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  • Inorganic and Nanochemistry
  • Ph. D. 2000, KAIST
  • WEBPAGE : http://small.kaist.ac.kr
  • E-MAIL : hsong@kaist.ac.kr
  • Tel/Office : 042-350-2847 (Office), 2887 (Lab) / 2104(E6-4) (Room)

Contact information

Tel: (office) +82-42-350-2847, (lab) +82-42-350-2887
Location: (office) Room 2104 (Bldg. E6-4), (lab) Room 2117, 2118 (Bldg. E6-4)
Fax: +82-42-350-2810


Ph.D., Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, KAIST (1996.3 - 2000.2)
M.S., Inorganic Chemistry, KAIST (1994.3 - 1996.2)
B.S., Chemistry, KAIST (1990.3 - 1994.2)


2014.3 - present Professor, KAIST
2008.9 - 2014.2 Associate professor, KAIST
2005.1 - 2008.8 Assistant professor, KAIST
2002.10 - 2004.12 UC Berkeley, Postdoctoral fellow
c/o Prof. Peidong Yang
2000.3 - 2002.9 KAIST, Postdoctoral fellow (BK21 & NRL projects)
1996.3 - 1996.8 Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry

Academes and Society

Young Inorganic Chemists Award (KCS, Inorganic Division, 2011)
UC Regents Fellowship (2003)
Postdoctoral Fellowship by KOSEF (KoreaScience&EngineeringFoundation)
KAIST Alumni Association, Scholarship (1998)
Graduation with Honor (1994), KAIST


Brief Introduction

Our laboratory that first started in 2005 mainly researches the syntheses of nanoparticles and their applications. We have synthesized gold, heterometallic nanostructures and metal/metal-oxide nanostructures by polyol process and thermolysis in solution phase. On the base of these acheivements, we are researching about surface modification and functionalization as well as sizes and shapes of gold nanoparticles. In addition, we are doing a variety of measurements about localized surface plasmon resonance and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and theoretical calculation of each of the single metal particles for sensing applications. For the catalytic application of these nanoparticles, we have focused on the precise control of particle size, shape, and uniformity. For high catalytic efficiency, it is necessary to reduce metal particle sizes and thereby increase surface areas and active sites such as edges and kinks. The general form of heterogeneous catalysts is tiny metal particles embedded on silica and metal oxide supports, because highly active metal nanoparticles are effectively stabilized by supports having high surface area. The supports prevent the aggregation of the particles and in some cases, they form new active components on the interface with metals.


1. Research Purpose
 : From fundamental study of synthesis, morphology control, and property characterization to energy-related applications

2. Research Interests
I. Basic study of structure-property relationship in nano-objects
1) Synthesis and morphology control of metal  and metal calcogenide nanostructures
2) Size and shape effects on physical properties
II. Application for energy generation nanocatalysts
1) Reaction monitoring with single particle spectroscopy
2) Light-induced fuel production by nanostructured photocatalysts
3) Secondary battery and transparent electrode materials
3. Research Organization
 Team 1 : Surface Plasmon Monitoring
 Team 2 : Photoactive Catalysts
 Team 3 : Electroactive Materials


Research topics

1. Plasmonic nanocrystals for sensing and monitoring
- Synthesis of plasmonic hybrid nanocrystals and study on plasmon-based optical and catalytic properties
- Real-time reaction monitoring using single particle spectroscopy

2. Photoactive catalysts for alternative energy generation
- Establishment of uniform hybrid nanocatalysts and nanoreactors
- Design of photoactive nanocatalysts for H2 generation and CO2 activation
- Development of nanocatalysts for organic C1 chemistry such as C-C coupling

3. Electroactive materials for storage and transport
- Synthesis of metal oxide nanostructures for lithium ion battery anode materials
- Metal nanoinks for high-resolution inkjet printing
- Transparent electrodes and solar cell materials

Representative publications

1. Plasmonic Monitoring of Catalytic Hydrogen Generation by a Single Nanoparticle Probe, D. Seo, G. Park, H. Song, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 1221-1227.
2. Asymmetric Hollow Nanorod Formation through a Partial Galvanic Replacement Reaction, D. Seo, H. Song, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 18210-18211.
3. "Gram-Scale Synthesis of Cu2O Nanocubes and Subsequent Oxidation to CuO Hollow Nanostructures for Lithium Ion Battery Anode Materials", J. C. Park, J. Kim, H. Kwon, H. Song, Adv. Mater. 2009. 21, 803-807.
4. "Single-Crystalline Hollow Face-Centered-Cubic Cobalt Nanoparticles from Solid Face-Centered-Cubic Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles", K. M. Nam, J. H. Shim, H. Ki, S.-I. Choi, G. Lee, J. K. Jang, Y. Jo, M.-H. Jung, H. Song, J. T. Park, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 9504-9508.
5. "A Nanoreactor Framework of a Au@SiO2 Yolk-Shell Structure for Catalytic Reduction of p-Nitrophenol", J. Lee, J. C. Park, H. Song, Adv. Mater. 2008, 20, 1523-1528.
6. "Ag-Au-Ag Heterometallic Nanorods Formed through Directed Anisotropic Growth", D. Seo, C. I. Yoo, J. Jung, H. Song, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 2940-2941.
7. "Directed Surface Overgrowth and Morphology Control of Polyhedral Gold Nanocrystals", D. Seo, C. I. Yoo, J. C. Park, S. M. Park, S. Ryu, H. Song, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 763-767.