I have been studying for my PhD degree in Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University since 2011. I studied chemistry for undergraduate and environmental engineering for MS both at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea.

My research interest is metallic membranes for energy and environmental applications, including composite membrane fabrication, material analyses, membrane gas permeation measurements, and atomic-scale modeling of metallic membrane systems.

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Metallic membranes for energy and environmental application
CO2 capture and storage (CCS)
Hydrogen (H2) production and utilization
Metal-hydrogen and metal-nitrogen interaction

Thin-metal composite fabrication
Material characterization (SEM, XRD, XPS)
In-situ X-ray Diffraction using synchrotron radiation lightsource

Plane-wave density functional theory (DFT)
Electronic structure theory

Lab Affiliations

All Publications

  • Understanding Deviations in Hydrogen Solubility Predictions in Transition Metals through First-Principles Calculations JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C Lee, K., Yuan, M., Wilcox, J. 2015; 119 (34): 19642-19653
  • Nitrogen Adsorption, Dissociation, and Subsurface Diffusion on the Vanadium (110) Surface: A DFT Study for the Nitrogen-Selective Catalytic Membrane Application JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C Rochana, P., Lee, K., Wilcox, J. 2014; 118 (8): 4238-4249

    View details for DOI 10.1021/jp411763k

    View details for Web of Science ID 000332188100043

  • Effect of marine environmental factors on the phase equilibrium of CO2 hydrate INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Kyung, D., Lee, K., Kim, H., Lee, W. 2014; 20: 285-292
  • Advancing Adsorption and Membrane Separation Processes for the Gigaton Carbon Capture Challenge ANNUAL REVIEW OF CHEMICAL AND BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING, VOL 5 Wilcox, J., Haghpanah, R., Rupp, E. C., He, J., Lee, K. 2014; 5: 479-?


    Reducing CO2 in the atmosphere and preventing its release from point-source emitters, such as coal and natural gas-fired power plants, is a global challenge measured in gigatons. Capturing CO2 at this scale will require a portfolio of gas-separation technologies to be applied over a range of applications in which the gas mixtures and operating conditions will vary. Chemical scrubbing using absorption is the current state-of-the-art technology. Considerably less attention has been given to other gas-separation technologies, including adsorption and membranes. It will take a range of creative solutions to reduce CO2 at scale, thereby slowing global warming and minimizing its potential negative environmental impacts. This review focuses on the current challenges of adsorption and membrane-separation processes. Technological advancement of these processes will lead to reduced cost, which will enable subsequent adoption for practical scaled-up application.

    View details for DOI 10.1146/annurev-chembioeng-060713-040100

    View details for Web of Science ID 000340198000023

    View details for PubMedID 24702296

  • Stochastic nature of carbon dioxide hydrate induction times in Na-montmorillonite and marine sediment suspensions INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL Lee, K., Lee, S., Lee, W. 2013; 14: 15-24
  • Theoretical and experimental investigations of N-2-selective membranes GHGT-11 Rochana, P., Ozdogan, E., Lee, K., Wilcox, J. 2013; 37: 1093-1103
  • Mercury adsorption and oxidation in coal combustion and gasification processes INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COAL GEOLOGY Wilcox, J., Rupp, E., Ying, S. C., Lim, D., Negreira, A. S., Kirchofer, A., Feng, F., Lee, K. 2012; 90: 4-20