Jaehong Kim, newly named as the Barton L. Weller Associate Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in the field of environmental nanotechnology and water quality engineering. His post is effective July 1.
Kim’s research interests include environmental implication and application of carbonaceous nanomaterials; development of upconversion phosphor technology for environmental application; ozone and UV disinfection process optimization and design; and high-pressure membrane process evaluation and simulation for the removal of emerging organic and inorganic contaminants.
Kim received B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical and biological engineering from Seoul National University in Korea in 1995 and 1997, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. He joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2002 as an assistant professor, rising through the ranks to associate professor with tenure in 2009 to full professor in 2013. From 2009 to 2012, he held the Carlton S. Wilder Endowed Professorship and most recently held the Georgia Power Distinguished Professorship. Since 2012, he served as associate chair for undergraduate programs at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Kim, who has published 65 peer-reviewed journal articles, has delivered over 80 conference presentations and has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker numerous times. He is the recipient of various awards including a Bill Schultz Junior Faculty Teaching Award from School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2013), a Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (2013), a Top Environmental Technology Paper Award from the American Chemical Society (2012), a Paul L. Busch Award from the Water Environment Research Foundation (2009), an Excellence in Research Award from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2009), and a CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2007).