Wonho Choe


Professor, Department of Physics

      Joint Professor, Department of Nuclear & Quantum Engineering

      Director, Fusion Plasma Transport Research Center

      Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

      291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701, Korea

     +82-42-350-2539 (office); +82-42-350-5539 (fax)

     E-mail: wchoe@kaist.ac.kr

     Homepage: http://plasmalab.kaist.ac.kr




Ph.D. Princeton University, USA, Astrophysical Sciences (Plasma Physics)

M.A., Seoul National University, Korea, Nuclear Engineering

B.A., Seoul National University, Korea, Nuclear Engineering



1997.9 – Present    Assistant/Associate/Professor, Department of Physics, KAIST

2010.3 – Present    Review Board, Directorate for National S&E Programs,

                                National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea

2009.6 – Present    Director, Fusion Plasma Transport Research Center (supported by NRF)

2008.3 – Present    Joint Professor, Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST

2002.9 – 2003.8     Visiting Scholar, Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory

1996.1 – 1997.8     Associate Research Physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

2010.10 – Present  Member, ITER Science and Technology Advisory Committee

2010.4 – Present    Member, Nuclear Fusion Working Committee

                               (appointed by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Korea)

2013.1 – 2014.12   Editorial Board Member, Nuclear Fusion (IOP journal)

2007.2 – 2013.4     Editorial Board Member, Current Applied Physics (Elsevier journal)

2004 – Present       Executive Committee Member of Korean Physical Society/Division of Plasma Physics

2000 – Present       Organizing or program committee chair/member, session chair, paper referee of

                                many international conferences (ICOPS, ICIS, APCPST, DPS, APFA, ICMAP, LAPD etc)

1997 – Present       Member of Korean Physical Society, Korean Vacuum Society, American Physical Society, IEEE

1997 – Present       Serviced as a member of many committees requested by the Korean government,

                                KISTEP, NRF, and Research institutes



2011. 2 Best Lecture Award, College of Natural Science, KAIST

2009. 9 Minister of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) Achievement Award

2007. 4  Prime Minister Achievement Award

2007. 2  Best Lecture Award, College of Natural Science, KAIST

2001. 2  SangAe Best Lecture Award, KAIST



(1) High temperature nuclear fusion plasmas

- Tokamak plasma transport study based on X-ray and VUV imaging diagnostics for KSTAR

- Impurity transport for fusion plasmas

- Tokamak plasma start-up

(2) Low temperature plasma physics

- Atmospheric pressure plasma source development

- Gas discharge physics and characterization of atmospheric pressure plasmas

- Induction of changes in micro-organisms by atmospheric pressure plasmas

- Hall type plasma engine development and plasma characterization

- Generation, growth, and control of nano particles in silane plasmas

- Development of plasma diagnostics (Optical emission spectroscopic diagnostics atmospheric pressure plasma, plasma tomography for large area plasmas, nano-particle size and density diagnostics using laser-based techniques etc)