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About Lab
The Energy Fundamental Design Laboratory (EFDL) was established at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in 2012.

Since Professor Jae W. Lee moved from the City College of New York (CCNY) to KAIST, the EFDL has expanded its horizons and conducted researches in the field of energy systems and materials design.

Our research fields include energy storage materials, energy efficient designs, clathrate hydrates, and biomass conversions. Our research group proposed a new interpretation of macro-scale thermodynamics of integrated reaction and separation by visualizing the individual phenomena in composition space and by generalizing a mathematical algorithm for multi-dimensional systems. Our research interest has been extended into an integration of clathrate formation and separation by carrying out high-pressure, low temperature experiments, investigating multi-scale interactions between surface active agents and hydrate surface for accelerating and inhibiting gas hydrate formation, molecular-level kinetics modeling studies, and thermodynamics studies based on the combination of ab-initio calculations and classical statistical mechanics. Recently, our research horizon has also expanded to the environmental friendly biomass conversions and energy efficient design of CO2 separation/conversion to useful energy storage materials on the basis of previous research outcomes.

The EFDL always welcome open-minded, creative young scientists and engineers to join our lab. Those who are interested in our research fields please, please contact with Prof. Lee (jaewlee@kaist.ac.kr) or any of us.