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Professor Mi Hee Lim received The RIGAKU-ACCC Award from the Asian Conference on Coordination Chem 2023-11-13

The award is given to the best female coordination chemist who is selected from Asian countries and regions.


The RIGAKU-ACCC Award is the most competitive and valuable recognition of excellence in the field of Coordination Chemistry. The representatives of international committee members in Asian countries and regions select the best coordination female chemist from the Asian countries and regions.




Professor Mi Hee Lim received the 2020 AsBIC James Hoeschele Award. 2020-10-13

Professor Lim received the 2020 Asian Bioinorganic Chemistry (AsBIC) James Hoeschele Award, as the first awardee, and will give a virtual award lecture on October 26, 2020. The AsBIC James Hoeschele Award, established in 2018 from the Society of Asian Bioinorganic Chemistry, is given to a mid-career scholar who demonstrates the excellence in research in Biological Inorganic Chemistry.

Prof. Mi Hee Lim was selected as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Science. 2019-06-11

Prof. Mi Hee Lim was selected as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Science.

Professor Mi Hee Lim was selected as the 2018 SBIC Early Career Awardee 2018-12-13

Professor Lim received the 2018 Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC) Early Career Award, for the first time, as a Korean Scholar.


The award will be presented to an early career scientist (no more than 15 years post-Ph.D. at the nomination deadline) who has already accomplished distinguished research in Biological Inorganic Chemistry. The SBIC Early Career Award is the most competitive and valuable recognition of excellence in the field of Biological Inorganic Chemistry.


Society of Bioinorganic Chemistry: http://sbichem.org/SBIC-Awards.aspx


Prof. Sunkyun Han, Interview with Thieme Chemistry... 2018-05-20

SYNFORM regularly meets young up-and-coming researchers who are performing exceptionally well in the arena of organic chemistry and related fields of research, in order to introduce them to the readership. This Young Career Focus presents Dr. Sunkyu Han (KAIST, South Korea).

The interview is now online and can be found here: https://www.thieme.de/en/thieme-hemistry/journals-synform-54850.htm


Prof. Insung S. Choi was selected as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Advanced Healthcare 2018-01-23

Prof. Insung S. Choi was selected as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Advanced Healthcare Materials, which bridges the gap between fundamental laboratory research and clinical practice, covering all aspects of materials science in medicine and biotechnology.

Prof. Lee, Yunho, his paper has been featured on the back cover paper of ACIE. 2017-07-26

Professor Choi, Insung S., His paper has been featured on the front paper of Advanced Materials 2017-07-24

Professor Choi, Insung S., His paper has been featured on the front paper of ACIE 2017-07-13

Professor Chang, Sukbok received the ACS-KCS Excellence Award for 2017 2017-04-27


American and Korean Chemical Societies collaborate to recognize advancement of science

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce a three-year collaboration with the Korean Chemical Society (KCS) to recognize outstanding contributions by distinguished scientists in Korea. The collaboration includes an annual award and a symposium.

The new ACS-KCS Excellence Award  sponsored by Chemical Abstracts Service, a division of the American Chemical Society — honors a scientist working in Korea who is excelling in the field of chemistry. The recipient is selected by KCS and receives a cash award, three-year complimentary access to SciFinder and a three-year ACS membership. The award will be presented annually during the KCS spring meeting. 

For 2017, the ACS-KCS Excellence Award recipient is Sukbok Chang, Ph.D., a director of IBS, a professor at KAIST and an associate editor of ACS Catalysis. Chang is being honored for his development of catalytic systems enabling highly selective and efficient C-H functionalization of low reacting molecules. He received his award on April 20.

KCS is pleased to partner with ACS to provide this award to Professor Chang, says KCS President Chang-Hee Lee, Ph.D. This provides an opportunity for us to honor a distinguished researcher contributing great advances in his or her field. Thanks to scientists like Professor Chang, research being shared with the world from Korea is changing peoples lives every day.  

As part of the KCS spring meeting, which occurred April 19-21 in Kintex, Goyang, ACS Publications also hosted a symposium entitled Chemistry for Next-Generation Materials and Life Sciences.  The symposium was jointly coordinated by Joon Won Park, POSTECH and chair of KCS Division of International Cooperation; Carolyn Bertozzi, Stanford University and editor-in-chief of ACS Central Science; Jwa-Min Nam, Seoul National University and vice-chair of KCS Division of International Cooperation; and Christopher Chang, University of California, Berkeley and senior editor of ACS Central Science. The symposium featured distinguished keynote presentations from a variety of global scientific leaders.

ACS is truly honored to maintain a close collaboration with our colleagues from KCS, and we congratulate Professor Chang and thank him for his contributions to the scientific community, saysACS Executive Director and CEO Thomas Connelly Jr., Ph.D. Our vision of improving peoples lives through the transforming power of chemistry is only possible when global societies work together, and we appreciate this special opportunity to help promote scientific advancement in Korea along with our colleagues at KCS.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS is the worlds largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

Chemistry of KAIST Ranked in the Top 18 in the World (Top 1 in Korea) 2017-03-13

The 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject rated Chemistry at KAIST 18th in the global ranking. The London-based university ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds, Ltd. announced the global  university ranking by 46 subjects on March 8. QS rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation, the number of research citations, and research accomplishment index (H-index).

