Engineering Sustainable Development 2019

Technical and Engineering Challenges of Addressing Sustainable Development
December 12-13, 2019
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Engineers, scientists and policy makers will gather at the Korea University in Seoul to discuss technical and engineering challenges of addressing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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Abstracts are invited in these and related Sustainable Development topics:

Sustainable Energy

  • Decarbonization through Carbon Conversion, Capture and Storage
  • Biofuel and Bioenergy Breakthrough
  • Materials Development for Solar PV and Wind Power
  • Waste to Energy

Water Sustainability and Security

  •  Advances in Materials and Processes for Safe Water Treatment
  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus
  • Sustainable Water Management

Economic, Social, Climatic and Environmental Issues

  •  Advances in Chemical and Mechanical Recycling of Waste Plastics
  • Circular Economy and Industrial Ecology
  • PFAS Assessment and Remediation
  • Sustainable Building Materials and Infrastructure


Conference Chairs

  • Yong Sik Ok, Korea University, South Korea, Conference Chair
  • Jae Woo Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea, Conference Co-Chair
  • William Mitch, Stanford University, USA, Conference Co-Chair
  • Young-Kwon Park, University of Seoul, South Korea, Conference Co-Chair

Steering Committee

Organized By

The conference is co-organized by the AIChE Institute for Sustainability (IfS) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).



Important Dates

  • Call for Abstracts Opens June 12
  • Registration Opens August 1
  • Call for Abstracts First Deadline: October 31; then rolling 
  • Abstract Acceptance Notifications September 26
  • Early Bird Ends November 12
  • Conference Dates December 12-13

Featured Speakers

Daniel S. Alessi

Daniel S. Alessi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, who specializes in environmental geochemistry and geomicrobiology. Since 2013, his research group has focused on understanding the surface chemistry and reactivity of environmental materials such as iron oxides, bacteria, and biochar, on lithium extraction from oilfield brines, and on improving our knowledge of the water cycle in unconventional oil and gas operations.  

Dr. Alessi holds the Encana Chair in Water Resources at the University of...Read more

Richelle Delia

Richelle Delia, Ph.D. is Co-Founder and COO of Housing Joint Venture. Dr. Delia’s responsibilities cover financial underwriting, investment oversight and day-to-day property management for 100,000+ sqft, as well as seeking strategic partnerships to advance the mission for the company.

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Deyi Hou

Prof. Hou is the associate Editor, Science of the Total Enviornment (Impact Factor: 4.610); Editorial Board Member, Remediation Journal; Guest Editor, Chemosphere (Impact Factor: 4.208); Guest Editor, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Sediment and Environmental Pollution) (Impact Factor: 2.145); Invited Reviewer for nearly 40 academic journals including EST, JHM, JCP, STOTEN, etc; Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF), Member; American Geophysical Union (AGU), Member/Annual Conference Session Chair; ASTM International, Member/Working Group Member; and Higher...Read more

Sang Hyuk Im

Prof. Sang Hyuk Im received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the KAIST in 2003. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington (UW) until 2005. He has worked in the LG Chemicals Research Park (∼2009) and KRICT until 2013 as a senior research scientist. He has been an associate professor in the department of Chemical Engineering at Kyung Hee University (~2017). Now He is an associate professor in the department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at Korea University, and PI of Nano Energy Convergence System Lab. His research interests...Read more

Seokwoo Jeon

Prof. Seokwoo Jeon is Chair professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea. His research goals are exploring novel electronic, mechanical, and optical properties from those nanomaterials and employing those materials in real world application. Currently his research focuses on synthesis and applications of low dimensional materials including graphene, carbon nanotubes, BN, and MoS2, and fabrication of 3D nanostructures using various metallic or ceramic materials and applications.

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Jheng-Jie Jiang

Dr. Jheng-Jie (Jay) Jiang is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering at Chung Yuan Christian University. He completed his Ph.D. in Marine Environmental Engineering at National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan in 2015. During his studies, he joined the Environmental Research Institute at University of the Highland and Islands to work with Prof. Stuart Gibbs, and then received a fellowship by collaborating with Prof. Peter Brimblecombe in School of Environmental Science at University of East Anglia in UK.

