Joo, Sang Hoon

Materials Chemistry and Catalysis Lab
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Research Topic

Our group's interests are mainly focused on the design of advanced materials for activating small molecule transformation reactions that are relevant to renewable energy conversion and commodity chemical production. We design new catalytic materials tailored at a molecular level in a function-oriented manner. Specific target catalytic materials include heteroatom-doped carbons, atomically dispersed metals, intermetallic compounds, and interstitial compounds. We utilize spectroscopy, microscopy, and theoretical calculations to characterize materials at an atomic level. We explore the reactivity of developed catalysts in a variety of catalytic reactions. Ultimately, we aim to design new catalysts that can break the scaling relationship in catalytic reactions, which may overcome the current limitation of activity and selectivity.


  • 2004 Ph.D. Materials Chemistry, KAIST
  • 2000 M.S. Chemistry, KAIST
  • 1998 B.S. Chemistry, KAIST


  • 2023– Professor, Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University
  • 2010–2023 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, UNIST
  • 2007–2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2004–2007 R&D Staff Member, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology


  1. “Direct Propylene Epoxidation with Oxygen Using a Photo-Electro-Heterogeneous Catalytic System”. Nat. Catal. 5, 37−44 (2022).
  2. “Ordered Mesoporous Carbons with Graphitic Tubular Frameworks by Dual Templating for Efficient Electrocatalysis and Energy Storage”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 60, 1441−1449 (2021).
  3. “Atomically Dispersed Pt−N4 Sites as Efficient and Selective Electrocatalysts for the Chlorine Evolution Reaction”, Nat. Commun. 11, 412 (2020).
  4. “Active Edge-Site-Rich Carbon Nanocatalysts with Enhanced Electron Transfer for Efficient Electrochemical Hydrogen Peroxide Production”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58, 1100−1105 (2019).
  5. “Oxygen-Deficient Triple Perovskites as Highly Active and Durable Bifunctional Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Electrode Reactions”, Sci. Adv. 4, eaap9360 (2018).
  6. “A General Approach to Preferential Formation of Active Fe−Nx Sites in Fe−N/C Electrocatalysts for Efficient Oxygen Reduction Reaction”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 15046−15056 (2016).

Search Papers

Minju Song, Yoonkyum Kim, Du San Baek, Ho Young Kim, Da Hwi Gu, Haiyang Li, Benjamin V. Cunning, Seong Eun Yang, Seung Hwae Heo, Seunghyun Lee, Minhyuk Kim, June Sung Lim, Hu Young Jeong, Jung-Woo Yoo, Sang Hoon Joo, Rodney S. Ruoff, Jin Young Kim, Jae Sung Son
Nature Communications, 2023, 14, 1, (2023-12-20) Link
Da Sol Jeong, Hoon Ju Lee, Young Jin Park, Hyuntae Hwang, Kyung Yeol Ma, Minsu Kim, June Sung Lim, Sang Hoon Joo, Jieun Yang, Hyeon Suk Shin
ACS Nano, 2023, 17, 23, (2023-12-12) Link
Du San Baek, Hyeong Yong Lim, Jinjong Kim, Jinyoung Lee, June Sung Lim, Dayeon Kim, Jong Hoon Lee, Ji-Wook Jang, Sang Kyu Kwak, Sang Hoon Joo
ACS Catalysis, 2023, 13, 20, (2023-10-20) Link
Geunsu Bae, Minho M. Kim, Man Ho Han, Junsic Cho, Dong Hyun Kim, Moulay-Tahar Sougrati, Jinjong Kim, Kug-Seung Lee, Sang Hoon Joo, William A. Goddard III, Hyung-Suk Oh, Hyungjun Kim, Frédéric Jaouen, Chang Hyuck Choi
Nature Catalysis, 2023, 6, (2023-09-28) Link
Myohwa Ko, June Sung Lim, Ji-Wook Jang, Sang Hoon Joo
ACS ES&T Engineering, 2023, 3, 7, (2023-07-14) Link
Young Jin Sa, Sohee Kim, Yesol Lee, Ji Man Kim, Sang Hoon Joo
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2023, 15, 26, (2023-07-05) Link
Junsic Cho, Taejung Lim, Haesol Kim, Ling Meng, Jinjong Kim, Seunghoon Lee, Jong Hoon Lee, Gwan Yeong Jung, Kug-Seung Lee, Francesc Viñes, Francesc Illas, Kai S. Exner, Sang Hoon Joo, Chang Hyuck Choi
Nature Communications, 2023, 14, 3233, (2023-06-03) Link
Ho Young Kim, Minki Jun, Kwangyeol Lee, Sang Hoon Joo
ACS Catalysis, 2023, 13, 1, (2023-01-06)