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School of Earth Science and Environmental Engineering

Laboratories

Applied & Environmental Microbiology Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Hor-Gil Hur
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/aeml/index.do
Tel 062-715-2455
Intro. Applied & Environmental Microbiology Laboratory(AEML) studies on bacterial metabolisms of organic pollutants and heavy metals with purpose of cleaning environments and producing valuable products.
Through years, bacteria the tiny living organisms have shaped our planet by communicating with the surrounding environmental conditions. This communication allowed bacteria to earn excellent biological tools able to modify or metabolize the chemicals. Therefore, we are interested in mimicking the tools of bacteria, which we humankind do not have, for treatment of environmental contaminants and production of noble biomaterials.

Environmental Nanotechnology Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Heechul Choi
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/enl/index.do
Tel 062-715-2576
Intro. Environmental Nanotechnology Lab. (ENL) is currently focusing on treatment and remediation of ground water, surface water and wastewater based on various nano-technologies including nano-adsorbents and membrane technologies, meanwhile, we also apply membrane technologies for energy harvesting.
  • Nano Material Incorporated Membrane for Fresh Water and Energy Generation
  • Nano Technology based Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater
  • Advanced Oxidation Technologies for Water, Wastewater
  • Contaminant Transport and Modeling through porous media
  • Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater
  • Water Reuse and Reclamation by Natural Purification

Energy and Biotechnology Lab.

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Prof. Prof. In Seop Chang
Homepage https://ebl.gist.ac.kr/
Tel 062-715-2454
Intro. The focus of Energy and Biotechnology Laboratory (EBL) is the development of Environmental Energy Technology. Life is based on the information carried on the genetic material, materials available from the "environment and energy”.
  • Development of environmentally friendly microbial process for energy production
  • Naturally accelerated bioremediation process development
  • Understanding of microbial roles in the environment and optimized process
  • Contribution to academic society as well as human beings

Atmospheric chemical Information Research Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Chul-Han Song
Homepage https://airlab.gist.ac.kr/
Tel 062-715-3319
Intro. The combination of 3D chemistry-transport modeling with remote sensing data has provided a powerful scientific tool for the investigations of air quality (air pollution) and climate changes in the urban, regional, and global scales. At AIR lab., we study chemical and physical fates of atmospheric pollutants and climate changes due to the changes in the atmospheric composition, using various photochemical modeling tools, from 0-D Lagrangian box models (e.g., UBoM 2K8) to 3D Eulerian chemistry-transport models (e.g., US EPA Models-3/CMAQ model), as well as satellite/drone-derived gaseous and particulate data over Seoul, Korea, and East Asia. We also investigate atmospheric chemico-physical processes and their parameterizations for nucleation and heterogeneous chemistry on/in aerosol particles and cloud droplets, using the field measurement data and 0-D box models. Recently, AIR lab. is also interested in inverse modeling to estimate the air pollutants emissions over East Asia, and has focused on climatic issue. Particularly, aerosol optical properties are investigated, and the data are further improved using a data assimilation technique. Based on these studies, the direct radiative forcing by aerosols over East Asia is now investigated at AIR lab.

Aerosol Technology and Monitoring Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Kihong Park
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/atml/index.do
Tel 062-715-2463
Intro.
  • Aerosol Technology and Monitoring Lab (ATML) as National Leading Research Lab (NLRL) supported by National Research Foundation of Korea (2011-2016) studies as followings.
    • Development of state-of-the art measurement techniques (Tandem measurement techniques (HTDMA, VTDMA, DMA-PSD), Aerosol Focusing Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS),
  • Aerosol Mass Spectrometry (AMS), Membrane Filtration-DMA technique, CCN counter) to better characterize aerosols in real time.
    • Characterization of nanoparticles, ultrafine particles, Asian Dust particles, and marine aerosols (hygroscopicity, volatility, and CCN activity).
    • Understanding of atmospheric ultrafine particle formation and growth mechanism.
    • Monitoring of the Arctic aerosols in real time.
    • Characterization of nanoparticles and submicrometer particles in water or seawater.
    • Better understanding aerosol effects on climate change and human health.

Membrane and Electrochemistry Laboratory

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Prof. Prof. Seung-Hyeon Moon
Homepage mel.gist.ac.kr
Tel 062-715-2476
Intro. MEL studies novel charged membranes for water treatment and energy systems based on electrochemistry. We have carried out synthesizing suitable membranes for water and energy systems, i.e. Electrodialysis, Electro-Deionization (EDI), and Capacitive Deionization (CDI), Fuel Cells (FCs), Reverse Electrodialysis (RED), Redox Flow Battery (RFB) etc. Electrochemical & mathematical investigation methods have been accompanied to demonstrate the practical applicability. We contribute membrane’s technical growth in terms of operation efficiency and physicochemical stability for advanced water treatment and energy conversion systems.

