Dr. Kanghyun Chu

Post Doc

Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

+41 31 684 42 73
Freiestrasse 3
CH - 3012 Bern

Work Experience

  • since 2023: Researcher, University of Bern
  • 2022-2023: Visiting researcher, Institute for Information and Communication Technologies, HEIG-Vd, Yverdon
  • 2018-2022: Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Materials, EPFL Lausanne
  • 2017-2018: Postdoctoral researcher, Natural Science Research Institute, KAIST, Daejeon


  • 2009-2017: PhD in physics at KAIST: "Electromechanical phenomena in non-centrosymmetric materials subject to strain gradients" (Prof Chan-Ho Yang)
  • 2007-2009: MSc in mechanical engineering, KAIST: "Acoustic Wave Behavior on a Finite 1-Dimensional Periodic Lattic"
  • 2003-2007: BSc in physics, KAIST, Daejeon

My research interest lies in understanding the fundamental physics of materials and developing effective models to describe the observed phenomena. Over the years, I have worked extensively on ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials, using scanning probe microscopy (SPM), particularly piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), to gain a deeper understanding of the behaviors of ferroelectric domains.

Currently, my research focuses on studying silicon oxides and zeolites. To analyze their properties, I am using a combination of X-ray crystal structure refinement and versatile techniques of optimization problem-solving and image data analysis.

In addition to experimental techniques, I have expertise in computational methods, specifically phase field simulations. I believe that combining experimental and computational approaches can provide a more comprehensive understanding of materials and their properties.