Assistant Prof. Hongkyung Lee

Hongkyung Lee is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Energy Science and Engineering at DGIST.


Ph.D.Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea (Feb 2016)
B.A. Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea (Feb 2011)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Energy Science & Engineering, DGIST, South Korea (Oct 2019 - Present)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, Washington, U.S.A. (Jan 2017- Sep 2019)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Applied Science Institute, KAIST, South Korea (Mar 2016 - Dec 2016)

Research Interests

Dendrite-free electroplating of high-capacity metallic anodes
Fast-charging Li-ion
Real-time diagnosis of battery failures.


POSCO Science Fellowship, POSCO TJ Park Foundation (2021)

9th Miwon Commercial Young Scientist Award (미원상사신진연구자상), The Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (2021)

2018 Project Team Of-the-Year (Battery500 team), PNNL (2018)

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, NRF of Korea (2018-2019)

Outstanding Performance Award, PNNL (2017)

Full National Grantee, KAIST (2011-2016)

Graduate Excellence in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University (2011)

National Science& Technology Scholarship, Korea Student Aid Foundation (KOSAF) (2007-2010)


Selected publications

D. Jin, H.Lee*, Y. M. Lee* et al. "Robust Cycling of Ultrathin Li Metal Enabled by Nitrate‐Preplanted Li Powder Composite" Advanced Energy Materials (2021)

C. Niu†, H. Lee† et al. “High-energy Li metal pouch cells with limited anode swelling and long stable cycles” Nature Energy 4, 551–559 (2019)

S. Chen†, C. Niu† H. Lee† et al. * "Critical Parameters for Evaluating Coin Cells and Pouch Cells of Rechargeable Li Metal Batteries” Joule 3(4), 1094 (2019)

H. Lee et al. "Detrimental Effects of Chemical Crossover from the Lithium Anode to Cathode in Rechargeable Lithium Metal Batteries" ACS Energy Letters 3, 2921 (2018)

H. Lee et al. "Suppressing Lithium Dendrite Growth by Metallic Coating on Separator" Advanced Functional Materials 27, 1704391 (2017)

D. J. Lee†, H. Lee† et al. “Sustainable Redox Mediation for Lithium-Oxygen Battery by Composite Protective Layer on Lithium Metal Anode”, Advanced Materials, 28, 857 (2016)

H. Lee†, D. J. Lee† et al., “A Simple Composite Protective Layer Coating That Enhances the Cycling Stability of Lithium Metal Batteries” Journal of Power Sources, 284, 103 (2015)

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