Baik Laboratory
Computational Molecular Modeling
About Us
Baik Group 2018/Nov
Broadly speaking, we are interested in understanding how organometallic catalysts work and leveraging that knowledge to design new useful reactions. Specifically, we are interested in
  • C-H activation catalysis with an emphasis on Rh, Ir, Ru, Fe, Co systems
  • Controlling the chemo-, regio- and stereoselectivity of multi-componenent carbocyclizations
  • Redox non-innocence as an electronic structure phenomenon and how it impacts chemical reactivity
  • CO2 reduction and H2O oxidation catalyses that are relevant to artificial photosynthesis
  • Redox catalysis and electrochemical processes
  • Complex electronic structure that may be useless, but is still beautiful
  • Automated discovery methods, where we let the computer do more, if not most of our work
Our research was done at Indiana University Bloomington during the period of 2003-2015 and we have relocated to KAIST in August 2015.
Meet The Team
  1. Tristan Tan
    tytan.tristan[at] Postdoc (to arrive in Jun 2019) Ph.D., Univ. of Münster
  2. (37) Joëlle Siewe
    j.siewe[at] Visiting Student (joined in Apr 2019) B.S., Utrecht Univ., Netherlands
  3. (38) Kai Chen
    cekchen[at] Postdoc (joined in May 2019) Ph.D., Peking Univ., China
  4. (34) Jinho Park (박진호)
    parkjinho452[at] Graduate Student (joined in Feb 2019) B.S., POSTECH
  5. (33) Eunji Lee (이은지)
    qazz0708[at] Graduate Student (joined in Feb 2019) B.S., Sungkyunkwan Univ.
  6. (35) Hanna Lee (이한나)
    moonhanna93[at] Research Staff (joined in Mar 2019) B.S. Ewha Womans Univ.
  7. (32) Jihyun Kim (김지현)
    jihyunkim[at] Graduate Student (joined in Feb 2019) B.S., Yonsei Univ.
  8. (31) Mina Son (손미나)
    mina.son[at] Undergraduate Student (joined in Feb 2019) KAIST
  9. (30) Uliana Moskalenko (율리아나)
    uliana108u[at] Undergraduate Student (joined in Feb 2019) KAIST
  10. (29) Seunghwan Eom (엄승환)
    eomshwan[at] Joint Graduate Student with Prof. Hyotcherl Ihee (joined in Jan 2019) B.S., Inha Univ.
  11. (28) Seungha Kim (김승하)
    seunghakim0602[at] Graduate Student (joined in Aug 2018) B.S., Konkuk Univ.
  12. (27) Woojong Lee (이우종)
    lwj6859[at] Graduate Student (joined in Aug 2018) B.S., Yonsei Univ.
  13. (26) Steve Park (스티브)
    steve.park[at] Visiting Student (joined in May 2018) Oxford Univ., UK
  14. (25) Myungjo J. Kim (김명조)
    newton1225[at] Visiting Grad. Student from Prof. Lee, Hee-Yoon's group (joined Mar 2018) B.S., KAIST
  15. (24) Seulhui Choi (최슬희)
    choishui[at] Graduate Student (joined in Feb 2018) B.S. Yonsei Univ.
  16. (23) Suyeon Kim (김수연)
    ksyyskksy[at] Graduate Student (joined in Feb 2018) B.S., Hanyang Univ.
  17. (22) Jun-Hyeong Kim (김준형)
    kjh0910q[at] Graduate Student (joined in Feb 2018) B.S., UNIST
  18. (21) Gyumin Kang (강규민)
    kkggml[at] Joint Graduate Student with Prof. Sunkyu Han (joined in Jan 2018) B.S., KAIST
  19. (20) Moony Na (나무늬)
    nmn97[at] Joint Graduate Student with Prof. Hye Ryung Byon (joined in Dec 2017) B.S. Sungkyunkwan Univ.
  20. (19) Mahesh Sundararajan (마헤시)
    maheshsrajan[at] Postdoc (joined in Oct 2017) Ph.D., Univ. of Manchester, UK
  21. (18) Soeun Kim (김소은)
    kimsoun0107[at] Joint Graduate Student with Prof. Hye Ryung Byon (joined in Sep 2017) B.S., KAIST
  22. (17) Bimal Pudasaini (비말)
    bimal[at] Postdoc (joined in Aug 2017) Ph.D., Texas Christian Univ., Fort Worth, USA
  23. (16) Dasol Cho (조다솔)
    davidsoda7[at] Graduate Student (joined in May 2017) B.S., Sogang Univ.
  24. (15) Bohyun Park (박보현)
    qkrqh7[at] Graduate Student (joined in Mar 2017) B.S., KAIST
  25. Jinwoo Kim (김진우) - on leave
    llong1999[at] Undergraduate Student (joined in Feb 2017) KAIST
  26. (14) Jiyong Park (박지용)
    jiyongpa[at] Staff Scientist (joined in Jan 2017) Ph.D., Seoul National Univ.
