School of Earth Sciences and Environmental EngineeringLaboratories
|Prof.||Prof. Hor-Gil Hur|
|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.
|Prof.||Prof. Huijeong Hwang|
|Intro.||EMSL focuses on research to find out the changes of Earth materials depending on the pressure and temperature, which are the main variable factors of thermodynamics. Based on the crystallographical knowledge with X-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy at the synchrotron, we aim to theoretically and experimentally investigate the crystal structures, phase transitions, and physical properties of materials under extreme conditions. Through the experimental study of Earth materials under extreme conditions, we intend to conduct the study of extreme condition science to involve multidisciplinary fields, such as earth sciences, environmental engineering, and energy science.|
|Prof.||Prof. Heechul Choi|
|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.
|Prof.||Prof. In Seop Chang|
|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”.
|Prof.||Prof. Chul-Han Song|
|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.|
|Prof.||Prof. Kihong Park|
|Prof.||Prof. Chang Woo Kim|
|Prof.||Prof. Joon Ha Kim|
|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.|
|Prof.||Prof. In S. Kim|
|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.|
|Prof.||Prof. Sang-Don Kim|
|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.|
|Prof.||Prof. Kyoung-Woong Kim|
|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.
|Prof.||Prof. Jaeyoung Lee|
|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.|
|Prof.||Prof. Seunghee Han|
|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.|
|Prof.||Prof. Yunho Lee|
|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.|
|Prof.||Prof. Eunsuk Kim|
|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.|
|Prof.||Prof. Chang-Keun Kang|
|Prof.||Prof. Kyung-Eun Min|
|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”.
|Prof.||Prof. Youngjune Park|
|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.
|Prof.||Kim Tae Young|
|Intro.||Research goal of EMAL is to expands our knowledges on the impact of global environment change over ecosystem and human health. Our subject of concern include environmental pollutants, such as microplastics, particulate matter, and household chemicals, as well as global climate change. To understand ecotoxicity of the environmental hazards in molecular level, we integrate various analytical chemistry techniques and mass spectrometry for development of optimized analytical method to be used in environmental science. Moreover, we are developing big data handling technology for high-throughput analysis of experimental data.|
|Prof.||Prof. Yoon Jin-Ho|
|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.|
|Prof.||Prof. Jonghoon Joo|
|Intro.||The Energy and Environmental Material Laboratory(EEML) studies the development of materials and technology to solve energy/environmental problems. Based on the original & fundamental research of materials, our group is currently focusing on developing new technologies that can respond to climate change through various applied research in the energy/environmental field. The main research topics of EEML are the development of advanced materials and fabrication processes/technologies such as fuel cells, sustainable hydrogen production, utilization of carbon dioxide, conversion of methane to value‐added products, and solid-state batteries based on electrochemistry and defect chemistry. Furthermore, our group is also conducting research such as semiconductor DRAM, electromagnetic wave absorbers, and bioceramic materials, where defect chemistry can be applied based on ceramic materials.|