• R&D Field
  • R&D Achievements
Enhancing competitiveness in the global market through continuous research and development activities
LG Chem has strived to develop core technologies through continuous research and development activities. As a result, LG Chem has developed new products and
processes in the basic materials field and has led the research and development activities in the Korean chemical industry, including the fields such as IT and electronics
materials and lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. Through these efforts, LG Chem has contributed to enhancing the technological competitiveness of Korea and advancing
the development of Korean economy and has carried out research and development activities to secure business competitiveness in the global market.

Major R&D Achievements

Highly functional elastomer/plastomerDevelopment of ethylene series elastic polymer using the catalyst metallocene
Highly functional elastomer/plastomer
  • -Developed and mass-produced the product using the proprietary metallocene catalyst technology for the first time in Korea in 2009
  • -The product is a high-value material that has both the elasticity of rubber and the processibility of plastic
Eco-friendly, super-absorbent resin for diapers (SAP)Development of eco-friendly, super-absorbent resin of high quality using the photopolymerization technology
Eco-friendly, super-absorbent resin for diapers (SAP)
  • -Enhanced the eco-friendliness of the product by lowering the amount of remaining chemicals through the photopolymerization technology and the crosslinking density control technology
  • -Secured high performance and quality of the product by enhancing its absorption properties through the surface property modification technology
Polarizing plate for TFT-LCDDevelopment of high-transmittance polarizing plate
Polarizing plate for TFT-LCD
  • -Developed the polarizing plate, which is a core material for LCD, for the first time in Korea in 2000
  • -LG Chem has the largest share in the global polarizing plate market based on its proprietary technologies such as film processing, liquid crystal coating, and adhesives
  • -Received the Industrial Technology Innovation Award in 2001
3D FPR (Film-type Patterned Retarder)Development of the proprietary technology for the manufacture of 3D FPR
3D FPR (Film-type Patterned Retarder)
  • -Developed and mass-produced 3D FPR, which is a core material for the implementation of 3D images, for the first time in the world in 2010 through the development of new photo-alignment material
  • -There is no need for a battery for the 3D glasses, enhancing the safety and viewing convenience compared to the competitor's shutter-glass technology
  • -Contributed to the commercialization of 3D TVs
  • -Received the Korea Technology Award in 2011. Selected as one of the Korea Ten Best New Technologies
Hexagon, stepped, curved batteriesDevelopment of a free-form battery by applying the Stack & Folding technology
Hexagon, stepped, curved, and wire batteries
  • -Developed the hexagon polymer battery for smartwatches for the first time in the world
  • -Increased the battery capacity by 20% or more compared to the existing "rectangular" battery by maximizing the usage of battery space
  • -Secured the competitiveness in the global market by responding to customers' various needs
Compact, lightweight energy storage battery pack for the household use (RESU 6.4 EX)Development of the energy storage system for household use in connection with the solar cells
Compact, lightweight energy storage battery pack for the household use (RESU 6.4 EX)
  • -It can be used immediately by connecting to the household solar panel. Maximum capacity of 12.8 kWh
  • -The new model has larger battery capacity than the previous "RESU 5.0". Also, its volume and weight have decreased by 25% and 50% respectively
Reverse osmosis filter for water treatmentDevelopment of high-performance reverse osmosis separator
Reverse osmosis filter for water treatment
  • -The new reverse osmosis (RO) filter has enhanced the reverse osmosis performance by up to 30% compared to the existing products by applying the world's No. 1 polymer synthesis and processing technologies and the nano compound reaction technology
  • -The RO filter for seawater desalination can remove salts by up to 99.85%, which is the highest desalination rate in the industry
Ternary (+) electrode materialDevelopment of ternary (+) electrode material for the lithium-ion rechargeable battery with high capacity and safety
Ternary (+) electrode material
  • -Increased the capacity of lithium-ion rechargeable battery and its performance at high temperature by forming a stable structure with three elements including nickel, manganese, and cobalt
  • -Minimized the volume change during charging/discharging to increase the lifespan of the battery and enhance its safety
FactiveThe first Korean drug to be approved by U.S. FDA
  • -New quinolone antibiotic
  • -Excellent efficacy in respiratory infections, including chronic bronchitis and pneumonia
EupentaA combination vaccine for infants and young children, which was the first vaccine to be developed and produced independently in Korea
  • -A combination vaccine that simultaneously prevents diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, and meningitis, which are the five most common infectious diseases with high fatality rates in infants under the age of five.

R&D History

11Developed residential ESS powered by
photovoltaic(solar) battery
01Developed World's first lithium-ion stepped battery
06Developed Nordic eco-mark(Swan Label) certified SAP
10Developed World's first lithium-ion cable battery
06Chosen as Green Energy Award 10 Best Technologies of 2012 for Development of Lithium Polymer Battery and Pack for Hard-type HEV
12Won gold prize of 2012 The Korea Technology Awards for ‘Development of Barrier Adhesive film Technology for OLED TV'
12Won gold prize of 2011 The Korea Technology Awards/Selected as Korea 10 Best
New Technologies of 2011 for 'Development of FPR Technology for 3D Display'
02Won Grand Prize of National
Green Tech Award
09Developed and produced elastomer, a high value-added resin, first in South Korea
12Received Bronze Prize in Korea Technology Award for Polyethylene Elastomer
08Photochromic Film received
the grand prize of NanoKorea Award
04World's first 2,400 mAh lithium ion
cylindrical battery developed
03Received the grand prize of the Industrial
Technology Innovation Awards for ‘Transparent ABS’
04Received the grand prize of the Industrial
Technology Innovation Awards for ‘Polarizer for TFT LCD’
07Developed phosphor for PDP
12Presidential award for the best corporate research institute received in
celebration of establishment of 5,000 corporate research institutes in Korea
Commercial production of the secondary lithium polymer battery
10Developed display materials
01Secondary lithium ion battery developed
10Establishment of R&D Campus Daejeon
04Developed HCFC-resistant
synthetic resin
12Lucky Central Research Institute established