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Chemical Design & Sustainable Catalysis

for innovation in organic synthesis

Research in the Seo group

The fundamental principle of our research is to innovate unique reaction modes and new catalytic systems for sustainable organic synthesis. We aim to achieve user-friendly, efficient, and selective chemical transformations by creating our own synthetic toolboxes through three main approaches:

1) design of novel chemical reagents

2) development of new catalytic platforms using base metals

3) reaction methodology via chemoenzymatic catalysis


The Seo group is looking for potential postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate interns who are keen to build their careers in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, be it in chemical industries (pharma, materials, etc.) or in academia. Highly motivated candidates of any educational backgrounds are welcome to apply, who would be trained appropriately for interdisciplinary research involving organic synthesis, organometallics, and biocatalysis. Those who are interested should direct informal inquiries to

저희 연구실은 새로운 시약 디자인, 비금속 촉매, 생촉매 등의 활용을 통하여 혁신적인 친환경 유기합성법 개발을 목표하고 있습니다. 유기합성, 유기금속화학, 생화학 관련 연구에 관심있는 학부생/대학원생들은 이메일을 통해 문의주시길 바랍니다.

Group News

21st May 2024

Dohun's mini-review, co-written with Chanmi from the Jung group, is now online in Frontiers in Chemistry.  Congratulations!

29th Mar 2024

Congratulations to Gyuhwan who has been awarded a research fund from Ministry of Education (석사과정생 연구장려금).

26th Feb 2024

Seji and Hyeontaek join the group as Master students.

8th Jan 2024

Gyuhwan joins as an intern prior to pursuing his Master studies in our group. Welcome aboard!

26th Dec 2023

Jeonga and Jaemin join the group for DGIST internship program.

7th Sep 2023

Junseo joins the group to pursue his research under the DGIST undergraduate research program.

25th Aug 2023

Our work with the group of Prof. Sukbok Chang is now online in Nature Catalysis. Click here to find more about this work where we demonstrate that the asymmetric synthesis of β-lactams can be achieved via NiH-catalysed intramolecular alkene hydroamidation.

26th Jun 2023

Dohun and Eunbin join the group as summer interns. Hope you guys take best out of this experience!

1st Apr 2023

The Seo group starts independent research at the Department of Physics and Chemistry, DGIST. We are currently looking for postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students to join our group for innovative research in the fields of synthetic organic chemistry and catalysis. Those who are interested should contact Sangwon via email.

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