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Advanced Materials for Energy & Sustainability Song Research Group

Min-Kyu Song  

Associate Professor

School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Washington State University

Office: EEME 159, Tel: 509-335-8218


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Education and Professional Experiences

  • Associate Professor, Washington State University, 2021 – present
  • Assistant Professor, Washington State University, 2015 – 2021
  • Postdoc, Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2012 – 2014
  • Ph.D., School of Materials Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011
  • Research Engineer, Advanced R&D Center, Hyundai Motor Company, 2001 – 2006

Scientific Focus Areas

  • Future Mobility and Novel Energy Technologies: (1) Batteries, (2) Fuel Cells, (3) H2 Production
  • Design and Synthesis of Functional Materials: Processing-Structure-Property Relations
  • Nano-engineering of Advanced Materials: Rational Control of Shape, Defects, Microstructure, and Interfaces
  • Next-generation Environmental Technologies: (1) Green Chemistry/Engineering for Sustainability, (2) CO2 Utilization

Awards and Recognition

  • Received the Outstanding Inventor Award from School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, WSU, 2023.
  • Received the Student-Selected Outstanding Instructor Award from School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, WSU, 2023.
  • Selected as Associated Editor, Frontiers in Energy Research, 2023 – present.
  • Selected as Rising Stars in Electrochemistry 2021, by the editorial board of Frontiers in Chemistry, 2022.
  • Selected as the Journal Editorial Board Member, Batteries, 2020 – present.
  • Received the Academic Advisor Excellence Award from the Graduate and Professional Student Association, WSU, 2019.
  • Received the Outstanding Teaching Award from School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, WSU, 2018.
  • Received the Industry Engagement Award from Office of Commercialization, WSU, 2018.
  • Received the International Research Travel Award, jointly sponsored by Office of International Programs and Office of Research, WSU, 2017.

Symposia Co-organized/Under Planning

  • “Carbon Nanostructures for Energy Conversion and Storage” for the 235th meeting of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) in Dallas, TX (May 26 – 31, 2019)
  • “2D Materials and Beyond: Innovative Materials, Assemblies, and Devices for Energy and Fuel” for the 258th American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting in San Diego, CA (August 25 – 29, 2019)
  • “Green electrochemical energy storage solutions: materials, processes and devices” for 2019 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting in Boston, MA (December 1 – 6, 2019)
  • “Functional Nanomaterials: Translating Innovation into Pioneering Technologies” for 2020 The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA (February 23 – 27, 2020)
  • “Carbon Nanostructures for Energy Conversion and Storage” for the 237th meeting of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) in Montreal, Canada (May 10 – 15, 2020)
  • “Multi-Dimensional Hetero-Structures for Energy Storage Applications” for The Electrochemical Society (ECS)’s the Pacific Rim Meeting (PRiME) on Electrochemical and Solid State Science in Honolulu, HI (October 4 – 9, 2020)
  • “Advanced Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage VII” for 2021 The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Orlando, FL (March 14 – 18, 2021)
  • “Carbon Nanostructures for Energy Conversion and Storage” for 239th meeting of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) in Chicago, IL (May 30 – June 3, 2021)
  • “Functional Nanomaterials: Functional Low-Dimensional (0D, 1D, 2D) Materials 2022” for 2022 The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Anaheim, CA (February 27 – March 3, 2022)
  • “Carbon Nanostructures for Energy Conversion and Storage” for 241st meeting of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) in Vancouver, Canada (May 29 – June 2, 2022)
  • “Carbon Nanostructures for Energy Conversion and Storage” for 243rd meeting of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) in Boston, MA (May 28 – June 2, 2023)

