Wonho CHOE

Professor, Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering

    Joint Professor, Department of Physics

    Joint Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering

    Joint Professor, Institute for Security Convergence Research

    Director, Impurity and Edge plasma Research Center

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

    291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141, Republic of Korea

Phone: +82-42-350-3827



  Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences (Plasma Physics)                  January 1996

     Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA 

  M.S. in Nuclear Engineering                                                    February 1987

      Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

  B.A. in Nuclear Engineering                                                    February 1985

      Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea  



    Plasma Science and Engineering – Nuclear fusion and Low temperature plasmas

        1. Physics of impurity transport in high temperature fusion plasmas

        2. Physics and applications of weakly-ionized plasmas

        3. Physics and development of Hall thruster electric propulsion

        4.  Development of advanced plasma imaging diagnostics (Imagi ng of visible, VUV, EUV, soft X-ray, bolometer, plasma tomography etc)



  Assistant, Associate, Full Professor , Department of Physics, KAIST, Korea (1997.9 – 2018.2)

  Professor, Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, KAIST, Korea (2018.3 – present)

  Joint Professor, Department of Physics, KAIST, Korea (2018.3 – present)  ,

  Joint Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, KAIST, Korea (2018.9 – present)  ,

  Joint Professor, Institute for Security Convergence Research, KAIST (2021.3 – present)

  Director, Impurity and Edge plasma Research Center (2014.7 – present)

  Director, Fusion Plasma Transport Research Center (2009.6 –  2014.5)

  Head, Department of Physics, KAIST (2010 – 2011)

  Director, KAIST BK21Plus <Advanced Physics Education Project> (2013.3 – 2016.9) 

  Director, KAIST BK21 <Advanced Physics Education Project> (2010.2 – 2013.2) 

  President, KAIST Faculty Council (2020.5 – present)

  Vice President, KAIST Faculty Council (2015.3 – 2016.2)

  Associate Research Physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, USA (1996.1 – 1997.8)

  Visiting Scholar, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, USA (2002.8 – 2003.7)


Editorial Board Member, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics (IOP Journal) (2018.1 – present)

Editorial Board Member, EPJD: Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma (Springer Journal) (2019.6 – present)

Editorial Board Member, Nuclear Fusion (IOP Journal) (2013.1 – 2018.12)

Editorial Board Member, Current Applied Physics (Elsevier Journal) (2007.3 – 2013.4) 


Vice Chair, Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies – Division of Plasma Physics (AAPPS-DPP) (2020.10 – present) (

Vice President, Korea Fusion University Association (2017.7 – present)

Vice President, Korea Accelerator and Plasma Research Association (2021.3 – present) 

Chair, Korean Physical Society, Division of Plasma Physics (2014.7 – 2016.6) 

Member, Korean Physical Society, Division of Plasma Physics, Executive Committee (2004.7 – 2012.6, 2016.7 – present)

Conference Chair, 13th Asia-European International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (AEPSE 2021) (2021.9)


Member, ITER International Organization, Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) (2011 – present)

Member, National Nuclear Fusion Council (appointed by Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea) (2016.7 – 2018.6)

Member, National Nuclear Fusion Executive Council (appointed by Minister of Future and ICT, Korea) (2014.6 – 2016.5, 2010.5 – 2012.4)

Member, Science and Technology Advisory Board for the Member of National Assembly (appointed by President of Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies) (2012.9 – 2014.8)

Member, National R&D Project Evaluation Committee  (appointed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Technology) (2007.2 – 2007.12) 

Member, R&D Budget Cooperation Team for Budgeting Advice ( appointed by Minister of Strategy and Finance) (2008.5 – 2008.12)

Member, Science and Technology Expert Evaluation Board (appointed by Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea ) (2013.5 – 2015.12, 2017.5 – 2018.12)

Member, Convergence Research Committee, National Research Council of Science and Technology (appointed by Chairperson of National Research Council of Science and Technology, Korea  (2018.9 – 2021.1)

Member, Founding Committee of Korea Institute of Fusion Energy  (2020.6 – 2020.11)

Auditor, Korea Association for Fusion Energy and Accelerator Technology  (2016.9 – present)

Expert Member, National Strategic R&D Programs Nuclear Fusion and Big Science Division, National Research Foundation of Korea  (2010.5 – 2012.5)



  Ungbi Medal (웅비장), Order of Science and Technology Merit, Korea (2023)

  Technology Revolution Excellence Award, KAIST (2021)

  Academic Award, Korean Vacuum Society (2019)

  Best Lecture Award, College of Natural Sciences, KAIST (2014,2011,2007)

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

  Prime Minister Achievement Award, Korea (2007)

  SangAe Best Lecture Award, KAIST (2001)



  Korean Physical Society (KPS), Fellow

  Korean Vacuum Society (KVS), Fellow

  American Physical Society (APS)

  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

   American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 


INVITED TALKS (Domestic / International conferences and institutions)

   110 plenary and invited talks and  invited seminars  in international/domestic conferences and institutions 



  180 SCI(E) journal papers (including Nature, Nature Communications, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Nanoscale, Chemical Engineering J, Physics of Plasmas, Nuclear Fusion, Plasma Sources Science and Technology, Scientific Reports, New J Physics  etc.)

  13 Domestic  journal papers

  533 International (238) and domestic (295)  conference presentations