Kyekyoon Kim

Kyekyoon Kim
Kyekyoon Kim
  • Professor
(217) 333-7162
2048 Electrical & Computer Eng Bldg

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  • PhD Applied Physics Cornell University 1971

Research Interests

  • Syntheses and Study of Tailored Organometallic, Inorganic and Polymeric Precursors for Sol-Gel Processing, Charged Liquid Cluster Beam Deposition and Chemical Vapor Deposition
  • Investigation of Methods for Controlled Fabrication of Thin Films, Nanofibers, and Nanoparticles Using Charged Liquid Cluster Beams of Precursor Solutions
  • Investigation of Novel Approaches to Fabricating Micro and Nanoscale Structures for Development of New Devices and Material Systems for Controlled Release, Lighting, Display, Solar Cells, Photosensors, and Power Storage
  • Development of Methods for Fabricating Uniform Micro and Nano Spheres and Capsules of Biodegradable and Biocompatible Materials for Advanced Drug Delivery and Cell-Based Therapy
  • Development of High Power Electronic Devices Based on III-V Nitride Semiconductors Using Plasma Assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy and Selective Area Growth Technology

Research Areas

  • Bionanotechnology
  • Device modeling
  • Energy storage conversion, management, and control
  • Gallium nitride power semiconductors
  • High-performance switching power converters
  • Microelectronics and Photonics
  • Nano-materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Power electronics
  • Semiconductor electronic devices

Research Topics

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Weinan Zhou, Benjamin Lew, Hyungsoo Choi, Kyekyoon (Kevin) Kim, Sayeepriyadarshini Anakk, "Bile acid-loaded nanoparticles are sufficient to induce mitochondrial function and decrease adipocyte size." Nano Letters (2024)
  • B. Lew, M. George, S. Blair, Z. Zhu, Z. Liang, J. Ludwig, C. Y. Kim, K. Kim, V. Gruev, H. Choi (2022). "Protease-activated indocyanine green nanoprobes for intraoperative NIR fluorescence imaging of primary tumors." Nanoscale Advances.
  • Riley Vesto, Hyungsoo Choi, and Kyekyoon Kim,"Observation of Band Gap Closing in SrxBa1-xBiO3 Films: Evidence Towards Topological Order in BaBiO3," Journal of Applied Physics (2022) 132(1): 015102.
  • P. Sarker, F. P. Kelly, M. Landi, and K. Kim, “Design of PAMBE-based selective-area growth compliant ultra-Low Leakage GaN Mixed-Conduction Vertical Diodes for high-power applications,” Semicond. Sci. Technol. (2021).
  • Elizabeth Joachim, Radwa Barakat, Benjamin Lew, Kyekyoon(Kevin) Kim, JayMyoung Ko, Hyungsoo Choi, "Single intranasal administration of 17ß-estradiol loaded gelatin nanoparicles confers Neuroprotection in the post-ischemic brain," Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine 29 (May 2020):102246, DOI:10.1016/j.nano.2020.102246.
  • Fawad Ismail, Palash Sarker, Mohamed Mohamed, Kyekyoon (Kevin) Kim, Umberto Ravaioli, "Moving mesh adaptation for Si and GaN-based power device simulation," Journal of Computational Electronics, DOI: 10.1007/s10825-018-1218-5, July 2018
  • Benjamin Lew, In-Yong Kim, Hyungsoo Choi, Kyekyoon(Kevin) Kim, "Sustained exenatide delivery via intracapsular microspheres for improved survival and function of microencapsulated porcine islets," Drug Delivery and Translational Research (2018) 8:857-862;
  • In-Yong Kim, Hyungsoo Choi, Kyekyoon (Kevin) Kim, "Improved survival of anchorage-dependent cells in core-shell hydrogel microcapsules via co-encapsulation with cell-friendly microspheres," Journal of Microencapsulation, 34(1): 57-62 (2017)
  • Il-Doo Kim, Elizabeth Sawicki, Hye-Kyung Lee, Eun-Hwa Lee, Heon Joo Park, Pyung-Lim Han, Kyekyoon (Kevin) Kim, Hyungsoo Choi, Ja-Kyeong Lee, "Robust neuroprotective effects of intranasally delivered iNOS siRNA encapsulated in gelatin nanoparticles in the postischemic brain," Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine 12 (2016) 1219-1229.
  • In-Yong Kim, Elizabeth Joachim, Hyungsoo Choi, Kyekyoon (Kevin) Kim, "Toxicity of silica nanoparticles depends on size, dose, and cell type," Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine. (2015) DOI: 10.1016/j.nano.2015.03.004, NANO-01098; No of Pages 10.
  • Liang Pang, Kyekyoon (Kevin) Kim, "Improvement of Ohmic contacts to n-type GaN using a Ti/Al multi-layered contact scheme," Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, Volume 29, January 2015, Pages 90–94.
  • Elizabeth Joachim, Il-Doo Kim, Yinchuan Jin, Kyekyoon (Kevin) Kim, Ja-Kyeong Lee and Hyungsoo Choi,"Gelatin nanoparticles enhance the neuroprotective effects of intranasally administered osteopontin in rat ischemic stroke model,"Drug Deliv. and Transl. Res. (2014) 4:395–399; DOI 10.1007/s13346-014-0208-9
  • Gulsim Kulsharova, Matthew Lee, Felice Cheng, Munima Haque, Hyungsoo Choi, Kyekyoon Kim, William D. O'Brien, Jr, and G. Logan Liu, "In vitro and in vivo imaging of peptide-encapsulated polymer nanoparticles for cancer biomarker activated drug delivery," IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience 12(2013)304-310.
  • Philip Edward Heil, Hyunmin Kang, Hyungsoo Choi, and Kyekyoon(Kevin) Kim,"Effects of controlled surface treatment on titanium dioxide electrode nanostructure for dye-sensitized solar cells,” Appl. Phys. A 112(2013) 371-380.
  • Liang Pang, H.-C. Seo, K. Kim,"Transfer printing of flexible hybrid inductor-capacitor filters via pre-etched silicon-on-insulator mother wafer, "Appl. Phys. Lett., 101, 063113 (2012).
  • In-Yong Kim, P.L.Pusey,Y. Zhao, S.S. Korban, H. Choi, K. Kim,"Controlled release of Pantoea agglomerans E325 for biocontrol of fire blight disease of apple," J. Controlled Release,161(2012) 109-115; doi:10.1016/j.j conrel.2012.03.028 (2012).
  • Liang Pang, Hui-Chan Seo, Patrick Chapman, Ilesanmi Adesida, and Kyekyoon (Kevin) Kim, “Breakdown voltage enhancement of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors via selective-area growth for ohmic contacts over ion-implantation,” Journal of Electronic Materials, DOI:10.1007/s11664-010-1139-y(2010).
  • Seung Jae Hong, Patrick Chapman, Philip T. Krein, and Kyekyoon (Kevin) Kim, "Selective-area growth and fabrication of recessed-gate GaN MESFET using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy," Phys. stat. sol (a) 203, No. 7, 1872-1875 (2006)
  • W. Gu, R. Singh, and K. Kim, “Flow-limited field-injection electrostatic spraying for controlled formation of charged multiple jets of precursor solutions: Theory and application,” Applied Physics Letters 87, 084107, 2005.
  • C. Berkland, K. Kim, and D. W. Pack, Fabrication of PLG microspheres with precisely controlled and monodisperse size distributions, J. Controlled Release, 73, 59-74, 2001.

