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Prof. Moon J Kim
Louis Beecherl, Jr., Distinguished Professor
Office MailstopMail Box: RL10, NSERL, Room No.: RL 4.408 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-6635    URL Profile Website    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 PostdocMaterials ScienceArizona State University1990
 Ph.D.Materials ScienceArizona State University1988
 M.S.Materials ScienceArizona State University1986
 B.S.Materials ScienceArizona State University1984
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Research Interests
Moon Kim
  • Heterogeneous materials integration by wafer bonding
  • Fabrication and characterization of various functional nanostructures for applications in nano-electronics, power electronics, energy, electrochemical and bio-devices
  • Atomic scale characterization of low dimensional materials
  • In-situ TEM study of electrochemical and biological systems
  • Nanopore-based sequencing of biomolecules
  • Nano 3D Printing technology
  • Fabrication of 3D nanostructures for nano-robots
  • Virtual reality (VR) contents for enhanced education and new emerging applications
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“Contact resistance and stability study for Au, Ti, Hf and Ni contacts on thin-film Mg2Si,” B. Zhang, T. Zheng, Q. Wang, Y. Zhu, H.A. Alshareef, M.J, Kim and B.E. Gnade, J. Alloys Comp. 699, 1134-1139 (2017)

Peer reviewed

“Nucleation and growth mechanisms of interfacial Al4C3 in Al/diamond composites formed by gas pressure infiltration,” Z. Che, Y Zhang, J. Li, H. Zhang, X. Wang, C. Sun, J. Wang and M.J. Kim, J. Alloy. Compd. 657, 81-89 (2016)

Peer reviewed

“Line-defect mediated formation of hole and Mo clusters in monolayer molybdenum disulfide,” G. Ryu, J. Lee, N.Y. Kim, Y. Lee, Y. Kim, M.J. Kim and Z.H. Lee, 2D Materials 3, 014002 (2016)

Peer reviewed

“Ru Nanoframes with an fcc Structure and Enhanced Catalytic Properties,” H. Ye, Q. Wang, M. Catalano, N. Lu, J. Vermeylen, M.J. Kim, Y. Liu, Y. Sun and X. Xia, Nano Lett. 16, 2812-2817 (2016)

Peer reviewed

“Formation of hexagonal boron nitride on graphene-covered copper surfaces,” D. Gopalan, S. De la Barrera, S. Shingra, J. Li, B. D’Urso, R. Feenstra, K. Zhang, N. Simonson, J.A. Robinson, Q. Wang, N. Lu and M.J. Kim, J. Mater. Res. 31, 945-958 (2016)

Peer reviewed
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2014-PresentLouis Beecherl, Jr., Distinguished ProfessorMaterials Science and EngineeringEngineeringUT-Dallas
2013-PresentProfessorArts and TechnologyArts and HumanitiesUT-Dallas
2012-PresentFellow  Microscopy Society of America
2009-PresentDirectorSiWEDS Industry University Cooperative Research Center
2008-presentProfessorMaterials Science and EngineeringEngineeringUT-Dallas
2007-PresentAdjunct Professor Simmons Comprehensive Cancer CenterUTSW Medical Center
2005-PresentProfessorDepartment of Electrical Engineering University of Texas at Dallas
2004-PresentDirector Nano-characterization FacilityUniversity of Texas at Dallas
2003-2005Associate ProfessorDepartment of Electrical Engineering University of Texas at Dallas
2002-2003Associate ProfessorDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering University of North Texas
2002-2004Director Facility for Electron MicroscopyUniversity of North Texas
2001-2002Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Materials Science University of North Texas
2000-2000Visiting ScientistMaterials Research Institute German Aerospace Center (DLR)
1997-1999Chapter President Korean-American Scientists and Engineers AssociationAZ Chapter
1993-2001Affiliated FacultyScience and Engineering of Materials Arizona State University
1992-1994Vice President  Korean Electron Microscopy Group of America
1990-2001Research Scientist Center for Solid State ScienceArizona State University
1988-2001HREM Laboratory & Workshop Instructor National Facility for HREMArizona State University
 Synergistic Activities
Development and/or refinement of Research Tools

