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).

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