The Heterogeneity within Order group was established in 2009 as a joint research group between the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) through Professor Omar M. Yaghi’s research group. This group was established through the KAIST Graduate School of Energy, Environment, Water, and Sustainability.

KAIST's research focus lies in materials science, inorganic chemistry, and nanotechnology. Specifically, KAIST members were tasked with installing heterogeneity within ordered, periodic systems, which was successful through the discovery of micro-, meso-, and macroporosity juxtaposed and directly linked within a single, crystalline structure. Through the partnership, KAIST was also able to extend the uses of crystalline, porous materials to traditional applications in nanotechnology. The KAIST program fosters a scholarly, independent, and scientifically creative atmosphere to ensure each student’s education provides him or her with opportunities for continued success in securing a reputable profession after graduation.