• PROfessor

Prof. Kwan Woo Nam

Assistant Professor

Division of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science,

ELTECH College of Engineering, Ewha Womans University,

52, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03760, Republic of Korea

Phone: +82-2-3277-4708 / E-mail: kwanwoo@ewha.ac.kr


  • Education

PhD, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Republic of Korea (2016)

- Advisor: Prof. Jang Wook Choi (Current Affiliation: Seoul National University)

- Thesis: Hydrated Layered Cathodes for High Performance Sodium and Magnesium Rechargeable Batteries

MS, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Republic of Korea (2012)

- Advisor: Prof. Jung-Ki Park

- Thesis: A Study of Surface Treated Graphene Support for Enhancing The Catalytic Activity and Stability for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in PEMFC

BS, Hanyang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (2010)

- Materials Science and Engineering, Summa Cum Laude

  • Experience

- Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Ewha Womans University (2021/03~Present)

- Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University (2018/09 ~ 2021/01)

(Advisor: Prof. Fraser Stoddart (the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry))

- Senior Researcher, Battery Research and Development, LG Chem. Research Park (2016/02 ~ 2018/08)

(Part Leader in Developing Advanced Separators for Lithium-Ion Batteries)

- Visiting Aurbach Group at Bar-Ilan University in Israel (2014)

(Prof. Doron Aubach: The first developer of rechargeable Mg batteries)

- Visiting Kanno and Takayangi Group at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan (2014)

(Prof. Ryoji Kanno: Pioneer in the development of all-solid-state batteries)

(Prof. Kunnio Takayanagi: Leading STM analysis group)

- Military Service, Republic of Korea Auxiliary Police in Yangju Police Station (2005/01 ~ 2007/01)

  • awards and honors

- Guest Editor for the Journal of "Energies" (2020 ~ 2021)

- Editors' Highlights and Top 50 Chemistry and Materials Science Articles in 2019 from Nature Communications

- Top 3 Researchers for Many Patents within the Materials Group of the LG Chem. Battery Research Institute in 2017

- Awarded for Excellent Researcher in the Second Half of 2017

- Full National Grantee, KAIST (2010 ~ 2016)

- Summa Cum Laude, Hanyang University (2010)

- Full Grantee, Dongbu Cultural Foundation (2008 ~ 2010)

- Industrial-Academic a Scholarship Student, Hyundai-Kia Motors Group (2008 ~2010)

  • Selected Publications

- K.W. Nam et al. "Redox-active Phenanthrenequinone Triangles in Aqueous Rechargeable Zinc Batteries"

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142, 5, 2541, 2020

- K.W. Nam et al. "Conductive 2D Metal-Organic Framework for High-Performance Cathodes in Aqueous Rechargeable Zinc Batteries"

Nature Communications, 10:4948, 1, 2020

(Editors' Highlights, Top 50 Chemistry and Materials Science Articles in 2019)

- K.W. Nam et al. "Crystal Water for High Performance Layered Manganese Oxide Cathodes in Aqueous Rechargeable Zinc Batteries"

Energy & Environmental Science, 12, 1999, 2019

- K.W. Nam et al. "Direct Observation of Anomalous Spinel-to-Layered Phase Transition Mediated by Crystal Water intercalation"

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 54, 50, 15094, 2015

- K.W. Nam et al. "The High Performance of Crystal Water Containing Manganese Birnessite Cathodes for Magnesium Batteries"

Nano Letters, 15, 6, 4071, 2015

- K.W. Nam et al. "Critical Role of Crystal Water for a Layered Cathode Material in Sodium Ion Batteries"

Chemistry of Materials, 27, 10, 2015

  • Scholary Activities

- Peer Review: Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Energy & Environmental Science, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Chemistry of Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Nano Energy, Electrochimica Acta, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy,

  • research Interests

- Rechargeable Batteries, Fuel Cells, Electrochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry