Synthesis of functional materials: organic/inorganic materials toward practical applications

Dr Jeonghun Kim has substantial expertise in the design, synthesis, and characterisation of functional materials including organics and inorganics for diverse applications. He has extensive experience in organic material design, organic synthesis, functional polymers, chemical and physical analysis, and material applications. He has developed several new conductive polymers with enhanced conductivity and optoelectronic properties through the molecular design and development of various processes and polymerisation methods. Recently, he is focusing on development of nanoarchitectured organic/inorganic materials for electrochemical energy storage, electrocatalysts, functional electrodes, environmental applications.

Dr Jeonghun Kim received his B.S. degree (2007) and Ph.D. degree (2012) in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Up to 2015, he worked at Dongjin Semichem Co., Ltd., in the Electronic Materials Division, R&D Center as a senior researcher for the development of conductive polymers at a large scale. Until 2017 he worked in University of Wollongong as visiting fellow and research associate fellow. From 2018, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), The University of Queensland, working on design and synthesis of functional organic/inorganic materials for energy and catalytic applications within the Yamauchi Group.

He is a named inventor on 34 patents registered in Korea, China, Japan, and USA including technology transfer of two patents, evidence of the strong commercial potential of his research. He has continued his research into conductive polymers while working in industry. His team at Dongjin Semichem Co., Ltd developed a highly conductive polymer dispersion solution and a large-scale synthesis process through catalytic polymerisation reaction by the high-level technique of polymer synthesis. 

He has been awarded 15 highly competitive awards, including the Fostering Next-generation Researchers Project Award from the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea (2016), FAPS young scientist poster award from the 1st Federation of Asian Polymer Societies (FAPS) Polymer Congress (2009), excellent paper awards from the Polymer Society of Korea (2012), excellent paper award, graduate school of Yonsei University (2011) and from The Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (2010).​


Dr Jeonghun Kim has established scientific collaborations with world-leading researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS, Japan), National Taiwan University (Taiwan), Chinese Academy of Science (China), Fudan Univeristy (China), Yonsei University (Korea), Kyung Hee University (Korea), Qingdao University of Science and Technology (China), Waseda University (Japan), Korea Institute of Materials Science (Korea), Dongguk University (Korea) etc. ​

Key Publications

  1. J. Kim, J. H. Kim, and K. Ariga “Redox Active Polymers for Energy Storage Nanoarchitectonics” Joules, 1, 739-768 (2017) 
  2. R. R. Salunkhe, Y. V. Kaneti, J. Kim, J. H. Kim, and Y. Yamauchi “Nanoarchitectures for metal-organic framework-derived nanoporous carbons toward supercapacitor applications” Accounts of Chemical Research, 49, 2796–2806 (2016).
  3. J. Kim, E. Lee, Y. Hong, B. Kim, M. Ku, D. Heo, J. Choi, J. Na, J. You, S. Haam, J.-S. Suh, E. Kim, J. Yang, “Self-doped conjugated polymeric nanoassembly by simplified process for optical cancer theragnosis” Advanced Functional Materials, 25, 2260-2269 (2015)
  4. J. Kim, J. K. Koh, B. Kim, J. H. Kim, E. Kim, “Nanopatterning of mesoporous inorganic oxide films for efficient light harvesting of dye-sensitized solar cells”. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 51, 28, 6864-6869 (2012).
  5.  J. Kim, J. You, B. Kim, T. Park, and E. Kim, “Solution processable and patternable poly(3,4-alkylenedioxythiophene)s for large area electrochromic films” Advanced Materials, 23, 4168-4173 (2011).​