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1. Molecular Design Laboratory
Molecular Design Laboratory

Dr Kang’s primary research area is on the molecular thermodynamics and molecular modeling. He joined the project for developing KDB (Korea thermophysical properties Data Bank) from 1995 to 1997 and he is also responsible for later maintenance and further development of KDB. From 2007, he became general manager of Data Center for Thermophysical Properties which is supported by Korean Government. Based on thermodynamics and physical properties database, MDL(Molecular Design Laboratory) extends research fields in various industrial applications.

  • Crystallization Processes
  • Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC)
  • Properties of CO2 for CCS Processes
  • Collaboration with industry in the field of thermodynamics and its applications


Homepage : http://cbe.korea.ac.kr/labs/jwkang/main.html
  • For more information, contact : Prof. Jeong Won Kang
  • Tel : 82-2-3290-3305
  • Email : jwkang@korea.ac.kr
2. Reaction Engineering and Microsystem laboratory
Reaction Engineering and Microsystem laboratory

The reaction engineering & microsystem laboratory is founded by professor Kwang Ho Song. Micro-reaction technology is main research topic in microsystem laboratory. In particular, studies are being conducted on the design of an optimal micro-reactor and micro-mixer for various reactions. Micro-reactor has tremendous benefits comparing with common type Batch reactor and is a promising concept in the future.

  • Microreaction Technology & Microreactor Design
  • Continuous Flow Microreactor Technology
  • Gas-Liquid Dispersion using Micromixer
  • Micromixer-polymer particles
  • Microreactor - Transparent Polymers
  • Process Intensification
  • Fuel Cells


Homepage : http://microche.korea.ac.kr
  • For more information, contact : Prof. Kwang Ho Song
  • Tel : 82-2-3290-3307
  • Email : khsong@korea.ac.kr
3. Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Laboratory
Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Laboratory

Catalysis and reaction engineering group, led by Prof. Kwan-Young Lee, studies a wide range of applications of heterogeneous catalysis for production of high-value chemicals, energy conversion, and environmental protection. Specifically, our current research interests include studying catalytic routes and materials for 1) extra-heavy crude oil upgrading to address impending lighter oil exhaustion and global energy crisis, 2) methane conversion into BTX (benzene-toluene-xylene), high-value petrochemicals used in a variety of applications and in large volumes, 3) direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide from hydrogen and oxygen, which is a green oxidant widely used in industrial and household sectors alike, and 4) combustion of PM in vehicle exhaust emissions to reduce air pollution and protect the ever-threatened environment of the 21st century.

Unlike precedent research on catalyst, current research trend in catalysis relies heavily on density functional theory (DFT) calculations that allow for investigation of fundamental mechanisms of catalytic behaviors and nanoparticle synthesis technology that draw out and employ different physical and chemical properties of catalyst materials in nanoscale. By taking advantage of the DFT calculations and metal nanoparticle encapsulation techniques, we aim to lead and conduct advanced research on heterogeneous catalysis.



Homepage : http://catalysis.korea.ac.kr
  • For more information, contact : Prof. Kwan-Young Lee
  • Tel : 82-2-3290-3299
  • Email : kylee@korea.ac.kr
4. Process System Engineering Laboratory
Process System Engineering Laboratory

The Process System Engineering Laboratory was founded in 1994 at the department of chemical and biological engineering, Korea University. Process system engineering is the study about systematic methodology for chemical process design, process control and optimization. Our researches are based on the unification of the field work and the theoretical estimation of physical and chemical phenomena. We analyze the relationship between the theory and the actual process, specify the process system and establish the mathematical model, optimize and control the system.

Process modeling and system analysis is essential to improve product quality and save the energy and cost by simulating and optimizing of system. Our current activities focus on the desalination system modeling and optimization, the hybrid osmosis system development and the pure material extraction system design.



Homepage : http://pse.korea.ac.kr
  • For more information, contact : Prof. Dae Ryook Yang
  • Tel : 82-2-3290-3298
  • Email : cdryang@korea.ac.kr
5. Energy Materials and Processes Laboratory
Sustainable & Environmental Materials Lab

The Energy Materials and Processes Laboratory (EMPL), founded by Professor Ki Bong Lee in 2009, has worked on separation technologies such as adsorption, membrane separation, solvent extraction, etc. for the application to energy and environmental fields. Particularly, EMPL has interest in novel separation-enhanced reaction processes where separation and reaction can be carried out simultaneously in a single unit, resulting in overcoming of thermodynamic limitation and the development of compact and economical processes.

EMPL has focused on three topics: hydrogen production, greenhouse gas mitigation, and heavy oil upgrading. In the hydrogen research, sorption-enhanced reaction processes, where hydrogen production reaction and by-product CO2 removal by sorption are performed simultaneously, have been developed. For greenhouse gas mitigation, high-temperature CO2 sorbents such as hydrotalcite, double salt, and sodium zirconate are newly developed. Also, new porous carbon materials are developed from various precursors for adsorption of CO2 and non-CO2 gases like CF4. Heavy oil upgrading studies are targeting efficient utilization of oil sand bitumen and vacuum residues. Among many upgrading processes, solvent deasphalting and fast pyrolysis processes are studied. Recently, studies on adsorption of NOx, sulfur compounds, and Cu ions have started.



Homepage : https://www.kuempl.com
  • For more information, contact : Prof. Ki Bong Lee
  • Tel : 82-2-3290-4851
  • Email : kibonglee@korea.ac.kr
6. Sustainable & Environmental Materials Lab
Sustainable & Environmental Materials Lab

The research of our lab is focused on developing advanced organic or hybrid materials for securing clean water and environment and saving energy in a sustainable manner. In particular, we are devising novel nanoscale architecturing methods and employing them to create thin films and membrane materials with high performance, excellent durability and unique functions along with elucidating the underlying fundamentals of material structure-property-performance relationship. Our research topics include the fabrication of membranes for water purification, desalination, biochemical separation and gas separation, design of antifouling and self-cleaning surfaces and characterization of nanoscale and interfacial properties.



Homepage : http://omsl.korea.ac.kr
7. Inorganic Materials for Separation and Reaction Laboratory
Inorganic Materials for Separation and Reaction Laboratory

Inorganic Materials for Separation and Reaction (IMSR) group is carrying out researches about membranes and catalysts. Our overarching goal is to make defect-free and highly selective membranes with good reproducibility and to synthesize highly selective catalysts with great conversion and stability. Our current researches focus on understanding the working mechanisms induced by the structure of materials and achieving desired performances of membranes, adsorbents, and catalysts.

Researches on inorganic membrane;
  • Elucidation of crystal growth
  • Organic & inorganic complex membranes
  • Fabrication of oriented membranes
  • Scale up of membranes for industrial-level gas and/or liquid separation process


Researches on inorganic adsorbents and catalysts;
  • Highly stable adsorbents with large capacity
  • Control of reaction rates in hierarchically structured catalyst
  • Modification of catalyst’s chemical and physical characteristics for improving catalytic performance
  • Mass production of catalysts for industrial application


Homepage : http://imsr.korea.ac.kr