About SB

"Engineering Light-Material Interactions for the Sustainable Energy"

Sae Byeok Jo [조새벽] received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Aug. 2014 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Washington, USA, until May 2020. He is currently working as a research professor in the Nano Science Technology Institute at Yonsei University, Korea. He is a chemical engineer and material scientist, creating rational designs of next-generation carbon opto-electronic systems thru expertise on polymer physics, semiconductor physics, synchrotron analysis and ultrafast spectroscopy.

Academic Experience

Research Professor @ Nano Science and Technology Research Institute, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

    • 2020.08.01 ~ (TBD)

    • Smart Electronic-Device and Process Lab (Prof. Jeong Ho Cho)

    • Photoelectronic computing systems based on color-selective hybrid photosensors and memory devices

    • Development of hybrid optoelectronic devices with extremely low non-ideal losses via the molecular excited state engineering

Postdoctoral Researcher @ Smart Electronic-Device and Process Lab, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

    • 2020.06.09 ~ 2020.07.31 (2 mos)

    • PI: Prof. Jeong Ho Cho (Yonsei University, Korea)

Postdoctoral Researcher @ Jen Research Group, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

    • 2015.10.26 ~ 2020.06.03 (4 yrs 7 mos)

    • PI: Prof. Alex. K.-Y. Jen (University of Washington, USA / City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

    • Excited state engineering of conjugated molecules and perovskites for photovoltaics

    • Ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy based on femto- and pico-second lasers

Postdoctoral Researcher @ Polymer Research Institute (PRI), POSTECH, Pohang, Korea

    • 2014.08.08 ~ 2015.10.31 (1 yr 3 mos)

    • 2015.02.11 ~ 2015.10.31 (Joint Appointment @ Center for Advanced Soft Electronics, Pohang, Korea)

    • PI: Prof. Kilwon Cho (POSTECH, Korea)

    • Controlled growth of ultra-high quality graphene sheets and its template applications

    • Synchrotron analysis of templated organic nanocrystals and its application to photovoltaic cells

    • Developing nano-second transient opto-electronic measurement systems

    • Device physical analysis of polymer photovoltaic devices with charge-selective interfaces

Research Assistant @ Cho Research Group, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, POSTECH, Pohang, Korea

    • 2009.03.02 ~ 2014.08.08 (5 yrs 5 mos)

    • Lead 10 research projects in the field of organic photovoltaics and graphene electronics

    • Contributed partially in various industrial research projects (LG Chemistry, Samsung Electronics and POSCO R&D) and mainly in government research projects including Global Frontier Research Center for Advanced Soft Electronics (CASE)

Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemical Engineering

    • 2005.03.02 ~ 2009.02.18

    • Dept. of Chemical Engineering, POSTECH, Pohang, Korea

    • Graduation project : "High Performance Organic Photovoltaic Cell via Post-production Thermal Annealing"

    • Graduated Summa Cum Laude (with Academic Achievement of Highest Distinction)

Gyeonggi Science High School for the Gifted (GSHS), Korea

    • 2003.03.02 ~ 2005.02.28

    • Graduated in Advance (exempted 1 year)

Activity & Awards


Grants & Honors

  • NRF Fostering the Next Generation of Researchers Program for Development of Hybrid Opto electronic Devices with Extremely Low Non-ideal Losses via the Molecular Excited State Engineering, National Research Foundation, Korea

    • Grant# NRF-2020R1A6A3A01098863

    • 2020.09.01 ~ 2022.08.31

    • Outstanding Poster Awards Materials Research Society, USA, Nov. 2014

    • PCE Graduate Fellowship Dept. of Chem. Eng., POSTECH, Korea, 2012-2013

    • BK21 Outstanding Graduate Fellowship Ministry of Education, Korea, 2012

    • T.J. Park Graduate Fellowship POSCO T.J. Park Foundation, Korea, 2009-2012

    • Outstanding Poster Awards Materials Research Society, USA, Nov. 2011

    • Best Poster Awards Polymer Society of Korea, Korea, Apr. 2011

    • Graduate with top honors Dept. of Chem. Eng., POSTECH, Korea, 2009

    • Samsung Junior Frontier Leader Scholarship Samsung, Korea, 2005-2008