Director's Message
  • As particulate matter has emerged as a serious crisis in our society, concerns are mounting over the health and safety of students who are growing up. Younger students, in particular, are so sensitive to particulate matter compared to adults that they are urgently required to create a cleaner and safer school environment.

    A growing body of research and studies has confirmed particulate matter has a link to a various disease including respiratory ones. Thus, it is all the more imperative than ever to come up with measures to reduce the level of particulate matter exposure and to control air quality in the areas where students spend most of their time, for the sake of our vulnerable young students.
Yet, it can be a huge mistake to turn students' living space into a closed space by relying solely on air purifiers, for fear of particulate matter. This can increase indoor air degradation, which can also serve as a risk factor for students' health. In addition, as moderate exercise and activities should be encouraged to improve the health of our growing students, we need to develop an optimal air purification system that takes into account adequate ventilation, temperature and humidity control, and alternative energy, and to standardize air-purifying equipment for our environment.

To this end, we have leveraged our technologies at home and abroad, but relevant research and technological development necessary to achieve the health improvement of our students have just begun. In line with this, the government launched School Particulate Matter Center for Energy & Environment Harmonization in June, in collaboration with Ministry of Science and Information Technology and Ministry of Education, as a schools' particulate matter management project based on the use of renewable energy and the improvement of energy consumption efficiency.

Our major missions on this project are to identify all characteristics related to particulate matter generation in schools, evaluate and analyze the health impact of particulate matter on students, develop a renewable-energy powered AC/AV system, demonstrate ways to improve schools' customized air environment, implement our research findings into improving relevant laws and education system, and build big data for optimal standardization. Based upon our inter-related tasks, we aim to produce pragmatic, applicable solutions to particulate matter management in schools and plan to design our future research in the interest of students and parents, teachers and education experts.

As the leader of the SPMC, I feel a heavy sense of responsibility. Yet, nothing is more important than the health of our students, who will lead the future of our society. With this in mind, we will do our utmost to provide our students with an optimal, clean indoor school environment by raising public awareness of particulate matter in school, and continuously reflecting school's feedback for further improvement.

Prof. DongChun SHIN
Director, School Particulate Matter Center for Energy & Environment Harmonization [National Project of Korea]

Curriculum Vitae

M.D., Yonsei University College of Medicine

M.P.H., Graduate School of Public Health, Yonsei University

Ph.D., Graduate School of Public Health, Yonsei University

V.S., Department of Environmental and Industrial Health, School of Public Health, The University of Michigan, USA


Director, School Particulate Matter Center for Energy & Environment Harmonization

Chair Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine

President, Korea Society of Risk Governance (KOSRIG)

Chair, Society for Risk Analysis(SRA)-Korea Chapter

President, Korea Society for Green Hospitals


Director, Institute for Environmental Research, Yonsei University College of Medicine

Chair, Policy Studies Division, Korea National Academy of Science and Technology

Environmental Health Committee, Ministry of Environment

Chair, Finance and Planning Committee, World Medical Association (WMA)

Chair, Environmental Caucus, World Medical Association (WMA)

Council Chair, Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)

President, Korean Society for Indoor Environment

President, Korean Society of Environmental Toxicology

Organizing Chair, Joint Conference of ISEE-ISES (International Society for Environmental Epidemiology-International Society for Exposure Sciences)

Vice-President, Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment

Central Advisory Committee, Ministry of Environment

Vice Dean, Yonsei University College of Medicine

Vice Director, Department of Planning and Coordination, Yonsei University Health system

Director, Department of Administration, Yonsei University Health system

Board of Korea Society of Preventive Medicine

Research Area

Risk Assessment and management, Health and Environmental Sustainability

  • 2004 A Presidential Citation for Environmental Achievement, Korea
  • 2006 The Order of National Service Merit (Green), Korea
  • 2016 Fellow Award, Society for Risk Analysis, Annual Meeting, San Diego
  • 2017 Environmental Hero Award, CleanMed Conference, Minneapolis
  • 2020 The Order of National Service Merit (Red), Korea

164 peer reviewed articles including 45 SCI listed

Goals and Prospectus
Development and Demonstration of School-Customized Thermal and Air Environment Integrated Management System to meet WHO-recommended level of PM 2.5

Designing the Optimal Energy and Environment-oriented Management System based on Identifying the Root-causes
Air Pollution in School Surroundings and Finding Solutions for the Health and Welfare of Students
R&D Tasks

