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National Tsing Hua University has consistently produced excellent research, and leads local universities for the average number of awards received by its teaching staff, including the National Science Council “Award for Outstanding Research” and “Research Fellow Award”, The Ministry of Education’s “Distinguished Academic Award” and the National Chair Professorship Award” (for more details please refer to addendums 6 and 7). In 2005 professors published an average of 2.12 articles in Science Citation Index (SCI) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) periodicals and received an average of NT$3 million in research funding for industry-academic projects (on average each professor directs two research projects). In terms of industry-academic cooperation, in 2005 NTHU received 37 patents and successfully transferred six different types of technology to industrial users, receiving NT$6.17 million in technology transfer premiums. In addition, the NTHU Innovation Incubator has served industry for many years now, as a bridge between industry and academia. By last year a total of 40 innovation enterprises had been nurtured and the Center has received “Excellent Incubator Award” for the last five years (only three are awarded each year), making it one of the top incubators out of the 80 or so established at universities and colleges around Taiwan. As part of a 5-Year, 50-Billion special budget, NTHU already has detailed plans to promote outstanding research. A more in-depth discussion of the execution of this and related results is presented below:

The Excellent Research Promotion Group is chaired by the head of R&D and includes relevant senior academic staff and one external expert panel member. On May 12, 2006, a meeting was convened to evaluate and confirm a budget of NT$201 million for programs selected in six major areas: “Information” “Nano-materials” “Biotechnology” “Basic Science” “Humanities, Social Sciences and Scientific Management” and “Energy Environment.”

The following is a brief introduction of the projects funded with the special budget:

‧Introduction


The area of information and communications includes information systems and application plans, SOC design integration and testing technology and next generation network and communications research. The aim is to build a leading team in intelligent testing systems, medical grids and biomaterial integration in Taiwan. The first year of the Taiwan UniGrid has been completed and medical grid objectives achieved. Intelligent sensing infrastructure has also been introduced, including an adjustable laser light source, logical analysis instruments and other advanced network communications equipment.

NTTU has also worked closely with Telcordia Technologies of the US and the Microsoft Asia Research Institute. On October 27, a “21st Century Computing Seminar” was held jointly with this institute, inviting the recipient of the Turing Award to make a keynote speech.

‧Nano and materials area
 
Core research facilities include mold manufacturing, image transfer and resonator ring manufacturing and property measuring. In terms of soft materials, P3HT/PCBM a solar battery manufacturing process has been established and there has also been success in the development of the conjugate high molecular heat carries the child transistor and conjugate high polymer illumination and light wave guide conformity. Work currently underway includes P3HT/PCBM triplet exciton solar battery manufacturing analysis, discotic ion conduction research, and the development of organic metal compounds for use in solar batteries, blue lift and red light triple luminous material and organic/ CISe mixed solar batteries.

In addition, the design of portable electric powered organic luminous diode has been completed and the result of the manufacture of a nano carbon emission light source is a world first. Major advances have also been made in new high-k Dielectrics peroxide growth biomolecules and bio-pharmaceutical image photon sources, the joining of super high definition nickel and unimolecule and the Integrated Bio-Structure Factory etc.

‧Bio-technology area

NTHUS has also established the first fruit fly neurological nerve network 3D image databank in Taiwan. This is the product of three-way cooperation; the data being provided by NTHU’s Department of Neurology, the nerve network tested by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory of the US and the National Center for High Performance Computing responsible for data storage and Internet services. Straight MEA design and initial manufacturing has already been completed. This can be implanted in a fruit fly to monitor brain activity and when completed will be the smallest MEA in the world. Core research facilities include a neurological system research center (including bio image core laboratory and fruit fly gene behavior research laboratory), structural research center (including x-ray structural laboratory, NMR lab and bio information and drug design lab) and highly productive proteosome technology lab. Over 20 research papers have been published in major international periodicals including Cell, Neuron, Current Biology and Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA and four technology items have received US and Taiwan patents.