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Dr. HyungKuk Ju (CSIRO - Australia's national science agency) - Science - Renewable energy




Dr HyungKuk Ju is Research Scientist and Project Leader at CSIRO Energy, Australia. Dr HyungKuk Ju completed his MS and PhD in 2013 from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea. He joined CSIRO Energy as Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) postdoctoral fellow in Feb 2014. He worked on carbon/hydrocarbon-based fuel assisted water/steam electrolysis for hydrogen generation technology from various renewable chemical feedstock (ethanol, methanol, sugar, seawater, wastewater, coal, and etc.) using polymer electrolyte membrane based zero-gap electrolytic cells.


He has been developing low cost, compact, and high efficiency polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) based electrolysis cells/system with BOP for generating high-pressure hydrogen for various applications such as distributed/off-grid power, or as a feedstock for conversion to liquid fuels such as methanol and ammonia for renewable energy transport. Moreover, Dr Hyungkuk Ju and his team have built a stand-alone oxygen generator for medical applications and displayed in Centre for Hybrid Energy Systems at Clayton, Melbourne.


Currently, Dr HyungKuk Ju leads CSIRO’s Hydrogen Future Science Platform (H2 FSP) project on ‘Direct synthesis of ammonia by electrochemical route based on PEM/AEM cell/stack systems’. He is also a major contributor to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) project on ‘Ammonia synthesis using metal membranes’ for commercial technology. His team hopes that this innovative technology can potentially replace the conventional H-B process with lower the capital cost to facilitating construction for the decentralized ammonia production and on-site distribution. Moreover, novel ammonia pathways will be a high priority for Australia’s national hydrogen strategy as hydrogen carrier and storage media.


Dr HyungKuk Ju has also a strong research background and experiences for high temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) / electrolysis cell (SOEC) systems. The resulting diversity in knowledges has been energetically participated in the investigating another ARENA project on ‘Solid oxide electrolysis (SOE) for solar hydrogen & liquid hydrogen carrier production’ funded by ARENA. He is in charge of the cathode electrode/catalyst and new method for current collection as well as finding CO2 utilization mechanism on the high-temperature SOEC.


Dr HyungKuk Ju is author/co-author of 19 scientific publications in peer reviewed international journals (h-index:10 based on web of science), 3 book chapters, 7 conference proceedings, 8 patents granted (3 in USA / 5 in South Korea) and 4 patent applications and over 30+ international conference presentations. Dr Ju is an active reviewer of some of the journals and he is a Topic Editor of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage and a review editor of Fuel cell in Frontiers in Energy Research. He is a member of Ammonia Energy Association (AEA) in Australia, Korean Electrochemical Society (KECS), and The Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE).


Field of study

Electrochemistry, Environmental Engineering 


Research interests
Electrochemical Energy System, Renewable Energy, Hydrogen/Ammonia Production/Utilization, Fuel Cell, Electrolysis Cell, Advanced Haber-Bosch process 


Google Scholar ID:  https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=Xe9Q1_0AAAAJ&hl=en  

Web of Science ResearcherID: C-5603-2012 / https://publons.com/researcher/1566495/hyungkuk-ju/

ORCID:  http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8626-2527


Connection with Australia
Dr HyungKuk Ju is a Research Scientist and Project Leader at CSIRO Energy, Australia (2014 - Present).


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