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We are a young and active organic chemistry research group based at Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea. Our research interests span from the invention of new catalytic organic transformations to the design of novel catalysts to uncover previously unexplored pathways. The primary research direction pursued in our group is, to exploit fundamental homogeneous catalysis as a tool for further multidisciplinary and practical applications in the synthesis of biologically relevant molecules, materials science, and biological science.


  • (Ph.D.) 2015 Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University
  • (M.S.) 2012 Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University
  • (B.S.) 2010 Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University


  • 2019 – present Assistant Professor, Sungkyunkwan University
  • 2019 – 2019 Assistant Professor, UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology)
  • 2015 – 2019 Postdoctoral researcher, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kohlenforschung, Germany (with Prof. Benjamin List: Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021)

학술지 논문

  • (2024)  Pinacolborane-assisted superacid organocatalysis enabled direct access to cytotoxic alkyl N-Cbz amines.  CELL REPORTS PHYSICAL SCIENCE. 
  • (2023)  Paper-Based Inkjet-Printed Carbon Nanotube Colorimetric Chemiresistors for Detection of Chemical Warfare Agents.  ACS APPLIED NANO MATERIALS.  6,  21
  • (2023)  Recent Advances in the Catalytic Transformations to Access Alkylsulfonyl Fluorides as SuFEx Click Hubs.  ALDRICHIMICA ACTA.  56,  1
  • (2023)  Identification of Obscurolide-Type Metabolites and Antifungal Metabolites from the Termite-Associated Streptomyces neopeptinius BYF101.  JOURNAL OF NATURAL PRODUCTS.  86,  8
  • (2023)  Sustainable Organocatalytic Processes to Access Alkyl SuFEx Click Hubs and Tetra-substituted Carbon Centers: Potential Libraries for Multidisciplinary Applications.  SYNLETT.  34, 
  • (2023)  Advances in Catalytic Asymmetric Construction of Quaternary Stereogenic Centers by Conjugate Addition to β,β-Disubstituted Nitroalkenes.  ADVANCED SYNTHESIS & CATALYSIS.  365,  17
  • (2023)  Enantioselective Synthesis of Chiral 2-Nitroallylic Amines via Cooperative Cation-Binding Catalysis.  CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL.  29,  52
  • (2023)  Fast Response-Recovery and High Selectivity Chemicapacitive Detection of a Nerve Agent Simulant Vapor.  ECS JOURNAL OF SOLID STATE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.  12,  6
  • (2023)  Biomimetic Catalytic Retro-Aldol Reaction Using a Cation-Binding Catalyst: A Promising Route to Axially Chiral Biaryl Aldehydes.  ORGANIC LETTERS.  25,  15
  • (2023)  Methoxyflavones from Black Ginger (Kaempferia parviflora Wall. ex Baker) and their Inhibitory Effect on Melanogenesis in B16F10 Mouse Melanoma Cells.  PLANTS-BASEL.  12,  5
  • (2023)  Sustainable organocatalytic cyanosilylation of ketones by PPM-level loading of triphenylcarbenium tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)borate.  GREEN CHEMISTRY.  25,  6
  • (2023)  Alkyl Sulfonyl Fluorides Incorporating Geminal Dithioesters as SuFEx Click Hubs via Water-Accelerated Organosuperbase Catalysis.  ORGANIC LETTERS.  25,  7
  • (2022)  Supramolecular Phthalimide Networks Via Tandem Diels-Alder Reaction-Aromatization Using Biomass-Derived Furanic Dienes.  MACROMOLECULAR RAPID COMMUNICATIONS.  44,  4
  • (2022)  beta-Aminosulfonyl Fluorides via Water-Accelerated N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalysis.  CHEMSUSCHEM.  15,  18
  • (2022)  Hydrophobic Amplification Enabled High-Turnover Phosphazene Superbase Catalysis.  CHEMSUSCHEM. 
  • (2022)  Efficient access to general alpha-tertiary amines via water-accelerated organocatalytic multicomponent allylation.  NATURE COMMUNICATIONS.  13,  1
  • (2022)  Organocatalytic stereoselective cyanosilylation of small ketones.  NATURE.  605,  7908
  • (2022)  N-Triflyl Phosphoric Triamide: A High-Performance Purely Organic Trifurcate Quartz Crystal Microbalance Sensor for Chemical Warfare Agent.  ACS SENSORS.  7,  2
  • (2021)  Ergopyrone, a Styrylpyrone-Fused Steroid with a Hexacyclic 6/5/6/6/6/5 Skeleton from a Mushroom Gymnopilus orientispectabilis.  ORGANIC LETTERS.  23,  9
  • (2020)  The Odorous Principle of Vetiver Oil, Unveiled by Chemical Synthesis.  ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION. 


  • Thieme Chemistry Journal Awards (2020)
  • Outstanding Scientific Achievement, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kohlenforschung (2017)
  • RESOLV Post-doc Fellowship, German Research Foundation (2016–2017)
  • Award for Best Ph.D. Thesis, Korean Chemical Society (2015)
  • Valedictorian, SKKU (2015)
  • Global. Ph.D. Fellowship, Ministry of Education (2012)