Yang-Kook Sun, Professor, Energy Engineering, Hanyang University, Korea
Biography: Yang-Kook Sun is presently professor of Energy Engineering at the Hanyang University in Seoul. After receiving PhD degree at the Seoul National University in 1992, he worked Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology until 1999 and moved to the Hanyang University. He received several awards including the Research Awards by the Energy Technology Division and the Battery Division of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) in 2007, and 2011 and 2017, R&D 100 Award by R&D Magazine in 2012, Engineering Award from Gyeongam Foundation in 2016, and he was selected as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics in 2016 and 2017.
Sun succeeded in design, synthesis and structural analysis of advanced energy storage and conversion materials for application in electrochemical energy storages. Among the relevant achievements, the concentration-gradient lithium-nickel-cobalt-manganese oxide cathode has been licensed and used for E-bike batteries by LG Chemical Ltd, and Niro EVs of Hyundai-Kia. The same approach was successfully adopted for the preparation of sodium-ion cathodes. Furthermore, he actually contributed to the progress of lithium-air and lithium-sulfur batteries by designing new, high performance electrodes and electrolytes. I recently expanded the research to the high-energy lithium-metal battery.
Sun is author of more than 510 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and 340 registered and applied patents. The interest on his achievements is demonstrated by the large number of citations (34103) leading to an h-index as high as 99 (Google Scholar, 2018).