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  • ȫ   Professor
  • Organic Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Ph.D. 2007, California Institute of Technology

Contact information

Tel: (office) +82-42-350-2827, (lab) +82-42-350-2867
Location: (office) Room 203 (Bldg. E6-6), (lab) Room 5113 & 5114 (Bldg. E6-4)
Fax: +82-42-350-2810


Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Advisor: Prof. Robert H. Grubbs (2002-2007)
M.S. Inorganic Chemistry, Seoul National University, Advisor: Prof. Young Keun Chung (1997-1999)
B.S. Chemistry, Seoul National University, (1992-1996)


2019 – present Associate Professor, KAIST
2011 – 2019 Assistant and Associate Professor, Seoul National University
2008 – 2011 Nanyang Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University
2007 – 2008 Research Chemist, Materia, Inc..
2007 – 2007 Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Sir. J. Fraser Stoddart, University of California, Los Angeles


2017, SUSTech Chemical Sciences Lectureship Award
2017, Outstanding Lectureship Award, College of Natural Sciences, Seoul National University
2011, Thieme Chemistry Journal Award
2010-2016, Asian Core Program Lectureship Award, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Japan
2008, National Research Foundation Fellow, Singapore
2003, 2004, Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Fellow
2002, Rotary Foundation Ambassador Scholar


Brief Introduction

Our research interest lies at the interface of organic and organometallic chemistry. Development of efficient, practical, and selective synthetic methods that generate minimal by-products is of critical importance in both academic and industrial research. Our group focuses on the development of new efficient reactions and organometallic homogeneous catalysts. In particular, we are interested in catalytic C-H functionalization reactions for the synthesis of fine chemicals from renewable sources. Our research program combines reaction development, catalyst and ligand design, and investigation of fundamental reactivity of pertinent metal species.

Research topics

Homogeneous Catalysis
C-H Functionalization
Synthetic Methodology
Organometallic Chemistry

Representative publications

Choi, G.; Hong, S. H.* Selective Monomethylation of Amines with Methanol as the C1 Source. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 6166¬–6170.
Kang, B.; Hong, S. H.* Photoredox Mediated Nickel Catalyzed C(sp3)–H Thiocarbonylation of Ethers. Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 6613–6618.
Kim, S. H.; Kim, K. H.; Hong, S. H.* Carbon Dioxide Capture and Use: Organic Synthesis Using Carbon Dioxide from Exhaust Gas. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 771–774.
Xu, X.; Pooi, B.; Hirao, H.; Hong, S. H.* CH– and CF– Interactions Lead to Structural Changes of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Palladium Complexes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 1283–1287.
Kang, B.; Fu, Z.; Hong, S. H.* Ruthenium-Catalyzed Redox-Neutral and Single-Step Amide Synthesis from Alcohol and Nitrile with Complete Atom Economy. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 11704–11707.