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Prof. Moon J Kim
Professor-Materials Science & Engineering, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
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
  • Heterogeneous materials integration by UHV wafer bonding
  • Nano-electronics
  • Flexible electronics
  • Fabrication and Manipulation of Nanostructured materials and devices
  • Nano-Robots and Nano-medicine
  • Advanced characterization: High resolution TEM, Analytical TEM/STEM and in-situ microscopy, FIB, XRD, and surface analytical tools
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“Three-dimensional observation of TiO2 nanostructures by electron tomography,” Y.J. Suh, N. Lu, S.Y. Park, T.H. Lee, S.H. Lee, D.K. Cha, M.G. Lee, J. Huang, S.S. Kim, B.Y. Sohn, J. Kim and M.J. Kim, Micron (2013) - in press
“Luminescent LaF3:Ce-doped organically modified nanoporous silica xerogels,” M. Yao, R. Hall, W. Chen, D. P. Mohite, N. Leventis, N. Lu, J. Wang, M.J. Kim, H. Luo and H. Lu, J. Appl. Phys. 113, 013111 (2013).
“Control Over the Branched Structures of Platinum Nanocrystals for Electrocatalytic Applications,” L. Ma, C. Wang, M. Gong, L. Liao, R. Long, J. Wang, D. Wu, W. Zhong, M.J. Kim, Y. Chen, Y. Xie and Y. Xiong, ACS Nano 6, 9797-9806 (2012)
Peer reviewed
“Hello, Nano,” M.J. Kim and S. Kim, Apple iTunes iBookstore (, ISBN – 978-0-9856694-0-9.
“예술을 꿀꺽 삼킨 과학 (Arts and Science),” M.J. Kim and S. Song, Sallim Books (, ISBN 978-89-522-1902-2 (in Korean).
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2009-PresentDirectorSiWEDS Industry University Cooperative Research Center
2009-2011Board memberCenter for Nanostructured Materials and Technology (CNMT)  
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 75 invited lectures and seminars at National/International conferences, Universities and Research Institutes. 
  • Taughtannually at theinternationally 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).
Initiated iNanoMed seminar series with Dr. J. Gao of UT Southwestern Medical Center to provide collaborative opportunities among UTD and UTSWMC researchers.
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
Undergraduate Education Committee (Microscopy Society of America)

2013-2017Center for low energy systems technologyNIST-DARPA3,360,232Current
2012-2014Engineered SOI substrates for MEMS and power ICsSiWEDS/MEMC100,000Current
2012-2014How grain boundaries affect the efficiency of poly-CdTe solar-cellsDOE195,000Current
2011-2014GaN on Si by wafer bonding for high power devicesSRC225,000Current
2011-2013SWAN 1.5: Graphene Many Body and Single Particle Tunneling TransistorsNRI100,000Current
2010-2013Silicon Wafer Engineering and Defect Science (SiWEDS) IU/CRCSiWEDS600,000Current
2010-2013Large Area Graphene Synthesis and Its ApplicationsAFOSR270,000Current
2008-2013Future Semiconductor Commercialization (FUSION)TETF5,000,000Current
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
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Laser Focus World, September, 2006

Oh say can you see?

Small Times, September 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 … this very, very small flag?

Associated Press, July 4, 2006

No small achievement – Thinking small

Dallas Morning News, February 4, 2006

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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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