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Organic Molecular Probes and Optical Materials Laboratory

Professor: Hwan Myung Kim Laboratory Location: 222 (office), 102 (lab) in Woncheon-Hall
Tel: +82-31-219-2602 (office), +82-31-219-2613 (lab)

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  Laboratory Location: Wonchon Hall 244-1
Tel: +82-31-219-2614

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.

Organic Opto-Electronic Materials & Device Laboratory

Professor:Na Young Ha Laboratory Location: Woncheon Hall 436/439-1
Tel: +82-31-219-2578, FAX: +82-31-219-1615

Organic materials can be a low-cost alternative (or with enhanced functionalities) for conventional opto-electronic devices because of easy fabrication, simple manufacturing steps,and possibility of mass-production. We design, fabricate, and characterize organic opto-electronic devices with nanostructured materials.

ULPL (Ultrafast Lasers & Photonics Laboratory)

Professor: Fabian Rotermund (Sang Min Lee) Tel : +82-31-219-2591

The research interests of our ULPL include development of ultrafast lasers/amplifiers, low-dimensional carbon nanostructures for photonic applications, novel nonlinear optical materials, broadband (UV/VIS/IR to THz) time-resolved & nonlinear spectroscopy, laser interference lithography and femtosecond laser machining. Recently, we developed novel saturable absorbers based on carbon nanotubes and graphene as switching devices for efficient passive mode-locking of various ultrafast lasers operating in broad spectral ranges between 800 nm and 2100 nm.
Our Laboratory is supported by National Research Foundation of Korea as a National Leading Research laboratory since 2011. Currently, 3 Ph.D. students, 2 master and 2 undergraduate students are working in ULPL.

New Materials Chemistry Lab.

Professor: Seung-Joo Kim Laboratory Location: Woncheon-Hall 111
Tel: +82-31-219-2661, +82-31-219-1843 Fax: +82-31-219-1615

The research subjects of this laboratory are as follows;
<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 cooperative 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.

Green Catalysis lab

Professor: Hye-Young Jang  Laboratory Location: Woncheon Hall Room No. 225
Tel: +82-31-219-2942

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.

Materials Processing Laboratory

Professor : Chee Burm Shin Tel: +82-31-219-2949 Website:

Materials Processing Laboratory (MPL) has been working on the modeling and simulation of chemical processes, electrochemical systems, and microelectronics processing. The main research topic of MPL is currently the performance modeling of batteries. Over the last 20 years, a broad range of batteries have been examined at MPL. The recent focus is on the lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) for hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle applications. Research to overcome the limitations of LIB related to the safety, limited life, and poor performance at low temperature based on modeling is being conducted at MPL.

Ultrafast Fiber Lasers and Device Lab

Professor : Dong-Il Yeom Tel : +82-31-219-2591

Ultrafast Fiber Lasers and Devices Lab (UFLD Lab._) conducts the research on ultrafast lasers and related photonic devices. Currently we investigates cost-effective ultrafast fiber lasers and novel micro/nano photonics devices based on nano-materials including carbon nanotube (CNT) and graphene. Based on our fundamental research, the applications to ultra-fine optical frequency metrology and novel bio-imaging applications are considered.

Green Chemical Processing Laboratory:

Professor: Eun Duck PARK Laboratory Location: Room 204 Chemical Engineering Laboratory
Tel: 82-31-219-2384

We are studying to increase the productivity and energy efficiency for the chemical processes based on the catalytic chemistry and also trying to develop eco-friendly chemical processes. Main research topics are as follows:

  1. (1) Catalytic chemistry: the design, synthesis, and modification of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts for new
    chemical reactions
  2. (2) Green chemistry and clean chemical processes to reduce CO2 emissions and toxic chemicals
  3. (3) Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials
  4. (4) Fuel processing catalysts and fuel cells

Energy Modeling Laboratory

Professor : Suduk Kim Laboratory Location: Energy Center 202
Tel : +82-31-219-2698

Energy Modeling Lab deals with energy problems from an economist' point of view. The lab tackles energy, economics and climate change issues.

Energy Utilization Laboratory

Professor: Yu Kwon Kim Laboratory Location : Energy Center 205
Tel: +82-31-219-2691,2896

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.

Nanodevices & Nanocharacterization Laboratory

Professor: Ji-Yong Park Laboratory Location: Wonchon Hall 109-2
Tel : +82-31-219-2590

Our research interests include fabrication and analysis of nanodevices utilizing new nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, and semiconducting nanowires. Development and utilization of nanocharacterization methods using atomic force micrscopy are another research topic in the lab.

  1. 1. Fabrication of nanodevices and their characterization
    • - Synthesis of carbon nanotube, graphene, semiconducting nanowires
    • - Nanotransistor, chemical/biological sensors, nanophotonic device, flexible device
  2. 2. Nanocharacterization
    • - Topographic and electrical imaging with high spatial resolution with atomic force microscopy
    • - Functional imaging of nanodevices using atomic force microscopy

EP Lab (Energy Pocess Lab)

Professor : Hyung Taek Kim Laboratory Location : Energy Center 102
Tel : +82-31-219-2971, 2972, 2694

EP Lab, Graduate School of Energy System Department, is intended to seek out the improvement about existing fossil-fuel energy system and new alternative energy technologies by using principle of thermodynamics and simulation tool. Our laboratory tries to optimize the energy system through learning specific field, such as technology of energy conversion, environmental energy engineering and energy process control.
Our main field of research is coal gasification using the concept of partial oxidation of coal. Recently, we are carrying out a study of catalytic gasification to improve the conditions for production of high concentration methane in syngas, low rank coal gasification to develop ash deposition mechanism and controlling method in transport gasifier and simulation of underground coal gasification. We are also studying the fixation of Carbon dioxide by the use of fossil fuel to response to climate change. Students actively participate in each subject and acquire the skills and familiarize with the overall progress on the tasks performed to achieve the goal.

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