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Hyun Suk Jung

Prof. Hyun Suk Jung completed his B.S. (1997), M.S. (1999), and Ph.D. (2004) in Seoul National University, Korea. He is currently a professor at School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea. He was an associate professor at Sungkyunkwan University, Korea (2011-2017), an assistant professor at Kookmin University, Korea (2006-2011), a director’s funded postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA (2005-2006), a post-doc at Research Institute of Advanced Materials, Seoul National University, Korea (2004-2005). His research area covers...Read more

Hojeong Kang

Dr. Hojeong Kang is Full Professor at School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University, Korea. Prof. Kang obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Seoul National University, and his PhD from University of Wales, Bangor, UK. Prof. Kang currently serves as Associate Editor of Ecological Engineering, and Editorial Board Members for Microbial Ecology, Pedosphere, and Ecosystem Services. Prof. Kang’s research focuses on wetland biogeochemistry and microbial ecology in relation to global climate change and its biological feedback. In...Read more

Yong-Mook Kang

Prof. Yong-Mook Kang completed his B.S. (1999), M.S. (2001), and Ph.D. (2004) in Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He has been a senior researcher in Samsung SDI Co., LTD. He is currently a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Korea University. His research area covers electrode or catalyst materials for Li rechargeable batteries and various post Li batteries, such as Li-air battery, Na rechargeable battery and so on. To date, he has co-authored more than 100 refereed journal articles, more than 50 domestic or international patents,...Read more

Kisuk Kang

Kisuk Kang is a professor of materials science and engineering at Seoul National University (SNU), where he received his B.Sc. He completed his Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) until 2011 and moved to SNU. Since 2013, he has been a tenured professor at SNU. His research laboratory focuses on developing new materials for batteries and electrocatalysts using combined experiments and ab initio calculations. His published works in this field have been cited more than 22,...Read more

Ki-Hyun Kim

HYU Distinguished Prof. Ki-Hyun Kim was at Florida State University for an M.S. (1984-1986) and at University of South Florida for a Ph.D. (1988-1992). He was a Research Associate at ORNL, USA (1992 to 1994). He moved to Sang Ji University, Korea in 1995. In 1999, he joined Sejong University. In 2014, he moved to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Hanyang University. His research areas broadly cover the various aspects in the interfacing field of “Air Quality & Environmental Engineering” in connection with “Material Engineering” with emphasis on advanced novel...Read more

Jeonghun Kim

Dr Jeonghun Kim has substantial expertise in the design, synthesis, and characterisation of functional materials including organics and inorganics for diverse applications. He has extensive experience in organic material design, organic synthesis, functional polymers, chemical and physical analysis, and material applications. He has developed several new conductive polymers with enhanced conductivity and optoelectronic properties through the molecular design and development of various processes and polymerisation methods. Recently, he is focusing on development of nanoarchitectured organic...Read more

MinJoong Kim

Dr. MinJoong Kim is currently working as a senior researcher at the Hydrogen Laboratory, Korea Institute of Energy Research. He focuses on fundamental study on electrochemical interface, including in-situ or ex-situ observations of electrochemical reactions at the interface between metal electrode and electrolyte by using electroanalytical techniques. Dr. Kim also designs new materials and systems for electrochemical devices such as electrodes for the electrochemical devices that generate electrical energy or valuable chemical elements/compounds and new materials that are...Read more

Hyun-Han Kwon

Currently, Hyun-Han Kwon is a professor at Sejong University. He has twenty years of experience in water resources and hydrometeorology, especially in climate-based applications. He has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed SCI journal papers and over 300 peer-reviewed conference papers. His work integrates hydrology, stochastic systems, risk analysis and climate variability to characterize key dynamics in water systems and to identify the means to foster sustainability in a changing world.