Other Scholarly and Synergistic Activities

  • Proposal Reviewer: National Science Foundations (CBET, CMMI, DMR, SNM, CAREER), Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore (Energy Market Authority)
  • Annual Progress Reviewer: Department of Energy (Fuel Cell Technologies Office)
  • Journal Reviewer: ACS Nano, ACS Applied Energy Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Acta Materilia, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Science, Advanced Sustainable Systems, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, ChemElectroChem, Chemical Science, Chemistry of Materials, ChemSusChem, Green Chemistry, Electrochimica Acta, Energy & Fuels, Energy & Environmental Materials, Energy Technology, Hydrometallurgy, Inorganic Chemistry, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, JOM, Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, Journal of Energy Chemistry, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Materials Science, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Materials Today Energy, MRS Advances, Nano Convergence, Nano Energy, Nanomaterials, Nature Communications, Polymer Chemistry, Research, Scientific Reports, Small, The Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • Journal Editor: MRS Advances (Principal Editor for 2019 MRS Fall), Frontiers in Energy Research (Associate Editor, 2023 – present)
  • Editorial Board Member: Batteries (2020 – present)

Invited Lectures/Seminars

  • 43 (33 since joining WSU in 2015) invited research presentations at domestic/international universities, conferences and industry R&D centers in the field of advanced functional materials and energy technologies
  • Recent invited presentations at conferences/symposiums: 17th Materials Science & Technology (MS&T 2019) Annual Meeting and Exhibition,148th The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Annual Meeting, 14th Annual Lithium Battery Materials & Chemistries Conference, 233rd Electrochemical Society (ECS) Meeting, 4th International Symposium on Hybrid Materials and Processing (HyMaP 2017), 252nd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition, 6th Annual Next-generation Energy Storage 2016 Conference, 2016 US-KOREA Conference (UKC 2016), 1st Annual Symposium of Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM), Fuel Cells Experts Forum (by Korean Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning US Office)
  • Recent invited presentations at domestic universities: Ohio State University (Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering), Syracuse University (Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering), Auburn University (Department of Chemical Engineering), Syracuse University (Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems), Oregon State University (Bilateral Symposium on Green Energy Generation and Storage)
  • Recent invited presentations at international universities/national labs: Korea University (Department of Materials Science and Engineering), KAIST (Graduate School of Energy, Environment, Water and Sustainability), Korea Institute of Materials Science (Functional Ceramics Department), Pusan National University (Department of Organic Material Science and Engineering), Sookmyung Women’s University (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering), KAIST (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering), Gachon University (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering)
  • Recent invited presentations at industry R&D centers: Samsung SDI, PACCAR Technical Center, Microsoft, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Research Institute of Industrial Science & Technology (RIST), OCI Company Ltd R&D Center, MiCo Ltd R&D Center

Extracurricular Activities

  • Faculty research mentor of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program at WSU, 2018 – present
  • Faculty advisor of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Student Club at WSU, 2018 – present
  • Guest speaker on the annual “Career Day” at the Sunnyside Elementary School, 2018- present
  • Faculty advisor of one NSF Innovation-Corps (I-Corps) team (SOC Energy Materials), 2017

University Services

  • WSU Academic Showcase Committee, 2023 – present
  • Reviewer of Undergraduate Research Scholarships (Auvil and Carson Awards), 2019 – present
  • Judge of The Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), 2019 – present
  • Participant of the annual “Kids’ Science and Engineering Day” organized by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), 2019 – present
  • Participant of the annual “Experience WSU”, organized by the Office of Admissions and Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, 2018 – present

Review Articles

  • X. Zhang, P. Dong, and M. K. Song, “Advances in Lithium-Oxygen Batteries Based on LiOH Formation and Decomposition,” Frontiers in Chemistry (Special issue “Rising Stars in Electrochemistry 2021”), 689, 2022.
  • X. Zhang, P. Dong and M. K. Song, “Metal-organic frameworks for high-energy lithium batteries with enhanced safety: recent progress and future perspectives,” Batteries & Supercaps, In Press, 2019.
  • Q. Shi, Y. Cha, Y. Song, J. I. Lee, C. Zhu, X. Li, M. K. Song, D. Du, and Y. Lin, “3D graphene based hybrid materials: synthesis and applications in energy storage and conversion,” Nanoscale, 8, 15414-15447, 2016.
  • M. K. Song, E. J. Cairns, and Y. Zhang, “Lithium-sulfur batteries with high specific energy: old challenges and new opportunities,” Nanoscale, 5, 2186-2204, 2013.
  • M. K. Song, S. Park, F. Alamgir, J. Cho and M. Liu, “Nanostructured electrodes for lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries,” Materials Science and Engineering:R: Reports, 72, 203-252, 2011.