Environmental Systems Engineerig Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Joon Ha Kim
Homepage https://esel.gist.ac.kr
Tel 062-715-2475
Intro. Researches in the Environmental Systems Engineering Laboratory (ESEL) consist of fundamental concepts of optimization theory as applied to environmental problems. The Environmental Systems Engineers will have the opportunity of 1) in situ physicochemical & biological monitoring, 2) simulation & modeling for fate and transport of pollutants in inland, coastal and marine waters, 3)water quality modeling, 4) environmental policy decision making, 5) optimization and development of processes in thermal and reverse osmosis systems of seawater desalination.

Environmental Membrane-Biotechnology Lab.

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Prof. Prof. In S. Kim
Homepage https://embl.gist.ac.kr
Tel 062-715-2477
Intro. EMBL is an ambitious research group trying to make pioneering and valuable works in the field of environmental membrane-biotechnology in water and renewable energy sector. We are involved in cutting-edge research activities in bio-energy production, membrane-based desalination process RO & FO), and biofouling control.

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Sang-Don Kim
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/etcl/index.do
Tel 062-715-2577
Intro. Environmental Toxicology Chemistry Laboratory (ETCL) studies the effects of environmental pollutants on the environment, human and ecosystems. In order to find the toxicological effect of the pollutants, wide range of toxicity experiment from cytotoxicity to multi-generational toxicity is conducted as well as mode of action (MOA) and adverse outcome pathway (AOP) are observed. In addition, field monitoring and chemical analysis were performed to find the transformation and transport of pollutants when they are released into the environment. Based on former studies, toxicity prediction models and analytical methodologies were established. This was then followed by risk assessment and effective treatment studies for the pollutants in order to protect human and ecosystem health.

Soil Environment Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Kyoung-Woong Kim
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/sel/index.do
Tel 062-715-2450
Intro. Current global interests in environmental technologies are the assessment of contaminants in the environment and the in-situ remediation of contaminated soils and groundwater. In many cases, in-situ treatment of contaminated soil and hazardous waste may focus on the permanent and significant reductions in the volume, toxicity, and mobility. Researches in Soil Environment Laboratory include in-situ application with fundamental science. There are four research areas in soil environment laboratory.
  • In-situ treatment technologies and remediation process monitoring of contaminated soils
  • Nano-material research area
  • Ecotoxicological Assessment research area
  • Environmental monitoring of African and South-East Asian countries

Electrochemical Reaction and Technology Laboratory

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Prof. Prof. Jaeyoung Lee
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/ertl/index.do
Tel 062-715-2579
Intro. Research concentrates on the structure, dynamics , and reactivity of surfaces and/or interfaces of mainly nanoparticles/wires/tubes in contact with gaseous or liquid phases, but also including thin layers, clusters, as well as 'real' catalysts. We are trying to apply our experience in chemical engineering and basic understanding of electrochemistry and physical chemistry to the development and optimization of a number of processes involving ELECTROCATALYSIS (for (a) HYDROGEN generation, (b) OXYGEN & CO2 reduction, (c) liquid fuel oxidation) and electrochemical power production, in particular for construction of PORTABLE FUEL CELLS & Semiconductor - Air Batteries.

Trace metal biogeochemistry Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Seunghee Han
Homepage https://tmbl.gist.ac.kr/
Tel 062-715-2480
Intro. Our group studies biogeochemical cycling of metal pollutants in the global environment. Metal pollution is one of the major environmental issues associated with human health concerns since some metals, such as mercury, are retained in biota and biomagnified along the food chain. The major focus of our study is to understand the biogeochemical controls on metal transport, ransformation, removal, and bioaccumulation processes. Of particular interests are interactions between mercury and natural organic matter, and the role of microbes in mercury transformation.

Water Quality and Treatment Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Yunho Lee
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https://env1.gist.ac.kr/wqtl/index.do

Tel 062-715-2823
Intro. Water Quality & Treatment Laboratory (WQTL) investigates major water quality issues and develops/optimizes advanced water treatment technologies for save drinking water supply, sustainable water resource management and protection of aquatic ecosystems that are continuing challenging issues in the community of water scientists and engineers worldwide. The current main research includes 1) oxidation/disinfection processes for drinking water treatment and wastewater reclamation and reuse, 2) urine source separation and novel treatment/recovery technologies for sustainable resources management, and 3) gravity-driven membrane (GDM) process as a novel appropriate technology for safe drinking water supply. Therefore, our research areas cover not only urban, centralized systems (e.g. drinking water treatment plants) but also small, decentralized systems that are applicable to community or even single house.

