Assistant Professor of Science Dr. Jihyun Kim’s research on transforming brown grease into biodiesel fuel has been published in the Journal of Biochemical Engineering under the title “Biodiesel fuel production from brown grease produced by wastewater treatment plant: Optimization of acid catalyzed reaction conditions.” The groundbreaking research describes the process of using water treatment plant waste to create a renewable energy source in the form of biodiesel.
The scheme proposed by Dr. Kim and fellow researchers provides a scalable, low-cost and environmentally-friendly alternative biodiesel fuel when the traditional form of biodiesel production is expensive, and fossil fuels pose a danger for the environment.
Dr. Kim and colleagues conducted the published research with help from students participating in the New York Summer Youth Employment Program, as part of a three-year NSF grant. She is committed to providing early research experience to underrepresented students in New York City. In a separate node of her research work, Dr. Kim works with student participants in the CUNY Research Scholar Program at Guttman.
Dr. Kim received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She did her postdoctoral studies in Breast Cancer at Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, and she was a Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fellow. Prior to joining Guttman, Dr. Kim taught all areas of Chemistry at the City University of New York, William Paterson University and Ramapo College of New Jersey. Her research focuses on developing eco-friendly chemical processes to reduce or eliminate toxic chemical wastes.
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is CUNY’s first new community college since 1971. Planning began in 2008; Scott Evenbeck, the founding president, was appointed in January 2011, and the College opened its doors to an inaugural class of 289 students on August 20, 2012. Guttman offers associate degree programs in an innovative model emphasizing experiential education, learning communities and instructional teams, and a commitment to providing rigorous academic challenge, attentive support, and inclusive excellence. Guttman is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, with a current enrollment of 1,030 students (as of Fall 2019). Guttman was ranked as the best community college in America for 2020 by Niche.com.