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Jinsang Kim | Faculty

Jinsang Kim

Professor: Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Chemistry

2098 HH Dow
(734) 936-4681



Short Bio


California Institute of Technology
Postdoc in Chemical Engineering, 2001 - 2003

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD Materials and Science Engineering, 2001

Seoul National University
MS Fiber and Polymer Science, 1993
BS Fiber and Polymer Science, 1991

Research & Teaching


General research interests are molecular design, synthesis, modification and self-assembly of smart polymers for biomedical and optoelectronic applications, including biomaterials, molecular biosensors, smart gels, optoelectronic polymers, conjugated polymers, block copolymers, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, photovoltaic cells and self-assembly.

Currently, the Kim Research Group is studying the following areas:

  • Biosensors: Sensitivity and selectivity are the most important parameters of a sensor. Nature provides high fidelity in biosynthesis. The unique combination of this specificity of the bio-system and the tunable properties of synthetic polymers would be a promising direction toward molecular sensors with high selectivity and sensitivity. We are developing molecular biosensors and bio-microarrays through bio-/synthetic hybrid systems for clinically important biological materials.

  • Plastic Electronics: Conjugated polymers have become emerging materials for electronic devices. Their optical and semiconducting properties can be readily tunable through rational molecular design and chemical synthesis. We have been investigating structure-property correlation of conjugated polymers to establish molecular design rules to achieve high charge mobility, optimized energy levels, enhanced stability and fabrication versatility. Designer conjugated polymers for TFT, solar cells, thermoelectric, and LED are under development.

  • Organic Phosphors: Recently we developed a molecular design principle to realize pure organic phosphor having high emission quantum yield even at room temperature with oxygen presence. By rationally designing directed heavy atom effects through intermolecular halogen bonding in crystalline aromatic carbonyl compounds we achieved highly efficient triplet generation and suppression of vibration dissipation. Controlling electron density of such organic phosphorescent materials we could achieve active color tuning as well. We are developing a second generation of organic phosphors to apply them to device applications.


  • AFOSR MURI: Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO)

  • NSF DMR: DMREF: Simulation-Based PredictiveDesign of All-Organic Phosphorescent Light-Emitting Molecular Materials

  • Samsung GRO: Purely Organic Blue Phosphorescent Materials for Display and Solid-state Lighting Application

  • Korea Institute of Machinery Materials: Surface Functionalization of Diagnostic Devices for Selective and Sensitive Harvesting, Detection, and Releasing of Circulating Tumor Cells

  • Qatar National Research Foundation: Directed Self-Assembly and Alignment of Conjugated Polymers for High Performance Plastic Electronics



  • MSE 250 “Principles of Engineering Materials”
  • MSE 365 “Materials Lab II
  • MSE/BME/Macro 410 "Design and Applications of Biomaterials"


  • MSE 517 “Advanced Functional Polymers: Design Principles and Applications"

Professional Experience

University of Michigan
Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering
Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Professor, 2015-
  • Associate Professor, 2009-present
  • Assistant Professor, 2003-2009

California Institute of Technology
Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Pasadena, CA

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, 2001-2003

Korea Institute of Science and Technology

  • Research Scientist, 1994 - 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Research Excellent Award, 2016
    Monroe-Brown Foundation
  • Outstanding Accomplishment Award, 2013
    University of Michigan
  • WCU Invited Professorship, 2009
    Seoul National University
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2007
    National Science Foundation
  • Named Emerging Investigator, May 2007
    Journal of Materials Chemistry
  • Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Awards for Excellence in Teaching, 2006
    University of Michigan
  • ACSICI Award in Applied Polymer Science, 2002
    American Chemical Society
  • 2002 IUPAC Award for Young Chemist
  • MRS Graduate Student Gold Award 2000
    Materials Research Society
  • Il-Ju Academic Foundation Overseas Graduate Fellowship, Korea, June 1996