He is now working on various hydroclimate-based projects, including water resources management,...Read more

Chun Ho (Jason) Lam

Dr. Chun Ho (Jason) Lam is an assistant professor the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong. His research goal is to mitigate global dependence on fossil resources by promoting the production of sustainable energy and chemicals. Specifically, he explores how non-food grade biomass can be transformed into commodity chemicals through electro- and photocatalysis. He received his doctoral degree in chemistry from Michigan State University. He then became a Donnelley Environmental Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, where he developed a mild electrocatalytic...Read more

Seong Jun Lee

Dr. Seong Jun Lee is the Chief Technology Officer of SK Innovation, South Korea's first and largest energy-chemical company. He received his Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea. He began his professional career in 1993 as a Research Scientist at Korea Institute of Science & Technology, joining SK Innovation Global Technology as a Principal Researcher in 1994. In 2012, he became the Head of Platform Technology Research & Development Center at SK Innovation Global Technology, and in 2017, the President of SK Institute of...Read more

Ki Bong Lee

Ki Bong Lee received his BE and MS from Department of Chemical Engineering, Korea University, Korea in 1999 and 2001, respectively, and PhD from the School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, USA in 2005. He worked as a post-Doctoral research associate in Department of Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, USA from 2006 to 2007. He was a senior researcher at the Korea Institute of Energy Research from 2008 to 2009. He has been a professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Korea University since 2009.

He has worked on separation technologies such as...Read more

Jung-hyun Lee

Dr. Jung-Hyun Lee is now an associate professor in Chemical & Biological Engineering Department at Korea University. He received B.S. (in 1999) and M.S. (in 2001) in Chemical Engineering from Korea University, South Korea. After obtaining his M.S. he spent almost 6 years as a research engineer at KCC Corporation, South Korea. After the industrial experience, he received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. After his Ph.D., he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at National Institute of Standards & Technology from 2010 to 2012. He began...Read more

Sheng Li

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The research theme of her lab at KAIST is polymer materials, specifically hybrid block copolymers. Her lab works on the synthesis,...Read more

Hankwon Lim

Dr. Hankwon Lim is currently Associate Professor in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Korea. He received BS from Sogang University (Korea), MS from Georgia Tech (USA), and PhD from Virginia Tech (USA) all in chemical engineering. He also had industrial experience in R&D center at Praxair, industrial gas company, as a development specialist.

His research is well-balanced between experimental and theoretical studies and primary research areas are process simulation and techno-...Read more

Carol Sze Ki Lin

Dr. Carol Lin is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at the City University of Hong Kong.  She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Bioengineering Program in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the HKUST from January 2010 to June 2011. Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Professor Wim Soetaert at the Centre of Expertise – Industrial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis ( at the Ghent University in Belgium.

Dr. Carol Lin graduated in Chemical and Materials Engineering from...Read more

Yu Bon Man

Dr. MAN Yu Bon obtained a B.Sc. (Honours) in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham (2005), a M.Sc. in Environmental and Public Health Management (2006) and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science (2011), both from Hong Kong Baptist University. He is currently serving as an Assistant Professor in Department of Science and Environmental Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong. Dr. Man has a broad research interest in the area of environment science, which included (1) Biogeochemical cycles of persistent toxic substances in the environment; (2) Soil contamination; (3) Health...Read more

William Mitch

Bill Mitch received a B.A. in Anthropology (Archaeology) from Harvard University in 1993. During his studies, he excavated at Mayan sites in Belize and surveyed sites dating from 2,000 B.C. in Louisiana. He switched fields by receiving a M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. He worked for 3 years in environmental consulting, receiving his P.E. license in Civil Engineering in California. Returning to UC Berkeley in 2000, he received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2003. He moved to Yale as an assistant professor after graduation. His...Read more

Jun Hong Noh

Prof. Jun Hong Noh completed his B.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2009) in Seoul National University, Korea. He is currently an associate professor at Architectural and Social Engineering, Korea University, Korea. He was an assistant professor at Korea University, Korea (2017-2018), a senior researcher at Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Green Chemical Materials Research Division, Optical Energy Convergence Materials Research Center (2011-2017), and a postdoctoral fellow at School of Materials Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea (2009-2011). His research area covers...Read more

Chang Min Park

Prof. Chang Min Park is currently an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at Kyungpook National University where he joined in Fall 2017. He received a Ph.D degree in Environmental Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011. He was appointed NRC Research Associate in National Risk Management Research Laboratory at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His research area includes environmental nanotechnology with respect to sustainable development towards next-generation multifunctional nanostructures; application of aqueous-based nano catalysts/adsorbents for...Read more

Christina Schönleber

Ms. Christina Schönleber comes from the international operations leadership of the Royal College of Art and the University of Kent. As Head of Knowledge Exchange at the RCA, she developed and established Knowledge Exchange as a key strategic pillar for the College and was responsible for developing strategic alliances with government, higher education and major international corporations such as Tata Consultancy Services and Visa. Prior to this, she was Assistant Director of Kent Innovation and Enterprise, where she led the University’s Knowledge Exchange development in key areas of...Read more

