in various configurations. An increasing scarcity in fresh water sources fueled a push towards alternative resources such as ocean water. In the 1970s, exploration began into using membranes for water desalination. With successful results of producing purified water from salt water, membranes became a viable alternative to evaporation-based technologies in the water treatment industry. Over the years, purified water standards have become more stringent, and a plethora of new applications have appeared. However, membranes have successfully addressed the challenge and continued to perform efficiently. Water treatment processes adopt several types of membranes; which include microfiltration (MF), ultrafiltration (UF), and reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. Among those membranes, we focus on RO membranes. To produce highly efficient RO membranes at low energy cost, we develop new materials, such as superhydrophilic nano-materials and hybrid composite technologies for RO membranes, as well as we optimize the processing to make RO membranes using, for example, coating technologies, etc.

  • PES
  • Sheet
  • Module
  • Plant
  • Plant

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Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com

Green Energy Materials

Fuel Cell

MEA(MEA(Membrane Electrode Assembly)
Fuel cells using hydrogen as an energy source generate highly efficient electricity and produce only water in the process. Many advanced countries are competing in Fuel Cell R&D to create new renewable industries. Corporate R&D’s goal is to commercialize polymer membrane based MEA (Membrane Electrode Assembly), a key component of automotive fuel cells, household fuel cells, and mobile fuel cells for electronic devices. Utmost efforts are being put into developing the core technology underpinning MEA and related materials.
  • MEA (Membrane Electrode Assembly)

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Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com

Green Energy Materials

Solar Cell Materials

Solar Cell Materials
Though the current photovoltaics market is dominated by crystalline silicon solar cell, inorganic thin film solar cell, specifically Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cell, is considered promising due to its low material consumption and adaptability to flexible application. CIGS layer, which is used as an absorber layer for a CIGS solar cell, has been fabricated mainly by thermal evaporation process under high vacuum environment. We, at Corporate R&D, are trying to replace this costly and difficult vacuum-based process with non-vacuum and printable wet-process. For the precursor material for the formation of CIGS layer through a reactive annealing process, we are fabricating various types of nanoparticles to obtain the CIGS layer best in regards to the dispersion of nanoparticles as well as reaction path for CIGS formation
  • precursor layer of nanoparticles
  • thin film after reactive annealing
Poly Silicon
Polysilicon is a core material in solar and semiconductor industries, and it’s also a key component in the value chain of photovoltaics that includes ingot, wafer, cell and module. Additionally, it takes the largest portion of production costs of a solar cell, and it requires a sophisticated technology to produce high-purity (9N or greater) of products. Among many manufacturing processes for the commercialization of polysilicon, TCS(Trichlorosilane)-Siemens process has proven to be a great method to apply. TCS-Siemens process is divided into two steps. First step is the synthesis of TCS and purification process, and the second step is the deposition of Silicon on Poly silicon seed(U-rod) by pyrolysis of TCS, followed by unreacted/vent gas recovery process for recycling. Based on many years of experience in the process chemistry of petrochemicals and on-going investments in many areas of R&D, LG Chem. is actively making a progress on producing stable and high-purity products as well as product analysis tools, and the recovery process of vent gas and by-product.
Organic Photovoltaic
Organic Photovoltaic is a type of thin-film solar cell that employs organic materials, either polymers (macromolecules) or small molecules, used to absorb light and produce electricity. Using the merits of organic materials, organic photovoltaics can be fabricated by wet-processing techniques such as spin coating or roll-to-roll (R2R) printing allowing a large-scale and low-cost production. This next generation solar cell is an attractive and useful alternative to the current inorganic systems in that it opens possibilities to a thinner, cheaper, portable and flexible power source. Based on various potential techniques of LG Chem. such as new methods for transparent electrode, coating technology and encapsulation skill with barrier film, our team now focuses on the development of efficient fabrication process, novel device structure, and high performance photo active materials.
  • organic photovoltaic
  • organic photovoltaic

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Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com

Green Energy Materials

Post Li-ion Battery

In the past decade, lithium ion batteries have been mainly used as energy storage devices, resulting in the application of lithium ion batteries ranging from small portable electronic devices to large power systems such as hybrid electrical vehicles. However, the maximum energy density of current lithium ion batteries is not sufficient to meet the demands of new markets such as batteries for electric vehicles. Therefore, new electrochemical systems with higher energy densities are being sought, which are called post lithium-ion batteries. Now we are developing post lithium-ion batteries such based on the technologies and experiences of Li-ion batteries developments in LG Chem. The core technologies including battery materials, process development and optimizations are also being developed.

  • electric vehicle
  • energy storage system

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Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com

High Functional

Conductive Materials

In the research area of conductive materials, developments of graphene, metallic nano-materials, conductive ink and composites are undertaken for applications in display and new-renewable energy resources. Metallic nanobelts and nanowires with 1 dimensional structure, and graphene, which is a 2 dimensional conductor, are promising materials based on robust electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties which allow these substances to be applied in transparent electrodes, conductive composite materials, as well as substances of new energy resources. To address suitable properties, we focus on the manufacture, modification, dispersion, and preparation of inks as well as composites of conducting materials and advanced conductive polymers.

  • Graphene Nanosheet
  • Ag Nanobelt

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Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com

High Functional

Printed Touch Film

Ultrafine Patterned Metal Mesh Film
The ultrafine metal mesh film developed by LG Chem is a new concept of transparent conductive film for a large capacitive touch screen, which has high electrical conductivity and flexibility. The distinctive feature of the offset printing technology is that both viewing area and route area of touch sensor are simultaneously patterned. This roll printing method enables us to create patterns of 3-um widths on flexible substrates
  • Roll type of printed touch film and ultra fine patterned metal mesh
  • Roll type of printed touch film and ultra fine patterned metal mesh
  • Roll type of printed touch film and ultra fine patterned metal mesh

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Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com

Platform Technology

Inorganic Synthesis

Inorganic synthesis PJT has started research in 2012 in order to perform inorganic materials R&D and support the related businesses. In particular we focus on the development of nano-ceramics/metal powder design and synthesis, surface control technologies, and physical/chemical characterization technologies. Now we are supporting the inorganic materials-related businesses by the development of novel inorganic materials for high performance MID(Molded Interconnect Device) and getter materials for the next generation display devices. And we are also discovering the potential businesses with thermal expansion materials and nano-porous inorganic materials.

  • Design and synthesis of the inorganic materials
  • Design and synthesis of the inorganic materials

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Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Chemical Engineering Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Catalyst, Surface Chemistry
Material Engineering Ceramics, Inorganic Materials, Polymer Materials
Physics Solid State Physics, Optics
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Structure Analysis, Machine Design, Applied Mechanics, Power Electronics, MEMS Circuit Design
  • Contact : elgarcha@lgchem.com