Minjoong Yoon received B.S. in chemistry from Seoul National University in 1971. He continued the graduate study under Professors G. Wilse Robinson and Pill-soon Song at Texas Tech University, and he received Ph.D in physical chemistry in 1981. After the post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School from 1981 to 1982, he returned to Korea to join the faculty member of Department of Chemistry at Chungnam National University. He spent one year from 1987 to 1988 at the University of Quebec as an invited professor, investigating photophysical properties of photosynthetic systems and fish visual pigments. He has collaborated with Professors Katsumi Tokumaru, Hiroshi Masuhara and Paul Barbara in Japan and USA in the research field of laser spectroscopy. His current research interests are molecular/nano photochemistry and photonics including development of solar energy conversion systems such as artificial photosynthetic systems, solar cells and solar fuels and visible light photocatalysts as well as nano-bio photonics and nano laser spectroscopy. In 2003, he received Ipjae Physical Chemistry Award and Academic Research Award from the Korean Chemical Society and the Korean Society of Photosciences, respectively. More honorable award is the APA Award for Distiguished Achievements received from the Asia-Oceania Photochemistry Association (APA) in 2009. In 2009-2010, he served as the president of the Korean Chemical Society (KCS). Currently, he is serving as the president of the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association (APA), an Associate Editor of the Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences (RSC), a member of the editorial board of both Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology C: Photochemistry Reviews and Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry.
Biography Updated on 12 August 2012