Basic Research 1

Characterization of School Indoor Particulate Matters and Emission Source Verification
  • Prof. Young-min Jo
    Kyung Hee University
Environmental science & engineering, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
Ph.D., Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia
Professor, Kyung Hee University, Korea 1998.03~
Exchange Professor, University of Missouri, US 2005.08~ 2006.07
Researcher, Environmental Research Center of NUS, Singapore 1997.03~1998.03
Research Team
Kyung Hee University
Korea Railroad Research Institute
Sungkyungkwan University
Korea Institute of Sustainable Design and Educational Environment
Pukyong National University
Major Research Objectives
Evaluation of indoor air pollutant characteristics in schools
Identification of indoor transmission of outdoor fine dust
Identification of the characteristics of indoor particulate matter generation by evaluating the impact
of school surroundings on fine dust contamination in schools
Key Research Content
Evaluation of the characteristics of particulate matter generation through by measuring and analyzing chemical and biological components
A study on the spread and spalling of particulate matter in classroom, using Simulating Chamber of school interior space
Development of Indoor Air Quality Index (IAQI) in school classrooms
Development of prediction model of particulate matter in school buildings by measuring the intrusion factors and static factors
Categorization by school location characteristics
Field Survey of particulate matter using LIDAR and sensors for impact assessment of fine dust emission sources around schools
Evaluation of the intermediation effects of facilities in the vicinity of schools
Evaluation of the contribution of particulate matter in school classrooms based on indoor and outdoor particulate matter measurement data

Basic Research 2

Evaluation of Students’ Health Impact and Intervention Effect by Characteristics of Exposure by Particulate Matter in School
  • Prof. Chang-soo Kim
    Yonsei University College of Medicine
Professor, Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 2016~
Vice President, Systematic Integrated Science and Technology, Yonsei University 2017~
Chairman of Financial Committee, The Korean Society of Environmental Health and Toxicology 2016~
Researcher, The Korean Society of Hypertension 2017~
Major Research Objectives
Analysis of risks through assessing health impacts of particulate matter on students
Analysis of present conditions of PM in schools by analyzing air purification facilities and operation patterns -
analysis of moderating effect
Key Research Content
Full-scale survey for elementary school students in Seoul, Gyeonggi areas and North Jeolla Province, and building up a panel of medical experts
Health impacts assessments based on periodic medical checkups and surveys by the panel
An Environmental Exposure Assessment on the areas where students spend most of their time (e.g. classrooms)
Developing an application that provides real-time information on low PM areas and health index
Comparison of students' health, before and after using the app and air purifying devices - Analysis of Moderating Effect
Analysis of PM's long- and short-term impacts and Calculation of disease treatment assessment

Integrated Management

Development of Clean Air Ventilation System Linked Indoor/Outdoor Heat and Air Environment with New and Renewable Energy
  • Dr. Choon-man, Jang
    Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology
Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology
Senior Researcher Fellow(Tenure), Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology 2004~
Faculty Member, School of Education and Science, Kyushu University 2000~2003
D. Eng., Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Kyushu University 1997~2000
Research Team
Dong-A Univercity
Korea Institute of Energy Research
Woowon Mechanical & Environmental Engineers, CO.
Korea Air Conditioning engineering(KACECO)
Taeyang Electric, Co.
SL Solution, Co.
EunSung Chemical, Co.
E-clean TECH
Korean Testing Certification
Heerim Architects & Planners Co., Ltd.
Major Research Objectives
Achieving 30% of renewable energy usage on newly built schools, keeping ultra-particulate matter concentration level (PM 2.5) below 25㎍/㎥, and 45dB(A) for indoor noise level (Based on Central Air Conditioning criteria)
Keeping hybrid filter pressure loss below 30~150 Pa
Achieving 1+++ level of energy efficiency for buildings
Monitoring the implementation of abovementioned models on two newly built schools (specifications will be applied)
Key Research Content
Development of a central air conditioning system linked to renewable energy
Development of modular air conditioning system by school-zone and floor, based on Renewable Energy powered Central Heat-Source System
Development and demonstration of an optimal system for the optimal design of key systemic units and securing low-noise environme
Development of heat·air environment control and integrated management system using big data utilization
Offline ventilation by emotional notification
Development and field test of an integrated system for individual equipment units on air cleaning, energy recovery ventilation and temperature and humidity control
Development of low static pressure, long-term filter, highly efficient air-cleaning and energy recovery unit
Development of High-Efficiency Hybrid Filter - high-efficiency, low-pressure electrical collection, combined with HEPA filters - and a low-pressure, clean energy-powered Exchange Ventilation Unit, Development of Energy Load Reduction Methods for schools, Demonstration and Standardization of the system assessment
Development of school energy load reduction plan and standardization of clean ventilation system performance
Research on the design methods of Cooling and Heating Load Reduction and Passive Design based on high-density design for Clean Air Ventilation System
Standardization of testing methods for air conditioning and clean system facilities
Pilot Study on particulate matter management for newly built schools, demonstration and long-term monitoring
Setting Mock-up Test Room, and conducting long-term verification monitoring for two newly built schools
Establishment and operation of living labs with IoT sensor
Establishing five living labs with IoT sensor network
Collecting big data of air quality in existing schools and developing remotely controllable applications using IoT
Developing an algorithm for indoor optimal control by machine learning technique

