Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


The Energy/Environment/Systems research area addresses some of the most pressing challenges of our time: securing a stable energy supply and reversing the global warming trends. These challenges can be solved by developing renewable energy sources and reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emission.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a single approach that can lead to a universal solution for all these issues.  Most likely, an effective solution will require creative integration of several approaches from many different sources, such as biofuel, photovoltaics, wind energy, and hydrogen.
As a result, the subfield of Energy/Environment/Systems is truly an interdisciplinary field of
study, spanning a broad range of length and time scales ranging from atomic level molecules to process level factories. This field requires knowledge and expertise in materials science, biotechnology, and system engineering. At the forefront of these cutting-edge multi-scale research activities are the chemical and biomolecular engineers whose training in both the basic sciences and systems-level engineering makes them uniquely qualified to address problems. KAIST CBE's research program in this area is both active and
diverse, and includes activities in nano-materials and polymers for solar cells, batteries, and fuel cells, biofuel, hydrogen storage, carbon capture and storage, and efficiency improvement through smart plant design, optimization, and control.
Research Areas
Molecular simulations
Carbon capture and storage
Gas hydrates
CO2 conversion and utilization
Energy storage: fuel cells, supercapacitors, batteries, solar cells 
Model predictive control and dynamic programming
Energy asset management
Kim, Jihan: Molecular Simulations, High-Performance Computing, Carbon Capture, Gas Storage and Separations, Force Field Development
Lee, Huen: Energy & Environmental System, Hydrogen Storage, Fuel Cell, Energy Devices, Ice Engineering
Lee, Jae Woo: Chemical & biological CO2 conversion, Energy Storage and Conversion, Methane/CO2 hydrates, Gas/oil flow assurance, Green process engineering, Hydrogen storage
Lee, Jay H.: Energy System Modeling and Optimization, Carbon Capture and Conversion Process Modeling, Design, and Technoeconomic Analysis,  Biorefinery Supply Chain, Predictive Control, Approximate Dynamic Programming and Its Application to Enterprise-wide Optimization