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Sunho Choi

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
475 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


The primary focus of our research is in demonstrating innovative processing strategies for nanostructured materials and functional hybrids engineered for challenging applications in clean and renewable energy.

Based on the comprehensive understanding of synthetic chemistry and structure-property relationship with careful characterization of nanostructures and their functionality, we study the fundamentals and application of nanostructure interfacial engineering that entails molecular design and rational synthesis of nanostructured materials and hybrids for membranes, catalysts, and adsorbents with tailored properties.

Nanostructured materials and functional hybrids developed in this research can be incorporated in engineering devices for the application of carbon capture and sequestration, chemical sensors, fuel cells, and production/purification/storage of renewable energy such as hydrogen.


  • B.S. (Materials Science and Engineering) Hanyang University, Korea, 2000
  • Ph.D. (Materials Science and Engineering) University of Minnesota, MN, 2008

Research & Scholarship Interests

Demonstrating innovative processing strategies for nanostructured materials and functional hybrids engineered for challenging applications in clean and renewable energy
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College Research Initiatives

Selected Publications

  • “Swelling, functionalization, and structural changes of the nanoporous layered silicates AMH-3 and MCM-22”, W. Kim, S. Choi, S. Nair, Langmuir 27(12), 7892 (2011)
  • “Amine-tethered solid adsorbents coupling high adsorption capacity and regenerability for CO2 capture applications including the air capture”, S. Choi, M. L. Gray, C. W. Jones, ChemSusChem 4(5), 628 (2011)
  • “Application of amine-tethered solid sorbents for direct CO2 capture from the ambient air”, S. Choi, J. H. Drese, M. L. Gray, R. R. Chance, P. M. Eisenberger, C. W. Jones, Environ. Sci. Technol. 45(6), 2420 (2011)
  • “Effect of nanowhisker-modified zeolites on mechanical and thermal properties of poly(vinyl acetate) composites with pure-silica MFI”, J. H. Lee, P. I. Zapata, S. Choi, J. C. Meredith, Polymer 51, 5744 (2010)
  • “Recoverable & recyclable magnetic nanoparticle supported aluminum isopropoxide for ring-opening polymerization of e-caprolactone”, L. Wei, C. S. Gill, S. Choi, C. W. Jones, Dalton Trans. 39 (6), 1470 (2010)
  • “Synthesis-structure-property relationships for hyperbranched aminosilica CO2 adsorbents”, J. H. Drese, S. Choi, R. P. Lively, W. J. Koros, D. J. Fauth, M. L. Gray, C. W. Jones, Adv. Funct. Mater. 19 (23), 3821 (2009)
  • “Adsorbent materials for carbon dioxide capture from large anthropogenic point sources”, S. Choi, J. H. Drese, C. W. Jones, ChemSusChem 2, 796 (2009)
  • “Porous layered oxide/Nafion nanocomposite membranes for direct methanol fuel cell applications”, Y. Hudiono, S. Choi, S. Shu, W. J. Koros, M. Tsapatsis, S. Nair, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 118 (1-3), 427 (2009)
  • “Layered silicate by proton exchange and swelling of AMH-3”, S. Choi, J. Coronas, J. A. Sheffel, E. Jordan, W. Oh, S. Nair, D. F. Shantz, M. Tsapatsis, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 115 (1-2), 75 (2008)
  • “Fabrication and gas separation properties of polybenzimidazole (PBI) / nanoporous silicates hybrid membranes”, S. Choi, J. Coronas, Z. Lai, D. Yust, F. Onorato, M. Tsapatsis, J. Memb. Sci. 316 (1-2), 145 (2008)
  • “Layered silicates by swelling of AMH-3 and nanocomposite membranes”, S. Choi, J. Coronas, E. Jordan, W. Oh, S. Nair, F. Onorato, D. F. Shantz, M. Tsapatsis, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 47(3), 552 (2008)


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