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New Materials Chemistry Lab

Professor : Seung-Joo Kim
Woncheon-Hall 111
Tel : +82-31-219-2661, +82-31-219-1843 Fax : +82-31-219-1615
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<Synthesis of novel solid state materials and characterization of their crystal structures>
The preparation of new functional materials is a main goal of our research program. The research is focused on solid electrolytes, electrode materials and magnetic materials. The developments of new effective synthetic routes which include hydro/solvothermal method, sol-gel method and chemical vapor transport method, etc. are also important parts of the research. The crystal structures of new materials are determined by using the powder X-ray/neutron diffraction.

<Investigation of structure-property relationships>
To better understand the relationships between crystal structure and physical property and to further explore unique and novel phenomena that are associated with some structural variations, we are actively synthesizing various transition metal compounds (oxides, nitrides, fluorides and sulfides) and investigating their physicochemical properties. Recent research interests are focused on the fundamental electrochemical properties such as Li intercalation/deintercalation and peudocapacitive behaviors of the new materials. This research subjects are performing under collaboration with other related research teams.

Energy Utilization Laboratory

Professor : Yu Kwon Kim
Energy Center # 205
Tel : +82-31-219-2691,2896
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Energy Utilization Lab. in the Department of Energy Systems Research at Ajou University, is a laboratory in which various chemical processes that occur at gas-solid interface are being studied from the point of energy storage and utilization. Our research interests are in photocatalytic and thermal reactions on oxide systems, structure-reactivity relation in heterogeneous oxide catalysis, shape-controlled growth of oxide nanocrystals for photocatalysis and solar cells, and metal alloy systems for catalysis, batteries and hydrogen storage.

Organic Molecular Probes Laboratory

Professor : Hwan Myung Kim
Woncheon-Hall 222 (office), 102 (lab)
Tel : +82-31-219-2602 (office), +82-31-219-2613 (lab)
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Research in our group is focused on two major fields: i) bio-imaging probes and ii) nonlinear optical materials. i) Our lab uses molecular design, organic synthesis, and bioimaging approaches to create new chemical methods such as small molecule fluorescent probes and bioimaging tools for studying fundamental aspects and early diagnosis of human disorders. ii) We also pursue a variety of nonlinear optical and two-photon absorption materials for possible applications in opto-electronics and multi-photon microscopy.

ECMC lab (Electroanalytical Chemistry & Materials Chemistry Lab)

Professor : Sun-il Mho
Wonchon Hall 244-1
Tel : +82-31-219-2614
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ECMC Lab, Ajou University, Graduate School of Energy System is a research group interested in the synthesis of nano-crystalline functional materials. Recently, ECMC Lab is working on issued cathode materials, LiMnPO4, LiFePO4, Li2FeSiO4, LiMn2O4, LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, etc., for using next generation Li ion battery (LIB).
Morphology, crystallinity, and microstructure, as well as the intrinsic properties, are key factors of nano-crystal/composite electrode materials for high capacity, excellent cycle stability, and high rate performance.

Molecular Dynamics Laboratory

Advisor : Chun-Woo Lee Professor
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Phone : +82-31-219-2606
Laboratory : +82-31-219-2596
Research area : Physical Chemistry (theory)
Research interests : Molecular dynamics, Photoionization

We develops analysis tools for controlling photoionization processes. The analysis tools is the basis for PFI-ZEKE or MATI spectroscopy which yield the most precise molecular ion spectra. They also provide fundamental theories for such analysis tools as AES, XPS, EXAFS and XANES used in catalytic researches. We developed theoretical tools to isolated Rydberg series in autoionization spectra which enables us to study each series separately. We also constructed an autoionization process map with which we can design the desired photoionization process. The analysis tools developed with multichannel quantum defect theory (MQDT) allow us to study channel coupling effect in overlapping resonance in complex spectra.

Green Catalysis lab

Professor : Hye-Young Jang
Woncheon Hall Room No. 225
Tel : 219-2942
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Green Catalysis Lab conducts research on development of new catalysts and catalytic reactions under environmentally benign conditions. Mainly, we have investigated CO2 utilization technologies and TiO2 photocatalytic reactions. Graduate students have an opportunity to learn synthetic organic chemistry specialized in green catalytic reactions, which can be applied to many industrial processes.

Biomolecular Spectroscopy Lab

Advisor : Hyuk KANG
Woncheon Hall #214 (office), #221 (lab), #138 (lab)
Tel : +82-31-219-2598 (office), +82-31-219-2897 (lab)
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We study structure, properties, and interactions of biomolecuels using laser spectroscopy. In order to study intrinsic and solvent-induced molecualr properties separately, we conduct our research in low-temperature gas phase molecular beams and clusters, which are molecules with known amount solvent attached. We also extend our research to biological macromolecules using laser desorption and low temperature ion trap. We indentify conformational structure of a biomolecule by applying UV-UV hole-buring and IR-UV double resonance techniques.

Computational Quantum Chemistry/History and Philosophy of Science Lab.

Professor : Jae Shin Lee
Wonchun Hall 244 Tel. 031-219-2597
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There are two important research topics in our laboratory. The first topic of interest is to study the structure and binding of molecules and molecular clusters using quantum chemical methods. We are interested in quantum chemical studies of simple molecules with biological importance. The second topic of interest in our laboratory is concerned with the history and philosophy of perspectives on the origins of the universe and life. We are interested in historical and philosophical changes in the perspectives on the origins of the universe and life with time.


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