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  • ̿   Professor
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Ph. D., 2005, Stanford University

Contact information

Tel: (office) +82-42-350-2823, (lab) +82-42-350-2863
Location: (office) Room 3104 (Bldg. E6-4), (lab) Room 5112 (Bldg. E6-4)
Fax: +82-42-350-2810


1991-1995 BS, Chemistry, Seoul National University, Korea
1995-1997 MS, Chemistry, Seoul National University, Korea
Theoretical studies of unimolecular dissociations in a mass spectrometer (Advisor: Prof. Myung Soo Kim)
2000-2005 PhD, Chemistry, Stanford University, CA
Theoretical studies of protein folding dynamics; Development of distributed computing infrastructure (Advisor: Prof. Vijay. S. Pande)

Professional Experiences

2005-2008 Postdoctoral scholar, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Development and application of new quantum chemical methods (Advisor: Prof. Martin Head-Gordon)
2008-2012 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Postech, Korea
2012-2017 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Postech, Korea
2012-2017 Group Leader, Center for Self-assembly and Complexity, Institute for Basic Science
2017- Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, KAIST, Korea


2013 KCS Early Career Award in Physical Chemistry
(Korean Chemical Society, PHYS Division)
2000-2005 Graduate Research Fellow
(Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies)
2000 Paul J. Flory Award (Stanford University)
2000-2003 Mayfield Fellow (Stanford University)


Brief Introduction

The mission of our lab is to provide answers to fundamental questions in physical chemistry with focuses on biological complexes. We use theoretical and computational tools to accomplish this mission. By using theoretical tools, we can of course complement experiments. Ultimately, however, we aim to predict interesting chemical behaviors ahead of experiments, and to designnew computational tools that can be adopted for such predictions.

We are firstly interested in photochemical pheonomena in protein systems, where lots of quantum chemical and statistical mechanical factors are acting behind the scene. With recent developments in these two fields — quantum chemistry and statistical mechanics — we are now able to understand more and more complicated biological events to the molecular level. Our group is working on developing new methodologies and theoretical tools, and on applying these tools to explaining unresolved experimental findings in complex molecular systems.