Future Leader of Environmental Studies
Kim Tae-hong (Earth Resources and Environmental Engineering, Doctoral Program)
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Some people are lucky enough to find what they would like to do in the near future during their studies at university. Kim Tae-hong (Earth Resources and Environmental Engineering, Doctoral Program) is one of the lucky ones to be able to set his career plans and continue to be successful in his field, environmental engineering. As one of the co-author of the book “Integrative Understanding of Shale Gas Reservoirs” along with professor Lee Kun-sang (Department of Earth Resources and Environmental Engineering), Kim is already being recognized as one of the future leaders in the field.
How it all started
After Kim has finished writing his second research paper on methods to extract shale gas, Springer publisher, one of the biggest publishers worldwide, has offered Kim and professor Lee to write a book about shale gas. “In the United States, studies about shale gas was starting to catch fire and I was lucky to flow with the wave,” said Kim. Encountering such a huge opportunity was unexpected. “It’s such a new type of study and something uncommon in Korea. The field itself was full of uncertainty,” recalled Kim.
The book itself is not only being sold in hard copies but E-book versions as well and about 2,300 copies have been sold so far. It could be viewed as an extended version of the research paper since it is where it all stemmed from. “There are not many specialists in this field of area and especially in Korea, it was all so new for us. We had to strive to find any information possible,” explained Kim. Kim has been studying this field of expertise for about ten years with the help of professor Lee. Although it has been hard work for them, Kim recalls the process of learning being filled with excitement in being the future specialist in the field.
There has been a lot of support for Kim from diverse research foundations which greatly helped him to continue his research. “I was able to study in the United States with the help of financial support that we were able to get. We sent many proposals and we were lucky enough to be the chosen a lot of the times,” said Kim. His latest research paper written with professor Lee in Applied Energy journal is being rated at 5.7 on the scale of impact factor, which means that in every research paper he writes, it is being quoted in 5.7 research papers by others. “Nature is about 30 to 40 and although it depends on the field of study, my paper is being quite highly quoted in our studies,” explained Kim.
Current status and Future goals
Kim and Lee’s research focuses on injecting CO2 into the shale reservoir, which is a very tight sedimentary rock. To simply put it, CO2 increases the pressure into the methane gas while CO2 resides in the shale also known as the carbon capture and storage (CCS) method. It is economically and environmentally beneficial in that CO2 is reduced from the air and is used to extract shale gas more than the old method. Kim and Lee are still working on the shale gas and developing the CCS method into a more accurate model. “A new project has been given from the national institute to study deeper about the CCS method to make it more economically beneficial which is what I am focusing on the most nowadays,” explained Kim.
Kim wishes to study further about this field of study in the future at research centers. Since there are not much environmental factors that Korea could rely on as a stable type of fuel, shale gas is something that Korea should put more focus on.“Korea has a bad outlook regarding resource development and it seems right to me that there should be more research and development in this field to prepare for the future,” suggested Kim. As for the future researchers of Hanyang University, Kim advises them to have high hopes about what they enjoy learning about. “Someday, the lucky chance would come towards us and I prepared hard to own this moment which has resulted in this output I guess,” concluded Kim.
Kim Seung-jun email@example.com
Photos by Kim Youn-soo
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