Cafer T. Yavuz

Principal Investigator

Professor of Chemical Science Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering




Research Interests

Exploring sustainable nano & porous materials chemistry to address global challenges in the environment, particularly those related to CO2, water, and methane.

Selected Publications

  • Dry reforming of methane by stable Ni-Mo nanocatalysts on single crystalline MgO
    Y. Song, E. Ozdemir, S. Ramesh, A. Adishev, S. Subramanian, A. Harale, M. Albuali, B. Fadh...
    Science, 367, 6479, 777-781 , (2020)
  • Precious metal recovery from electronic waste by a porous porphyrin polymer
    Y. Hong, D. Thirion, S. Subramanian, M. Yoo, H. Choi, H. Y. Kim, J. F. Stoddart*, C. T. Ya...
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 117 (28), 16174-16180, (2020)
  • Catalytic non-redox carbon dioxide fixation in cyclic carbonates
    S. Subramanian, J. Oppenheim, D. Kim, T. S. Nguyen, W. M. H. Silo, B. Kim, W. A. Goddard I...
    Chem, 5, 3232-3242, (2019)
  • High-capacity methane storage in flexible alkane-linked porous aromatic network polymers
    V. Rozyyev, D. Thirion, R. Ullah, J. Lee, M. Jung, H. Oh, M. Atilhan*, C. T. Yavuz*
    Nat. Energy, 4, 604-611, (2019)
  • Fluorinated covalent organic polymers for high performance sulfur cathodes in lithium–sulfur batteries
    H. Shin, D. Kim, H. J. Kim, J. Kim, K. Char*, C. T. Yavuz*, J. W. Choi*
    Chem. Mater., 31, 19, 7910-7921, (2019)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA 2008
  • M.S., Chemistry, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA 2005
  • B.S., Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey 2001

Professional Profile

  • 2013-2020: Associate Professor, KAIST, Daejeon, Korea
  • 2010-2013: Assistant Professor, KAIST, Daejeon, Korea
  • 2008-2010: Postdoctoral fellow, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)


  • Top 100 National Achievements Award in Korea, 2020.
  • Top Technology Innovation Award for 2019, KAIST.
  • Finalist for the Grand Prize for Creative Teaching in Celebration of the 44th Anniversary of Founding, KAIST, 2015 
  • Korea NRF A-STAR Excellent Young Researcher Award, 2013.

Research Interests Keywords

CO2 capture and conversion Water treatment Nanocatalysis Methane storage Water capture and splitting Porous polymers Nanometals and oxides