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Kyekyoon Kim


Primary Affiliation

Photoacoustic Imaging


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone 333-7162



  • Biography

    Kyekyoon Kim is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professor Kim has been the director of the Thin Film and Charged Particle Research Laboratory from 1980 to the present. His areas of research consists of bionanotechnology, device modeling, gallium nitride power semiconductors, high-performance switching power converters, energy storage conversion, management, and control.


    • Ph.D., applied physics, Cornell University, 1971
  • Honors
    • 2017: Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) 
    • 2015: US Chair, 1st US-Korea Frontier Energy Forum, Mar 5-6, Seoul, Korea
    • 2011: Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, University of Illinois
    • 2006-2008: Member, Advisory Committee for College of Engineering, Seoul National University
    • 2005: Outstanding Poster Presentation Award, Controlled Release Society Annual Meeting
  • Research

    Research areas:

    • Bio nanotechnology

    • Device modeling

    • Energy storage conversion, management, and control

    • Gallium nitride power semiconductors

    • High-performance switching power converters

    • Microelectronics and Photonics

    • Nanomaterials

    • Nanotechnology

    • Power electronics

    • Semiconductor electronic devices

    Professor Kim’s research is focused on two main areas of interest: therapeutic microcapsules and nanoparticles, and nanostructured materials and devices. His group has developed uniform biodegradable gelatin nanoparticles of controlled size to deliver therapeutics where desired. The gelatin nanoparticles also serve as a strong contrast agent for ultrasound imaging, allowing the development of new imaging modalities.

  • 2020

    • Sarker, P, Kelly, FP, Landi, M, Vesto, RE & Kim, K 2020, 'High-Performance GaN Vertical p-i-n Diodes via Silicon Nitride Shadowed Selective-Area Growth and Optimized FGR-and JTE-Based Edge Termination', IEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society. DOI: 10.1109/JEDS.2020.3039979
    • Vesto, RE, Wilson, R, Choi, H & Kim, K 2020, 'Investigation of optical properties of aluminum-doped zinc oxide films via flow-limited field-injection electrostatic spraying', AIP Advances, vol. 10, no. 9, 095211. DOI: 10.1063/5.0015325


    • Lew, B, Kim, IY, Choi, H & Kim, KK 2018, 'Sustained exenatide delivery via intracapsular microspheres for improved survival and function of microencapsulated porcine islets', Drug Delivery and Translational Research, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 857-862. DOI: 10.1007/s13346-018-0484-x


    • Kim, IY, Choi, H & Kim, KK 2017, 'Improved survival of anchorage-dependent cells in core-shell hydrogel microcapsules via co-encapsulation with cell-friendly microspheres', Journal of Microencapsulation, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 57-62. DOI: 10.1080/02652048.2017.1284275


    • I-D. Kim, E. Sawicki, H. K. Lee, E. H. Lee, H. J. Park, P. L. Han, Kyekyoon Kevin Kim, H. Choi, J. K. Lee, Robust neuroprotective effects of intranasally delivered iNOS siRNA encapsulated in gelatin nanoparticles in the postischemic brain. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine 2016, 12(5), 1219-1229. DOI:10.1016/j.nano.2016.01.002.


    • I-Y Kim, E. Joachim, H. 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.
    • L. 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, 90–94.


    • E. Joachim, I-D. Kim, Y. Jin, Kyekyoon (Kevin) Kim, J-K. Lee and H. 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.
    • Pang, L., Krein, P., Kim, K. W., Lee, J. H. & Kim, K. High-current AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors achieved by selective-area growth via plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science 2014, 211, 1, 180-183.
    • Y. Jin, I. Y. Kim, I. D. Kim, H. K. Lee, J. Y. Park, P. L. Han, Kyekyoon Kevin Kim, H. Choi, J. K. Lee, Biodegradable gelatin microspheres enhance the neuroprotective potency of osteopontin via quick and sustained release in the post-ischemic brain. ACTA Biomaterialia 2014, 10(7), 3126-3135. DOI:10.1016/j.actbio.2014.02.045.


    • P. E. Heil, H. Kang, H. 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.


    • I-Y.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 2012, 161, 109-115; DOI:10.1016/j.j conrel.2012.03.028.
    • L. 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., 2012, 101, 063113.
    • Pang, L. & Kim, K. Bimodal gate-dielectric deposition for improved performance of AlGaN/GaN metaloxidesemiconductor high-electron-mobility transistors. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 2012, 45, 4, 045105.
    • Pang, L., Lian, Y., Kim, D. S., Lee, J. H. & Kim, K. AlGaN/GaN MOSHEMT with high-quality gate-SiO 2 achieved by room-temperature radio frequency magnetron sputtering. IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 2012, 59, 10, 2650-2655, 6256713.