Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park

Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park

Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science, Associate Professor
Columbia University

Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park is the Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Chemical Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York.  She is also the Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute.  Her interdisciplinary research focuses on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and sustainable energy conversion pathways with emphasis on innovative materials and reaction schemes based on the principles of particle technology and advanced carbonate chemistry. The current research efforts of Park's group include fundamental studies of the cutting-edge of CCUS by developing novel nano-scale materials for CO2 capture and better carbon storage options based on carbonate chemistry involving earth abundant silicate minerals. Founded on these new materials and reaction schemes, Park’s research group is also working on innovative fuel synthesis pathways using unconventional energy sources such as shale gas, biomass and municipal solid wastes, while minimizing environmental impacts. Park received a number of professional awards and honors including the NSF CAREER Award in 2009 and James Lee Young Investigator Award in 2010. She is currently leading the NSF-funded Research Coordination Network on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (www.ccusnetwork.org).