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Sang-Gook Kim

Contact Info

room 1-306

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Masachusetts 02139


  • 1978


  • 1980


  • 1985



Research Interests

  • Nano manufacturing
  • Piezoelectric MEMS
  • Design of micro/nano systems
  • Axiomatic Design

Honors + Awards

  • 2011, Keenan Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, MIT, Mechanical Engineering
  • 2001-2004, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Professorship
  • 1999, KSME, Baikbong Technology Award
  • 1998, Daewoo Technology Award, Grand Prize
  • 1998, Best Industrial Technology Award, Grand Prize, Korean Presidential Award


  • National Academy of Engineering of Korea, Member (Overseas),
  • CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering), Fellow
  • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), Fellow
  • Korea Engineers Club, Member
  • IEEE, Member

MIT Service

  • 2001-2010, Graduate Admissions Committee            
  • 2002-2004, Materials Facilities Council (Institute)
  • 2004-2006, PTS Advisor                        
  • 2005-2006, ME Research Council
  • 2006-2008, ME Educational Council                
  • 2006-2006, ME Undergraduate Committee            
  • 2006-2008, ME 2-A Coordinator                    
  • 2006-present, Park Center for Complexity, Director
  • 2007-2010, MEMS@MIT, steering committee        
  • 2009-2012, Faculty Committee on the Library Systems    
  • 2009-2012, MTL Seminar committee            
  • 2011-2013, Faculty Policy Committee                    
  • 2011-2013, ABET preparation coordinator (2A)    
  • 2012-2013, FPC sub committee on IAP            
  • 2013-present, ME Micro/Nano Area Head and ME Council


  • Design and Manufacturing (I) (2.007)
  • Design and Manufacturing (II) (2.008)
  • The Product Engineering Process (2.009)
  • Micro/Nano Engineering Lab (2.674)
  • Multi-scale Systems Design and Manufacturing (2.76)



  • Ryu, S., Chou, J. B., Lee, K., Lee, D., Hong, S. H., Zhao, R., Lee, H. and Kim, S.-G. (2015), Direct Insulation-to-Conduction Transformation of Adhesive Catecholamine for Simultaneous Increases of Electrical Conductivity and Mechanical Strength of CNT Fibers. Adv. Mater.. 2015, v27, issue 21, pp3221, doi:10.1002/adma.201500914
  • K. Smyth and S.G. Kim, “Experiment and Simulation Validated Analytical Equivalent Circuit Model for Piezoelectric Micro-Machined Ultrasonic Transducer,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol 62., n. 4, 2015 
  • S. Ryu, P. Lee; J. Chou, R. Xu, R. Zhao, J. Hart, S.G. Kim,"Fabrication of extremely elastic wearable strain sensor using aligned carbon nanotube fibers for monitoring human motion," ACS Nano, 2015, 9 (6), pp5929, 10.1021/acsnano.5b00599
  • G. De Pasquale, S. G. Kim, D. De Pasquale, “GoldFinger: wireless human-machine interface with dedicated software and biomechanical energy harvesting system,” IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, in press
  • Chou, J.B., D. P. Fenning, Y. Wang, M. A.M. Polanco, J. Hwang, F. Sammoura, J. Viegas, M. Rasras, A. ElFaer, A. Kolpak, Y. Shao-Horn, S.G. Kim “Broadband Photoelectric Hot Carrier Collection with Wafer-Scale Metallic-Semiconductor Photonic Crystals”, 42th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, New Orleans, 2015
  • J. B. Chou, Y. X. Yeng, Y. E. Lee, A. Lenert, I. Celanovic, M. Soljacic, E. N. Wang, N.X. Fang, and S.G. Kim, " Enabling Ideal Selective Solar Absorption with 2D Metallic Dielectric Photonic Crystals " Advanced Materials, Advanced Materials, 26, Issue 47, 2014 (Inside Front Cover Article)
  • J. Chou, Y. X. Yeng, A. Lenert, V. Rinnerbauer , I. Celanovic, M. Soljacic , E. N. Wang, and S.G. Kim, “Design of Wide-Angle Selective Absorbers/Emitters with Dielectric Filled Metallic Photonic Crystals for Energy Applications, “ Optics Express, 22, Issue S1, pp. A144-A154 (2014)
  • Y. X. Yeng, J. Chou, V. Rinnerbauer , Y. Shen, S.G. Kim, J. D. Joannopoulos, M. Soljacic , I. Celanovic, “Global optimization of omnidirectional wavelength selective emitters/absorbers based on dielectric-filled anti-reflection coated two-dimensional metallic photonic crystals,” Optics Express, 22, No.18 (2014)
  • G. Gafforelli, A. Corigliano, R. Xu and S. G. Kim, “Experimental verification of a bridge-shaped nonlinear vibration energy harvester, Applied Physics Letters, 105, 203901 (2014)
  • H.J. Lee, K. Smyth, S. Bathurst, J. Chou, M. Ghebrebrhan, J. D. Joannopoulos, N. Saka and S.G. Kim, "Hafnia-plugged microcavities for thermal stability of selective emitters", Appl. Phys. Lett., 102, 241904, 2013
  • F. Sammoura and S.G. Kim, “Optimizing the Electrode Size of Circular Bimorph Plates with Different Boundary Conditions for Maximum Deflection of Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers,” Ultrasonics, v 53, P 328-334, 2013
  • S. Bathurst and S.G. Kim, “Printing of Uniform PZT Thin Films for MEMS Applications,” CIRP Annals -Manufacturing, Vol. 62, No. 1, 2013
  • K. Smyth, F. Sammoura, S. Bathurst and S.G. Kim, “Analytic Solution for N-electrode actuated Piezoelectric Disk with Application to Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, 60, No. 8, 2013
  • F. Sammoura, K. Smyth and S.G. Kim, “An Equivalent Network Representation of a Clamped Bimorph Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer with Circular and Annular Electrodes using Matrix Manipulation Techniques,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, 60, No. 9, p 1989, 2013
  • S.G. Kim, S. Priya, I. Kanno, “Piezoelectric MEMS for Energy Harvesting,” MRS Bulletin, 37, p.1039, Nov. 2012
  • F. Sammoura and S.G. Kim, “Theoretical Modeling and Equivalent Electric Circuit of a Bimorph Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, 59, No. 5, Page 990, 2012
  • De Volder M., Decoster J., Reynaerts D., Van Hoof C., Kim SG, High Damping Carbon Nanotube Hinged Micromirrors, Small, 8, No. 13, p 1961, 2012


