‘My co-author is based in North Korea’

Article written by Jennifer Newton

The challenges of working with scientists in the world’s most secretive state

Aron Walsh has never met his new collaborators; so far, their only contact has been via email. He’s never even spoken to them on the phone. A picture he tracked down on the internet is the only reason he has a rough idea of what they look like. That’s because his co-authors live in North Korea.

Source: © Shutterstock North Korea leaves a dark space on the planet at night

Walsh leads the materials design group at Imperial College London, UK. ‘I work on perovskite solar cells, a topic that has attracted global interest,’ he explains. ‘But I noticed that some of my papers had been cited by a group with an affiliation in North Korea, which made me curious because I wasn’t aware that mainstream research in the physical sciences was activethere.’

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Influence of water intercalation and hydration on chemical decomposition and ion transport in methylammonium lead halide perovskites
Un-Gi Jong, Chol-Jun Yu, Gum-Chol Ri, Andrew P. McMahon, Nicholas M. Harrison, Piers R. F. Barnes and Aron Walsh
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 1067-1074

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