Team Lead

Hongkyung Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor/Principal Investigator

Department of Energy Science & Engineering,

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST),

333 Techno Jungang-daero, Hyeonpung-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu, 42988 Republic of Korea

Office : E6-513 | Phone: +82-53-785-6447 | E-mail:

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Hongkyung Lee is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Energy Science and Engineering at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST). He received his B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Yonse University in 2011. Thereafter, he continued his graduate studies at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) under the direction of Prof. Jung-Ki Park. He completed his Ph. D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2016. During his Ph. D. and postdoc careers at KAIST, his research focused on the electrochemical interfaces in Li-air batteries and key technologies for Li metal stabilization. Since Jan 2017, he moved to a postdoctoral research associate at Pacific Northwest National Laborator (PNNL) under the supervision of Dr. Jason Zhang. At that time, he advanced the Li metal stabilization through multi-scale interface engineering and successfully demonstrated high-energy Li metal batteries in a pouch cell configuration. His current research interests include a dendrite-free electroplating and in-depth understanding of interface chemistry at high-capacity metallic anodes, fast-charging capable Li-ion, real-time diagnosis of battery failure, advanced battery recycling technologies.

Professional Experiences

  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Energy Science & Engineering, DGIST, South Korea (Oct 2019 - Present)
  • Research Associate (Battery500), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, Washington, U.S.A. (Jan 2017- Sep 2019)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Applied Science Institute, KAIST, South Korea (Mar 2016 - Dec 2016)


  • Ph.D. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea (2016)
  • B.A. Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea (2011)

Awards, Grants and Scholarships

  • (Nominatee) Miwon Commercial Young Scientist Award (미원상사신진연구자상), The Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (2020)
  • Young Researcher Grant (4.5억, 총 4년), National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea (2020-2023)
  • 2018 Project Team of the Year (Battery500 team), Energy & Environment Directorate (EED) Of-the-Year (OTY) Awards, PNNL (2018)
  • Fostering Next-generation Researchers (4000만원, 1년), NRF of Korea (2018-2019)
  • Outstanding Performance Award, PNNL (2017)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, KAIST (2012)
  • Full National Grantee, KAIST (2011-2016)
  • Graduate Excellence in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University (2011)
  • National Science& Technology Scholarship, Korea Student Aid Foundation (KOSAF) (2007-2010)

Scholary Activities

  • Peer reviewer of journals: ACS Nano, ACS Energy Letters, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, , ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Journal of Power Sources, Electrochemistry Communications, Electrochimica Acta, ChemSusChem, etc.
  • Memberships: The Korean Electrochemical Society (Associated Editor for E-Chem Magazine, 2020-2021); The Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Internation Battery Associate (IBA), The Electrochemical Society (ECS), Materials Research Society (MRS), etc.

Selected Publications

  • C. Niu†, H. Lee et al. “High-energy Li metal pouch cells with limited anode swelling and long stable cycles” Nature Energy 4, 551–559 (2019) (I.F. = 46.859, JCR Ranking 1/97 in Energy & Fuels).
  • S. Chen†, C. Niu† H. Lee† et al. * "Critical Parameters for Evaluating Coin Cells and Pouch Cells of Rechargeable Li Metal Batteries” Joule 3(4), 1094 (2019) (Elsevier CiteScoreTracker (Scopus) 2018 = 12.190).
  • H. Lee et al. "Detrimental Effects of Chemical Crossover from the Lithium Anode to Cathode in Rechargeable Lithium Metal Batteries" ACS Energy Letters 3, 2921 (2018) (I.F. = 12.277, JCR Ranking 1/28 in Electrochemistry).
  • H. Lee et al. "Suppressing Lithium Dendrite Growth by Metallic Coating on Separator" Advanced Functional Materials 27, 1704391 (2017) (I.F. = 13.325, JCR Ranking 13/285 in Materials Science, Multidisciplinary).
  • D. J. Lee†, H. Lee† et al. “Sustainable Redox Mediation for Lithium-Oxygen Battery by Composite Protective Layer on Lithium Metal Anode”, Advanced Materials, 28, 857 (2016) (I.F. = 21.950, JCR Ranking 2/147 in Chemistry, Physical).
  • H. Lee†, D. J. Lee† et al., “A Simple Composite Protective Layer Coating That Enhances the Cycling Stability of Lithium Metal Batteries” Journal of Power Sources, 284, 103 (2015) (I.F. = 6.945, JCR Ranking 3/28 in Electrochemistry).