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Hong Koo Kim

University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1989

Hong Koo Kim received his B.S. in Electronic Engineering from the Seoul National University and his M.S. from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He the moved to Pittsburgh where he obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He has received several awards, including the Pitt Innovator Award in 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2012, and also holds numerous patents on nanotechnology. He has been serving as the founding Co-Director of the Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh since 2002.


The Kim group’s research has been centered on developing new photonic and electronic devices at micro and nanoscales involving various functional materials such as rare-earth doped oxides, wide bandgap semiconductors, ferroelectric films, and plasmonic nanostructured materials.
Their research in the nanotechnology area investigates multiscale vertical integration of nanostructures into hierarchical systems. Single-domain ordered nanochannel arrays with controlled symmetry have been developed on macroscale area of wafer surface using a directed self-organization method, and have been investigated as an interaction medium in optical, electrical, chemical, and biological domains. Surface-plasmon phenomena occurring in nano-optic structures are of particular interest, since many novel properties can be derived from those and can be incorporated into an on-chip configuration for interaction with other functional materials.
The Kim group investigates plasmonics as an enabling technology for implementing nanosystems-on-a-chip that offer multifunctionality across the heterogeneous domains.

Most Cited Publications

"Femtosecond imaging of surface plasmon dynamics in a nanostructured silver film," Kubo, Atsushi, Ken Onda, Hrvoje Petek, Zhijun Sun, Yun S. Jung, and Hong Koo Kim, Nano letters 5, no. 6 (2005)
"Refractive transmission of light and beam shaping with metallic nano-optic lenses," Sun, Zhijun, and Hong Koo Kim, Applied Physics Letters 85, no. 4 (2004)
"Ultraviolet detection with ultrathin ZnO epitaxial films treated with oxygen plasma," Liu, Mingjiao, and Hong Koo Kim, Applied Physics Letters 84, no. 2 (2004)
"Epitaxial growth of ZnO films on Si substrates using an epitaxial GaN buffer," Nahhas, Ahmed, Hong Koo Kim, and Jean Blachere, Applied Physics Letters 78, no. 11 (2001)
"Growth of ordered, single-domain, alumina nanopore arrays with holographically patterned aluminum films," Sun, Zhijun, and Hong Koo Kim,  Applied Physics Letters 81, no. 18 (2002)

Recent Publications

"Electrically-triggered micro-explosion in a graphene/SiO2 /Si structure." Liu, S., Kim, M., Kim, H.K.     Scientific Reports
8(1),25776z (2018). 
"Impact ionization in a graphene/SiO2 /Si structure under high-field pulsed drive." Liu, S., Kim, H.K. 2017 IEEE 17th International Conference on Nanotechnology, NANO 2017
8117315, pp. 449-452 (2017). 
"Suspended nano scale QD-OLED on Si substrate."     Emon, D.H., Kim, H.K. 2017 IEEE 17th International Conference on Nanotechnology, NANO 2017
8117356, pp. 974-978 (2017).
"Low-loss plasmonic metamaterial waveguides." Shi, Y., Kim, H.K. 2017 IEEE 17th International Conference on Nanotechnology, NANO 2017
8117318, pp. 890-893 (2017).
"Fabrication of nanoscale quantum-dot organic light-emitting devices on Si substrate." Emon, D.H., Kim, H.K. 2017 IEEE 17th International Conference on Nanotechnology, NANO 2017
8117316, pp. 961-964 (2017).