Hwa Su Lee is joining our group as a Ph.D. student of GSNT as of this September. Hwa Su received her B.E. and M.E. degree in polymer science and engineering from Chungnam University in 2015 and 2017, and came to GSNT, KAIST to study polymer science more. She has worked in polymer membranes fabricated by phase inversion methods and related carbon materials, and will continue working on membranes based on block polymer self-assembly and also polymerization-induced self-assembly. Welcome, Hwa Su!
A Special Issue entitled “Porous Polymers” edited by a Guest Editor Professor Michael S. Silverstein at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is finally avaialble in Polymer via the following link:
Our article, “Effect of homopolymer in polymerization-induced microphase separation process” can be also found in the issue. Elsevier provides a personal article link to the article which will be active for 50 days, and the link is as follows:
Minjoong Shin is joining our group as a master student of GSNT as of this September. Minjoong received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Kennesaw State University in 2011, and has industrial experience in polyurethane company. Before entering GSNT, he will start working in the group on synthesis and applications of amphiphilic copolymers from this July as a researcher. Welcome, Minjoong!
Myeongjin decided to leave the group and take a different path. We wish Myeongjin a good luck.
Lab assignment of first year graduate students of GSNT who entered the department in 2017 spring has been finalized, and Ji Yun Nam became a new member of our group. Ji Yun graduated from Sungkyunkwan University receiving her B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2017 spring. She will be working on developing routes to controlling conformation of synthetic polymer chains. Welcome, Ji Yun!
“Effect of homopolymer in polymerization-induced microphase separation process” by Jongmin Park, Stacey A. Saba, Marc A. Hillmyer, Dong-Chang Kang, and Myungeun Seo just appeared in Polymer. This paper will be published as a part of the Special Issue entitled “Porous Polymers” organized by a guest editor prof. Micheal S. Silverstein.
A book entitled “Submicron Porous Materials” editted by Dr. Paolo Bettoti has recently been published by Springer. Dr. Seo contributed to this book by writing a chapter entitled “Robust Mesoporous Polymers Derived from Cross-Linked Block Polymer Precursors”.
According to Springer, “this book covers the latest research on porous materials at the submicron scale and inspires readers to better understand the porosity of materials, as well as to develop innovative new materials. A comprehensive range of materials are covered, including carbon-based and organic-based porous materials, porous anodic alumina, silica, and titania-based sol-gel materials. The fabrication, characterization, and applications of these materials are all explored, with applications ranging from sensors, thermoelectrics, catalysis, energy storage, to photovoltaics. Also of practical use for readers are chapters that describe the basics of porous silicon fabrication and its use in optical sensing and drug delivery applications; how thermal transport is affected in porous materials; how to model diffusion in porous materials; and a unique chapter on an innovative spectroscopic technique used to characterize materials’ porosity. This is an ideal book for graduate students, researchers, and professionals who work with porous materials.”
More information on the book can be found in the following link: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319530338
Our first patent invented by Dr. Seo, Dr. Jinhee Lee, and Prof. Sang Youl Kim in the department of chemistry was just registered on February 15, 2017!
Two undergraduate students will be staying in the group during the winter break. Howook Shin, a senior student in the department of chemistry, KAIST will be working with Nam Young on the synthesis of bottlebrush polymers, and Dong Seob Lee, a sophomore student in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, KAIST will be working with Jongmin on the synthesis of hypercrosslinked block polymers. Welcome, guys!
Dr. Seo had an interview with Asia Scientist Magazine for winning the 2015 Wiley PSK JPS Young Scientist Awards. Entitled “Asia’s Rising Scientists: Seo Myungeun”, the interview can be found in the following link: http://www.asianscientist.com/2016/10/features/asias-rising-scientists-seo-myungeon/
The same magazine also previously selected Dr. Seo as one of 100 Asian scientists who made 2015 great. Check the following link for the whole selection: http://www.asianscientist.com/2016/03/pr/celebrating-excellence-asian-science-asian-scientist-100/
Dr. Seo was promoted to an Associate Professor as of September 1, 2016. As he is holding the EWon Assistant Professorship until 2018, his title will be “EWon Associate Professor”.
