Minjun specalizes in the design and synthesis of functional nanoporous materials with novel nanoarchitectures

Minjun's research focuses on the design and synthesis of functional nanoporous materials with novel nanoarchitectures, and their potential towards energy storage and conversion applications. Consdiering himself as a researcher seeking both fundamental and practical aspects of materials science, Minjun has specifically investigated how the physical properties of materials are translated into the electrochemical properties based on the concept of 'Nanoarchitectonics'.

Minjun received his bachelor degree from the University of Queensland in 2015. After that, he joined the National Defence Research Institute (NDRI) located in Seoul, South Korea as a research assistant (2015-2017). He is a current PhD student at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology (AIBN), the UQ. Under the supervision of Prof. Yusuke Yamauchi, he has successfully designed and synthesized various novel porous carbon materials, and specifically investigated the effect of unique nanoarchitectures on the electrochemical properties. To date, Minjun has published 40 research articles (11 as a first author and 1 as a corresponding author) in international peer-reviewed journals and recieved >1,500 citations (h-index of 19). 


​Minjun has collaborated with industrial partners in Australia, Japan, and China, and was responsible for the synthesis of functional porous materials to be used in batteries, fuel cells, and anticorrosive steel coating.


Minjun has collaborated and published joint papers with many leading researchers from various institutions around the world, including National Insitute for Materials Science and Waseda University in Japan, Yonsei University, and Korean Institute of Mastierals Science in South Korea, East China Normal University, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Qingdao University, and Jinan University in China, and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.

Key Publications

M. Kim, K. L. Firestein, J. F. S. Fernando, X. Xu, H. Lim, D. V. Golberg, J. Na, J. Kim, H. Nara, J. Tang, Y. Yamauchi. Strategic design of Fe and N co-doped hierarchically porous carbon as superior ORR catalyst: from the perspective of nanoarchitectonics. Chemical Science, 13, 10836-10845 (2022). (Selected by Chemical Science as one of 'Most popular 2022 catalysis articles')

​M. Kim, R. Xin, J. Earnshaw, J. Tang, J. P. Hill, A. Ashok, A. K. Nanjundan, J. Kim, C. Young, Y. Sugahara, J. Na, Y. Yamauchi. MOF-derived nanoporous carbons with diverse tunable nanoarchitectures. Nature Protocols, 17, 2990–3027 (2022).

M. Kim, C. Wang, J. Earnshaw, T. Park, N. Amirilian, A. Ashok, J. Na, M. Han, A. E. Rowan, J. Li, J. W. Yi, Y. Yamauchi. Co, Fe and N co-doped 1D assembly of hollow carbon nanoboxes for high-performance supercapacitors. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 10, 24056-24063 (2022). (Selected as one of 'Journal of Materials Chemistry A HOT Papers' and '2023 Journal of Materials Chemistry A Lunar New Year collection')

M. Kim, X. Xu, R. Xin, J. Earnshaw, A. Ashok, J. Kim, T. Park, A. K. Nanjundan, W. A. El-Said, J. W. Yi, J. Na, Y. Yamauchi. KOH-Activated Hollow ZIF-8 Derived Porous Carbon: Nanoarchitectured Control for Upgraded Capacitive Deionization and Supercapacitor. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 13, 44, 52034–52043 (2021).

M. Kim, T. Park, C. Wang, J. Tang, H. Lim, M. S. A. Hossain, M. Konarova, J. W. Yi, J. Na, J. Kim, Y. Yamauchi. Tailored Nanoarchitecturing of Microporous ZIF-8 to Hierarchically Porous Double-Shell Carbons and Their Intrinsic Electrochemical Property. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,12, 30, 34065–34073 (2020).