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


Eun Seon Cho(조은선)

Assistant Professor

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2013 Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Thesis Advisor: Prof. Francesco Stellacci)

2008 M.S. Seoul National University (Thesis Advisor: Prof. Won Ho Jo)

2006 B.S. Seoul National University


Employment and Professional Experience

2017 Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Supervisor: Dr. Jeffrey Urban)

2012 Visiting Student, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)


Research Interests

-  Design and Synthesis of Functional Hybrid Nanomaterials (Inorganic Nanocrystals, Carbon Materials, Polymer)

-  Energy and Environmental Application (Hydrogen Storage, Carbon Capture and Storage, Gas Separation, Water Treatment)


Selected Publications

1.    Eun Seon Cho, Fen Qiu, Jeffrey J. Urban, “Tailoring Polymer Conformation for Nanocrystal Growth: the Role of Chain Length and Solvent” Small, 2016, 13, 1602572, Featured on journal frontispiece.

2.    Younjue Bae*, Eun Seon Cho*, Fen Qiu, Teresa E. Williams, Daniel T. Sun, Jeffrey J. Urban, Wendy L. Queen, “Transparent Metal-Organic Framework/Polymer Mixed Matrix Membranes as Water Vapor Barriers” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 8, 10098-10103.

3.    Eun Seon Cho, Anne M. Ruminski, Shaul Aloni, Yi-Sheng Liu, Jinghua Guo, Jeffrey J. Urban, “Graphene Oxide/Metal Nanocrystal Multilaminates as the Atomic Limit for Safe and Selective Hydrogen Storage” Nature Communications, 2016, 7, 10804.

4.    Eun Seon Cho, Nelson E. Coates, Jason D. Forster, Anne M. Ruminski, Boris Russ, Ayaskanta Sahu, Norman C. Su, Fan Yang, Jeffrey J. Urban, “Engineering Synergy: Energy and Mass Transport in Hybrid Nanomaterials” (equally contributed by all authors) Advanced Materials, 2015, 27, 5744-5752.

5.    Eun Seon Cho, Christopher M. Evans, Emily C. Davidson, Megan L. Hoarfrost, Miguel A. Modestino, Rachel A. Segalman, and Jeffrey J. Urban, “Enhanced Water Vapor Blocking in Transparent Hybrid Polymer-Nanocrystal Films” ACS Macro Letters, 2015, 4, 70-74 .

6.    Eun Seon Cho, Takahiro Yokoyama, Elif Ertem, and Francesco Stellacci, “Change of Luminescence Properties of Europium Ions Captured by Mixed-Ligand Silver Nanoparticles” Israel Journal of Chemistry, 2014, 54, 708-711.

7.    Eun Seon Cho*, Jiwon Kim*, Baudilio Tejerina, Thomas M. Hermans, Hao Jiang, Hideyuki Nakanishi, Miao Yu, Alexander Z. Patashinski, Sharon C. Glotzer, Francesco Stellacci, and Bartosz A. Grzybowski, “Ultrasensitive Detection of Toxic Cations through Changes in the Tunnelling Current across Films of Striped Nanoparticles” Nature Materials, 2012, 11, 978-985, Featured on journal cover. 

8.    Eun Seon Cho*, Sung Woo Hong*, Won Ho Jo, “A New pH Sensor Using the Fluorescence Quenching of Carbon Nanotube Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 2008, 29, 1798-1803.

Functional Hybrid Nanomaterials Lab


Hybrid materials with more than two components allow us to merge the advantage of each one into one composite material. Controllable design and integration of different kinds of materials lead to the generation of multifunctional hybrids which show new properties superior to those of the individual elements via the collective behavior of the functional building blocks. The goals of our research are to exploit the science of new class of solution-processed nanostructured hybrid materials that have promise for various applications encompassing energy and environment–1) Carbon Nanostructured Composite for Energy Storage and Conversion; 2) Nanoarchitectured Hybrid Materials for Water Remediation; 3) Hybrid Metal–Organic Framework Based Functional Materials for Energy Storage and Separation. The main motivation of our research lies in expanding the possible range of material characteristics with a major focus on outlining a comprehensive approach for materials synthesis as well as various forms of characterization and understanding structure−property relationship. Based on our expertise in various kinds of synthesis and characterization encompassing organic and inorganic materials, our future research will have leverage for establishing state-of-the-art research to understand, design, and exploit the benefits of novel multifunctional hybrid nanomaterials with high performance that will potentially lead to major advances in a variety of applications.