It all began during my second year as adoctoral student developing transient batteries to power transient electronics. “Transient” (impermanent), as in biodegradable. But as fascinating as biodegradable electronics sounds, not many research groups in the world are working on it. So, on hearing about the Young Researcher`s Exchange programme with South Korea, I just had to apply for the exchange at one of the most influential labs working on transient electronics in South Korea, KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology.
The entire process, from drafting my first proposal to sending the final version after endless iterations, felt so worth it when I finally landed in Korea and met my host professor and his group. Biodegradable medical implants, self-killing security system, dissolving electronic circuits on silk film… these are some of his lab`s awe-inspiring works. I was gripped by the account of his research life – his passion for research and amazing achievements. Also, I was delighted by the overwhelming hospitality his group showed me throughout my stay.