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Jongho joined Prof. Elimelech’s research group in August 2014 as a postdoctoral associate. His research interests include transport phenomena in nanoscales, surface modification, electrokinetics and green energy.
Jongho received his B.S from the Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University in South Korea, where he first developed an interest in fluid mechanics. After graduating from college, he worked at Hanjin Heavy Industry as a machinery designer, where he designed an exhaust gas systems, a high pressure fire fighting system, and flexible support systems in container ships. Upon fulfilling his military duty, he joined the turbulence research group of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University as a graduate student, where he obtained experience in mathematical modeling for CFD, including a new mathematical algorithm to solve flow around moving complex geometries.
After enrolling in the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Jongho broadened his research base to include experimental aspects. His general research approach is to gain physical insights from simple modeling, and then prove by experiments. During his PhD, Jongho worked on a two-phase transport in porous media aiming for desalination, a high precision microfluidic flow meter, and a bio-inspired filter using plant xylem. As a post-doc in the Elimelech research group, he is exploring novel membrane technologies for environmental applications. His current work includes the development of anti-fouling membranes, ultra-thin pressure-retarded osmosis membrane for energy generation from salinity gradient, and oil-repelling membranes applicable to oil/water separation or wastewater treatment. His future research aims for nanoporous membranes for efficient desalination, gas separation and organic liquids separation, as well as for bio-mimetic transport phenomena.