Welcome to the Group!

We utilize materials chemistry to solve societal problems, primarily environmental and energy aspects. Our work will advance the knowledge in the frontiers of bottom-up assembled structures.

Latest News:


Dr. Yoonseob Kim reported duty.

Looking forward a great journey. (link)

9 September, 2019


Invited Talks in Korea and China

Dr. Yoonseob Kim gave 10 talks at universities/institutes including POSTECH, KAIST, Yonsei University, Nankai University, and Peking University in August 2019.

Looking forward active interactions and collaborations in the coming years!


DSM Science & Technology Award – POLY, ACS

Won the DSM award, given to one individual annually for the best lecture. (link)

Boston, MA, August 2018


Future Faculty Scholar – PMSE, ACS

Selected as one of the future faculty scholars. (link)

Boston, MA, August 2018


MIT Chemistry Outreach

Demonstrate experiments such as "clock reaction", "temperature", and "nylon synthesis" etc. (link)

Goodrich Academy, Fitchburg, MA, Nov. 2017

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ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award – U of M

Top 10 out of 800 dissertations completed in 2016 were recognized by Rackham Graduate School. (link)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, April 2017

Successfully Defended

Thesis title on "Stretchable Electronic and Photonic Materials from Self-Organized Nanoparticles"

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, August 2016

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MRS Award

Graduate Student Award, Silver Medal

Phoenix, AZ, March 2016

Reconfigurable Chiroptical Nanocomposites

A thin, stretchable film that can coil light waves like a Slinky could usher in more precise, less expensive monitoring for cancer survivors, helping them get better treatment with less disruption to their everyday lives.

U of M News ServiceNanotechweb.org, Phys.org, IEEE Spectrum, ScienceDaily, EurekAlert, etc

Invited Talk

Composites at Lake Louise, “Layered biomimetic and kirigami nanocomposites” (on behalf of Prof. Nicholas A. Kotov)

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, November 2015

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ACS Award

Eastman Chemical Student Award, Finalist (Top 6), PMSE

Boston, MA, August 2015

AIChE Awards

- Doh Wonsuk memorial award, KIChE-US chapter

- Graduate Student Award, 2nd prize

Atlanta, GA, November 2014

U of M Awards

- Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

- Distinguished Leadership Award, College of Engineering

Ann Arbor, MI, March 2014

Photo with Chemical Engineering Graduate Chair Prof. Robert Ziff.

Stretchable Nanoparticle Conductors

Polyurethane studded with gold nanoparticles can conduct electricity even when stretched, Michigan engineers have discovered. This feat could pave the way for flexible electronics and gentler medical devices. The nanoparticles start out randomly arranged, but they drift into wire-like formations as the material is stretched.

U of M News ServiceC&ENChemistry WorldDiscovery NewsPhys.orgIEEE SpectrumScience DailyWired, etc