Myungeun Seo



Associate Professor
Graduate School of Nanoscience and Technology and
Department of Chemistry


Adjunct Professor
Interdisciplinary Program in Polymer Science and Engineering
KI for the Nanocentury


291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141 South Korea


#202 Basic Science Building (E6-6)
 #216 Basic Science Building (E6-6)


ORCID                  0000-0002-5218-3502
Research ID          F-1031-2011
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Myungeun Seo received his B.S. (2002), M.S. (2004), and Ph.D. (2008) in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at KAIST, Korea. During his Ph.D. research he explored self-assembly of benzamide-containing molecules under the supervision of Prof. Sang Youl Kim. He also participated in international collaborations by visiting Prof. Masa-aki Kakimoto’s group at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan and Prof. Craig J. Hawker’s group at University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. After receiving Ph.D., he spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow in the same group and then moved to Prof. Marc A. Hillmyer’s group at the University of Minnesota in 2009 where he worked on nanoporous polymers derived from block polymer precursors. He started his own career in 2013 as an assistant professor in the graduate school of nanoscience and technology at KAIST, and now an associate professor in the graduate school of nanoscience and technology and department of chemistry.


His research interests include controlled polymer synthesis, polymer/small molecule self-assembly, and porous polymers for environmental and energy applications. He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals including Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Advanced Materials, and Macromolecules, and also written a book chapter in “Submicron Porous Materials” published by Springer. He has co-organized an ACS PMSE symposium in ACS 2018 Spring, and has served as a chairperson in ACS (2018 Spring) and Pacifichem (2015) meetings. He is a recipient of Wiley-PSK JPS Young Scientist Award (2015) and KAIST EWon Assistant Professorship (2015-2018). In 2016, he was named as one of “Asia’s Rising Scientists” by Asian Scientist Magazine. In 2017, he contributed to the 66th Annual Meeting of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan as the “Invited Lecturer from Young Scientists”. His interviews have been featured in Wiley Asia Blog (2015), Asian Scientist Magazine (2016), and Nature (2018). He serves Macromolecules as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board from 2019.

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award (Graduate School), College of Natural Sciences, KAIST (2017)
  • 2015 Wiley-PSK JPS Young Scientist Award (2015)
  • 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award (Graduate School), College of Natural Sciences, KAIST (2015)
  • EWon Assistant Professorship, KAIST (2015-2018)

Selected Publications

  • J. Lee, M. Seo,Hyper-cross-linked polymer with enhanced porosity by in situ removal of trimethylsilyl group via electrophilic aromatic substitution. ACS Macro Lett. 7, 1448-1454 (2018).
  • J. Oh, B. Kim, S. Lee, S.-H. Kim, M. Seo, Semipermeable microcapsules with a block polymer-templated nanoporous membrane. Chem. Mater. 30, 273-279 (2018).
  • M. Seo, S. Kim, J. Oh, S.-J. Kim, M. A. Hillmyer, Hierarchically porous polymers from hyper-cross-linked block polymer precursors. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 600-603 (2015).
  • M. Seo, M. A. Hillmyer, Reticulated nanoporous polymers by controlled polymerization-induced microphase separation. Science 336, 1422–1425 (2012).
  • M. Seo, B. J. Beck, J. M. J. Paulusse, C. J. Hawker, S. Y. Kim, Polymeric nanoparticles via noncovalent crosslinking of linear chains. Macromolecules 41, 6413–6418 (2008).
  • M. Seo, G. Seo, S. Y. Kim, Molecular self-assembly of macroporous parallelogrammatic pipes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 45, 6306–6310 (2006).