Diagnosis & Improvement

Consultation on Air Environment Improvement According to School Type and Demonstration of Customized Air Environment Improvement Plan
  • Prof. Tae-Yeon, Kim
    Yonsei University
Ph.D, Engineering, Tokyo Univeristy
Director, Korean Society for Indoor Environment
Director, Architectural Institute of Korea
Senior Vice-President, Korea Institute of Ecological Architecture and Environment
Vice-President, Korean Institute of Architectural Sustainable Environment and Building Systems
Research Team
Seoul National University of Science and Technology
University of Seoul
Korea Conformity Laboratories (KCL)
Ajou University
Korean Educational Development Institute
Kumoh National Institute of Technology
Korea Natural Resource & Economic Research Institute
Yonsei University
Korea University
Chung-ang University
Kunil IND. Co., LTD
Sahm Shin Eng Ineers.INS
LG Electronics
Korea Institute of Construction Technology
Major Research Objectives
Development of Standard Operating Proceduqre(SOP) for consulting air environment
Development of a comprehensive diagnosis system based on the numerical analysis
Analyzing and consulting air environment on 100 places of existing schools, and demonstrating improvement plans at 50 places
Establishment and operation of five IoT-based living labs for existing schools
Building a database based on the results of consulting, demonstration, and operation of living labs
Key Research Content
Development of a comprehensive diagnosis system based on numerical analysis
Standardization of diagnostic process by school / space type based on numerical analysis
Development of a numerical analysis-based comprehensive diagnosis system by school / space type
Development and standardization of consulting process
Development of standard operating procedures(SOP) for air quality improvement in schools and a decision-making tool for consulting
Customized diagnosis for air environment of schools and consulting service at 100 places
Development of cost-estimating methodology and evaluation model for environmental improvement
Demonstration of improvement plans for air environment in existing schools
Creating a model to improve air environment for existing schools
Demonstrating 50 places to improve the air environment in schools
Establishing a database of evaluation results after improving air environment, and constructing public websites based on output of this research
Development of an operating manual for air purifying system
Establishment and operation of living labs with IoT sensor
Establishing five living labs with IoT sensor network
Collecting big data of air quality in existing schools and developing remotely controllable applications using IoT
Developing an algorithm for indoor optimal control by machine learning technique

Law Institution

Establishment of School Particulate Matter Management System
  • Prof. Young-Wook, Lim
    Yonsei University
Vice President, The Korean Society of Environmental Health and Toxicology 2017 ~ 2018
Research Professor, College of Medicine, Yonsei University 2018 ~ present
President, Korea Society for Indoor Environment 2018 ~ present
Director, Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment 2019 ~ present
Deputy Director, The Institute for Environmental Research 2001 ~ present
Research Team
Research and University-Industry Cooperation Foundation at Konkuk University
Korea Educational Environments Protection Agency
Major Research Objectives
Revision of School Health Act and related systems
Setting a standard for accreditation of school-type air purification system
Developing school Particulate Matter managing tools and Particulate Matter education programs
Key Research Content
Analysis and setting up policy directions of the current laws and systems for school Particulate Matter management and financial support in energy and environmental sectors
Development of the actual environmental certification system for school-type air purification systems
Developing a Particulate Matter managing tool-kit and measures to distribute it
Developing programs for particulate matter education and management
Composition and operation of a public-private consultative body related to schools' air purification system

Big Data & AI system

Developing Techniques for Big Data Collection, Processing, and Analysis;
Energy-Environment-linked Management Technology and Integrated Support System
  • Prof. Jae-Hyun, Kim
    Seokyeong University
Professor, Department of Computer Engineering 1994 ~ present
Director, Institute of Korean Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Senior Committee member, The Society of Convergence Knowledge
Research Team
Seokyeong University
Major Research Objectives
Establishment of energy-environment-linked fine dust Big Data Solution
Developing the AI-based, school-customized, energy-environment-linked Particulate Matter management and integrated support system
Key Research Content
Analysis of school energy consumption and environmental characteristics through meta analysis
Development of 'E-coding Book' for integration of various data including open data and actual data
Design and development of meta DB framework
Building integrated Big Data of school-customized energy and environment and suggestion of utilizing it
Developing analyzing and predicting systems based on AI
Developing school-customized, energy-environment-linked fine dust application - Smart Service Application