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


Development of alternative energy sources and environmentally benign chemical processes are essential for sustainable development of human society. Catalysis is at the core of developing clean energy sources including refinery, petrochemistry, biorefinery,and hydrogen energy technologies such as fuel cells. Paralleling the efforts to develop new energy sources, catalysis also plays important role for a clean environment technologies. Green catalytic processes enable the design of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances and improve the energy and resource efficiencies. In order to derive required functions of catalysts in such processes, understanding kinetics and mechanism of the catalytic reaction, and how the molecular structure of certain catalysts influences the reaction rate in different ways are necessary. In combination with such fundamental knowledge, cutting-edge nanotechnologies and high-throughput screening of catalysts can be used for the design of advanced catalysts.
Research Areas
Fundamental researches on reaction mechanism 
Shape and composition-controlled nanocrystals as a well-defined model catalyst
Development of high-selectivity and long-lifetime catalysts for refinery and petrochemical industries
Photocatalytic water splitting
Biomass conversion technologies
Choi, Minkee: Energy & Green Catalysis
Lee, Hyunjoo: Nanocatalyst Design
Park, Seung Bin: Photocatalysis, Chemical Product Design