Research Interests

Exploring sustainable nano & porous materials chemistry to address global challenges in the environment, particularly those related to CO2, water, and methane.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA 2008
  • M.S., Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA 2005
  • B.S., Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey 2001

Professional Profile

  • ​2013-2020: Associate Professor, KAIST, Daejeon, Korea
  • 2010-2013: Assistant Professor, KAIST, Daejeon, Korea
  • 2008-2010: Postdoctoral fellow, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​American Chemical Society (ACS
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)


  • ​Top 100 National Achievements Award in Korea, 2020.
  • Top Technology Innovation Award for 2019, KAIST.
  • Finalist for the Grand Prize for Creative Teaching in Celebration of the 44th Anniversary of Founding, KAIST, 2015 
  • Korea NRF A-STAR Excellent Young Researcher Award, 2013.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • ​Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)