About RCAS

About the Research Center for Applied Sciences:

Research Center for Applied Sciences (RCAS) is founded on the premise that Academia Sinica should merge with the society-- a consensus reached by academicians in the Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences and other investigators and innovators in science and technology from the government, industry, academia and research institutes. In the past more than forty years, the stunning success of Taiwan's technological industry has contributed to Taiwan's economic growth and prosperity. As the country enters a new era, the RCAS will undoubtedly face more challenges and more intense competition in the international market. Thus the first priority is to look beyond present accomplishments and exert effort toward the modernization of the industry. For the time being, the hi-tech industry in Taiwan has not yet gained full independence in the sense that it still depends on Japan, the United States and European countries for high-tech manufacturing methods. The most concerned issue for the RCAS is therefore how Taiwan's industry of high-technology can become self-reliant, as well as keeping up with its global competitors.

There are currently 27 research staff at the RCAS, including 3 distinguished research fellows, 9 research fellows, 10 associate research fellows, 3 assistant research fellows , 1 associate research specialist and 1 assistant research specialist. Additionally, a total of 200 staff including visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, full-time and part-time research assistants, and graduate students are engaging in research activities here. The RCAS focuses on three main research areas: green technology; biomedical application; and mechanic and engineering sciences.

Research Directions

The RCAS is positioned as a platform for conducting interdisciplinary research in applied sciences. Being a multi-dimensional center that is currently involved in three major research areas, the RCAS applies advanced and innovative science and engineering technology to facilitate new and groundbreaking research and development in fundamental science.

Green Technology

Key research fields of interest:

  • Optical nanostructures and advanced materials for photovoltaics and water splitting devices.

  • Solid state and organic lighting.

  • Advanced micro/nano optical devices.

Bio and Medical Application

Key research fields of interest:

  • Mechanics, physics and chemistry in cell and micro-environment interactions

  • Nano biosensors and nanoparticles for drug delivery.

  • Super-resolution microscopy/spectroscopy for molecule imaging.

Mechanic and Engineering Sciences

Key research fields of interest:

  • Multi-scale mechanics in biological structures and nanostructures.

  • Advanced micro/nano fabrication technology and MEMS devices.

  • Environmental mechanics, including debris/granular flow and solid/fluid mechanics.