Department of Chemistry,

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)


Office: Natural Science Building 108 Room 801


Lab: Natural Science Building 108 Room 809






Curriculum Vitae

·2018~Present: Associate Professor, UNIST

·2012~2018: Assistant Professor, UNIST

· 2008~2012 : Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia

· 2006~2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Seoul · National University (SNU)

· 1999-2002: Assistant Researcher, SAN NOPCO Korea

· 2002-2004: Assistant Researcher, Research Center of Molecular Catalysis, SNU


Academic Credential

· 2006: Ph.D SNU, Chemistry

· 1997: Master SNU, Chemistry

· 1994:B.S. University of Suwon,



·2012~ present: Korean Chemical Society Member, Korean Polymer Chemistry Member, Korean Electrochemistry Member

· 2008-2012:Royal Australia Chemical Institute Member

· 2008-2012: Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium Member

· 2011: The Award of Seed Funding From the School of Chemistry in the University of Melbourne


Research Groups

· Next Generation Solar Cells· Electrochemistry

Prof. Tae-Hyuk Kwon  권태혁

Prof. Dr. Tae-Hyuk Kwon studied in Seoul National University (SNU) under the Prof.Jong-In Hong.

He received Ph. D in 2006 for the synthesis and device fabrication on the emitting layer materials for organic light-emitting diodes, and then expanded his interesting research area into organic solar cells, light-emitting electrochemical cells , and phosphorescent biosensor as a post-doctoral researcher in SNU. In 2008, he joined theProf.


Andrew Holmes group as a senior post-doctoral reseacher to carry out Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium project at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is currently an assistant Professor at Ulsan National Institute of Science Technology (UNIST), Korea from 2012.




                                         Energy Recognition


 The main research is focused on light-harvesting, energy transfer and recognition for an applications of optoelectronics, especially in organic solar cells. For those aims, we design and synthesize new energy donor and/or acceptor materials to enhance the efficiency of bulk hetero-junction solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells. For real commercialization of organic solar cells, we are also interested in new device concepts and large area device fabrication by spray coating technology employing our developed materials. Furthermore our research interests will be expanded into fuel cells, dye-sensitized solar cells combined with battery, organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), light-emitting electrochemical cells (LEC), and phosphorescent biosensor in a near future














Research Keywords

Energy Transfer, Organic Solar Cells, Spray-Coating Technology, Synthesis of energy donor and acceptor


Research Interests

1. Enhancement of Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells by Energy Transfer

2. Synthesis of (Energy) Donor and Acceptor for Organic Solar Cells

3. Device Fabrications of Organic Solar Cells by Spray-Coated Technology

4. Development of Multi-color two photon phosphorescent probe by Energy Transfer


Ongoing research Topics

 Synthesis of energy donor and acceptor materials and large area device fabrication by spray coating technology for organic solar cells.




                                <Representative Publication>


1. Tae-Hyuk Kwon1 Torben Daeneke1 Andrew B. Holmes, Noel W. Duffy, Udo Bach, Leone Spiccia “High Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Ferrocene-Based Electrolyte” Nat. Chem. 2011, 03, 211. TD (ferrocene redox mediator, electrolyte and device development) and THK (dye design and synthesis, and partially involved in writing the manuscript) contributed equally to the manuscript.

2. Tae-Hyuk Kwon, Yong Ho Oh, Ik-Soo Shin, and Jong-In Hong, “New Approach Toward Fast Response Light-Emitting Electrochemical Cells Based On Neutral Iridium Complexes via Cation Transport” Adv. Funct. Mater. 2009, 19, 711. 

3. Tae-Hyuk Kwon, Jongchul Kwon, and Jong-In Hong, “Signal Amplification via Intramolecular Energy Transfer Using Tripodal Neutral Iridium(III) complexes upon Binding to Avidin” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 3726. 

4. Tae-Hyuk Kwon, Myoung Ki Kim, Jongchul Kwon, Chang-Lyoul Lee, Jang-Joo Kim, Su-Jin Park, Dae Yup Shin, and Jong-In Hong, “Highly Efficient Light Harvesting System based on a Phosphorescent Acceptor Coupled with Dendrimer Donors via Singlet-Singlet and Triplet-Triplet Energy Transfer”, Chem. Mater.  2007, 24, 3673.

5. Alexander Colsmann, Manuel Reinhard, Tae-Hyuk Kwon, Christian Kayser, Felix Nickel, Uli Lemmer, Noel Clark, Jacek Jasieniak, Andrew Holmes, David Jones “Inverted semi-transparent organic solar cells with spray-coated, surfactant free polymer top-electrodes” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells. 2012, 98, 118-123. (THK fabricated inverted organic solar cells by spray-coated technology)



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