  • Sang G. Kim, PahngRoc Oh and Hong J. Lee, “Valve utilizing shape memory alloys”, US Patent No. 5588717, Dec. 1996
  • Sang G. Kim and Hong J. Lee, “Simulator for testing an ABS modulator”, US Patent No. 5621168, Apr. 1997
  • Sang G. Kim, Hong J. Lee and PahngRoc Oh, “Valve utilizing shape memory alloys and an anti-lock brake system”, US Patent No. 5622413, Apr. 1997
  • Sang G. Kim and Yoo G. Kim, “Atomic force microscope and driving method therefor”, US Patent No. 6,708,556, Mar. 2004
  • G. Barbastathis, S.G. Kim,, W. Shih, C. Wong, and Y. Jeon,” Micro-actuated adaptive diffractive composites”, US Patent No. 6,975,459, 2005
  • C.W. Wong, S. Johnson, G. Barbastathis and S.G. Kim, “Dynamically Tunable Photonic Bandgap Microcavity Waveguides via Mechanical Lattice Control,” US Patent No. 7,092,606, Aug. 2006
  • C.W. Wong, G. Barbastathis and S.G. Kim, “ Reconfigurable microphotonics devices via deformable membrane platforms,” US Patent No. 7,110,628, Sep. 2006
  • Sang-Gook Kim, “Method of Making Packets of Nanostructures,” US Patent 7507987, Mar. 2009
  • NP Suh, SG Kim, T Lee, I Barman, G Heo, “Method and apparatus for permeating flow desalination,” US Patent 664, 2007
  • B. L. Wardle and S.-G. Kim, “Ultra-tough Hybrid Nanocomposite Interlayer Architecture”, United States Patent 7537825, May 2009
  • Firas Sammoura and Sang-Gook Kim, "Frequency Tunable Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transonic Transducers", US Patent United States of America Patent No. 8,723,399, May 2014
  • NP Suh, SG Kim, T Lee, I Barman, G Heo, “Method and apparatus for permeating flow desalination,” US Patent No. 8,871,074 October 2014