Prinicipal Investigator
Kwang J. (Jin) Kim
  • Kwang J. (Jin) Kim, Ph.D.,
  • ASME Fellow
  • Southwest Gas Professor of Energy and Matter
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
    4505 Maryland Parkway
    Las Vegas, NV 89154-4027
    Office: 702-774-1419
  • CV
  • Google Scholar Citations
Dr. Kim's Research Team
Fall 2013

Kwang Kim’s Laboratory, namely Active Materials and Smart Living (AMSL) Laboratory, provides an academic environment to UNLV students and researchers to learn and develop necessary engineering skills and attitudes that are needed to become great innovators throughout the course of their career. The laboratory is adequately setup to study engineering science in connection with Energy and Matter that have the broader economic-and-sociological impact on “sustainability and health engineering”.

Kwang J. (Jin) Kim is Southwest Gas Professor of Energy and Matter at the Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Prior to joining UNLV in Fall 2012, he was University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Foundation Professor and Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department (2007-2012). He graduated from Yonsei University, Korea, in 1987 and received his MS and Ph.D. from Arizona State University (ASU) in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Later, he completed a postdoctoral study at the University of Maryland-College Park UMCP (1993-1995). His industrial experience includes Senior Research Engineer at Thermal Electric Devices, Inc. (1995-1997) and Chief Scientist at Environmental Robots, Inc. (1997-2001), Albuquerque NM.

His research interests are in a broad spectrum of “Energy Systems” and “Active Materials/Sensors.” He has authored/ co-authored more than 320(+) technical publications including 143(+) referred journal papers and 3 monographs and was awarded 2 U.S. patents. He is a recipient of the 2011 UNR Foundation Professorship, the 2006 UNR Lemelson Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the 2002 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. He is a Fellow of ASME (2007) and currently serves on the editorial boards of Smart Materials and Structures (SMS), International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials (TSNM), International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, and Actuators.

Twisting Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Actuators (with K. Leang)
Dropwise condensation on an interesting tube that we made (2012)
Metal Hydride Actuator (with K. Jung)
Recent Publications and Books
Viljar’s paper entitled “an IPMC-Enabled Bio-Inspired Bending/Twisting Fin for Underwater Applications” was included in the highlights of 2013 Smart Materials and Structures Journal (V. Palmre, M. Fleming, D. Pugal, S.J. Kim, K. J. Kim, and K. K. Leang, 22, 014003, 2013; doi:10.1088/0964-1726/22/1/014003).

Dr. Kim’s new paper, “Recent Advances in Ionic Polymer–Metal Composite Actuators and their Modeling and Applications,“ was published in Progress in Polymer Science [38(7), 1037–1066 (2013); C. Jo, D. Pugal, I.-K. Oh, and K. J. Kim, and K. Asaka].

Dr. Kim's new book entitled "Biomimetic Robotic Artificial Muscles" (co-authored with Drs. Xiabo Tan, Hyouk Ryeol Choi, and David Pugal) was published by World Scientific in the spring of 2013.

Biomimetic Robotic Artificial Muscles

Dr. Kim's artificial muscle research based on hydrogen gas is featured on Discovery News and, also, covered by "NewScientist" magazine. [ > ]

New Scientist

K. J. Kim and S. Tadokoro (ed.), "Electroactive Polymers for Robotic Application: Artificial Muscles and Sensors," Published by Springer, London [ > ]

Electroactive Polymers for Robotics Applications

M. Shahinpoor, K. J. Kim, and M. Mojarrad, "Artificial Muscles: Applications of Advanced Polymeric Nano-Composites" Published by Taylor and Francis-CRC, New York [ > ]

Artificial Muscles

Longevity by Tae Lee (1903-1975), Grandfather of Kwang Jin Kim