The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) has recently acknowledged the work of a professor affiliated with UNIST and presented him with the Distinguished Lectureship Award at its 95th Annual Meeting held in China, Japan.
The Distinguished Lectureship Award is presented to eminent young scientists for outstanding research in any aspect of chemistry at the Asian International Symposium of the annual flagship scientific meeting of the CSJ. The purpose of the symposium is to promote ties between young Asian chemists and to stimulate research collaborations.
The award was presented to Dr. Oh-Hoon Kwon (School of Natural Science) in recognition of his outstanding work in Femtochemistry and Femtobiology on March 27, 2015. At the Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy and Nano-microscopy Laboratory (ULSan Lab) at UNIST, Dr. Kwon is building an advanced ultrafast electron microscope that can not only circumvent present limitations, but also promote the new methodology to a powerful platform to directly image molecular and collective motions, dissect fundamental phenomena, and deliver new concepts for specific control and global function of matter.
Dr. Kwon wears many academic hats. He is the recipient of Young Do Fellowship from Young Do Foundation, Korea (1998-2001), BK21 Research Fellowship from Korean Government (1999-2004), and Excellent Publication Award from BK21 Division of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Seoul National University (SNU), S. Korea in 2001 and in 2004.
In 2013, Dr. Kwon joined the faculty of UNIST as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. His research focuses on the area of electronic and structural dynamics of elementary reactions in condensed phase. He is particularly interested in nonequilibrium photoinduced phase transformations of materials, ultrafast electron-phonon interactions in correlated materials, photoinduced dynamics in nanometer-sized materials, ultrafast chemical dynamics, and ultrafast hydration dynamics in biological systems.
Dr. Kwon received his bachelor’s degree in the field of Chemistry and his Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Physical Chemistry from SNU. In 2004, he received his Ph.D. in the same field from SNU, under the supervision of Prof. Du-Jeon Jang. His thesis title was “Laser spectroscopic study on the proton transfer of 7-azaindole and hydroxyquinolines and the photophysics of C60.” Prior to joining UNIST, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at SNU from 2004 to 2005. Shortly after, he also served as a Senior Scientist and as a Postdoctoral Scholar under the supervision of Dr. Ahmed H. Zewail, a Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from 2005 to 2013.
The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) is one of the largest organizations in the Asia-Pacific region for advancing the chemical sciences with a current membership exceeding 34,000. Established in 1878, the academy recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievement in the field of industrial or applied chemistry through election to membership and through various awards for distinguished achievement.