Kyoung-Yeol Kim

Microbial Electrochemical Technologies (METs) to recover valuable resources from wastes

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Kyoung-Yeol Kim
Assistant Professor

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department: Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

UAB 235
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Dr. Kyoung-Yeol Kim joined the Department of Environmental & Sustainable Engineering in Fall 2018. Dr. Kim received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (GIST, South Korea) in 2014. Prior to his appointment at UAlbany, Dr. Kim worked at the Pennsylvania State University as a post-doc research fellow. Dr. Kim wants to do everything he can do if it is useful to resolve current energy and environmental issues, but basically his research group pursues developing environmental-friendly technologies for sustainability. His areas of expertise include microbial electrochemical technologies (METs) to convert wastes to valuable resources (such as electricity, hydrogen and chemical compounds) and membrane integrated wastewater treatment processes to produce high quality effluent with less energy input.


M.S./Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea. 2014

B.S. in Environmental Engineering (minor: Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering), Kyungpook National University, South Korea. 2008

Research Interests

Microbial electrochemical technologies (METs) to produce energy or value-added products from wastes, Membrane-integrated wastewater treatment process, Developing alternative catalysts for hydrogen evolution reactions, Recalcitrant contaminant removal using electrocoagulation. Read more about Dr. Kim's research, teaching and publications here.


Selected publications:

Kim, K.-Y., W. Yang and B.E. Logan (2018). Regenerable nickel-functionalized activated carbon cathodes enhanced by metal adsorption to improve hydrogen production in microbial electrolysis cells. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(12):7131-7137.

Kim, K.-Y., E. Zikmund and B.E. Logan (2017). Impact of catholyte recirculation on different 3-dimensional stainless steel cathodes in microbial electrolysis cells. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 42:29708-29715.

Yang, W., K.-Y. Kim, P.E. Saikaly and B.E. Logan (2017). The impact of new cathode materials relative to baseline performance of microbial fuel cells all with the same architecture and solution chemistry. Energy & Environmental Science, 10:1025-1033.

McAnulty, M.J., V.G. Poosarla, K.-Y. Kim, R. Jasso-Chavez, B.E. Logan and T.K. Wood (2017). Electricity from methane by reversing methanogenesis. Nature Communications, 8:15419.

Kim, K.-Y., W. Yang, P.J. Evans and B.E. Logan (2016). Continuous treatment of high strength wastewaters using air-cathode microbial fuel cells. Bioresource Technology, 221:96-101.

Kim, K.-Y., W. Yang, Y. Ye, N. LaBarge and B.E. Logan (2016). Performance of anaerobic fluidized membrane bioreactors using effluents of microbial fuel cells treating domestic wastewater. Bioresource Technology, 208:58-63.

Kim, K.-Y., W. Yang and B.E. Logan (2015). Impact of electrode configurations on retention time and domestic wastewater treatment efficiency using microbial fuel cells. Water Research, 80:41-46.

To see a full list of Dr. Kim’s publications click here.