Prof. Kim's research projects are:
“PIRE: Advanced Artificial Muscles for International and Globally Competitive Research and Education in Soft Robotics,” (supported by National Science Foundation) International collaborators on the UNLV-led project include researchers from South Korea and Japan. Other U.S. collaborators include the University of Utah; the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. (https://www.unlv.edu/news/release/unlv-led-team-awarded-38-million-advance-artificial-muscle-research)
“Advanced Transport Technologies for NASA Thermal Management/Control Systems (supported by NASA),” The program objective is to develop advanced single-phase and phase-change loop heat transfer technologies that will enhance the performance and reliability of the NASA thermal management/control system. In addition, this work will be the bases for the development of innovative and interactive educational modules as well as technology transfer (In collaboration with Dr. Miles Greiner of University of Nevada, Reno).
As part of “the Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Nevada” project funded by NSF (Lead PIs: Drs. Gayle L. Dana of DRI, Jaci Batista of UNLV, Bob Boehm of UNLV), we are exploring an enabling nanotechnology of using transparent graphene nanocomposites for enhancing dust controllability on solar panels. In particular, we focus on a fundamental understanding of interfacial phenomenon on heterogeneous surfaces.
“Chromium Contamination Remediation Using Activated Carbon Coated with Polysulfide Rubber (PSR) and Zeolites Coated with Surfactants” The objective of this research is to develop coated adsorbents that can be used to remediate chromium contamination in water and soils at United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. PI: Dr. Jaci Batista of Civil Eng., UNLV.; I am collaborating with Prof. Jaeyun Moon of Mechanical Eng. on materials characterization. (funded by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC)
My research has been supported by the following entities:
Federal Funding Agencies:
|National Science Foundation (NSF)
Department of Defense (DOD) US Department of Energy (DOE) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)
Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc.
Advanced Materials and Devices, Inc
Environmental Robots Inc.
Tao of Systems Integration, Inc.
Local Funding Agencies:
|Nevada Institute of Renewable Energy Commercialization (NIREC)
Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT)
Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County
Nevada Ventures LLC
|Konkuk University, S. Korea
SKK University, S. Korea
Korea Research Foundation
Korea Institute of Energy Research
|University of Nevada, Reno
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)