Faculty Profile


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
  • M.S., Chemical & Biological Engineering , Seoul National University, South Korea, 1997
  • B.S., Chemical & Biological Engineering , Seoul National University, South Korea, 1995

Dr. Jaehong Kim is an adjunct professor and the former Georgia Power Distinguished Professor in School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Georgia Institute of Technology. He received both B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical technology (currently School of Chemical and Biological Engineering) from Seoul National University in Korea in 1995 and 1997, respectively, and Ph.D.degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. His areas of research interest include: 1) environmental implication and application of carbonaceous nanomaterials;2) ozone and UV disinfection process optimization and design using computer models and laser induced fluorescence technique; and 3) high-pressure membrane process evaluation and simulation for the removal of emerging organic and inorganic contaminants. He is a recipient of various awards including Paul L. Busch Award from Water Environment Research Foundation (2009), Excellence in Research Award by School of CEE at Georgia Tech (2009), Excellence in Review Award from Environmental Science & Technology (2009), Editor's Award from ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering (2004), and CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from Georgia Tech (2007). His students at Georgia Tech also received various awards including President Undergraduate Research Award (4 times), AEES Outstanding MS Student in Environmental Engineering Award (2 times), Georgia Power Fellowship (3 times) and Best Student Presentation Award from American Chemical Society (2010).
*pending Board of Regeants' approval


  • Novel Upconversion Phosphor Materials for Visible-Light Activated Disinfection Environmental Implication and Application of Carbonaceous Nanomaterials High-Pressure Membrane Processes for Emerging Contaminant Treatment Ozone Disinfection Process Design and Optimization Solving Real World Engineering Problems.


  • 2012 Georgia Power Distinguished Professorship, Georgia Tech
  • 2012 Environmental Science & Technology 2011 Top Environmental Technology Paper Award
  • 2010 Environmental Engineering Faculty Award, AEES at Georgia Tech
  • 2010 Bill Shultz Sabbatical Award, School of CEE, Georgia Tech
  • 2009 Carlton S. Wilder Endowed Professorship (5 years)
  • 2009 Paul L. Busch Award, Water Environment Research Foundation ($100,000 Prize)
  • 2009 Excellence in Review Award, Environmental Science & Technology
  • 2009 Excellence in Research Award, School of CEE, Georgia Tech
  • 2008 Hyung et al., 2007 selected by Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators as a Fast Breaking Paper (one of the most-cited papers in its discipline published during the past two years) in the field of Environment/Ecology in October 2008 (www.sciencewatch.com)
  • 2007 CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Georgia Tech
  • 2007 Hyung et al., 2007 rated as 4th Most Accessed Paper in 2007 (whole year) in ACS Environmental Science & Technology
  • 2007 Excellent Paper Award, Korean Society of Environmental Engineers
  • 2004 Editor’s Award, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering
  • 2002 Engelbrecht Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Engineering, UIUC
  • 2001 Mavis Memorial Fund Scholarship Award, College of Engineering, UIUC
  • 1997 Best Paper Presentation Award, Korean Society of Industrial Engineering Chemistry
  • 1994 Alumni Scholarship, Alumni Association of Chemical Technology in SNU


  • Lee, S.J.; Dilaver, M.; Park, P.P.; Kim, J.H. (2013) “Combined Filtration Model and Resistance-in-Series Model Analysis of Ceramic Microfiltration Membrane Fouling.” Journal of Membrane Science, 432, 97-105
  • Padhye, L.P.; Kim, J.H.; Huang, C.H. (2013). “Oxidation of Dithiocarbamates to Yield N-Nitrosamines by Water Disinfection Oxidants.” Water Research, 47, 725-736
  • Snow, S.D.; Lee, J.S.; Kim, J.H. (2012). “Photochemical and Photophysical Properties of Sequentially Functionalized Fullerenes in the Aqueous Phase.” Environmental Science & Technology, 46, 13227-13234
  • Gandhi, V.; Roberts, P.J.W.; Kim, J.H. (2012). “Visualizing and Quantifying Dose Distribution in a UV Reactor Using Three-Dimensional Laser-Induced Fluorescence.” Environmental Science & Technology, 46, 13220-13226
  • Cates, E.L.; Chinnapongse, S.L.; Kim, J.; Kim, J.H. (2012). “Engineering Light: Advances in Wavelength Conversion Materials for Energy and Environmental Technologies.” Environmental Science & Technology, 46, 12316-12328
  • Fortner, J.D.; Lee, J. Kim, J.H.; Hughes, J.B. (2008). “Chapter 8. Chemical and Photochemical Reactivity of Fullerenes in the Aqueous Phase.” Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: Environmental and Health Impacts. Edited by Grassian, V., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
  • Lozier, J.C.; Kitis, M.; Kim, J.H.; Mi, B.; Mariñas, B.J. (2006). “Chapter 18. Evaluation of Biologic and Nonbiologic Methods for Assessing Virus Removal by and Integrity of High Pressure Membrane Systems.” Membrane Treatment for Drinking Water and Reuse Applications: A Compendium of Peer-Reviewed Papers. Edited by Howe, K. J., American Water Works Association, Denver, CO
  • Snow, S. D.; Moor, K. J.; Kim, J. H. (2013). "Understanding the Implications of Transformation and Functionalization on the Photophysical Properties of Aqueous Fullerene Aggregates." Gordon Research Conference, Stowe, VT
  • Snow, S. D.; Moor, K. J.; Kim, J. H. (2013). "Photochemistry of Aqueous Fullerene Aggregates as a Function of Size Fractionation and Surface Functionalization." National American Chemical Society Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Chinnapongse, S.: Cates, E.; Kim, J. H. (2013). “Ceramic and composite systems for furthering applicability of upconversion materials to antimicrobial technologies.” ACS 254th National Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Cates, E.L.; Kim, J.H. (2013). "New host crystal systems for improved antimicrobial visible-to-UVC upconversion phosphors". American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Cates, E.L.; Kim, J.H. (2013). "Oxyfluoride Host Crystals for Efficient Visible-to-UVC Upconversion by Pr3+". Materials Research Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Kim, J.H.; Cates, E.Z.; Cho, M. “Method for Microbial Inactivation and Inhibition using Ultraviolet-Emitting Upconversion Luminescence”, Pending in US (US12/785.207), Korea, Japan, and China
  • Alvarez, P.J.J.; Lee, J.S.; Wilson, L.J.; Mackeyev, Y.; Kim, J.H. “Fullerene Compositions and Methods for Photochemical Purification.”, International Pending (PCT/US2010/039833)