Professor of Engineering


Kyung-Suk Kim is currently a Professor of Engineering, the executive committee representative of the solid mechanics group, directing the Nano and Micromechanics Laboratory. He received Ph.D. ('80) in Solid Mechanics from Brown University and had postdoctoral training at Caltech ('79-'80). He taught at the TAM Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for nine years until he joined Brown as a Professor of Engineering in 1989. He also held visiting positions at Harvard University ('87-'88 and 2002), Cambridge University, U.K. ('96), University of California, Santa Barbara ('97), Distinguished Visiting Professor at SKKU, Korea ('04), Distinguished Visiting Scientist at KIST, Korea ('08), and Simpson Visiting Faculty Fellow ('13) at Northwestern University.

Over a substantial period of time, Kim has made significant contributions to the mechanics of solids and engineering science through research, education and service.

His early contributions include advancements in dynamic plasticity by inventing the transverse displacement interferometer (TDI), adhesion science by developing the elastoplastic peel theory, nonlinear fracture by developing the computational field projection method (FPM) and the theory of dynamic fragmentation, and nanotribology by developing the theory of single asperity friction and inventing the diamagnetic lateral-force calibrator (D-LFC) of AFM for the fundamental engineering science of nanotechnology. The contributions also include the advancement of solid-surface mechanics by developing the theory of surface roughness evolution and inventing surface roughness evolution spectroscopy (SRES) and a high-precision curvature interferometer (HPCI) for the engineering science of advanced materials.

Recently, he has focused on understanding self-organization and self-assembly of nano and microstructures, including polymer nano-phases, nucleic acid molecules, and 2D materials, for emerging bio and quantum engineering. To this end, he developed the theory of ruga mechanics, discovering the flexoelectric graphene crinkle and inventing the atomic lattice interferometry (ALI) for the moleculography study of molecular epigenetics.

His publications are distributed in broad scientific journals, including the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Mechanics of Materials, Extreme Mechanics Letters, Acta Mechanica Sinica, the Journal of the Mechanics and Mathematics of Solids, Experimental Mechanics, Acta Materialia, Scripta Mat, the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, Royal Society Proceedings, PNAS, PRL, Lagmuir, in addition to various ASME, IEEE, MRS, APS, ACS, and Bio-Med journals.






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