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  • ̺ óĥ   Professor
  • Bioinorganic and Molecular Neurodegenerative Research
  • Ph.D. 2002, Columbia University

Contact information

Tel: (office) +82-42-350-2845, (lab) +82-42-350-2885
Location: (office) Room 5103 (Bldg. E6-4), (lab) Room 5117, 5118 (Bldg. E6-4)
Fax: +82-42-350-2810
E-mail: dchurchill@kaist.ac.kr
Website: web.kaist.ac.kr/~churchill/


Ph.D. Columbia University (G. Parkin) (2002)
M.A. Columbia University (G. Parkin) (1998)
M.Phil Columbia University (G. Parkin) (2001)
B.S. State University of New York at Buffalo (M. R. Churchill) (1997)


09.2009 - Present, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, KAIST.

07.2004 - 08. 2009, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, KAIST.
12.2002 - 06.2004, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Berkeley (K. N. Raymond)


2007-present, Marquis Who`s who in the world


Brief Introduction

 - International Lab people
 - Open for students to explore their own ideas. 
 - Publishing many papers.
 - UV/Vis , Fluorescence, CV spectroscopic instruments are completely set up.
 - New and clean Facilities
 - Sufficient space and student`s own fume hood for research.


Research topics

A. The Mol-SSP Initiative: Molecular Sensors, Switches, and Probes
- New approaches towards molecular computation
- Metal ion sensing / analyte sensing
- The greatest limitation with molecular computing will be with arranging individual switches into integrated patterns
B. Biomimetic chemistry and biologically relevant sensing catalysis
C. Optical probes for cleaner fuels
D. Chemical Education

Representative publications

"Metal-Free Intermolecular Cfur-Nsucc Bond Coupling of Highly Substituted 3-Furancarbaldehydes and Their Use in meso-Substituted BODIPY Synthesis" Atul P. Singh, Kang Mun Lee, Kibong Kim, Taehong Jun and David G. Churchill, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2012, 931–939.
"Labile zinc-assisted biological phosphate chemosensing and related molecular logic gating interpretations" Kibong Kim, Yonghwang Ha, David G. Churchill, Inorg. Chem., 2012, 51, 928-938.
"Facile one pot'' route to the novel benzazulene-type dye class: asymmetric, derivatizable, 5-7-6 fused ring puckered half BODIPY design" Dhiraj P. Murale, Kang Mun Lee, Kibong Kim and David G. Churchill, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47(46), 12512-12514.
"Interplay of salicylaldehyde, lysine, and M2+ ions on -synuclein aggregation: cancellation of aggregation effects and determination of salicylaldehyde neurotoxicity" Yonghwang Ha, Hyunjeong Liew, Hyun Young Park, Kibong Kim, Yoo-Hun Suh and David G. Churchill, Neurosci. Res., 2011, 71(2), 168-177.
"Destruction and Detection of Chemical Warefare Agents" Kibong Kim, Olga G. Tsay, David A.Atwood and David G. Churchill, Chem. Rev., 2011, 111(9), 5345-5403.