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  •    Associate Professor
  • Chemistry
  • Ph.D. 2008, KAIST
  • WEBPAGE : http://nanopsg.kaist.ac.kr
  • E-MAIL : seomyungeun@kaist.ac.kr
  • Tel/Office : 042-350-1119 (Office), 1159 (Lab) / 202 (E6-6) (Room)

Contact information

Tel: (office) +82-42-350-1119, (lab) +82-42-350-1159
Location: (office) Room 202 (Bldg. E6-6), (lab) Room 216 (Bldg. E6-6)
Fax: +82-42-350-2810

Education

Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry, KAIST (2004-2008)
M.S., Polymer Chemistry, KAIST (2002-2004)
B.S., Chemistry, KAIST (1998-2002)

Career

2016 –present Associate Professor, KAIST
2013 – 2016 Assistant Professor, KAIST
2009 – 2013 Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Marc Hillmyer, University of Minnesota
2008 – 2009 Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Sang Youl Kim, KAIST

Awards

2016 Distinguished Teaching Award (Graduate School), College of Natural Sciences, KAIST (2017)
2015 Wiley-PSK JPS Young Scientist Award (2015)
2014 Distinguished Teaching Award (Graduate School), College of Natural Sciences, KAIST (2015)
EWon Assistant Professorship, KAIST (2015-2018)
Chief Director Award for Graduation (second on the list), KAIST (2002)

RESEARCH AREA


Brief Introduction





Our group aims to develop nanostructured polymeric materials by synthesizing polymers with diverse architectures and self-assembling them into exquisite nanostructures. By exploiting controlled polymerization techniques, we combine different monomers and polymers together to synthesize well-defined but complex polymers, and study how these polymers spontaneously get folded/self-assembled/microphase separated to form the desired nanostructures according to the information encoded in the chemical structure. We are particularly interested in in-situ organization processes occurring during polymerization such as polymerization-induced microphase separation (PIMS), and developing nanoporous polymers and nanostructured membranes useful for separation and energy applications based on the PIMS process.


Research topics

- Controlled polymer synthesis
- Self-assembly of polymers and small molecules
- Porous polymers
- Functional polymer membranes

Representative publications

(1) Semipermeable microcapsules with a block polymer-templated nanoporous membrane, Jaehoon Oh, Bomi Kim, Sangmin Lee, Shin-Hyun Kim*, and Myungeun Seo*, Chem. Mater. 30, 273-279 (2018).
(2) Photoinitiated polymerization-induced microphase separation for the preparation of nanoporous polymer films, Jaehoon Oh and Myungeun Seo*, ACS Macro Lett. 4, 1244-1248 (2015).
(3) Induction and control of supramolecular chirality by light in self-assembled helical nanostructures, Jisung Kim, Jinhee Lee, Woo Young Kim, Hyungjun Kim, Sanghwa Lee, Hee Chul Lee, Yoon Sup Lee, Myungeun Seo* and Sang Youl Kim*, Nat. Commun. 486, 29-39 (2015).
(4) Hierarchically porous polymers from hyper-cross-linked block polymer precursors, Myungeun Seo*, Soobin Kim, Jaehoon Oh, Sun-Jung Kim and Marc A. Hillmyer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 600-603 (2015).
(5) Reticulated nanoporous polymers by controlled polymerization-induced microphase separation, Myungeun Seo and Marc A. Hillmyer*, Science 336, 1422–1425 (2012).