Wonho Choe

Professor, Department of Nuclear & Quantum Engineering, KAIST

      Joint Professor, Department of Physics, KAIST

      Director, Impurity and Edge plasma Research Center (IERC)

      Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

      Office: #5115, N27 (Eureka), 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701, Korea

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







1996. 1.  Ph.D. Princeton University, USA, Astrophysical Sciences (Plasma Physics)

1987. 2.  M.A., Seoul National University, Korea, Nuclear Engineering

1985. 2.  B.A., Seoul National University, Korea, Nuclear Engineering




2018 - Present, Professor, Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST

1997 – Present, Assistant/Associate/Professor/Joint Professor, Department of Physics, KAIST

2010 – Present, Review Board, Directorate for National S&E Programs, National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea

2009 – Present, Director, Fusion Plasma Transport Research Center (supported by NRF)

2008 – Present, Joint Professor, Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST

2002 – 2003,  Visiting Scholar, Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory

1996 – 1997, Associate Research Physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

2010 – Present,  Member, ITER Science and Technology Advisory Committee

2010 – Present,  Member, Nuclear Fusion Working Committee (appointed by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Korea)

2007 – Present,  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) 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)


(2) High temperature nuclear fusion plasmas

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

- Impurity transport for fusion plasmas

- Tokamak plasma start-up