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Mechanics & Photonics with 2D Materials

Flexible Optoelectronics – Graphene / 2D Materials

Photoelectrochemistry – Nano Bio Sensors

Renewable Energy – Solar energy harvesting



Dr. Pilgyu Kang


May 19, 2023 – Shirin Movaghgharnezhad and Minsu Kim’s work, “Highly Sensitive Photodetector based on Laser-generated Graphene with 3D Heterogeneous Multiscale Porous Structures,” is accepted in Materials and Design (Elsevier, IF = 9.417). Congratulations!

October 1, 2021 – Minsu Kim and Seung Min Lee’s work, “Photothermochemical Nanoassembly of 3D Porous Graphene and Palladium Nanoparticles for High-Performance Hydrogen Detection,” is published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (Link) and featured as a Journal Cover. Congratulations and Excellent Work!

March 16, 2021 – Dr. Kang gives an invited talk titled in “2D Interlayer Enabled Electrical Ductility for Flexible Electronics,” in the session of Metal-Matrix Composites at the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) 2021 Annual Meeting (March 15-18, 2021)

February 1, 2021 – Chullhee (UIUC) and Dr. Kang with Professor Nam at UIUC published “Strain-resilient electrical functionality in thin-film metal electrodes using two-dimensional interlayers” in Nature Electronics. You can view the article with the link

Dec 12, 2020 – Minsu’s work, “Laser Scribing of Fluorinated Polyimide Films to Generate Microporous Structures for High-Performance Micro-supercapacitor Electrodes,” is published in ACS Applied Energy Materials(Link) and featured as a Front Inside Cover in Volume 4, Issue 1 of ACS Applied Energy Materials (Link)

April 23, 2020 – Our published work of Minsu’s article, “Laser-induced photothermal generation of flexible and salt-resistant monolithic bilayer membranes for efficient solar desalination“, is selected to appear as Front Cover in the Volume 164 (30 August 2020) of Carbon journal (Impact factor: 7.466). Congratulations, Minsu! Follow the link for the Official Cover (Link)

A facile, fast, and scalable laser-induced photothermal method to achieve flexible monolithic bilayer sheets (MBS) of hierarchically porous graphitic carbon and polymeric foam for efficient solar steam generators is reported. The MBS-based self-floating solar steam generator shows outstanding solar desalination performance enabled by the all-in-one multi-functionalities of the MBS, including broad-spectrum solar light absorption, heat localization, and capillary action.

April 20, 2020 – A new publication from our lab on laser photothermal manufacturing of porous graphene for solar desalination by collaboration research with Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) “Laser-induced photothermal generation of flexible and salt-resistant monolithic bilayer membranes for efficient solar desalination” is now available online in Carbon journal (Impact factor: 7.466) from the following link.

March 5, 2020 – Dr. Kang serves as a guest editor for the Special Issue titled “The Research and Application of Graphene Phototransducer,” in journal of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220, MDPI, Impact Factor: 3.031 (2018)),  international peer-reviewed open access journal on the science and technology of sensors and biosensors.

January 27, 2020 – Dr. Kang presents a talk titled “Micro/Nano Mechanics and Photonics for Biomedical Applications” in Micro-Physiological Systems Seminar at Georgia Institute of Technology. (Link)


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