Designed and built an ultra high vacuum (UHV) wafer bonding unit to integrate dissimilar materials suitable for electronic and optical properties measurements, fracture mechanical testing, and structural characterization by electron microscopy. There are only two other similar instruments in the world: at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of Tokyo Dr. Kim's unit is the one capable of synthesizing planar interfaces (for metals, ceramics and semiconductors) suitable for both microscopy and quantitative interface strength measurements with both control of interface orientation and additional element chemistry.

Expertise and extensive experience in electron microscopy
  • Expertise in high resolution analytical electron microscopy includes HREM phase contrast and STEM Z-contrast imaging, Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction (CBED), energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). 
  • Served as a lab instructor and a committee member of User Program of the National Facility for HREM at ASU for more than 10 years during his tenure at Arizona State University, conducted extensive interdisciplinary collaborative research involving state-of-the-art TEM nano-characterization.

Professional activity
  • Strategic partnerships:
    • Nanofactory Instruments AB, Sweden:  Recruited to open its U.S. headquarter in Richardson.  Established a strategic partnership for the development of new instruments (e.g., in-situ STM-TEM, AFM-TEM and TEM-nanoindentation tools) and collaborative research.
    • Japan Electro-Optics Lab (JEOL), Inc. - UTD as its U.S. Southwest Demo Center.
    • Protochips, Inc. – Established a strategic partnership for the development of new instruments (e.g., in-situ heating and liquid cell stages) and collaborative research
  • Directing the NSF initiated Silicon Wafer Engineering and Defect Science (SiWEDS) Center.  Its industry and academic members are:  SRC, MEMC, Samsung, Hynix, Siltronic, UTD, NCSU, UoW, Stanford, MIT, Waseda Univ., ASU.
  • Served as a reviewer for the following journals: Metallurgical Transactions, Ultramicroscopy, Journal of Electronic Materials, Journal of Applied Physics, Sensors and Actuators, Journal of Materials Science, International Journal of Nanoscience, Microelectronic Engineering, Composite Science and Engineering, Thin Solid Films, ACS Nano, Acta Materialia, Energy and Fuels, Microscopy and Microanalysis, IEEE Transactions on Nanoelectronics, IEEE Electron Device Letters, Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, and Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems.
  • Gave over 85 invited lectures and seminars at National/International conferences, Universities and Research Institutes. 
  • Taught annually at the internationally renownedASU Winter School for HREM(2002-2009).

Service to the community
  • K-12 outreach program (Provided hands-on experience by visiting RISD elementary schools with lab equipment - "Men in Nano" theme).
  • Played a key role in establishing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for student exchange and collaborative research programs between UTD and other institutions (Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Korea Advanced Nano Center (KANC), University of Seoul (UOS), Choongnam Technology Park (CTP))
  • Established new Nano-Characterization Facility and managed its operation

