Dr. Jaemin Kim joined the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in 2018 as a Research Scientist – Materials Scientist. Jaemin Kim’s research broadly encompasses catalytic materials, with a particular focus on sustainable energy technologies.
Prior to joining the ISTC, he has worked to elucidate the electrocatalytic properties of the diverse nanocrystal structures, and the superprotonic phase transition of the solid acid electrolytes under nanoscale confinement for fuel cell applications. His more recent work on water dissociation for hydrogen generation demonstrated a new class of electrocatalysts with high efficiency and durability. He discovered that the catalytic efficacy could be importantly determined by the local geometric structure of the catalyst, leading a promising strategy in designing and optimizing the electrocatalysts.
His research area has been broadened after joining ISTC and primarily focused on the electrochemical degradation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances associated with environmental pollution.