Waters welcomes South Korean chemist to innovation program

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  • Published: Aug 19, 2016
  • Author: Jon Evans
  • Source: Waters Corporation
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Waters Corporation has welcomed chemist Sunghwan Kim from Kyungpook National University (KNU) in South Korea to its Centers of Innovation (COI) Program. Kim is a leading expert on developing and applying analytical techniques for assessing the impact of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the environment and for crude oil processing. KNU is the first institution in South Korea to be recognized by Waters COI Program.

“Professor Kim is an expert in mass spectrometry and chromatographic separation. He set up one of the most advanced mass spectrometry and chromatography laboratories in Korea at Kyungpook National University,” said Hong-In Lee, dean of KNU’s College of Natural Science.

“Dr. Kim’s research is unique and contributing greatly to what we know about the effects of PAHs on our environment,” said Eric Fotheringham, director – Waters COI Program. “Dr. Kim can see the potential of new technologies and he puts them to new uses before many of his contemporaries. We couldn’t be happier to have him and KNU in our program.”

PAHs are a component of crude oil, coal and gasoline, and are a byproduct of wood and fossil fuel combustion. Known as persistent organic pollutants, once in the environment they are hard to get rid of and their long-term effects are not well understood. Kim employs analytical chemistry to test for and identify these pollutants in soil, air and water; in the aftermath of the BP oil spill in 2010, he was hired to consult on the effectiveness of the clean-up, and to assess the harm done to marine and plant life.

The Waters COI Program recognizes analytical scientists facilitating breakthroughs in health and life science research, food safety, environmental protection, sports medicine and other areas through the use of liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry.

(Photo of Sunghwan Kim courtesy of Waters.)

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