Service on University Committees

  • Director, Thin Film (previously, Fusion Technology) and Charged Particle Research Lab - 1980 to present

Service on College Committees

  • External Affairs Subcommittee

Service to Federal and State Government

  • National Science Foundation Advisory Committee, Electrical and Communications Division, 1991-1993

Teaching Honors

  • ECE Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award, 2004.
  • Nominated for the ECE Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award, 1999

Research Honors

  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2017
  • US Chair, 1st US-Korea Frontier Energy Forum, Mar 5-6, Seoul, Korea, 2015
  • Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, University of Illinois, December 2011.
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation Award, Controlled Release Society Annual Meeting, 2005
  • Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, University of Illinois, December 2005.
  • ECE Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Illinois, 2004
  • Outstanding Consumer & Diversified Product Paper Award, Controlled Release Society Annual Meeting, 2004.
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation Award, Controlled Release Society Annual Meeting, 2003
  • Overseas Member, National Academy of Engineering, Korea, 2002
  • Meritorious Award, ICF Target Fabrication Specialists' Meeting, 1995.
  • Member, U. S. Delegate to International Atomic Energy Agency Meeting, 1993
  • Member, National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Electrical and Communications Division, 1991-1993
  • Best Paper Award, Nuclear Division, American Ceramic Society 92nd Annual Meeting, 1990
  • Japanese Government Award for Foreign Specialist, 1989 (Awarded by the Science and Technology Agency of Japan)
  • Member, U. S. Delegate to International Atomic Energy Agency Meeting Gut Ising, Upper Bavaria, Fed. Rep. of Germany, Oct. 24-26, 1988.
  • Beckman Research Award, 1985 (University of Illinois)

Recent Courses Taught

  • BIOE 497 KIM (BIOE 297 KIM) - Individual Study
  • ECE 110 - Introduction to Electronics
  • ECE 340 - Semiconductor Electronics
  • ECE 342 - Electronic Circuits