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School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering

지구·환경공학부
SCHOOL OF EARTH SCIENSES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

SCHOOL OF EARTH SCIENCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

  • Homepage : http://env1eng.gist.ac.kr
  • E-mail : env@gist.ac.kr
  • Tel : 062)715-2431~3 / Fax : 062)715-2434

Environmental scientists and engineers are tasked with characterizing intricate interactions and complex problems created between living beings and their environments or by variability of nature itself. Problems associated with these interaction are inherently very difficult to resolve.

The program covers 1) earth and climate change, 2) sustainable energy, and 3) water science and engineering. These environmental research programs aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of our complex environment and each investigates efficient and effective engineering solutions for resolving environmental problems.

The School of Environmental Science and Engineering is an integrated field that focuses on the interaction of processes that shape our natural environment.

Major Research Areas

Earth and Climate Change
  • Ecological remediation & monitoring of contaminated soil/groundwater in the mining areas
  • Environmental management of shale-gas production
  • Studies on organic mercury bioaccumulation in freshwater and marine ecosystems
  • Investigation into the impacts of black carbon (BC), brown carbon (BrC), and organic carbon (OC) on climate change
  • Better understanding and prediction of man-made climate changes.
  • Air quality and climate change studies using chemistry-transport model simulations and satellite-retrieved data
  • Impacts of anthropogenic emissions on air quality, human health and Earth ecosystem
  • Development of real time aerosol/nanoparticle monitoring systems and measurements of atmospheric aerosols
  • Studies on effects of aerosols on earth environment and climate change
  • Biodegradation, Biotransformation and Biocatalysis by Microorganisms
  • Microbial biodegradation, biotransformation, and biocatalysis for removal of organic pollutants and production of valu-added chemicals from biomass
  • Meta-microbe interaction for relieving environmental burdens caused by heavy metals and its application for synthesizing new functional materials
  • Pathogenic bacterial ecology and its fate and transport in aquatic environments
  • Structure and function of marine ecosystem in changing environment by natural or anthropogenic forcing
  • Adaptation strategies of marine invertebrates to climate changes
  • Physiological basis of local adaptation and its effects on species range
  • Evolutionary and ecological responses of plant species to changing environments
Sustainable Energy
  • Electrocatalytic creation of hydrogen from CO2
  • Oxygen and carbon electrocatalysis in energy conversion and storage cells
  • Ion exchange membranes for electrodialysis and reverse electrodialysis
  • Development of membranes for microbial fuel cell, fuel cell, and batteries
  • Ionic transport phenomena in electrolytes and membranes
  • Computational electrochemistry for equilibrium calculation and energy system design
  • Capacitive deionization for water softening and desalination
  • Charge and energy transport inside photovoltaic materials.
  • Biorefi nery and biotransformation for biomass utilization
  • Microbiological production of valuable chemicals using waste biomass
  • Bioelectronics and biofuel cell (microbial fuel cell and enzyme fuel cell)
  • Manufacturing of biogenic nanomaterials for energy saving and storage
  • Electrochemical Nano/Bio sensor and device
Water Science & Engineering
  • Membrane-based seawater desalination technologies and systems optimization for O&M
  • Nanoscience-based and physicochemical-advanced water treatment/desalination technologies
  • Bio-electrochemical processes for wastewater reuse and qesource recovery
  • Sustainable sanitation science and engineering: treatment and resource recovery
  • Fate and toxicity of contaminants of concern in aquatic environment
  • Development of water quality guideline and environmental risk assessment
  • Smart water grid: sustainable & integrative water resource management with water-energy nexus systems
  • Urban water and watershed management, modeling and monitoring protocols