August 18, 2016

An Orthogonal Approach to Sulfur Cathodes!!! Our collaborative work entitled "A Rational Sulfur Cathode Design for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries: Sulfur-embedded Benzoxazine Polymers" is just accepted for publication in ACS Energy Letters. Congratulations SH and TH for this excellent piece of work and also special thanks to our fantastic collaborator Prof. Jang Wook Choi.

August 10, 2016

Supramolecular approach for amine capture&sensing!! Our manuscript entitled "Diazapyrenium-based porous cationic polymers for colorimetric amine sensing and capture from CO2 scrubbing conditions" is just accepted for publication in RSC Advances. Congratulations Kahee for this nice piece of work!!


July 15, 2016


MONA Lab members recognized as SciFinder® Future Leaders in Chemistry for the third year in a row!!!

Ms Yearin Byun was selected as one of the 2016 SciFinder® Future Leaders in Chemistry!


She will join an elite group of 25 scientists selected worldwide, who have broadened their understanding of how chemical information can advance research and who have extended their network of peers along the way. They will help shape the future of chemical information at the ACS Philadelphia meeting in August! Congratulations Yearin, well done!!! 
June 2, 2016


Host-guest chemistry approach for gas separation!! Our manuscript entitled "Pillar[5]arene Based Conjugated Microporous Polymers for Propane/Methane Separation Through Host-Guest Complexation" is just accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials. Congratulations Siddulu for this excellent work!!


April 20, 2016

Conducting hierarchical MOFs! Our manuscript entitled "Graphene/ZIF-8 composites with tunable hierarchical porosity and electrical conductivity" is just accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Congratulations to Daeok for this excellent work!!

January 27, 2016



Sang Hyun gets silver recognition from Samsung!!  Sang Hyun received a Silver Medal in the 22nd HumanTech Paper Award Competition from the Energy&Environment division organized by Samsung Electronics and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. This award is to discover and support outstanding undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) fields. Congratulations!!!

January 8, 2016



Elemental stabilization!! Our manuscript entitled "Elemental Sulfur Mediated Facile Synthesis of a Covalent Triazine Framework for High Performance Lithium-Sulfur Batteries" is just accepted for publication in Angewantde Chemie and selected as a Very Important Paper, VIP. Congratulations to Siddulu and Tae Hoon for this excellent work! and many thanks to our superb collaborator Prof. Jang Wook Choi!!
December 10, 2015


Siddulu`s Chemistry of Materials article describing nanoporus organocatalysts based on sterically confined NHCs for CO2 capture and conversion (Chem. Mater., 2015, 27, 6818–6826) is highlighted in SYNFACTS (Synfacts, 2015, 11, 1274) as "One Stone Two Birds with a NHC Sponge". Synfacts selects the most significant results on the synthesis of materials and unnatural products that appear in the literature considered as the future trends in synthetic chemistry.

November 30, 2015

Interfacial templation!! Our manuscript entitled "Graphene oxide templated preferential growth of continuous MOF thin films" is just accepted for publication in CrystEngComm for the themed issue on New Talent! Congratulations to Daeok for this excellent work!!
November 10, 2015

Organic zeolites!! Our manuscript entitled "Porous cationic polymers: The impact of counteranions and charges on CO2 capture and conversion" is just accepted for publication in Chemical Communications! Congratulations to Onur for this excellent work!!


October 1, 2015

Supra-Battery!!! Our manuscript entitled "Dynamic Crosslinking of Polymeric Binders Based on Host-Guest Interactions for Silicon Anodes in Lithium Ion Batteries" is just accepted for publication in ACS Nano! Congratulations to Taewoo for this excellent work! and thanks to our excellent collaborator Prof. Jang Wook Choi!


September 18, 2015

Nanoporous organocatalysts !! Our manuscript entitled "Nanoporous Polymers Incorporating Sterically Confined N-Heterocyclic Carbenes For Simultaneous CO2 Capture and Conversion at Ambient Pressure" is just accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials! Congratulations Siddulu for this excellent work!



July 21, 2015

The way you synthesize makes difference!! Our manuscript entitled "Systematic Investigation of the Effect of Polymerization Routes on the Gas Sorption Properties of Nanoporous Azobenzene Polymers" is just accepted for publication in Chemistry A European Journal! Congratulations Onur and Sang Hyun for this excellent work!


July 9, 2015

Copper-based solar cells!! Our manuscript entitled "Electron Injection from Copper Diimine Sensitizers into TiO2: Structural Effects and Their Implications for Solar Energy Conversion Devices" is just accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society! Congratulations Onur!



May 31, 2015

MONA Lab members recognized as SciFinder® Future Leaders in Chemistry for second year in a row!

Taewoo is named as one of the 2015 SciFinder® Future Leaders in Chemistry!

