Research Interests

​Innovative technologies need to be developed to cope with current energy/environmental issues. Due to electron impact reactions in electrical discharges, a plasma technology can be considered to create innovative ideas to many energy/environmental applications. Plasma assisted combustion is my focused area, which includes a fuel reforming, electrically assisted flame control, and electrical discharge assisted combustion based on various plasma sources in atmospheric pressure.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 1999
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 1995
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, Pohang, Korea, 1993

Professional Profile

  • 2015 - present: Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011 – 2015: Principal Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2000 – 2011: Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM), Daejeon, Korea
    - Director, Department of Project Management and Technology Transfer (2010.2 – 2011.1)
    - Principal Research Scientist (2008.1 – 2011.1)
    - Senior Research Scientist (2000.3 – 2007.12)
  • 2005 – 2011: Adjunct Professor, University of Science and Technology (UST), Daejeon, Korea
  • 2007 – 2009: Adjunct Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea
  • 2004 – 2005: Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1999– 2000: Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Machinery and Design, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Scientific and Professional Memberships

​Combustion Institute, IEEE


  • ​Best Paper Award, Korean Society of Combustion, 2008
  • Ji Seok-Young Award (Patent of the year) Korea Intellectual Property Office, 2007
  • Newtech Korea Award (Technology of the year) Ministry of Knowledge Economy, 2007
  • Young Investigators Award, Third Asian Pacific Conference on Combustion, 2003

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering(PSE)