Jeffrey Seay

Dr. Jeffrey Seay is Associate Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Paducah Extended Campus Program. Dr. Seay joined the University of Kentucky in 2008 after a 12 year career as a process engineer in the chemical industry. His research interests include the integration of sustainable biomass supply chains with thermochemical modeling of biomass utilization processes as well as the application of appropriate technology to the production of biofuels in underdeveloped regions. Dr. Seay is the current Chair of the...Read more

Jin Shang

Dr. Jin Shang obtained his Bachelor (2007) and Master (2009) degrees both in Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University in China. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 2013. His PhD thesis was on the separation of carbon dioxide from flue gas and natural gas streams using porous adsorbent materials. The study discovered a new separation mechanism (i.e., molecular trapdoor mechanism) which changed the conventional understanding of how these adsorbents discriminate between molecules in gases. After his PhD, he worked as research fellow on an...Read more

Daniel C.W. Tsang

Dr. Daniel C.W. Tsang research emphasizes a strong link to real-life environmental challenges in the regional context. To ensure sustainable urban development, we need to enhance our engineering infrastructure and create new ways in which we manage contaminated land, solid waste, and urban water. Our research group aims to develop cost-effective and low-impact solutions that are informed by fundamental science of natural and engineered systems. Specific topics are: Environmental assessment and sustainable remediation of contaminated land; Biomass valorisation of food waste, wood waste,...Read more

Meththika Vithanage

Dr. Meththika Vithanage is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, an Adjunct Associate Research Professor at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Visiting Associate Research Professor of the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Vithanage’s research approach builds on environmental science; key/emerging pollutants in the environment, assess their fate and transport and remediate those using geo/bio/nano materials. She is a Young Affiliate of the Third World Academy of Sciences and she became the Chairperson...Read more

Chi-Hwa Wang

Dr. Chi-Hwa Wang is currently a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He had the following joint appointments in his service to the same university (i) Assistant Dean for Research at the Faculty of Engineering, NUS (2006-2008), and (ii) Faculty Fellow, Singapore-MIT Alliance (2001-2006). He received his B.S. degree (Chemical Engineering) from the National Taiwan University, M.S. degree (Biomedical Engineering) from Johns Hopkins University, M.A. and PhD degrees (both in Chemical Engineering) from Princeton University, respectively...Read more

Ming Hung Wong

Professor Wong is currently Advisor/Research Chair Professor of Environmental Science, The Education University of Hong Kong; Distinguished Visiting Professor of School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology; Emeritus Chair Professor of Hong Kong Baptist University, and Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Geochemistry and Health (Springer).

Professor Wong served as the Coordinator of Central and North-East Asia of the project “Regionally based assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances”, and as a Panel Member (of three experts) of another...Read more

Yusuke Yamauchi

Professor Yamauchi is focussed on design of novel nanocrystals and nanoporous materials toward various applications including batteries, fuel cells, solar cells, chemical sensors, field emitters, and photonic devices. Specifically, nanoporous metals with metallic frameworks can be produced by using surfactant-based synthesis with electrochemical methods. Owing to their metallic frameworks, nanoporous metals with high electroconductivity and high surface areas hold promise for a wide range of electrochemical applications. Furthermore, he has developed several approaches for orientation...Read more

Yong-Guan Zhu

Dr Yongguan (Y-G) Zhu, Professor of Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biology, is the Director General of the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He has been working on the biogeochemistry of nutrients, metals and emerging pollutants (such as antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes). Professor Zhu is a leader in taking multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approaches to soil and environmental problems. Before returning to China in 2002, he was working as a research fellow (Supported by the Royal Society London), the Queen's University of Belfast, UK (1994-...Read more

Laura Zinke

Laura completed her PhD at the University of Southern California, and her postdoctoral research at the University of California, Davis, USA. Her research focused on the biogeochemistry of soils and marine sediments, employing geochemical and genomic techniques. She joined Nature Reviews Earth & Environment in March 2019. Laura is based in the London office, and is primarily responsible for Reviews that fall within the surface processes category.Read more