Yong Sik Ok

Yong Sik Ok

Professor, Director of Korea Biochar Research Center
Korea University

Dr. Yong Sik Ok (2018 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher) is a Full Professor in the Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Korea. He also served a number of positions worldwide including Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia, Visiting Professor at the Tsinghua University, China, Adjunct Professor at the University of Wuppertal, Germany and Guest Professor at the Ghent University Global Campus, Ghent University, Belgium. Prof. Ok held Visiting Professorships in the Department of Renewable Resources (University of Alberta), in the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (Ghent University), in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (National University of Singapore).

Prof. Ok's academic background covers waste management, bioavailability of emerging contaminants, and bioenergy and value-added products such as biochar. Prof. Ok also has experience in fundamental soil science and remediation of various contaminants in soils and sediments. Together with graduate students and colleagues, Prof. Ok has published over 600 research papers, 38 of which were ranked as Web of Science ESI top papers (34 nominated as "Highly Cited Papers" and 4 nominated as "Hot Paper").

Prof. Ok maintains a worldwide professional network through his service as a Co-Editor-in-Cheif for Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, and Associate Editor for Environmental Pollution and Bioresource Technology, and as a Member of the Editorial Boards of Chemosphere, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis and several other top journals in the field. Prof. Ok is the founding chair and organizer of many internationally leading conferences, such as The 20th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment (ICHMET 2020, Korea) and The 9th International Conference on Geochemistry in the Tropics & Sub-Tropics (GEOTROP 2019, Australia).