Jai Hyun Koh is a Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Seoul National University (SNU) with a M.S. and a B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. While at SNU, he conducted research under Dr. Kookheon Char on developing soft lithographic techniques for biomimetic water-repelling surfaces. After graduation, Jai Hyun worked as a research scientist at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) where he investigated catalytic materials for electrochemical CO2 reduction. In 2016, he moved to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering. He is co-advised by Dr. C. Grant Willson and Dr. Nathaniel A. Lynd. Jai Hyun is currently working on the synthesis of silicon-containing block copolymers and their applications in lithography and polymer electrolyte membranes.

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The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2016–present)
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Advisors: C. Grant Willson and Nathaniel A. Lynd

Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (2011–2013)
M.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering
Thesis titled Biomimetic Water-Repelling Hierarchical Surfaces
Advisor: Kookheon Char

Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (2007–2011)
B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Cum Laude


Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Fellow (Aug 2016–present)
McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Thesis Advisors: C. Grant Willson and Nathaniel A. Lynd
Synthesis of Silicon-Containing Block Copolymers and Their Applications in Lithography and Polymer Electrolytes Membranes

Research Scientist (Feb 2013–Jul 2016)
Clean Energy Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)
Research Advisors: Byoung Koun Min and Yun Jeong Hwang
Electrochemical CO2 Reduction Catalysts for Renewable Energy
– Synthesized efficient electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction.
– Designed photoelectrochemical CO2 conversion system & solar fuel generators.

Research Assistant (Mar 2011–Jan 2013)
National Creative Research Initiative Center for Intelligent Hybrids, Seoul National University
Thesis Advisor: Kookheon Char
Design of Biomimetic Water-Repelling Hierarchical Surfaces by Soft Lithography
– Developed soft lithographic techniques for multiscale surfaces made of polymers and inorganic nanoparticles.

Teaching Assistant (Sep 2011–Dec 2011)
School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University
Elementary Lab for Chemical and Biological Engineering
– Held office hours, taught students in laboratory and discussion sessions.

Undergraduate Research Program (Jul 2010–Dec 2010)
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Korea
Research Advisors: Hyunsik Yoon (SeoulTech) and Kookheon Char (SNU)
Wetting Characteristics on Biomimetic Hierarchical Surfaces
– Conducted research on the dependence of surface wettability on geometry of the surface.

Research and Education (R&E) (Jun 2005–Oct 2005)
Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education & Hansung Science High School, Korea
Research Advisor: Hun-Gi Hong (SNU)
Analysis of Heavy Metal Ions Using Carbon Electrode
– Conducted electrochemical detection and quantitative analysis of heavy metal ions in river.


Kwanjeong Fellowship (2016–present)
Graduate Dean’s Prestigious Fellowship Supplement (2016–present)
Bronze Prize, Samsung HumanTech Paper Award (2013)
Superior Academic Performance Scholarship, Seoul National University (2012)
Brain Korea 21 Scholarship, National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea (2011–2012)
National Undergraduate S&T Scholarship, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (2007–2011)
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) Scholarship (2006)
Bronze Prize, Korean Chemistry Olympiad (KChO) (2005)