Publications and Patents


  • Min Sang Kwon, Youngchang Yu, Caleb Coburn, Andrew W. Phillips, Kyeongwoon Chung, Apoorv Shanker, Jaehun Jung, Gunho Kim, Kevin Pipe, Stephen R. Forrest, Ji Ho Youk, Johannes Gierschner, Jinsang Kim “Suppressing Molecular Motions for Enhanced Room Temperature Phosphorescence (RTP) of Metal-free Organic Materials” Nat. Commun. 2015, 6, 8947.
  • Kyeongwoon Chung, Andrew McAllister, David Bilby, Bong-Gi Kim, Min Sang Kwon, Emmanouil Kioupakis, Jinsang Kim “Designing interchain and intrachain properties of conjugated polymers for latent optical information encoding” Chemical Science 2015, 6, 6980.
  • Kyeongwoon Chung, Min Sang Kwon, Brendan Leung, Antek Wong-Foy, Min Su Kim, Jeongyong Kim, Shuichi Takayama, Johannes Gierschner, Adam Matzger, Jinsang Kim “Shear-triggered Crystallization and Light Emission of a Thermally Stable Organic Supercooled Liquid” ACS Central Science 2015, 1, 94.
  • Gun-Ho Kim+, Dongwook Lee+, Apoorv Shanker+, Lei Shao, Min Sang Kwon, David Gidley, Jinsang Kim* and Kevin Pipe* “High thermal conductivity in amorphous polymer blends by engineered interchain interactions” Nature Materials 2015, 14, 295.
  • Min Sang Kwon+, Dongwook Lee+, Sungbaek Seo, Jaehun Jung, Jinsang Kim “Engineering Intermolecular Interactions for Efficient Room Temperature Phosphorescence from Purely Organic Materials in Amorphous Polymer Matrices” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 11177.
  • Dongwook Lee, Bolton Onas, Byoung Choul Kim, Ji Ho Youk, Shuichi Takayama, Jinsang Kim “Room Temperature Phosphorescence of Metal-free Organic Materials in Amorphous Polymer Matrices” J. of Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 6325.
  • Bong-Gi Kim, Eun Jeong Jeong, Jong Won Chung, Sungbaek Seo, Bonwon Koo, Jinsang Kim “A Molecular Design Principle of Lyotropic Liquid-Crystalline Conjugated Polymers with Directed Alignment Capability for Plastic Electronics” Nature Materials 2013, 12, 659.
  • Kangwon Lee, Jiseok Lee, Eun Jeong Jeong, Adam Kronk, Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, Megan S. Lim, Jinsang Kim “Conjugated Polyelectrolyte-Antibody Hybrid Molecules for Live Cell Imaging” Adv. Mater. 2012, 24, 2479.
  • Jiseok Lee, Sungbaek Seo, Jinsang Kim “Colorimetric Detection of Warfare Gases by Polydiacetylenes toward Equipment-free detection” Adv. Funct. Mater. 2012, 22,1632.
  • Onas Bolton, Kangwon Lee, Hyong-Jun Kim, Kevin Lin, Jinsang Kim “Activating Efficient Phosphorescence from Metal-free Organics by Crystal Design” Nature Chemistry 2011, 3, 205.
  • Bong-Gi Kim, Myung-Su Kim, Jinsang Kim “Ultrasonic Assisted Nano-Dimensional Self-assembly of Poly-3-hexylthiophene for Organic Photovoltaic Cells” ACS Nano 2010, 4, 2160.



  • Jinsang Kim, Jae Cheol Cho, Laura Povlich, David Martin “Carboxylic Acid-Modified EDOT for Bioconjugation” USPTO 7,708,908
  • Jinsang Kim, Jiseok Lee “Functionalized Diacetylene Sensors” USPTO 8,633,140
  • Jinsang Kim, Onas Bolton, Kangwon Lee, Eun Jeong Jeong, Bong-Gi Kim “Phosphorescent Organic Compounds” USPTO 8,525,131
  • Jinsang Kim, Bong-Gi Kim, Eun Jeong Jeong “Compositions for Directed Alignment of Conjugated Polymers” Utility Patent Application Serial No. 14/212,729 (Awarded December 21, 2015)