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02/28/2020 Interview > Faculty > 우수연구자


[HY's Excellence] The World’s Top 1% Researcher Builds a Scientific Basis for Ultimate Air Quality Improvement

Professor Ki-Hyun Kim (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)


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Professor Ki-Hyun Kim is a leading pioneer in the field of environmental engineering and has been researching environmental management for more than 30 years. He has been listed as the ‘2019 Highly Cited Researcher (HCR)’ in November 2019 by Clarivate Analytics, a global academic information company. From around 60 countries, 6,216 researchers were selected as the HCR. Professor Kim is a world-class engineering researcher who has been building the scientific basis to make advanced monitoring tools for various environmental pollution phenomena in air, water, and soil and to develop control techniques for such pollution based on material engineering and related techniques.

Professor Kim has written more than 700 papers in peer-reviewed international journals so far. He has been developing various detection/sensing tools to monitor pollution in the atmospheric environment with special emphasis on volatile organic compounds (VOCs), odor, fine dust, and third-hand smoke. He has also been actively conducting research on the synthesis of advanced functional materials as adsorbents and/or catalysts to effectively eliminate pollutants in air. As such, Professor Kim’s research has been extended to cover various fields of environmental engineering by interfacing with material engineering to help open a new path for the effective control on air pollution.

 “When you conduct research for a long time, your interests may change along with people’s demands. My main area of research these days is how to make advanced functional materials that can clean the air.” Professor Kim focuses on developing new materials such as the metal-organic framework (MOF) to efficiently and effectively control and manage diverse forms of VOCs and odor compounds. Beyond the existing techniques for monitoring or analysis, his work is focusing on the upscaling of the methodology for the real-world applications. Among these goals, Professor Kim is focusing on a substance called formaldehyde, which is considered one of the hard-to-treat harmful components in the air by the common techniques like adsorption or catalysis under highly dynamic conditions like the operation of air purification system. To treat such pollutants efficiently, he is constructing technical guidelines by properly evaluating the performance of various materials.

As part of my extra-curricular research, I am focusing on the effect of environmental smoking with respect to both the second hand smoking (indirect inhalation of cigarette smoke from a nearby smoker) as well as the third-hand smoking (the slow desorption of smoke components after the smoking).  Likewise, he also studies various issues related to the fine dust problem which has caused constant fear and discomfort, as it became a serious social problem these days. To solve these problems, he is deepening the research from finding out the causes of problem and their solutions such as air purification technology. Even if you have found the cause and its solution, it is difficult to actually commercialize it. There are many factors involved, such as supply and demand, delicacy in upscaling the production process, and the cost. Ultimately, I hope to go beyond all of these limitations to offer a better solution for air filtration technology to improve the quality of our life.

Professor Kim, who is most interested in interfacing materials-based control technology with air purification technology, has been challenging new academic fields whenever he found the need for a new breakthrough for the advancement. He has been making outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of life for people as a top-notch engineer.  Further, he is serving as a generation-leading researcher by converging high-end materials for the environmental remediation.


Careers (Careers after Ph. D.)

2018 ~present Honorary Scholar Professor at Hanyang University
2014 ~ present Professor at Hanyang University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2007 ~ 2014 Professor at Sejong University Department of Environment, Energy & Geoinformatics
2002 ~ 2007 Associate Professor at Sejong University Department of Environment, Energy & Geoinformatics
1999 ~ 2002 Assistant Professor at Sejong University Department of Environment, Energy & Geoinformatics

Education (Academic Career)

1988 ~ 1992
Doctoral course of Biological Oceanography / Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry at the University of South Florida
1984 ~ 1986
Master’s course of Biological Oceanography / Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry at the University of South Florida
1980 ~ 1984
Studied and graduated at Hanyang University College of Engineering Department of Earth Resources

Awards and Careers

2019 Highly Cited Researcher (HCR) 2019
2018 Member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology
2018 Paiknam Erudite Scholar Award
2018 Scientific Technician of the Month (Ministry of Education)
2018 Environment International - Author of the Most (No. 1) Cited Article
2006 Selected as ‘10 National Erudite Scholars’ by the Ministry of Education
2003 Selected as Outstanding Research Task by Korea Science and Engineering Foundation
2003 Best Academic Paper Award by the Korean Foundation of Science and Technology Societies
2002 Academic Award by the Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment
2001 Selected as World Leading Scientist by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation

Prof. Ki-Hyun Kim has been working on the following R & D areas:
Development and establishment of sensing/detection methods for environmental/biomedical targets (VOCs and heavy metals) along with the establishment of basic QA for those pollutants.
Development and application of diverse functional materials as adsorbents/catalysts for environmental remediation.
Techniques for purification of air and for remediation of environmental pollutants with novel advanced functional materials like metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).

“Coordination polymers: Opportunities and challenges for monitoring volatile organic compounds”, Progress in Polymer Science, 2015 Find more
“Recent advances in enzyme immobilization techniques: metal-organic frameworks as novel substrates”, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2016 Find more
“Functional hybrid nanostructure materials: Advanced strategies for sensing applications toward volatile organic compounds”, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2017  Find more
 “Nanostructured materials: A progressive assessment and future direction for energy device applications”, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2017  Find more
“Metal-organic frameworks as media for the catalytic degradation of chemical warfare agents”, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 2017 Find more
 “Metal-organic frameworks: Challenges and opportunities for ion-exchange/sorption applications”, Progress in Materials Science, 2017 Find more
“Carbon nanotubes: A novel material for multifaceted applications in human healthcare”, Chemical Society Reviews, 2017 Find more
“Towards high-efficiency sorptive capture of radionuclides in solution and gas”, Progress in Materials Science, 2018 Find more
“Recent advances and remaining challenges for polymeric nanocomposites in healthcare applications”, Progress in Polymer Science, 2018 Find more
“Carbon nanotubes: A potential material for energy conversion and storage”, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 2018 Find more
Industry Research / Yuhan-Kimberly Gimcheon Factory / Odor and Dilution Drain Analysis / September 2019 ~ December 2019
Industry Research / Yangyang Livestock Farming Union / A Study on the Odor of Pigsty / July 2019 ~ August 2019
Industry Research / Posco / A Study on the Stability of Hydrogen Sulfide in NaSH Neutralized Wastewater / February 2019 ~ April 2019
Industry Research / SBS / An Analysis of Odor and Hazardous Gas / January 2019 ~ June 2019
Industry Research / AliveZ / Aroma Analysis Service / July 2018 ~ July 2018
Industry Research / Samsung Electronics / Deodorant / Development of Performance Prediction Tool for the Evaluation of Structural Self-Transferment and Filter Structure/Material / April 2018 ~ September 2018

[KR101583542B1] System for analyzing VFA in air and method of analyzing VFA using the same (Application number: 10-2014-0086643)  Find more
[KR101708264B1] Automatic collection apparatus and method of electronic cigarette smoke (Application number: 10-2015-0143693) Find more

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