[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.
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