I am currently a faculty member at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. Previously, I was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Theory Department of the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany. My research focuses on the development and application of materials theory for modern-day technologies. My primary interest lies in the fundamental understanding of the chemistry and physics of materials, probed via novel first-principles computational methods. By applying state-of-the-art density-functional theory (DFT) calculations and the use of statistical thermodynamics, simulations of poly-atomic systems are used to understand and predict the structure and properties of solids and their surfaces which includes studying the interactions and reactions of molecules adsorbed on surfaces, and the energetics of defects on surfaces (as well as interfaces) and in the bulk. Additionally, one of my other interests involves the development of new teaching methods designed to engage students in the disciplines of materials chemistry and physics, by helping individuals learn to think, analyze data, and write scientifically. At the undergraduate level, I also actively mentor undergraduate students, engaging them in fundamental research at an early stage. Through such mentorship and actual hands-on experience, I hope to arm and equip students with the fundamental knowledge and skills they need to become fully functional material scientists and engineers.
Biography Updated on 6 January 2013