Environmental mineralogy, Energy mineralogy, Computational mineralogy, Biogeochemistry, Nanogeoscience.
research has focused on mechanistic understanding of bacterial adhesion to mineral surfaces
(e.g., silica, alumina and iron hydroxide) and sorption and redox chemistry of biogenic nanoparticles (e.g., manganese oxide and iron sulfide). My
research interest also includes development of "mineral-inspired" energy materials (e.g., photoconductive material and high-temperature
superconductive material). Current research includes corrosion processes of nuclear-waste glass and CO2 diffusion in ice crystals. Research approaches incorporate
spectroscopic experiments and molecular modeling computations.
Dept. of Geosciences, The Pennsylvania
State University, 2006 (Advisor: Dr. Kubicki)
M.S. (ABD), Geological Sciences, Seoul National University
Science, Seoul National University (summa cum laude)
Postdoctoral Appointee, 2011 - 2012
Sandia National Laboratories
Fellow, 2006 - 2011
Sciences Division (Professor Sposito Lab)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Awards and honors
Young Geologist award, The Geological Society of Korea, 2013
Young Scientist award, The Mineralogical Society of Korea, 2013
Grants-in-Aid of Research award, Sigma-Xi,
Arnulf I. Muan Graduate Fellowship, The College
of Earth and Mineral Sciences,
Penn State University, 2005
Seoul National University, 1999
University Alumni Scholarship,
Seoul National University, 1998
in journalsZapol P., He H., Kwon K.D. andCriscenti L.J. (2013) First-principles study of hydrolysis reaction barriers in a sodium borosilicate glass, International Journal of Applied Glass Science 4, 395–407.
Kwon K.D. and Criscenti L.J. (2013) Na borosilicate glass structures: A classical molecular dynamics simulations study, J. Miner. Soc. Korea 26, 119-127.
Li W., Pierre-Louis A., Kwon K.D., Kubicki J.D., Strongin D.R. and Phillips B.L. (2013) Molecular level investigations of phosphate sorption on corundum(α-Al2O3) by 31P solid state NMR, ATR-FTIR and quantum chemical calculation, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 107, 252-266.
Hou Y., Fang X., Kwon K.D., Criscenti L.J., Davis D., Lambert T. and Nyman M. (2013) Computational and experimental characterization of a cagelike Fe15 polycation, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 1780-1787.
Kwon, K.D., Refson, K. and Sposito, G. (2013) Understanding
the trends in transition metal sorption by vacancy sites in birnessite, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 101, 222-232.
Kwon K.D., Refson K., Bone S., Qiao R., Yang W., Liu Z. and Sposito G. (2011) Magnetic
ordering in mackinawite (tetragonal FeS): evidence for strong itinerant
spin fluctuations, Physical
Review B 83, 064402.
Kwon K.D., Refson K. and Sposito G. (2010) Surface complexation of Pb(II) by hexagonal birnessite nanoparticles, Geochimica
et Cosmochimica Acta 74, 6731-6740.
Kwon K.D. and Sposito G. (2010) Reactivity
of biogenic manganese oxide for metal sequestration and photochemistry:
computational solid state physics study, J. Miner. Soc. Korea 23, 161-170.
Peña J., Kwon K.D., Refson K., Bargar J.R. and Sposito G. (2010) Mechanisms of nickel sorption by a bacteriogenic
et Cosmochimica Acta 74, 3076-3089.
Li W.I, Feng J., Kwon K.D., Kubicki J.D. and Phillips B.L. (2010) Surface
speciation of phosphate on boehmite( gamma-AlOOH) determined from
NMR spectroscopy, Langmuir 26, 4753-4761.
Kwon K.D., Refson K. and Sposito G. (2009) On the role of Mn(IV) vacancies in the photoreductive
dissolution of birnessite, Geochimica
et Cosmochimica Acta 73, 4142-4150.
Kwon K.D., Refson K. and Sposito G. (2009) Zinc surface complexes on birnessite: A density functional theory study, Geochimica
et Cosmochimica Acta 73, 1273-1284.
Kwon K.D., Refson K. and Sposito G. (2008) Defect-induced photoconductivity in layered
manganese oxides: A density functional theory study, Physical
Review Letters 100,
Kubicki J.D., Kwon
K.D., Paul, K.W. and Sparks D.L. (2007) Surface complex structures model
with ab initio calculations:
Carbonate, phosphate, arsenate, and sulfate, European Journal of Soil Science 58, 932-944.
Kwon K.D., Green H., Bjöörn P. and Kubicki
J.D. (2006) Model bacterial extracellular polysaccharide adsorption onto silica
and alumina: Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) monitoring of
dextran adsorption, Environmental
Science & Technology 40, 7739-7744.
Fry R.A., Kwon K.D., Komarneni
S., Kubicki J.D. and Mueller K.T. (2006) A solid-state NMR and computational
chemistry study of mononucleotides adsorbed to alumina, Langmuir 22, 9281-9286.
K.D., Vadillo-Rodriguez V., Logan B.E. and
Kubicki J.D. (2006) Interactions of biopolymers with silica surfaces: Force measurements and electronic
structure calculation studies, Geochimica
et Cosmochimica Acta 70, 3803-3819.
L., Kwon K.D., Trout C.T. and Kubicki J.D. (2006) Molecular
orbital theory on surface complex strucutres of glyphosate
on goethite: Calculation of vibrational frequencies, Environmental
Science & Technology 40, 3836-3841.
Omoike A., Chorover J., Kwon K.D. and Kubicki J.D. (2004) Adhesion
of bacterial exopolymers to α-FeOOH: Inner-sphere complexation
of phosphodiester groups, Langmuir 20, 11108-11114.
Kwon K.D. and Kubicki J.D. (2004) Molecular orbital theory study on complexation structures of phosphates to iron
hydroxides: Calculation of vibrational frequencies and adsorption energies, Langmuir 20, 9249-9254.
Chang S.J., Kim S.J. and Kwon K. (2004) Effects of some water repellents on the structure and water sorption of
smectite, Clays and clay minerals 52, 25-30.