Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Sang Young Lee
Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Sang Young Lee is a renowned researcher in the field of secondary cell or rechargeable batteries. Starting his career at LG Chem, Dr. Lee has served as a Principal Research Scientist for over 10 years. For the last decade, he has continued to develop next-generation batteries – flexible batteries, thin film batteries, and solid-state batteries – that can be used in numerous commercial outputs such as electric vehicles (EV), wearables, and smart devices.

In recognition of his research achievements, Dr. Lee was selected as the recipient of the “Top 100 National R&D Achievements in Energy”, presented by the National Research Foundation of Korea in 2017 and 2019, and was awarded the “Top 10 Nanotechnology of 2020” from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

During his tenure at LG Chem, Dr. Lee co-developed the world’s first safety-reinforced separator (SRS) along with Dr. Park, Director and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. The SRS has been noted to be an essential component in EV lithium-ion batteries today.

Dr. Lee is currently a co-founder of a thin film battery company and a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Yonsei University. He has received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at KAIST in 1997. He is also serving as the Chairman of the Korean Electrochemical Association’s Rechargeable Battery division and significantly contributes to the commercialization of academic results through close industrial-academic cooperation with several battery-related companies, including LG Chem.

Dr. Jinhyuk Lee
Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Jinhyuk Lee is an expert in the field of rechargeable batteries and is currently an Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering at McGill University. Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2015 and performed postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley (2016-2017) and MIT (2017-2019) before he joined McGill in 2020.

Dr. Lee’s research is discovering sustainable battery materials based on experimental and theoretical materials research and has published numerous high-impact papers such as in Science, Nature, Nature Chemistry, and Nature Communications. He is widely known as the inventor of the disordered-rock salt Li-ion battery cathodes, which is being currently highlighted as one of the highest-energy-density and cheapest cobalt-free cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. He also owns five key patents and patent-applications related to battery materials.

In recognition of his research achievement, Dr. Lee was chosen as one of the five finalists of the Science Award Electrochemistry (2019) by Volkswagen and BASF and received the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award (2020). He was also selected as the Samsung Presidential Scholar (2010-2015) and received the prestigious MRS Graduate Student Gold Award (2014) during his Ph.D. Dr. Lee currently serves as a journal reviewer for Nature Communications, Joule, Chemistry of Materials, and other academic journals.

Suk Joong Hwang
Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

Mr. Suk Joong Hwang has over 20 years of experience in process engineering in the chemical and polymer industry. He has achieved several successes on process design for scaling-up from lab-scale to commercial-scale via pilot plants. Mr. Hwang is an expert in converting batch process to continuous process, which has many advantages in mass production. He also works as a consultant on polymer formulations and composite-materials, as well as process engineer. Mr. Suk Joong Hwang received his BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the Yonsei University of Korea.

Jae Hong Hur
Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

Mr. Hur is the former CEO of L&F Co., Ltd, (“L&F”) a publicly-traded company in South Korea with $2.5 billion market capitalization, and a global top-tier company in the cathode material business. Currently, Mr. Hur is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at L&F. He has over 15 years of experience in Li-ion battery material development and commercialization throughout South Korea. Mr. Hur has been widely respected and known as one of the world’s experts in the use of cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries. Mr. Hur is also the CEO of JH Chemical, a Company that produces precursor materials for L&F’s cathode materials. Mr. Hur received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the Yonsei University of Korea and his MS from the University of Southern California (USC).

Dr. Mohini Sain
Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Mohini Sain is an expert in the field of bionanotechnology, low carbon functional materials and next-generation low carbon transportation. Dr. Sain’s reputation for research and development excellence in the automotive industry has awarded him the Endowed Ford Motor Canada PERDC Chair in Sustainable Materials. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Director of the Center for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing and former Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Sain is the author of more than 750 peer-reviewed papers with more than 450 peer-reviewed journal articles. With an extensive patent portfolio, he is world-renowned for his expertise in transforming research ideas into commercialization, establishing more than 50 technology transfers to industries, and patenting new technologies in collaboration with multiple top-tier industry partners such as Ford Motors, Hutchinson Canada, and TOTAL North America.

He is currently a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.) and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Most recently, Dr. Sain has been elected a 2021 fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), one of the highest Scientific and Technological honour that a Canadian scholar can achieve. Starting with his transformative research on and scale-up of the wood-plastic composite (WPC), his pioneering work in materials engineering for low carbon materials has led to awards including the North American Entrepreneurship Award, the Plastic Innovation Award, and the KalevPugi Award for innovation and contribution to the industry.

Dr. Ning Yan
Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Ning Yan specializes in the field of Biobased Chemicals and Products from Renewable Biomass. Dr. Yan is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Bioproducts and the Director of the Low Carbon Renewable Materials Center. She holds a University of Toronto Distinguished Professorship in Forest Biomaterials Engineering at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry with a cross appointment to John. H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Dr. Yan has disseminated more than 300 publications, including more than 185 peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals. She is an international expert on forest biomaterial science, bio-based products and polymer adhesives and has won numerous prestigious awards for her teach and research excellence, including the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements Award.

She is currently a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. Dr. Yan’s research is directed towards renewable carbon and biochemicals with potential applications for a wide range of industries including energy storage and automotive. This includes the conversion of biomass to chemical precursors and the development of smart and functional materials for application in energy storage devices such as nanocomposites with superior strength, flexibility and toughness, electrically conductive carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene, and conductive polymers.

Dr. Dongmok Whang
Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Dongmok Whang’s research expertise lies in the field of fabrication and manufacturing of low-dimensional nanomaterials, especially graphene, semiconductor nanowires, and porous nanostructures for applications in electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells, and various energy storage solutions.

Dr. Whang owns more than 50 patents, 2/3 of which are co-owned with Samsung Electronics, and he has also co-authored over 177 peer-reviewed publications with over 13,850 citations. For the past 5 years, Dr. Whang was also the leader of a joint research team of Samsung and Sungkyunkwan University (“SKKU”), which the team had attracted interest from both the academic and industrial sectors for its work on developing proprietary technology for large-scale synthesis of single-crystalline graphene. With the Nanoelectronics Lab Team at Samsung, Dr. Whang had also developed technology to synthesize large-area monatomic amorphous graphene.

Dr. Whang is a Professor at the School of Advanced Materials Science & Engineering and Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology at SKKU. Dr. Whang has received his PhD degree in Chemistry from the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in 1997, and prior to joining SKKU, he was a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University, being a member of the Lieber Research Group that focuses on nanotechnology.

Dr. Byeong-Su Kim
Advisor - Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Byeong-Su Kim’s research and expertise are with polymer materials with an emphasis on lithium-ion battery binder technologies, synthesis of functional polyethers and polymeric therapeutics, and smart hybrid nanomaterials.

Dr. Kim retains a total of 162 publications with over a total of 10,000 citations and possesses over 30 patents which include robust binder technologies for lithium-ion battery electrodes. His outstanding research in polymer materials has led him to receive the Excellent Mid-Career Polymer Research Award through the Polymer Society of Korea in 2019 and was elected as a Fellow of Young Korean Academy of Science and Technology by the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) in 2017.

Dr. Kim is a Professor of Chemistry at Yonsei University of South Korea in which he currently leads the Soft and Hybrid Nanomaterials Lab. Dr. Kim has received his Ph.D. in Polymer/Material Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2007 and was a postdoctoral research associate at MIT under the supervision of Dr. Paula T. Hammond. Prior to joining Yonsei University, Dr. Kim was an associate professor at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST).