Principle Investigator
Seung Hwan Cho (조승환, 曺昇煥), Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Room #234, Department of Chemistry, POSTECH, Pohang, 37673, Republic of Korea

Tel : +82-54-279-2340 (office),
     +82-54-279-8041 (Lab),
Fax : +82-54-279-3399

[Curriculum vitae]

Seung Hwan was born in Gwangju, South Korea. He received BS in 2006 from Korea Advanced Instituted Science and Technology (KAIST). Seung Hwan earned his Ph.D. degree in 2011 at Korea Advanced Instituted Science and Technology (KAIST) under the guidance of Prof. Sukbok Chang. During his Ph.D. studies, he focused on two different research topics: (1) copper-catalyzed three-component couplings with terminal alkynes, sulfonyl azides, and nucleophiles, and (2) transition-metal-free or transition-metal-catalyzed C–C and C–N bond formation reactions via a C–H functionalization strategy. After spending one more year at KAIST, Seung Hwan conducted postdoctoral work with Prof. John F. Hartwig at the University of California, Berkeley (USA) as a Cheongam postdoctoral fellow (2012–2014). There, he was engaged in research to develop silane-directed secondary C–H borylation reactions. Seung Hwan joined the faculty of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in the summer of 2014 as an assistant professor and promoted to associate professor in 2018 in the Department of Chemistry. His research involves chemo- and stereoselective transformations using 1,1-diborylalkanes as coupling reagents. He also interests in the design and synthesis of multiorganometallic reagents and their application to the metal-catalyzed asymmetric reactions.

2006 – 2011     Ph.D. in Chemistry KAIST (Prof. Sukbok Chang)
2001 – 2005     B.S. in Chemistry KAIST

Professional Experiences (chemistry tree)
2018/09 – present              Associate Professor (with tenure), Dept. of Chemistry, POSTECH
2014/07 – 2018/08             Assistant Professor Dept. of Chemistry, POSTECH
2012/05 – 2014/05             PostDoc at UC Berkeley (Prof. John F. Hartwig)
2011/03 – 2012/04             PostDoc at KAIST (Prof. Sukbok Chang)
2005/03 – 2006/02             Researcher at KAIST

Awards and Honors

2022    Young Scientist Award                                                             Korean Society of Organic Synthesis
2022    Toray Research Grant for Young Investigator                          Korea Toray Science Foundation
2022    Hanseong Science Award                                                        Hanseong Foundation
2021    Young Organic Cheimist Award                                                Korean Chemical Society (KCS)   
2020    KCS-Wiley Young Chemist Award                                            KCS-Wiley
2019    ACP Lectureship Award                                                            Asian Core Program (Taiwan and China)
2018    Best Teaching Award (Spring)                                                  Department of Chemistry, POSTECH
2018    Elected Member of Young KAST                                              The Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST)

2018    ACP Lectureship Award                                                            Asian Core Program (Japan)  
2017    Thieme Journal Award                                                              Thieme (Synlett/Synthesis/Synfact)
2017    ACP Lectureship Award                                                            Asian Core Program (Hong Kong and Singapore)            
2017    Cheongam Science Fellowship for Young Investigator            Cheongam Foundation
2012    S-Oil Best Thesis Award                                                           The Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), S-Oil
2012    Cheongam Science Fellowship for PostDoc                            Cheongam Foundation
2011    Best Ph.D. Thesis Award                                                          Korean Chemical Society (KCS)
2011    Best Ph.D. Thesis Award                                                          KAIST
2010    Thieme Synstar Award for Graduate Studnent                         Thieme (Synlett/Synthesis/Synfact)

Editorial Board
Early Career Advisory Board, ACS Catalysis (2019-2020)
Editorial Board Member, Green Synthesis and Catalysis (2022-present)