Hyuck Joo Choi

Hyuck Joo Choi


Seoul, South Korea


Degrees Pursing

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry 

Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship)


Research Interests

Previously worked in Dr. John M. Vohs’ Catalysis & Reaction Engineering Lab conducting research regarding the surface science of structure-activity relationships for catalytic and photocatalytic reactions on nano-crystalline metal oxides. Currently, I am still working with Dr. Vohs but in a different project that deals with finding a more energy-efficient method in producing ammonia that the contemporary industrial production methods.


Why did you choose VIPER?

I was always interested in performing my own research before coming to Penn, and I felt that VIPER provided the best resources and support in achieving this.


What are three words you would use to describe VIPER?

Research, passion, VIPR 120 & 121


What is your favorite aspect about the program?

The stipend for summer research. Many of my friends had to go through long, arduous processes in order to receive money for summer research. In that aspect, VIPER’s summer stipends really help the summer experience.


How do you see VIPER integrating into your future goals?

I envision myself working in a field related to renewable energy. VIPER allows me to obtain a deeper knowledge in this field which I believe will help in my future vocation.


How do you like to spend your free time? Are you involved in any organizations in or out of Penn?

I served in the Korean Army and just came back from my leave when COVID-19 happened, so I didn’t really have a chance to get deeply involved in any organizations near Penn. In my free time, I usually go to the gym or fidget around with my 3D printer.


What advice would you give to incoming VIPER students?

As other dual-degree programs, VIPER asks you to put in more work in academics. Although this could be frustrating, the result is very fulfilling especially when you get to publish a paper or present your project.

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