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Oklahoma State University

Seok-Jhin Kim

Dr. Seok-Jhin Kim

 Assistant Professor


Academic Background

 Research Engineer, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014

 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2011

 M. S., Chemical Engineering, Yonsei University, 2001

 B. S., Chemical Engineering, Yonsei University, 1999


Major Areas of Interest

Membranes and Thin Films of Nanostructured Materials

Controlled-Pore-Size Membranes for Water Purification and Gas Separation

Gas Transport and Diffusion Study in Modified-Pore Membranes


Recent Research Activities

Our main interest is in the science and technology of inorganic membranes and thin films of nanoporous membranes (zeolite, silica, metal organic framework, and graphene oxide). Our research program is aimed at addressing key fundamental issues that will allow the development of cost-effective and energy-saving membranes for uses such as water purification (produced water treatment and desalination) and chemical separations.

Overall, the program will provide novel molecular engineering concepts for usefully controlling pore structure in the membranes. We develop the overarching concept of precisely controlled pore modification of the membranes based upon strategies that involve catalytic cracking deposition (CCD), chemical vapor deposition (CVD), atomic layer deposition (ALD), sol-gel methods, and spacer techniques.

Subsequently, we will particularly focus on novel strategies based upon new understanding of molecular diffusion in modified-pore materials and membranes. Hence, these fundamental works will contribute to the development of membrane-based systems for industrial applications in clean and sustainable energy technologies.


Our Publications


R. Liu, Y.R. A.K. Yegya, I. Shaik, C. Aichele, S.-J. Kim, Inorganic Microfiltration Membranes Incorporated with Hydrophilic Silica Nanoparticles for Oil-in-Water Emulsion Separation. Journal of Water Process Engineering (under review).

S. Dangwal, R. Liu, S.-J. Kim, Zeolite Membrane Reactor for High-Temperature Isobutane Dehydrogenation Reaction: Experimental and Modeling Studies. AIChE journal (under review).

H. Lin, R. Liu, S. Dangwal, S.-J. Kim, N. Mehra, Y. Li, J. Zhua, Permselective H2/CO2 Separation and Desalination of Hybrid GO/rGO Membranes with Controlled Pre-crosslinking. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. (in print).

H. Lin, S. Dangwal, R. Liu, S.-J. Kim, Y. Li, J. Zhu, Reduced Wrinkling in GO Membrane by Grafting Basal-plane Groups for Improved Gas and Liquid Separations. J. Membr, Sci.  563 (2018) 336-344.

R. Liu, S. Young, S. Dangwal,  I. Shaik, E. Echeverria, D. McIlroy, C. Aichele, S.-J. Kim, Boron-introduced MFI-type zeolite-coated mesh for oil-water separation. Colloids Surf., A.  550 (2018) 108-114.

S. Dangwal, R. Liu, S.V. Kirk, S.-J. Kim, Effect of Pressure on Ethane Dehydrogenation in MFI Zeolite Membrane Reactor. Energy & Fuels.  32 (2018) 4628-4637

R. Liu, S. Dangwal, I. Shaik, C. Aichele, S.-J. Kim, Hydrophilicity-controlled MFI-type zeolite-coated mesh for oil/water separation, Sep. Purif. Technol., 195 (2018) 163-169.



S. Dangwal, R. Liu, S.-J. Kim, High Temperature Ethane Dehydrogenation in Microporous Zeolite Membrane Reactor: Effect of Operating Conditions, Chem. Eng. J. 328 (2017) 862–872.



S.-J. Kim, S. Tan, M. Taborga Claura, L. Briones Gil, K. More, Y. Liu, J. S. Moore, R. S. Dixit, D. S. Sholl, C. W. Jones, S. Nair, One-Step Synthesis of Zeolite Membranes Containing Catalytic Metal Nanoclusters. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 8 (2016) 24671-24681.

S.-J. Kim, Y. Liu, J. S. Moore, R. S. Dixit, J. G. Pendergast Jr., D. S. Sholl, C. W. Jones, S. Nair, Enhanced Conversion and Selectivity in Propane Dehydrogenation Membrane Reactors via Thin Hydrogen-Selective SAPO-34 Zeolite Membranes. Chem. Mater., 28 (2016) 4397-4402.

S. Tan, S.-J. Kim, J. S. Moore, Y. Liu, R. S. Dixit, J. G. Pendergast, D. S. Sholl, S. Nair, C. W. Jones, Propane Dehydrogenation over In2O3-Ga2O3-Al2O3 Mixed Oxides, ChemCatChem, 8 (2016) 214-221.



S.-J. Kim, C. W. Jones, S. Nair, Y. Liu, S. Sarsani, R. S. Dixit, J. G. Pendergast, Ion Exchange of Zeolite Membranes by a Vacuum ‘Flow-Through’ Technique. Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 203 (2015) 170-177.

S. Nair, S.-J. Kim, Y. Liu, J. G. Pendergast, R. S. Dixit, J. S. Moore, Vacuum-assisted process for preparing an ion-exchanged zeolite membrane, U.S. Patent No. WO2014182430 A1 (2015)



S.-J. Kim, S. Yang, G. K. Reddy, P. Smirniotis, J. Dong, Zeolite Membrane Reactor for High Temperature Water Gas Shift Reaction: Effects of Membrane Properties and Operating Conditions. Energy & Fuels 27 (2013) 4471-4480.



S.-J. Kim, Z. Xu, G.K. Reddy, P. Smirniotis, J. Dong, Effect of Pressure on High Temperature Water Gas Shift Reaction in Microporous Zeolite Membrane Reactor. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 51 (2012) 1364-1375.

G. K. Reddy, S.-J. Kim, J. Dong, J. Jasinski, P. Smirniotis, Long-term WGS stability of Fe/Ce and Fe/Ce/Cr catalysts at high and low steam to CO ratios - XPS and Mössbauer spectroscopic. Appl. Catal., A: Gen 415 (2012) 101-110.



Z. Tang, S.-J. Kim, J. Dong, G. K. Reddy, P. Smirniotis, Modified Zeolite Membrane Reactor for High Temperature Water Gas Shift Reaction. J. Membr. Sci. 354 (2010) 114–122.



Z. Tang, S.-J. Kim, X. Gu, J. Dong, Microwave Synthesis of MFI-Type Zeolite Membranes by Seeded Secondary Growth without the Use of Organic Structure Directing Agents. Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 118 (2009) 224-231.