Dr. Chinnadurai Satheeshkumar is joining our group as a postdoctoral researcher. Kumar received his Ph.D. from University of Madras, India and worked for professor Changsik Song at Sungkyunkwan University as a postdoc. Then he stayed at KAUST, Saudi Arabia shortly as a visiting postdoc and coming back to Korea to join us. Welcome, Kumar!
Three research groups working on polymer science and technology joined together and took a journey to Okcheon for “2016 Functional Polymer Workshop”. The participating groups were Dr. Jihoon Shin’s group at KRICT, Professor Siyoung Choi’s group at the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, KAIST, and of course, us. 18 Speakers in total talked about what they are researching and the room was full of serious, fruitful, yet funny discussion. Particularly, all of our group members had a chance to give a talk and for some of them, this was the very first presentation for a scientific community! After the talks we had an awesome dinner and tons of booze for all night long. Hope this workshop continues for a long long time.
Check out the poster of the workshop and the group photo after the talks. More pictures are available in the Gallery.
“Synthesis of coil-comb block copolymers containing polystyrene coil and poly(methyl methacrylate) side chains via atom transfer radical polymerization” by Seonhee Shin, Seohyun Moon, Myungeun Seo, and Sang Youl Kim just appeared in Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry.
Ben Stovall, a third year undergraduate chemistry major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) working in the Professor Chulsung Bae’s group, is visiting us for a month (from May 30 to June 24) through the NSF funded Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Program. We are excited to have you here Ben!
“Heteroarm core cross-linked star polymers via RAFT copolymerization of styrene and bismaleimide” by Nam Young Ahn and Myungeun Seo just appeared in RSC Advances.
Lab assignment of first year graduate students of GSNT who entered the department in 2016 spring has been finalized, and Yunji Jung is joining our group. Yunji graduated from Sookmyung Women’s University receiving her B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2015 fall, and will be working on synthesis and characterization of amphiphilic star polymers as her first project. Welcome, Yunji!
Dr. Joonil Cho from RIKEN, Japan visited us on April 5th, 2016 and gave a talk entitled “Soft Materials with Magnetically Oriented Structure over a Macroscopic Size Scale”.
To keep the tradition of KAIST alive, we had a strawberry party of 2016 on April 5th with a lot of berries and Nutella under cherry blossoms.
We had a welcoming party for Myeongjin and Youngsoo on March 28th evening. Myeongjin and Youngsoo enjoyed the Russian Missile, and the group emptied one bottle of whiskey, three bottles of tequila, one bottle of soju, …
According to the visit of professors Shinji Ando, Teruaki Hayakawa, and Ryohei Ishige from TokyoTech from 3/13 to 3/15, we successfully held a symposium on 3/14 entitled “2016 KAIST-TokyoTech Symposium on Soft Materials”. Professor Dong Ki Yoon, and Professor Yeon Sik Jung at KAIST also participated in the symposium as speakers. Check out the symposium photos in the Gallery.
Youngsoo Lee is joining our group as a Ph.D. student from this March sponsored by LG MMA. Youngsoo received his B.S. degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Yonsei University, and then has been working at LG MMA. We anticipate that he will bring a new insight to the group from the industrial viewpoint. Welcome, Youngsoo!
Myeongjin Ha who just received his B.S. degree from the Department of Chemistry, KAIST last month is entering the Ph.D. program of GSNT and joining our group as a graduate student. Welcome, Myeongjin!
An invited review entitled “Porous polymers derived from block polymer precursors” by Jaehoon Oh, Soobin Kim, Jongmin Park, and Myungeun Seo just appeared in Polymer Science and Technology which is a monthly magazine published by the Polymer Society of Korea. The article was written in Korean. Check out the link for the full content.
한국고분자학회에서 발간하는 “고분자 과학과 기술” 2015년 12월호에 오재훈, 김수빈, 박종민, 서명은을 저자로 하여 “블록 공중합체 전구체로부터 유도되는 다공성 고분자”라는 제목의 일반총설이 실렸습니다.
After successfully passing his qual for Ph.D., now Jaehoon is going to visit Professor Teruaki Hayakawa’s group at the Department of Organic and Polymeric Materials of TokyoTech from January 6 to March 23. This visit is supported by ASPIRE League grant from TokyoTech given to a team led by Professor Shinji Ando at TokyoTech including Professor Hayakawa and Dr. Seo as participants. Good luck Jaehoon and have a good time there!