  27. (13) Hong Ki Kim (김홍기)
    hongki[at] Graduate Student (joined in Oct 2016) M.S., DGIST B.S., Yonsei Univ.
  28. (12) Joonghee Won (원중희)
    joonghee_won[at] Graduate Student (joined in Sep 2016) B.S., KAIST
  29. (11) Manoj Mane (마노즈)
    manemnj[at] Postdoc (joined in Aug 2016) Ph.D., National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India
  30. (10) Mannkyu Hong (홍만규)
    hongmannkyu[at] Graduate Student (joined in June 2016) M.S., Seoul National Univ. B.S., KAIST
  31. (9) Seongyeon Kwon (권성연)
    kwon97[at] Undergraduate Student (joined in May 2016) KAIST
  32. (8) Seoung-Tae Kim (김승태)
    seoungtae[at] Graduate Student (joined in Feb 2016) B.S., Sungkyunkwan Univ.
  33. (7) Jinhoon Jeong (정진훈)
    jeongjinhoon[at] Graduate Student (joined in Nov 2015) B.S., Chungang Univ.
  34. (6) Seung-yeol Baek (백승열)
    seungyeol[at] Graduate Student (joined in Nov 2015) B.S., KAIST
  35. (5) Joon Heo (허준)
    joonheo1105[at] Joint Graduate Student with Prof. Sukbok Chang (joined in Nov 2015) B.S., KAIST
  36. (4) Hoimin Jung (정회민)
    hmjung95[at] Joint Graduate Student with Prof. Sukbok Chang (joined in Nov 2015) B.S., KAIST
  37. (3) Ho Ryu (류호)
    ryuho[at] Graduate Student (joined in Oct 2015) B.S., Chungnam National Univ.
  38. (2) Yoonsu Park (박윤수)
    yoonsu.park[at] Joint Postdoc with Prof. Sukbok Chang (joined in Sep 2015) Ph.D., KAIST B.S., KAIST
  39. (1) Deyaa I. AbuSalim (데야)
    diabusal[at] Joint Graduate Student with Prof. Silas Cook (joined in May 2015) M.S., Illinois State Univ., USA
  40. Yunmi Baek (백윤미)
    luckyunmi[at] Administrative Assistant +82-42-350-2860
  41. Mookie Baik (백무현)
    mbaik2805[at] Vordiplom (B.S.), 1995, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany Ph.D., 2000, Univ. of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA
  42. (36) Youngho Kim (김영호)
    kimyoungho984[at] Undergraduate Student (joined in Mar 2019) KAIST
  43. Seok Ryerl Yoo (유석렬)
    olderlover[at] Intern (to arrive in Jul 2019) Sungkyunkwan Univ.
  44. Kimberly Sharp
    Visiting Student (to arrive in Jun 2019) Emory Univ, USA
  45. Thomas Kowal-Safron
    Visiting Student (to arrive in Jun 2019) Emory Univ., USA

Gone , but not forgotten

Postdoctoral Associates
• Dr. Bao Lin (2003-2004), Scientist - FLSmidth R&D
• Dr. Matthew Burland (2003-2004), Scientist, Givaudan R&D
• Dr. Suresh Cherumuttathu (2004), Prof., Regional Research Laboratory, Trivandrum, India
• Dr. Marco Fioroni (2004-2006), Scientist, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
• Dr. Hongjun Fan (2005-2008), Associate Professor, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Dalian, China
• Dr. Yavuz Dede (2007-2009), Associate Professor, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
• Dr. Balazs Pinter (2010-2011), Assistant Professor, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile
• Dr. Kuntal Pal (2010-2012), Assistant Professor, Univ. of Calcutta, India
• Dr. Jose Andino (2007-2012), Lecturer, UIUC
• Dr. Sang-Bae Lee (2010-2012), Researcher, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, Duarte, CA
• Dr. Andras Olasz (2011-2012), Researcher, Hungary
• Dr. Debashis Adhikari (2011-2015), Assistant Professor, Indian Inst. of Science Education and Research Mohali, India
• Dr. Indranil Sinha (2015-2016), Researcher, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India
• Dr. Samat Tussupbayev (2016-2017), Assistant Professor, al-Farabi Kazakh National Univ., Kazakhstan
• Dr. Abul Kamal Biswas (2017-2018), Assistant Professor, Mahishadal Raj College, Vidyasagar Univ., India
• Dr. Ji Young Park - 박지영 (2016-2018), Researcher, Samsung Corporation (Electronics)
• Dr. Debashis Sahu (2017-2018), Researcher, India
• Dr. Loorthuraja Rasu (2017-2018), Researcher, Canada
• Dr. Veerababu Medabalmi (2017-2018), Researcher, India
Graduate Students
• Leah Sandvoss, (M.S.) 2003-2004, Chemical Informatics Specialist, Pfizer R&D
• Kenrick Vidale (M.S.) 2003-2004, Chemical Informatics Specialist, Merck R&D
• Erich Baum (M.S.) 2004-2005, Chemist, Glaxo-Smith-Kline R&D
• William Pitcock, Jr. (M.S.), 2004-2007, Chemist, J. M. Huber, Inc. R&D
• Huijun Wang (M.S.), 2004-2006, Chemist, Pfizer, Inc. R&D
• Dr. Xiaofan Yang (Ph.D.) 2003-2008, Researcher, BASF, Inc. R&D
• Dr. Yogita Mantri (Ph.D.) 2005-2009, Researcher, Procter & Gamble, Inc. R&D
• Dr. Richard Lord (Ph.D.) 2005-2010, Associate Professor, Grand Valley State Univ.
