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Youngho Shin

Senior Process Development Engineer


Dr. Youngho Shin is a Senior Process Development Engineer in the Applied Materials Division at Argonne National Laboratory, recognized as an expert in synthesis and processing science with 17+ patents and 22+ papers. He has extensive research/industry experience of over 25 years in synthesis, process development, and mass-production of nano/micron-sized single-crystal materials. He possesses practical knowledge and abilities in the synthesis of single-crystal materials especially with respect to crystal growth mechanisms affecting physical and chemical performance. As a Professional Engineer in chemical engineering, he has achieved remarkable synthesis process commercialization through gradual process scale expansion (8 lab systems → 4 pilot plants → 4 commercial plants), which bridge the discovery of nano/micron-scale materials to low energy manufacturing. His expertise demonstrates an ideal combination of knowledge in the synthesis of nano/micron-scale materials and the process development enabling their mass production.


  • Professional Engineer (PE) in Chemical Engineering
  • Ph.D., Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, South Korea
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, South Korea


Material synthesis, composition optimization, morphology engineering of nano- or micron-sized particles :

  • Single-crystal Ni-rich cathodes with extreme rate capability
  • Hydro/Solvothermal processes for single-crystal battery materials
  • Scaling SrTiO3 nanocuboid support catalyst for plastic waste upcycling
  • Solvothermal synthesis and scale-up of silicon and silicon-containing nanoparticles
  • Core-shell, Core-gradient, Tangent-gradient, Digital-gradient Ni-rich NMC battery materials
  • Surface modification of NMC811 to enable fast charge/discharge battery application
  • Particle structure engineering of cobalt-free high energy battery material
  • Scale-up of Ni-rich, layered-layered, and layered-layered-spinel battery materials
  • Aluminum fluoride surface coating on LTO and high-energy LMR-NMC battery material
  • Continuous supercritical hydrothermal synthesis of LiFePO4 battery material
  • Continuous supercritical hydrothermal synthesis of LiCoO2 battery material
  • Continuous synthesis of surface-modified zinc oxide nanoparticles in supercritical methanol
  • Continuous synthesis of surface-modified ceria oxide nanoparticles in supercritical methanol
  • Synthesis of cobalt nanoparticles in supercritical methanol
  • Synthesis process R&D of terephthalic acid from p-xylene using supercritical carbon dioxide
  • Simultaneous synthesis of biodiesel and zinc oxide nanoparticles using supercritical methanol
  • Simultaneous carbon capture and nitrogen removal during supercritical water oxidation
  • Vegetable oil aided hydrothermal synthesis of cerium oxide nanocrystals
  • Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction of acrylic acid from super-absorbent polymer

Process development and optimization with scalability and economic feasibility :

  • Reactor design and P&ID drawing for bench-scale and pilot-scale processes
  • Evaluation of emerging manufacturing technologies for material synthesis
  • Systematic process scale-up research using 1L, 10L, and 40L Tayler vortex reactors
  • Experiment design, operation, process analysis and modification under development
  • Develop hydrothermal synthesis process of LiFePO4 battery material
  • Develop a surface coating process for fast charge/discharge battery application
  • Develop an advanced CSTR to control the particle size, distribution, and morphology
  • Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction process for Paclitaxel
  • Extensive experience of material preparation using batch, CSTR, and Tayler vortex reactor
  • Extensive experience on calcination process such as box furnace, RHK and rotary kiln
  • Design of Experiment to enhance material quality and process reproducibility
  • Establish standard procedures for material synthesis and process operation

Process scale-up, commercialization, and mass production :

  • Project leading of the world’s first supercritical hydrothermal plant of LiFePO4 battery material
  • Start-up, problem-shooting, normalization, and optimization of commercial plant 
  • Extensive experience of hydro/solvothermal synthesis process from bench to commercial plant
  • Process optimization of spray dryer from pilot to commercial-scale
  • Process optimization of RHK and rotary kiln from pilot to commercial-scale
  • Commercialization of continuous TPA (terephthalic acid) hydrothermal process
  • Commercialization of continuous DNT (dinitrotoluene) supercritical hydrothermal process
  • Commercialization of continuous Melamine hydrothermal process