Ah-Hyung “Alissa” Park

Ah-Hyung “Alissa” Park

PROFESSOR
CHEMICAL AND BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING

Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean

582D Engineering VI

Email: engrdean@seas.ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 825-2712

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Ah-Hyung “Alissa” Park is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean of the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. She leads a school with nearly 200 faculty members and more than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

Prior to joining UCLA September 1, 2023, Park had been a faculty member at Columbia University in New York since 2007 where she served as the Lenfest Earth Institute Professor of Climate Change and the director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy. She was also the chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering and an executive committee member of The Earth Institute and Columbia Climate School.

At Columbia, Park created highly interdisciplinary research and educational programs in sustainable energy and decarbonization, including the CarbonTech Development Initiative for translational decarbonization research — a collaboration between the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy and the Center on Global Energy Policy. She also substantially improved the diversity of the faculty and student bodies within her units, spearheading efforts to achieve a cultural shift toward equity, inclusion and respect.

Park’s research focuses on sustainable energy and materials conversion pathways with an emphasis on using integrated carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies to address climate change. At UCLA, her research group will continue to investigate direct air capture of carbon dioxide and negative emission technologies, including bioenergy with carbon capture and storage and sustainable construction materials with low carbon intensity.

In addition to collaborating with UN Women, a United Nations initiative, on a project supporting entrepreneurship in sustainable energy in developing countries, she has co-founded GreenOre CleanTech, a startup spun out of research developed at Columbia Engineering that transforms the hard-to-decarbonize industrial sector’s solid wastes and carbon emissions into value-added products, such as carbon-negative building materials while recovering energy-relevant critical minerals.

Park is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), as well as the American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is also a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on Carbon Utilization Infrastructure, Markets, Research and Development.

Among her numerous awards and honors are AIChE Particle Technology Forum’s Shell Thomas Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, a U.S. C3E Research Award, AIChE PTF’s PSRI Lectureship Award, Columbia University’s Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award, an American Chemical Society WCC Rising Star Award and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. She is a member of numerous editorial and advisory boards, and has led a number of global and national discussions on carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies, including the 2019 National Petroleum Council CCUS Report and the 2017 Mission Innovation Workshop on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, and the daughter of an architectural engineer and an artist who loves chemistry, Park received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical and biological engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada. She also earned a doctorate in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Ohio State University, from which she later received a distinguished alumni award for academic excellence in 2021.

Prior to beginning her role at UCLA September 1, 2023, Park had been a faculty member at Columbia University in New York since 2007 where she served as the Lenfest Earth Institute Professor of Climate Change and the director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy. She was also the chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering and an executive committee member of The Earth Institute and Columbia Climate School.
RESEARCH AND INTERESTS
  • Sustainable energy and materials conversion pathways with an emphasis on using integrated carbon capture
  • Utilization and storage technologies to address climate change
  • Research focuses on direct air capture of carbon dioxide and negative emission technologies
  • Including bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, as well as sustainable construction materials with low carbon intensity
NOTABLE PUBLICATIONS

• CO2 mineral sequestration: Physically Activated Aqueous Carbonation of Serpentine and pH Swing process AHA Park, LS Fan Chemical Engineering Science 59 (22-23), 5241-5247

• High efficiency nanocomposite sorbents for CO2 capture based on amine-functionalized mesoporous capsules Genggeng Qi, Yanbing Wang, Luis Estevez, Xiaonan Duan, Nkechi Anako, Ah-Hyung Alissa Park, et al. Energy & Environmental Science 4 (2), 444-452

• The Urgency of the Development of CO2 Capture from Ambient Air KS Lackner, S Brennan, JM Matter, AHA Park, A Wright, R Van Der Zwaan Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (33), 13156-13162

• Biomass-based Chemical Looping Technologies: the Good, the Bad and the Future X Zhao, H Zhou, VS Sikarwar, M Zhao, AHA Park, PS Fennell, L Shen, et al. Energy & Environmental Science 10 (9), 1885-1910

• Advancements in the treatment and processing of electronic waste with sustainability: a review of metal extraction and recovery technologies E Hsu, K Barmak, AC West, AHA Park Green Chemistry 21 (5), 919-936

• Effect of H2O on Mg (OH) 2 Carbonation Pathways for Combined CO2 Capture and Storage K Fricker, AHA Park Chemical Engineering Science 100, 332-341

EDUCATION
  • Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University (2005)
  • M.A.Sc., Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Canada (2000)
  • B.A.Sc. with Distinction, Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Canada (1998)
 
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
  • Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) (2023 – 2026)
  • AIChE Particle Technology Forum’s Shell Thomas Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems (2022)
  • American Chemical Society Energy and Fuels Division Mid-Career Researcher Award (2022)
  • Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) (2021)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2020)
  • Fellow, American Chemical Society (2020)
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (2020)
  • S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Research Award (2018)
  • AIChE Particle Technology Forum PSRI Lectureship Award (2018)
  • American Chemical Society Women Chemists Committee Rising Star Award (2017)
  • Columbia University’s Janette and Armen Avanessians Diversity Award (2017)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009)
  • Lenfest Endowed Professorship in Applied Climate Science, Columbia University (2007)