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5. Prof. Kim has been elected a Fellow of the International Society of Bionic Engineering (ISBE). The nomination for fellow membership of ISBE was started in June, 2014. The evaluation meeting was held in this September in Beijing, and the Executive Board of Directors gave their evaluation result according to the "Fellow Membership Regulation". Prof. Kim has been one of the five fellow members of ISBE granted in 2014. For the detailed information please refer to the website. (Nov. 2014) new

4. Prof. Kim has been invited as a keynote speaker at the 4th International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and Bio-Manufacturing to talk about "Synthesis of Flagella-Templated Nanotubes for Nano/Optoelectronics." (October 2014)

3. Prof. Kim will deliver a keynote speech at the 4th International Conference on Manipulation, Manufacturing and Measurement on the Nanoscale. The ultimate ambition of this conference is to bridge the gap between nanosciences and engineering sciences, aiming at technology opportunities and new markets. His talk entitled, "Biologically Inspired Hybrid Robotic Systems for Nanomedicine," will be introduced to 3M-Nano community. (October 2014)

2. Prof. Kim in collaboration with Dr. Ming Xiao has been awarded a NSF grant entitled "Integrated Nanochannel and Nanopore Architecture for Studying Translocation Dynamics of DNA." The objective of the proposed research is to demonstrate enabling technologies necessary to design, fabricate, and assemble integrated nanoscale architecutre for studying DNA translocation dynamics, as well as to understand fundamental scientific principles that govern the translocation of long DNA molecules (<100 kb) using simultaneous electrical and optical recordings for DNA analysis. (August 2014)

1. Congratulations to Hoyeon Kim and U Kei Cheang whose paper entitled "Obstacle Avoidance Method for Microbiorobots Using Electric Field Control" was nominated as a finalist for the "Best Paper Award" at the 4th Annual IEEE International Conference on CYBER Technology in Automation, Control, and Intelligent Systems. (May 2014)

Recent Publications

1. Dalhyung (currently at the Rowland Institute at Harvard) and Paul have published a paper in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, entitled "Galvanotactic behavior of Tetrahymena pyriformis under electric fields." In collaboration with Yonsei University and Korea Institute of Science and Technology, we presented an analysis of galvanotactic swimming mechanics of T. pyriformis quantitatively. This work was supported by KOFST Brain Pool Fellowship and National Science Foundation. (October 2013) new

2. Kevin's paper has been published in ACS Nano, "Detection of long and short DNA using nanopores with graphitic polyhedral edges." In this study, we characterize the drilling kinetics of nanopores using a thermionic electron source and various effect beam fluxes to minimize secondary hole formation. Once established, we investigate the use of multilayer graphene to create highly tailored nanostructures including nanopores with graphite polyhedral crystals formed around the nanopore edge, which show the single stranded DNA translocates much slower allowing detection of extremely short fragments (25 nucleotides in length). Our findings suggest that the kinetic and controllable properties of graphene nanopores under sculpting conditions can be used to further enhance the detection of DNA analytes. (July 2013)

3. Wonjin has published a paper in Nanotechnology, entitled "Influence of the photothermal effect of a gold nanorod cluster on biofilm disinfection." The gold nanorod cluster is directly applied to the biofilm and its effects on bacteria are measured before and after near infrared laser irradiation. The photothermal effect of gold nanorods on the biofilm structure results in a considerable reduction of cell viability and biofilm thickness. Scanning electron microscopy images of the irradiated bacteria show obvious morphological damages such as rupture or collapse of the bacterial cell membrane in the biofilm. These results indicate that gold nanorods are useful and a potential material for use in photothermal treatments, particularly biofilm disinfection. (May 2013)

4. Kevin in collaboration with Prof. Joshua Edel at Imperial College London and Prof. Per Jemth has published his work on detection single molecule protein folding in Nature's Scietific Reports. His work is the first study to map the different folding states of a protein in the presence of an electric field! It was speculated that an electric field may affect the state of a protein due to their positive and negative charge composition however it was mainly based on theory prior to his work. This project has been supported by Human Frontier Science Young Investigator Program and NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. (April 2013)

5. Wonjin has presented an improvement in the electrical properties of silica nanotubes by coating metal nanoparticles on their surfaces. By incorporating gold, palladium and iron oxide nanoparticles, the metallized silica nanotubes gain electrical properties with the potential to create unique nanoelectronic materials. The current-voltage characteristics show remarkably improved electrical conductivities depending on the type of metal nanoparticle loading and nanotube network concentration. In collaboration with National Nanofab Center and Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, this finding has been published in Nanotechnology, entitled "Electrical property measurements of metallized flagella-templated silica nanotube networks." This work is funded by the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (W911NF-10-1-0173). (March 2013)


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