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Hyunwoo Kim

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Room 3103, Phone: 042-350-2816 /


  • 2009: Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Toronto; Professor Jik Chin, advisor

  • 2004: M.Sc., Chemistry, Seoul National University; Professor B. Moon Kim, advisor

  • 2000: B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Chemistry, Seoul National University

Professional Experience

  • 2016-present: Associate Professor, KAIST

  • 2011-2016: Assistant Professor, KAIST

  • 2018-present: Non-Executive Director, Chiral Solutions, Inc.

  • 2009-2010: Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University, Professor James, L. Leighton, advisor

Honors and Awards

  • 2019: The Korean Society of Organic Synthesis's Young Scientist Award

  • 2018: Excellence Teaching Award for Graduate Major Courses

  • 2017: Asian-Core Program Lectureship Award (China & Hong Kong)

  • 2016: Organic Chemistry Division Award for Young Researchers

  • 2015: Research Award from Chemistry Department

  • 2015: Asian-Core Program Lectureship Award (Japan)

  • 2014: Excellence Teaching Award for Graduate Major Courses

  • 2013: Asian-Core Program Lectureship Award (China & Taiwan)

  • 2012: Excellece Teaching Award

  • 2012: Asian-Core Program Lectureship Award (Singapore)

  • 2004-2006: Government of Canada Award

Research Interests

  • Organic Synthesis, Enantioselective Reactions, Organocatalysis, Transition-metal Catalysis,
    Chiral Sensors, Molecular Recognition, Computational Chemistry, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Green Chemistry, Industrial-scale Reactions

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