Jaehong Kim

Henry P. Becton Sr. Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Room / Office: Room 525
Office Address:
17 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208263
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 432-4386
Fax: (203) 432-4387
Email: jaehong.kim@yale.edu
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., Seoul National University
  • B.S., Seoul National University


  • Application of nanomaterials and single atom catalysts for water treatment
  • Advanced Materials-Based Approaches toward Solar Water Disinfection (photochemical and photothermal)
  • Photocatalytic and electrochemical Processes for Environmental and Energy Application

Selected Awards & Honors:

  • First Runner-Up, Environmental Science & Technology 2017 Top Environmental Technology Paper (2018)
  • Ackerman Award for Teaching and Mentoring, Yale University (2017)
  • Elected Member, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (2016)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) (2015)
  • Barton L. Weller Endowed Professorship, Yale University (2013)
  • Bill Schultz Junior Faculty Teaching Award, School of CEE, Georgia Tech (2013)
  • Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2013)
  • Georgia Power Distinguished Endowed Professorship, Georgia Tech (2012)
  • Environmental Science & Technology 2011 Top Environmental Technology Paper Award (2012)
  • Environmental Engineering Faculty Award, AEES at Georgia Tech (2010)
  • Carlton S. Wilder Endowed Professorship, Georgia Tech (2009)
  • Paul L. Busch Award, Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) (2009)
  • Excellence in Review Award, Environmental Science & Technology (2009)
  • Excellence in Research Award, School of CEE, Georgia Tech (2009)
  • CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Georgia Tech (2007)

Selected Publications:

  • Lee, J.S.; von Gunten, U.; Kim, J.H. "Persulfate-based Advanced Oxidation: Critical Assessment of Opportunities and Roadblocks." Environmental Science & Technology, 2020, 54, 3064-3081
  • Chu, C.; Zhu, Q.; Pan, Z.; Gupta, S.; Huang, D.; Du, Y.; Weon, S.; Wu, Y.; Muhich, C.; Stavitski, E.; Domen, K.; Kim, J.H. "Spatially Separating Redox Centers on 2D Carbon Nitride with Cobalt Single Atom for Photocatalytic H2O2 Production." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2020, 117, 6376-6382
  • Chu, C.; Ryberg, E.; Loeb, S.; Suh, M.J.; Kim, J.H. "Water Disinfection in Rural Areas Demands Unconventional Solar Technologies." Accounts of Chemical Research, 2019, 52, 5, 1187-1195
  • Suh, M.; Shen, Y.; Chan; C.; Kim, J.H. "Titanium Dioxide–Layered Double Hydroxide Composite Material for Adsorption-Photocatalysis of Water Pollutants." Langmuir, 2019, 35, 8699-8708
  • Loeb, S.K.; Kim, J.; Jiang, C.; Early, L.S.; Wei, H.; Li, Q.; Kim, J.H. "Nanoparticle Enhanced Interfacial Solar Photothermal Water Disinfection Demonstrated in 3-D Printed Flow-Through Reactors." Environmental Science & Technology, 2019, 53, 7621-7631
  • Chu, C.; Huang, D.; Zhu, Q.; Stavitski, E.; Spies, J.A.; Pan, J.A.; Mao, J.; Xin, H. L.; Schmuttenmaer, C.A.; Hu, S.; Kim, J.H. "Electronic Tuning of Metal Nanoparticles for Highly Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Peroxide Production." ACS Catalysis, 2019, 1, 626-631
  • Loeb, S.K.; Alvarez, P.J.J.; Brame, J.A.; Cates, E.L.; Choi, W.; Crittenden, J.; Dionysiou, D.D.; Li, Q.; Li-Puma, G.; Quan, X.; Sedlak, D.L.; Waite, T.D.; Westerhoff, P.; Kim, J.H. "The Technology Horizon for Photocatalytic Water Treatment: Sunrise or Sunset?" Environmental Science & Technology, 2019, 53, 2937-2947
  • Zhou, X.; Zhao, Y.Y.; Kim, S.R.; Elimelech, M.; Hu, S.; Kim, J.H. "Controlled TiO2 Growth on Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Membranes by Atomic Layer Deposition: Mechanisms and Potential Applications." Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52, 14311-14320
  • Ryberg, E.; Chu, C.; Kim, J.H. "Edible Dye-Enhanced Solar Disinfection with Safety Indication." Environmental Science & Technology, 2018, 52, 13361-13369
  • Huang, D.; de Vera, G.A.; Chu, C.; Zhu, Q.; Stavitski, E.; Mao, J.; Xin, H.; Spies, J.A.; Schmuttenmaer, C.A.; Niu, J.; Haller, G.L.; Kim, J.H. "Single-Atom Pt Catalyst for Effective C-F Bond Activation via Hydrodefluorination." ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8, 9353–9358
  • Hodges, B.C.; Cates, E.L.; Kim, J.H. "Challenges and Prospects of Advanced Oxidation Water Treatment Processes Using Catalytic Nanomaterials." Nature Nanotechnology, 2018, 13, 642-650
  • Mauter, M.S.; Zucker, I.; Perreault, F.; Werber, J.R.; Kim, J.H.; Elimelech, M. "The Role of Nanotechnology in Tackling Global Water Challenges." Nature Sustainability, 2018, 1, 166-175
  • Sun, M.; Chu, C.; Geng, F.; Lu, X.; Qu, J.; Crittenden, J.; Elimelech, M.; Kim, J.H. "Reinventing Fenton Chemistry: Iron Oxychloride Nanosheet for pH-Insensitive H2O2 Activation." Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 2018, 5, 186-191
  • Hagstrom, A.L.; Lee, H.L.; Shin, S.J.; Lee, M.S.; Choe, H.S.; Jung, J.; Park, B.G.; Han, W.S.; Ko, J.S.; Kim, J.H.; Kim, J.H. "Flexible and Micropatternable Triplet–Triplet Annihilation Upconversion Thin Films for Photonic Device Integration and Anti-Counterfeiting Applications." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10, 8985-8992

Recent Keynote Speeches and Honorable Talks:

  • Keynote Speech, Luminescent Materials for Photon Upconversion Symposium, Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, April 2017
  • Plenary Speech, Basic Research Needs for the Energy-Water Nexus Workshop, Department of Energy, Washington DC, January 2017
  • Keynote Speech, Innovative Materials & Technologies for Environmental Sustainability Session, American Chemical Society Annual Conference, Philadelphia, August 2016

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