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DirectorKIM Kimoon

  • KIM Kimoon DirectorKIM Kimoon
  • CHANG Young-Tae Associate DirectorCHANG Young-Tae
  • YOO Jejoong Young Scientist FellowYOO Jejoong
  • PARK Kyeng Min Group LeaderPARK Kyeng Min
  • BAEK Kangkyun Team LeaderBAEK Kangkyun
  • HWANG Ilha Team LeaderHWANG Ilha
Director
Director KIM Kimoon

Director KIM Kimoon

Professor Kim is the director of the Center for Self-Assembly and Complexity, established in August 2012. Director Kim received his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Stanford, he had previously gained his M.S. from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science (KAIST). In 1997 he was announced as the Director of the Center for Smart Supramolecules (CSS) within Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH).
He was promoted to a Fellow at POSTECH in 2009 previous to his directorship at IBS.

Introduction
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Understanding the fundamental principles behind complexity and emergence in selfassembly

  • - Studying self-assembly under non-equilibrium conditions and developing molecular network systems
  • - Developing new types of materials such as emergent nanomaterials with fundamentally novel characteristics via self-assembly
Main research activities

Our research center studies self-assembly in complex environments and habitats where a number of elements are known to mix in the natural world. We also study well-refined, contained environments (the main area of research up to now) so that we can overcome existing limitations of research into self-assembly. One objective is to study the manifest specific properties of self-assembly by either controlling specific variables or by producing materials with such properties.

If our trials are successful, we should be able to develop previously undiscovered molecular aggregates and materials that have outstanding properties and functions. These valuable materials can be used for making tools that diagnose and treat cancers in the early stages. We can also use them for the development of technologies for producing or storing clean energy (e.g., solar power, hydrogen, etc.).

In addition, our studies on self-assembly in complex environments should elucidate some of nature's underlying puzzles. Questions on the chemical origins of life can be answered with a deeper understanding of self-assembly.

Organization

Organization

Main research results
  • A NIR probe tracks and treats lung tumor initiating cells by targeting HMOX2
    (Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2019)
  • Visualizing microglia with a fluorescence turn-on Ugt1a7c substrate
    (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019)
  • Supramolecular latching system based on ultrastable synthetic binding pairs as versatile tools for protein imaging
    (Nature Communications, 2018)
  • Smart SERS Hot Spots: Single Molecules Can Be Positioned in a Plasmonic Nanojunction Using Host–Guest Chemistry
    (Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2018)
  • Enrichment of Specifically Labeled Proteins by an Immobilized Host Molecule
    (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017)
  • Hollow Nanotubular Toroidal Polymer Microrings
    (Nature Chemistry, 2014)
Personnel
Personnel status
Total56
Gender46(Male), 10(Female)
Korean/ International45(Korean), 11(International)
Degree
Position

As of October. 2019

Research

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