2016-2019Improving reliability and reducing cost in CdTe photovoltaics via grain boundary engineeringDOE-PVRD195,000Current
2016-2017Basic understanding of GaN/Si thin film microstructureTI95,000Current
2013-2017Center for low energy systems technologyNIST-DARPA3,360,232Current
2013-2017SWAN 2.0NRI/SRC300,000Current
2010-2017Silicon Wafer Engineering and Defect Science (SiWEDS) IU/CRCSiWEDS1,153,388Current
2012-2016How grain boundaries affect the efficiency of poly-CdTe solar-cellsDOE195,000Previous
2014-2015Development of TEM analysis system for 10 nm-node devicesSamsung100,000Previous
2013-2014GaN on DiamondDARPA/TriQuint80,000Previous
2012-2014Engineered SOI substrates for MEMS and power ICsSiWEDS/MEMC100,000Previous
2011-2014GaN on Si by wafer bonding for high power devicesSRC250,000Previous
2011-2013SWAN 1.5: Graphene Many Body and Single Particle Tunneling TransistorsNRI100,000Previous
2010-2013Large Area Graphene Synthesis and Its ApplicationsAFOSR270,000Previous
2008-2013Future Semiconductor Commercialization (FUSION)TETF5,000,000Previous
2010-2012HREM Analysis of Flexible Solar Cell Materials and DevicesKIST200,000Previous
2008-2012Metal Oxide Single 1-D Nanomaterials for Information SensorsCNMT500,000Previous
2010-2011GaN/Si Interfaces by Wafer Bonding for Advanced Solid State ElectronicsDARPA200,000Previous
2009-2011High Theraml Conductivity SOI Substrates for Mixed Signal ApplicationsSRC100,000Previous
2007-2011Next Generation Semiconductor Technology – Equipment/MaterialsKETI6,000,000Previous
2007-2010GaN HFET Physical Failure AnalysisTriQuint123,000Previous
2007-2010Extremley Low Noise Carbon Nanotubes for Peltier and Photo-detector Device ApplicationMEST112,250Previous
2006-2010SWAN – NanometrologyNRC150,000Previous
2005-2009Defect Analysis: MCT/Cd(Zn)Te/Si SystemNVESD80,000Previous
2006-2008Tunnel-based devices utilizing advanced UHV wafer bonding methodsAP2C100,000Previous
2005-2008Stand-alone Nanotube Device TechnologyCNMT180,000Previous
2004-2008GOALI: Nanoscale characterization and development of ultra low-k dielectric xerogel filmsNSF245,227Previous
2006-2007Development of Nano electro-mechanical devicesKETI380,140Previous
2006-2007Morphology, bonding and diffusion studies of metal/high-k stacksSematech100,000Previous
2005-2007Development of electron beam lithography-based nanowiresKETI439,560Previous
2005-2007Integration and Defect Analysis: CdTe/Si SystemUS Army/NVESD55,000Previous
2005-2007International Research Collaboration on NanotechnologyKATECH300,000Previous
2004-2007Role of Microstructure on Metal GatesSRC105,000Previous
2005-2006Nanocharacterization of Si CMOS Devices with STI StructureMicron5,000Previous
2005-2006Unrestricted Gift to support Nanoscale Strain Analysis ResearchTexas Instruments10,000Previous
2004-2006KATECH-UTD International Collaboration on NanotechnologyKATECH286,980Previous
2004-2006Characterization of Nanoscale Lattice Strain in CMOS Devices with Advanced TEM TechniquesSRC70,000Previous
 News Articles
Researchers use novel materials to build smallest transistor with 1-nanometer carbon nanotube gate

Phys. Org., October 6, 2016

Nano Sun

JEOL Image Contest, 2015 Grand Prize TEM Winner

New catalyst yields more accurate PSA test

Science Daily, September 16, 2015

Scientist’s Discovery Could Have Powerful Effect on Electronics

UTD News, October 1, 2015

Crystallography: Towards controlled dislocations

Science Daily, October 20, 2014

Birth of a Nano Star

JEOL Image Contest, September and 2014 Grand Prize TEM Winner

No small achievement – Thinking small

Dallas Morning News, February 4, 2006

Oh say can you see … this very, very small flag?

Associated Press, July 4, 2006

Microscopic Flag a Test in Nanotechnology

About 80 news media coverage in the U.S. and abroad (e.g., CBS News, ABC News, Fox News, CNN, etc.), July 4, 2006

Oh say can you see?

Small Times, September 2006

Silicon and lithium niobate bond at room temperature

Laser Focus World, September, 2006

New Research Explores Making Electrical Contact with Nanotubes

Consortium to Re-Energize Semiconductor Research

UT Dallas Re-energizes Semiconductor Nano Research with Acquisition of New JEOL Atomic Resolution Microscope

과학은 나누면서 익히면 더 재미있어요

나노과학자의 미래뉴스, 네이버 재능기부

Transistor performance improves due to quantum confinement effects

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Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Materials Research Society (MRS), Microscopy Society of America (MSA)

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