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1995 Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
1990 M.S., Seoul National University
1988 B.S., Seoul National University

Professional Experience

• (1995-1997) Post-doc, Georgia Tech
• (1997-1999) Post-doc, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
• (2010-present) Director, Graphene Research Institute
• (2018-present) Director, GRI-TPC International Research Center
• (2015-present) Member of C20, The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)
• (2019-2020) Executive Vice-President, the Korean Physical Society

Research Interests

• Theoretical/Computational condensed matter physics; Low-dimensional physics
• Electronic Properties of van der Waals materials
• Graphene; h-BN; TMDs; Carbon nanotube; Semiconductor surfaces
• Photonic, biomedical, and energy related applications of 2D nanomaterials

Major Research Achievements

• Simulation of growth mechanism of carbon nanotubes, graphene, and h-BN
• Understanding of band alignment in various van der Waals heterostructures
• Theoretical demonstration of trans-epitaxy across graphene


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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