• Prof. Yong Sik Ok
    Full Professor, Director
    2018,2019 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher
    Research Director (Global)
    Director APRU SWM
    Korea Biochar Research Center
    Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering
    Korea University
    Seoul, Korea
Dr. Ok is a full professor at and global research director of Korea University in Seoul, Korea. His academic background covers waste management, the bioavailability of emerging contaminants, and bioenergy and value-added products (such as biochar). Professor Ok also has experience in fundamental soil science and the remediation of various contaminants in soils and sediments. Together with graduate students and colleagues, Professor Ok has published over 600 research papers, 85 of which have been ranked as Web of Science ESI top papers (78 nominated as ¡°highly cited papers¡± [HCPs] and 7 nominated as ¡°hot papers¡±) since 2009. He has been a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher (HCR) since 2018. In 2019, he became the first Korean to be selected as an HCR in the field of Environment and Ecology. He maintains a worldwide professional network through his service as an Editor (former Co-Editor) of the Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, and Editor of the Environmental Pollution and as a member of the editorial boards of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Chemical Engineering Journal, Chemosphere, and Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, along with several other top journals. Professor Ok has served in a number of positions worldwide including as honorary professor at the University of Queensland (Australia), visiting professor at Tsinghua University (China), adjunct professor at the University of Wuppertal (Germany), and guest professor at Ghent University (Belgium). He currently serves as Director of the Sustainable Waste Management Program for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). He has served as chairman of numerous major conferences such as Engineering Sustainable Development 2019, organized by the APRU and the Institute for Sustainability of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).


  • Prof. Jorg Rinklebe
    Institute of Foundation Engineering
    Water- and Waste-Management
    University of Wuppertal
    Pauluskirchstra©¬e 7
    42285 Wuppertal, Germany
  • Prof. Longbin Huang
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
    The University of Queensland
    Brisbane, QLD, 4072
  • Prof. Filip Tack
    Department of Applied Analytical and Physical Chemistry
    Ghent University
    Coupure Links 653
    Ghent, 9000, Belgium
  • Prof. Nanthi Bolan
    Global Centre for Environmental Remediation
    University of Newcastle
  • Prof. Hailong Wang
    Foshan University