Professor Hyotcherl Lee and Haeshin Lee selected as founding member of Y-KAST 2017-02-27

The Year of the KAISTian, Professor Park, Hee-Sung 2017-01-02

Professor Chang, Sukbok has been selected as a Tomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher ! 2016-11-18

Prof. Ihee, Hyotcherl received the 12th Kyungam Academic Award 2016-11-17

Professor Chang, Sukbok Yoshida Prize 2016-11-07

A Conversation with Professor Insung S. Choi 2016-09-20


ACS Central Science 2016.9.9

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: A Conversation with Insung Choi

縵ũ: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acscentsci.6b00245

Synthesized Microporous 3D Graphene-like Carbons 2016-07-07



Distinguished Professor Ryong Ryoo of the Chemistry Department at KAIST, who is also the Director of the Center for Nanomaterials and Carbon Materials at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), and his research team have recently published their research results entitled "Lanthanum-catalysed Synthesis of Microporous 3D Graphene-like Carbons in a Zeolite Template" on June 29, 2016 in Nature on a new method to synthesize carbons having graphene structures with 3D periodic micropores, a trait resulted from using a zeolite as a template for the synthesis. The research team expects this technology to find a range of useful applications such as in batteries and catalysts.


YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/lkNiHiB8lBk

A Chemical Reaction on Carbon-Hydrogen Borylation of Methane Published in Science 2016-03-29


Professor Mu-Hyun Baik of the Chemistry Department at KAIST and his student collaborated with an international team to discover a novel chemical reaction, carbon-hydrogen borylation using methane, and their research results were published in the March 25th issue of Science.


For details, please refer to the following press releases from the Institute for Basic Sciences (IBS) in Korea and the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.


Efficient Methane C-H Bond Activation Achieved for the First Time

The Institute for Basic Science, March 24, 2016


Penn Chemists Lay Groundwork for Countless New, Cleaner Uses of Methane

University of Pennsylvania, March 24, 2016

KAIST Develops a New Analysis Technique for Chiral Activity in Molecules 2015-12-03


Professor Hyunwoo Kim of the Chemistry Department and his research team have developed a technique that can easily analyze the optical activity of charged compounds by using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The research finding entitled H NMR Chiral Analysis of Charged Molecules via Ion Pairing with Aluminum Complexes was published online in the October 19th issue of The Journal of the American Chemical Society.


The technique relies on observation of the behavior of optical isomers. Molecules with the same composition that are mirror images of each other are optical isomers. For example, the building blocks of all living organisms, amino acids, are a single optical isomer. In our bodies, optical isomers bring different physiological changes due to their distinct optical activities. Therefore, controlling and analyzing the optical activities are critical when developing a new drug.


High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is the de facto standard of analyzing the optical activity of a compound. However, HPLC is very expensive that many laboratories cant afford to have. In addition, with the machine, one analysis may take 30 minutes to one hour to complete. It lacks in signal sensitivity and chemical decomposition, and the application is limited to nonpolar compounds.


Usually adopted in analyzing the structure of a chemical compound, NMR spectroscopy requires only one to five minutes per single analysis. Since it is essential for analyzing the molecular structure, many chemistry labs have NMR equipment. However, until this technique was invented, no other research team had reported an effective way of using the NMR spectroscopy to decompose the signal of chiral activity of a compound.


The research team uses negatively-charged metal compounds in NMR spectroscopy. The technique employs negatively-charged metal compounds which bond ionically to positively- and negatively-charged optical compounds. As a result, the NMR spectroscopy can distinguish the signal from chiral activity. Not only can it analyze various chemicals without structural constraints, but it can also be used for both nonpolar and polar solvents.


As many compounds for new drugs have functional groups, which can be charged, this analysis method can be directly employed in the development process of drugs. Professor Kim said, A revolutionary analysis method has been developed using simple chemical principles. I hope that our method will be applied to the development of new medicine.


This research was sponsored by the Center for Nanomaterials and Chemical Reactions at the Institute for Basic Science and the Supercomputing Research Center of KAIST.


(Separations of NMR Signals of Chemicals due to Interaction with Metal Compounds)




Professors Sukbok Chang Receives the 2015 Knowledge Award from the Korean Government 2015-10-26


The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MISP) of the Republic of Korea announced the 2015 Knowledge Awards on October 20, 2015. Two KAIST professors received the award, respectively.


Established in 2009, the awards are presented to Korean scientists whose publications have contributed to the international science community. Specifically, the MISP used two biggest science databases, Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Scopus, to identify ten highly-cited papers ranked in the top 1% by total citations in the past ten years.


Professor Sukbok Chang of Chemistry (left in the picture below) is recognized as a global authority in the field of catalytic hydrocarbon functionalization. His paper entitled Palladium-catalyzed C-H Functionalization of Pyridine N-Oxides: Highly Selective Alkenylation and Direct Arylation with Unactivated Arenes, which was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 2008, was once selected by Thomson Reuters as one of the Most Noticeable Research Papers of the Month. In 2011, the American Chemical Society included his paper in the list of the top 20 research papers that were most frequently cited in the last three years.