Dr. Jinhee Lee is now going abroad and joining Professor Chulsung Bae’s group at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a postdoctoral associate in this January.
Dr. Ji Hyun Seog, who was advised by Professor Sang Bok Lee at the University of Maryland and spent a lot of time with us, is also leaving KAIST and joining Samsung SDI.
Jinhee and Ji Hyun, it was great having you guys in the group. Thanks a lot for all the work the best of luck in your future! I put a group photo taken at the end of last year for the good memory.
Time flies fast and already it’s time to send Koei back to Japan. Koei, thanks for all the hard work and we wish the best of luck in your future!
Jaehoon proposed a research for his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Synthesis and applications of block polymers derived from photoinitiated polymerization” and successfully passed his oral qualifying exam for Ph.D. on November 27, 2015. Congratulations, Jaehoon!
“Photoinitiated Polymerization-induced Microphase Separation for the Preparation of Nanoporous Polymer Films” by Jaehoon Oh and Myungeun Seo just appeared in ACS Macro Letters.
Marquis Who’s Who has selected Dr. Seo’s profile for inclusion in the new Who’s Who in the World 2016 (33rd Edition).
Namyoung successfully got admission in GSNT, KAIST and is now officially joining the group as a graduate student from this fall. Congratulations, Namyoung!
“Synthesis and self-assembly of partially sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone)s and their role in the formation of Cu2S nanowires” by Jeyoung Park, Changjun Park, Byoung Tak Yim, Myungeun Seo and Sang Youl Kim just appeared in RSC Advances.
Jeong-hyeon Lee who graduated from Inha University and entered GSNT, KAIST this spring is now joining the group as a graduate student. Welcome, Jeong-hyeon!
Dr. Seo had an interview with Wiley Asia Blog for winning the 2015 Wiley PSK JPS Young Scientist Awards. The interview can be found in the following link:
Our work recently published in Nature Communications was introduced in the media. Check out the following links:
Our work recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society was introduced in KAIST Compass, which is a newsletter of KAIST highlighting research achievements for Natural and Life Sciences. The article can be found in the following link: http://kaistcompass.kaist.ac.kr/308/
“Induction and control of supramolecular chirality by light in self-assembled helical nanostructures” by Jisung Kim, Jinhee Lee, Woo Young Kim, Hyungjun Kim, Sanghwa Lee, Hee Chul Lee, Yoon Sup Lee, Myungeun Seo and Sang Youl Kim just appeared in Nature Communications.
Jiyoon is leaving the group as she decided to choose a different path for her graduate course. We wish good luck for her future.
The Polymer Society of Korea (PSK) decided to present Dr. Seo with the 2015 Wiley-PSK JPS Young Scientist Award for his achievements after receiving his Ph.D. The award was conferred to him on April 9th in the 2015 spring meeting of PSK. Supported by Journal of Polymer Science which is published by Wiley, this award includes a $1000 honorarium and a $500 book voucher for Wiley books.
“The polymeric upper bound for N2/NF3 separation and beyond; ZIF-8 containing mixed matrix membranes” by Sunghwan Park, Woo Ram Kang, Hyuk Taek Kwon, Soobin Kim, Myungeun Seo, Joona Bang, Sang hyup Lee, Hae Kwon Jeong and Jong Suk Lee was published in Journal of Membrane Science.
Jiyoon Jeon, an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, is joining our group to experience research ongoing in our group. Welcome, Jiyoon!
Dr. Seo has been selected as a recipient of KAIST’s special junior faculty award, the EWon Assistant Professorship. This award includes a title for 3 years and a grant of ₩60,000,000.
LG Electronics noticed us that they selected our group as a Target Lab realizing the importance of our research in the area of materials science. Along with technical collaborations, LG Electronics may provide a special hiring process for our group alumni if he/she wants to join LG Electronics.
Eun Yeong decided to leave KAIST and take a different path. We wish Eun Yeong a good luck.
