Seong Kim, Professor of Chemical Engineering
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
BS., Yonsei University, Korea, 1990
MS., Yonsei University, Korea, 1992
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1998
Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology
University of California, Berkeley
Office: N323 Millennium Science Complex
Phone: (814) 863-4809
3 Fenske Laboratory - (814) 863-8324
N256A Millennium Science Complex
N213A Millennium Science Complex
N030B Millennium Science Complex
A Misunderstanding Leads to Method for Making Nanowells
A safe, simple, and cheap method of creating perfectly etched micron and smaller size wells in a variety of substrates has been developed by researchers in Seong Kim's and Darrell Velegol's groups in The Department of Chemical Engineering.
This new process evolved out of a miscomunication between researchers and lead to surprising discovery. View the complete article on the Science Daily News Website.
The main theme of the Kim research program is to understand and control the physical properties and chemical reactions at interfaces related to a wide range of fundamental and technical areas from biology to nanotechnology. The research programs can be divided into three main focal areas:
Surface Science in Nanotribology
Nanoscale Surface Engineering and Chemical Imaging
Our lab is equipped with sum-frequency-generation (SFG) vibration spectroscopy, surface-sensitive infrared vibration spectroscopy, UV-VIS spectroscopy, ellipsometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy / scanning tunneling microscopy (AFM/STM), custom-design pin-on-disc tribometers, atmospheric rf plasma, microwave plasma, and wet chemical benches as well as various environment control capabilities.
We also have easy access to the Penn State Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL www.mri.psu.edu/facilities/mcl/) which houses most advances x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), x-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), optical profilometry, and many other analytical techniques.