Prof. Kim graduated with BEng in Aeronautical Engineering from Seoul National University; MEngSci in Materials Engineering from Monash University; and PhD in composite materials from Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sydney. He was an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1992-1993), then started his faculty career at Australian National University (1993-1994) before joining the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1994. Prof. Kim had visiting appointments with University of Tokyo and Nanyang Technological University on a Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship (1998); and has been a Visiting Professor at Center for Advanced Materials Technology, University of Sydney since 2012. He is currently a Chair Professor at HKUST and directs the Finetex-HKUST R & D Center and the Advanced Engineering Materials Facilities. He served as Associate Dean of Engineering (2007-2011).
Prof. Kim’s research is focused on advanced materials, ranging from fiber-reinforced composites to nanocomposites with graphene, carbon nanotubes, nanoclay and 2D materials, and to nanostructured materials for various energy storage applications. He has written well over 350 refereed journal papers, 12 book chapters, 15 books including three authored research monographs, and holds 8 patents. His research team has been honored with a number of Best Paper Awards from international conferences and competitions. Currently, Prof. Kim holds editorial positions in 12 leading journals in addition to as Editor (Composites Part A) and Associate Editor (Aerospace Science and Technology). He served as the President of the Asian-Australasian Association of Composites Materials (AACM) (2008-2010); and is an elected Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (HKAES), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). He is named a Highly Cited Researcher 2018 in Materials Science by Clarivate Analytics.