Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board

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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.

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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).