• Dr. Soumya Ghosh (Ph.D.) 2007-2012, Associate Professor, TIFR-Hyderabad
• Dr. Abhigna Polavarapu (Ph.D.) 2008-2013, Researcher, Eastman Inc.
• Dr. Shivnath Mazumder (Ph.D.) 2008-2013, Assistant Professor, IIT Jamu, India
• Dr. Karlijn Keijzer (Ph.D.) 2010-2014, deceased.
• Dr. Douglas Crandell (Ph.D.) 2011-2015, Assistant Professor, Univ. of St. Louis, MO
• Dr. Meghan McCormick (Ph.D.) 2010-2015, Chemist, OSHA Salt Lake Technical Center 
• Dr. Daniel Ashley (Ph.D.) 2012-2015, Postdoc with Prof. Elena Jakubikova, NC State Univ.
• Dr. Mark Sprowl (Ph.D.) 2011-2015, Entrepreneur, Kentucky
• Hyerim Nam - 남혜림 (M.S.), 2016-2017, Researcher, Samsung Corporation (Electronics)
• Yujin Lee - 이유진 (M.S.), 2016-2017, Researcher, Samsung Corporation (Electronics)
• Hyunjoong Kim - 김현중 (M.S.), 2016-2018, Researcher, BBB-Tech (Medical Technology Startup)
• Dr. Seihwan Ahn - 안세환 (Ph.D.), 2015-2019, Researcher, Samsung Corporation (Display)
• Juhyeong Lee - 이주형 (M,S.), 2016-2019
Undergraduate Students
• Patrick Lorton (B.S.), 2005-2006, Chief Technology Officer, Schrodinger LLC
• Carly Willenborg (B.S.) 2004-2007, Ph.D. at Univ. of Colorado, Clinical Res. Coordinator UC-Berkeley
• Robert K. Koffie (B.S.) 2004-2007, M.D./Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School, Neurosurgeon at Mass. Gen. Hospital
• Sibo Lin (B.S.) 2005-2008, Ph.D. at CalTech, postdoc at MIT
• Emilia Blaser (B.S.) 2006-2010, Dental School, Indiana Univ.
• Ye-Geun Song (B.S.) 2008-2011, Univ. of Delaware, Researcher at DuPont
• Rachael Al-Saddon (B.S.), 2009-2012, Ph.D. Program in Chemistry, Duke University
• Jennifer Peper (B.S.), 2011-2012, Ph.D. Program in Chemistry, Yale University
• Katie Rocco (B.S.), 2010-2012, Law School, Indiana University
• William Keown (B.S.) 2012-2014, Ph.D. Program in Chemistry, Stanford Univ.
• Jonathan Specker (B.S.) 2014-2015, Indiana Univ.
• LeeAnn Sanger (B.S.) 2014-2015, Indiana Univ.

Visitors and Honorary Members
• Benjamin Herbert (visiting graduate student, Oxford Univ.) 2004, Investment Banker, London
• Tony Hyun Kim (visiting high school researcher) 2004, Ph.D. Program in Biophysics at Stanford
• Benjamin Seligman (visiting undergraduate researcher) 2004, Ph.D. Program in Biochemistry at Cornell
• Liz Nolan (visiting graduate researcher, MIT) 2004, Assistant Prof., MIT
• Gabi Skara (research staff) 2010-2011, Ph.D. Program in Chemistry, VU Brussels
• Prof. Dianxiang Zing (Sabbatical Visitor) 2013-2014, Qilu Univ. of Techn., Jinan, China
• Bianca Schmid (visiting grad. researcher, TU Berlin) 2016, Rodi Süssmuth Group, TU Berlin, Germany
• Myungein Han (intern) 2017, Universite Paris Diderot - Paris 7, France
• Zach Niemeyer (visiting grad. researcher, U of Utah) 2017, Matt Sigman Group, U of Utah, USA
• Vi Lam (intern) 2017, McDaniel College, MD, USA
• Jinho Park (intern) 2017, POSTECH
• Han Seungcheol (intern) 2017, POSTECH
• Steven Gray (visiting grad. researcher, U of Edinburgh) 2019, Polly Arnold Group, U of Edinburgh, UK
• Nate Szymczak (visiting Professor on Sabbatical Leave) 2019, Univ. of Michigan