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

18 natcommun TOC “Oxidation-stable Amine-containing Adsorbents for Carbon Dioxide Capture”, Nature Communications, 9, 726 (2018) -Link

170425 graphical abstract copy “Maximizing Biojet Fuel Production from Triglyceride: Importance of the Hydrocracking Catalyst and Separate Deoxygenation/Hydrocracking Steps”, ACS Catalysis, 7, 6256-6267 (2017) -Link

TOC “Comprehensive Understanding of the Effects of Carbon Nanostructures on Redox Catalytic Properties and Stability in Oxidative Dehydrogenation”, ACS Catalysis, 7, 5257–5267 (2017) -Link

Table of Contents “Optimum Utilization of Biochemical Components in Chlorella sp. KR1 via Subcritical Hydrothermal Liquefaction”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 5, 7240-7248 (2017) -Link

TOC “Macroporous Silica with Thick Framework for Steam-Stable and High-Performance Poly(ethyleneimine)/Silica CO2 Adsorbent”, ChemSusChem, 10, 2518-2526 (2017) - Link

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

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Kyungho Lee received ‘The Best Oral Presentation Award’ in The 30th International Symposium on Chemical Engineering.


Mingyu Jin received ‘The Best Oral Presentation Award’ in Korea Institute of Chemical Engineering Symposium, Fall 2017.


Songhyun Lee received the Global Ph.D. Fellowship from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF).


Juhwan Im received ‘Oral Presentation Award’ in the 16th Korea-Japan Symposium on Catalysis (May 15-17, Sapporo, Japan).


Prof. Minkee Choi has been appointed as the Early Career Advisory Board (ECAB) of ACS Catalysis.


최우성 박사과정생 암천논문상 수상.


Prof. Minkee Choi received ‘LEE HSUN Young Scientist Lecture Series on Materials Science’ from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.


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


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

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