CCMR Serendipity Award

We are very honored and privileged to announce the recipients of this year’s CCCMR Serendipity Awards for their outstanding contributions in the development of materials’ science and educations with the continuous volunteer-ship, endeavors and sacrifices and the pursuit of scientific serendipity. The recipients’ continued perusal of scientific serendipity through their scientific carriers were highly regarded by the evaluation committees.


CCMR Serendipity Award  (SA) 1st place

Has published over 300 SCI papers including Nano Energy, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Materials, Nanoscale, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, etc.

Prof. Dr. Soon-Gil Yoon

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Chungnam National University
Daejeon, South Korea



CCMR Serendipity Award  (SA) 2nd place

Has published over 300 SCI papers including Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Nature Communications, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (PNAS), PRL, PRB, etc.

Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Leburton

Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois, United States


CCMR Serendipity Award  (SA) 3rd place

Has published over 200 SCI papers including  Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Advanced Functional Materials, Biomaterials, Angewandte Chemie, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, etc.

Prof. Dr. Zujin Zhao

School of Materials Science and Engineering
South China University of Technology
Guangzhou, China




Serendipity means an unplanned, fortunate discovery. The notion of serendipity is a common occurrence throughout the history of scientific innovation. Examples are Alexander Fleming’s accidental discovery of penicillin in 1928, the invention of the microwave oven by Percy Spencer in 1945, and the invention of the Post-it note by Spencer Silver in 1968 [Wikipedia]. More recently, the graphene tape method, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, blue LED, and etc. in Material’s Science. There have been numerous scientific advances and innovations that are made serendipitously.

Many scientists work very hard day and night throughout their careers; however, the ‘Serendipity’ does not come often. Perhaps, it is the nature of Science. However, one thing clear is the scientific ‘Serendipity’ occurs to those who are smart, creative, diligent and patient. In order to acknowledge and celebrate the ‘Serendipity’ in the Material’s Science, the ‘CCMR Serendipity Award’ is be created.



CCMR Serendipity Award (SA)


Awards include:

The awards, given to the CCMR Serendipity Awards (SA) winner(s), include:

• Award certificates

• Cash awards of various amounts (between 500,000 ~ 100,000 KRW)

• The winner(s) might be granted with a short speaking opportunity during the Reception or Banquet to receive the award.



Invited Speakers who has published at least 100 SCI publications (self-nomination required).


Selection & Announcement:

The winner(s) will be selected by the conference committees after a self-nomination.