Personal Profile

Seonah Kim's areas of expertise include biochemical and thermochemical catalyst design; celluase enzyme structure-function relationships to design enhanced cellulose systems; catalyst design for lignin deconstruction; kinetics and reaction mechanisms; fatty acid decarboxylase engineering; enzymatic cellulose oxidation by lytic polysaccharide mono-oxygenase;  hydrodeoxygenation, C-C coupling, and dehydration; and zeolite catalyst upgrading including framework and extra framework transition metals.

Research Interests

New reaction mechanisms of lignocellulosic biomass enzymes

Design of new catalysts for vapor phase upgrading of biomass pyrolysis

Enzymatic reaction with cellulase enzymes

Lignin deconstruction

Professional Experience

Senior Scientist, NREL (2015–present)

Staff Scientist, NREL (2012–2015)

Postdoctoral Associate, NREL (2011–2012)

Postdoctoral Associate, University of California, Los Angeles (2008–2011)

Consultant, BP (2010–2011)

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of Florida

Master, Computer Science, University of Houston


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