“Hierarchically Porous Polymers from Hyper-cross-linked Block Polymer Precursors” by Myungeun Seo, Soobin Kim, Jaehoon Oh, Sun-Jung Kim, and Marc A. Hillmyer was just published in the Journal of the American Chemical Socieity as an ASAP article.
“Interfacial polymerization of reactive block polymers for the preparation of composite ultrafiltration membranes” by Myungeun Seo, David Moll, Craig Silvis, Abhishek Roy, Sarah Querelle, and Marc A. Hillmyer was published in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.
Isaac Shin who received his B.S degree from the department of chemistry, KAIST in 2014 is joining the group as a graduate student from September 1, 2014. Welcome, Isaac!
Jinhee Lee who just received his Ph.D. degree from the department of chemistry, KAIST is joining the group as a postdoctoral associate. During his Ph.D. course, he focused on synthesis and application of triarylamine-containing polymers under the vision of Professor Sang Youl Kim. In the group, he will explore synthesis of novel polymers towards water purification and gas separation membrane applications. Welcome, Jinhee!
“Synthesis of Triarylamine-based Alternating Copolymers for Polymeric Solar Cell Polymer ” by Jinhee Lee, Hyojung Cha, Hoyoul Kong, Myungeun Seo, Jaewon Heo, In Hwan Jung, Jisung Kim, Hong-Ku Shim, Chan Eon Park and Sang Youl Kim just appeared in Polymer as an ASAP Article.
“Optimization of Long-Range Order in Solvent Vapor Annealed Poly(styrene)-block-poly(lactide) Thin Films for Nanolithography” by A. Baruth, Myungeun Seo, Chun Hao Lin, Kern Walster, Arjun Shankar, Marc A. Hillmyer, and C. Leighton just appeared in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces as an ASAP Article.
Ji-eun Lee from Kyunghee University and Eunyoung Jeong from POSTECH joined PSG as 2014 GSNT Summer School participants and will be enjoying all the fun in polymer world from July 1 to 18. Welcome!
“Synthesis of triarylamine-containing poly(arylene ether)s by nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction” by Jinhee Lee, Jaewon Heo, Changjun Park, Byung-Kwon Kim, Juhyoun Kwak, Myungeun Seo and Sang Youl Kim just appeared in Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry as an Early View Article.
Soobin is now officially joining the group as a graduate student in GSNT, KAIST. Welcome, Soobin!
Jongmin Park who graduated from Busan National University and entered GSNT, KAIST this spring is now joining the group as a graduate student. Welcome, Jongmin!
Nam Young Ahn is joining the group as a researcher from March 3. She just received her B.S. degree in the dapartment of chemistry at Yonsei University, Wonju and will spend several months with us to learn polymer synthesis. Welcome, Nam Young!
Soobin successfully received admission to the Integrated Master’s and Doctoral Degree Program from the Graduate School of Nanoscience and Technology, KAIST. He will join our department in coming spring, 2014. Congratulations, Soobin!
Chungsup Jeon is joining the group as a graduate student from the coming spring of 2014. Chungsup graduated from Kyunghee University in 2013 and got admitted to KAIST through Convergence Graduate Program. He will start working from 27 January, 2014. Welcome, Chungsup!
“Magnetic Microrheology of Block Copolymer Solutions” by Jin Chul Kim, Myungeun Seo, Marc A. Hillmyer, and Lorraine F. Francis was just published in ACS Applied Materials and Interface.
“RAFT copolymerization of acid chloride-containing monomers” by Myungeun Seo and Marc A. Hillmyer was just published in Polymer Chemistry (Advance article).
Eun Yeong Chang who graduated from the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST in August 2013 is joining the group as a Ph.D. student from the fall semester of 2013.
Jaehoon Oh who participated in 2013 GSNT summer school is joining the group as a Ph.D. student from the fall semester of 2013.
“One-step Synthesis of Crosslinked Block Polymer Precursor to a Nanoporous Thermoset” by Myungeun Seo, Christopher J. Murphy and Marc A. Hillmyer was published in ACS Macro Letters.
Jaehoon Oh from Materials Engineering Department of Yonsei University will join the group as a 2013 GSNT summer school student from July 1 to 19.
Soobin Kim, a senior undergraduate student in the department of chemistry will participate in research activities in the lab from July 11, 2013.