He will join an elite group of 19 scientists selected worldwide, who have broadened their understanding of how chemical information can advance research and who have extended their network of peers along the way. They will help shape the future of chemical information at the ACS Boston meeting in August! Congratulations!
May 18, 2015

Thinking outside the cage!! Our manuscript entitled "Thinking Outside the Cage: Controlling the Extrinsic Porosity and Gas Uptake Properties of Shape Persistent Molecular Cages in Nanoporous Polymers" is just accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials! Congratulations Onur!
April 17, 2015

Porous Graphene Networks! Our manuscript entitled "Catalyst-free Synthesis of Porous Graphene Networks as Efficient Sorbents for CO2 and H2," is just accepted for publication in ChemPlusChem for the Early Career Series (ECS)! Congratulations Kyung Seob!


March 16, 2015

Graphene nanoribbons goes porous!!
Our manuscript entitled "Bottom-up Approach for the Synthesis of a Three- Dimensional Nanoporous Graphene Nanoribbon Framework and Its Gas Sorption Properties" is just accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials! Congratulations Yearin!

March 1, 2015

Ali is now promoted to Associate Professor! 
February 1, 2015



Ms Yoon Jeong Lee joins MONA Lab as a MSc student. Yoon received her bachelors degree in Chemistry from Ajou University. She will develop new nanoporous polymer incorporating well-defined cavities for CO2 capture and separation.



Welcome Yoon! 
January 30, 2015

Gummy binders! Our manuscript entitled "Millipede-inspired Structural Design Principles for High Performance Polysaccharide Binders in Silicon Anodes" is just accepted for publication in Energy & Environmental Science. Congratulations to You Kyeong and Taewoo and thanks to our collaborator Prof. Jang Wook Choi!

December 12, 2014


Kyung Seob (SK) lands highly prestigious Kim Young Han Global Leader Scholarship. This scholarship is given to the select group of KAIST students every year, who has shown strong potential to be a global leader in the future. Congratulations SK!
December 4, 2014

Ali is invited to present at 27th Prestige Workshop organized by the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST).


September 18, 2014

Covalent or Noncovalent?: Our manuscript entitled "Systematic Molecular-Level Design of Binders Incorporating Meldrum`s Acid for Silicon Anodes in Lithium Rechargeable Batteries" is just accepted for publication in Advanced Materials. Congratulations to You Kyeong and Taewoo and thanks to our collaborator Prof. Jang Wook Choi!

Jiyoung Lee




Jiyoung Lee

ResearcherIDH-2670-2016

E-mail: jylee0910 [at] kaist.ac.kr

   M.Sc. Student

   Hometown: Republic of Korea

   Joined group: 2016, Spring

Education

2016 - B.Sc in Environmental Engineering & Chemical Engineering, Ajou University

Message: I graduated from Ajou University with a B.Sc degree in Environmental Engineering & Chemical Engineering in 2016. I realized that we can utilize wasted energy such as heat when I studied on thermoelectric materials in my undergraduate course. As such, I thought that wasted gas such as CO2, Methane, and CO can be converted into a useful energy source. This approach could be the key to adresss  the challenges of 21st century facing the humanity. In order to deal with these subjects, I joined MONA lab in 2016 spring at KAIST. Here, I am currently synthesizing and developing novel materials for real world applications with good lab members.

Selected Publications
September 1, 2014




Ms Ka Hee Kim joins MONA Lab as a MSc Student. Ka Hee received her bachelors degree in Polymer Engineering from Inha University. She will develop new porous materials designed for H2 capture  in MONA Lab. 


Welcome Ka Hee!
July 15, 2014


Dr. Siddulu Naidu Talapaneni joins MONA Lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr Siddulu received his PhD in July 2012 on functional mesoporous nitride materials for the selective adsorption and catalysis in the group of Prof. Ajayan Vinu at the World Premier International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA) in National Institute for Materials Science. He has a strong background in the synthesis of functional mesoporous materials such as mesoporous carbons, carbon nitrides and mesoporous silicates and their application in separation and catalysis. Onur will develop porous materials for CO2 capture & conversion and H2 storage in MONA Lab
Welcome Siddulu!
May 21, 2014

Sang Hyun is named as one of the 2014 SciFinder® Future Leaders in Chemistry!

He will join an elite group of 17 scientists selected worldwide, who have broadened their understanding of how chemical information can advance research and who have extended their network of peers along the way. They will help shape the future of chemical information in San Francisco in August! Congratulations!
April 2, 2014

Organic finally met inorganic! Our manuscript entitled "An Aqueous Sodium Ion Hybrid Battery Incorporating Organic Compound and Prussian Blue Derivative" is just accepted for publication in Advanced Energy Materials! In this collaborative article with Prof. Jang Wook Choi, we have combined our previously described naphthalenedimide based organic electrode with a prussian blue derivative to fabricate an aqueous sodium ion hybrid battery. Congratulations!

April 1, 2014


Srinivasan started his own research group! He joined as an INSPIRE Faculty to the polymer chemistry division of Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI). It is one of the highly prestigiuous Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) labs in India.