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


Cafer T. Yavuz

Associate Professor

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Ph.D. Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, TX

M.A. Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, TX

B.S. Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Employmentand Professional Experience

Mar 2018 - present  Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST, Korea

Jan 2018 - present  Associate Professor, Saudi Aramco - KAIST CO2 Management Center, KAIST, Korea

Jan 2017 - present  International Editorial Advisory Board Member, Advanced Sustainable Systems, Wiley

Jan 2016 - present  Editorial Advisory Board Member, Chem, Cell Press, Boston, MA

Oct 2015 - Oct 2017  Associate Editor, RSC Advances, Royal Society of Chemistry, London, UK

Mar 2014 - present  Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, KAIST, Korea

Feb 2014 - Feb 2016  Advisory Board Member, Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Korea

Sep 2013 - present  Associate Professor, Graduate School of EEWS & KI for the NanoCentury, KAIST, Korea

Jun 2010 - Sep 2013  Assistant Professor, Graduate School of EEWS & KI for the NanoCentury, KAIST, Korea

Jun 2010 - present  Scientific Advisor, Graphene Technologies, San Rafael, CA

Dec 2007 - Jun 2010  Postdoctoral Scholar with Prof. Galen D. Stucky, Chemistry Dept., University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Aug 2001 - Dec 2007   Welch Scholar with Prof. Vicki L. Colvin, Chemistry Dept., Rice University, Houston, TX


Honors and Awards

Top Five (no. 2 of 5) Nanotech Breakthroughs of 2006, Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report 
Best & Brightest 2007 Honoree, “Six ideas that will change the world”, Esquire Magazine 
Robert A. Welch Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Rice University 
Recognition Award from Rice University for Extraordinary Service to International Students 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) & National Institute of Health (NIH) travel grants 
Top Score, ACS Standardized Organic Chemistry Test, Rice University 
Natural Sciences Fellowship, Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey 
Distinguished Scholarship, the Scientific & Technological Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) 
Office of Prime Minister’s Scholarship, Turkey 
Bronze Medal, 30th International Chemistry Olympiad, Melbourne, Australia 
Silver Medal, 29th International Chemistry Olympiad, Montreal, Canada 
Silver Medal, 6th National Chemistry Olympiad, Ankara, Turkey 
Silver Medal, 5th National Chemistry Olympiad, Ankara, Turkey 
Ranked 39th in National High School Matriculation Exam, Turkey (among ~500,000)  

Featured Publications

CO2 capture and conversion, methane storage, water treatment and catalysis by porous polymers, nanoparticles and nanocomposites