Evolutionary Ecology Laboratory

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Prof. Prof. Eunsuk Kim
Homepage https://eunsukkim2.wix.com/board
Tel 062-715-3650
Intro. As an evolutionary ecologist, I am interested in exploring mechanisms of local adaptation and their ecological implications. Adaptation of natural populations and/or species lies at the heart of Darwin’s theory of natural selection and the generation of biological diversity. Interestingly, adaptation to past and current environmental conditions influences current population dynamics and thereby species range and abundance. In an era of enormous anthropogenic disturbance to environments, understanding the mechanisms of adaptation becomes an urgent task so that we may predict the effects of changing environments on population viability. For more complete understanding of adaptive mechanisms, we are taking diverse approaches including field work, physiological tests as well as transcriptome analysis.

Stable Isotope Ecology Laboratory

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Prof. Prof. Chang-Keun Kang
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/siel/index.do
Tel 062-715-2447
Intro.

Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectrometry Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Kyung-Eun Min
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/atmoslab/index.do
Tel 062-715-3280
Intro. Our research goals in ATMOS Lab(Atmospheric Trace MOlecule Sensing Laboratory) are geared toward improving our understanding of regional and global tropospheric oxidation chemistry, and its relation to air quality and climate. Field measurements of trace molecules in the air, laboratory process studies, and simple computational modeling can help us to unravel important contemporary issues such as ozone, particle pollution and climate change.
We are thus interested in developing field deployable detection methods for atmospheric trace molecule based on spectroscopic and mass-spectrometric techniques. Specifically, we are interested in nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbon oxidation processes that results in organic aerosol formation. Both of the species act as catalysts or proxy for oxidation strength of the air for ozone production and as indicators related with ecosystem vitality.
Our current on-going projects are related with 1) developing instruments for gas and aerosol extinction measurements, 2) understanding the phase partitioning between gas and aerosol and 3) studying interactions across the interface between atmosphere and other ecosystems. Detailed information about our lab can be found from “http://atmoslab.gist.ac.kr”.

Carbon & Energy Systems Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Youngjune Park
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/cnesl/index.do
Tel 062-715-2836
Intro. Carbon & Energy Systems Laboratory (CnESL) focuses on the development and the utilization of unconventional carbonaceous energy sources such as natural gas, coal and biomass, emphasizing environmental sustainability. By integrated carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies, we plan to address one of the most difficult challenges faced by humanity (i.e. carbon mitigation) and improve the overall sustainability of the way that we harvest and use energy.
  • Smart nanoscale hybrid platform materials for CO2 capture, utilization and storage technologies
  • Innovative extraction of unconventional energy sources including methane hydrate and shale gas
  • Sustainable energy conversion pathways for unconventional energy sources using smart nanoscale hybrid platform materials

Water Energy Link Lab.

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Prof. Prof. Young Mo Kim
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/well/index.do
Tel 062-715-2837
Intro. The Water Energy Link Laboratory (WELL) at GIST performs research to benefit society. Our current projects are the development/application of various water treatment technologies to achieve greater water resource availability, lower energy consumption and resource recovery. Also, we study microbial communities in both natural and engineered systems to better understand their role in waste treatment and bioenergy.
  • Strategies to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from WWTPs
  • Development of a process to recycle organic resources
  • Development of biological management options for reducing the release of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) from WWTPs to the environment
  • Separation of lignin from by-products of pulping processes

Environmental Omics Laboratory

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Prof. Kim Tae Young
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/enol/index.do
Tel 062-715-3647
Intro. Our research goal is to advance environmental science by pioneering novel multi-omics technologies that can be applied to studying biosphere. For systematic understanding of the effects of environmental risks on life, we integrate proteomics, metabolomics, and lipidomics into environmental researches. We are interested in developing environmentally-friendly analytical methods in separation science and mass spectrometry, which play pivotal roles in omics studies. Our group also employ metabolic deuterium oxide (D2O) labeling to measure the turnover rates of biomolecules in vivo and study dynamic nature of biological systems in response to environmental changes.

Climate Analysis and Modeling Lab

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Prof. Prof. Yoon Jin-Ho
Homepage https://env1.gist.ac.kr/camlab/index.do
Tel 062-715-2464
Intro. Climate change is a global issue. However, it has many complex and complicated response in regional scale. Climate Analysis and Modeling (CAM) Lab will perform research on (1) climate change impact on global and regional scales, (2) understanding its physical mechanisms, and (3) performing global and regional scale modeling to predict future climate change.
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