Advanced Hydroprocess

Now with declining petroleum sources, increasing demand by emerging countries, and political and environmental concerns on fossil fuels, it is imperative to develop advanced hydroprocessing catalysts.

Green Chemistry

One of our research concerns is to develop chemical processes that can replace conventional chemical process producing hazardous substances.


Advanced catalysts with enhanced reaction activity, selectivity and durability can be synthesized by the rational design of materials in nano and molecular scale. In our research, we will develop and use a new nanotechnology to design advanced adsorbents and catalysts with optimized structural, diffusion and catalytic properties.

Zeolite Chemistry

The importance of molecular sieves catalysts in industrial catalysis has increased significantly. One of our research interests is to design optimized structure of zeolite for various industrial applications.

Rational Material Design in Nano-Scale for Energy & Environment

The primary research goal of our group is to develop renewable energy sources and environmentally benign chemical processes that are essential for sustainable development of human society. Our researches also cover the development of advanced catalyst and storage materials that can contribute to the aforementioned issues, especially by using cutting edge knowledge on nanotechnology.

Latest Papers

Gradual Disordering of LTA Zeolite for Continuous Tuning of the Molecular Sieving Effect “Gradual disordering of LTA zeolite for continuous tuning of the molecular sieving effect”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121, 6807-6812 (2017) - Link

propanal “Effects of secondary mesoporosity and zeolite crystallinity on catalyst deactivation of ZSM-5 in propanal conversion”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 245, 16-23 (2017) - Link

TOC copy “Cooperative effects of zeolite mesoporosity and defect sites on the amount and location of coke formation and its consequence in deactivation”, Journal of Catalysis, 347, 222-230 (2017) - Link

sc-2016-02595q_0010 “Significant Roles of Carbon Pore and Surface Structure in AuPd/C Catalyst for Achieving High Chemoselectivity in Direct Hydrogen Peroxide Synthesis”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 5, 1208-1216 (2017) - Link

mmm “Alumina-coated ordered mesoporous silica as an efficient and stable water adsorbent for adsorption heat pump”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 239, 310-315 (2017) - Link

7_Cover art “Epoxide-Functionalization of Polyethyleneimine for Synthesis of Stable Carbon Dioxide Adsorbent in Temperature Swing Adsorption”, Nature Communications, 7, 12640 (2016) - Link

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Prof. Minkee Choi received ‘KAIST Technology Innovation Award’ from KAIST, 2016.


Prof. Minkee Choi received ‘The Best Research Award of Year’ in climate change response, from Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning.

2016. 10. 

Woosung Choi received ‘The Best Poster Presentation Award’ in separation technology session of Korea Institute of Chemical Engineering Symposium, Fall 2016.

2016. 09. 09

KAIST 최민기 교수 연구팀 지구 온난화 주범 '이산화탄소' 제거 흡착제 개발 - 흡착제 대량생산 성공…5년 내 상용화, 세계적 학술지 'Nature Communications' 온라인판에 게재 - News link

2016. 07.

Chaehoon Kim received ‘The Best Poster Presentation Award’ in the 8th International Conference on Separation Science and Technology.

2016. 04. 21

KAIST 최민기 교수 연구팀, 고성능의 이산화탄소 흡착제 개발 - 높은 재생 안정성 갖는 '아민-제올라이트 복합체' 제조 기술 확보, 세계적 학술지 'Energy & Environmental Science' 5월호 논문을 통해 소개 - News link

2016. 04.

Hanchang Kwon received ‘The Best Oral Presentation Award’ and Songhyun Lee received ‘Young Woman Investigator Award’ in Korea Institute of Chemical Engineering Symposium, Spring 2016.

2016. 03. 14

KAIST 최민기 교수 연구팀, 높은 안정성을 지니는 백금 단일 원자 촉매 개발- 1년 이상 안정성이 유지되는 단일 원자 백금 촉매 개발, 세계적 학술지 'Nature Communications' 온라인판에 게재 - News link

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