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Dr. Pilgyu Kang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University (GMU). His research at GMU focuses on fundamental studies of Mechanics and Photonics with Nanomaterials at Micro and Nano scale. His research aims to create high performance materials with new functionalities in mechanical, optical, and electrical properties. The main approach for creating the functionalities is nanostructuring of nanomaterials by using micro-/nanomanufacturing and micro-/nanofabrication techniques. Nanomaterials explored include atomically-thin 2D materials such as graphene and Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) monolayers (e.g. MoS2) as well as photonic materials such as silicon, silicon nitride, and dielectrics. Based on the approach, he explores various fields including Nanophotonics, Optofluidic, Optoelectronics, and Plasmonics to achieve high performance materials and devices for broad applications of Nano Bio Sensors.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 2014
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering (Minor: Electrical Engineering), Seoul National University, 2007

Research Areas

  • Nanomaterials and Atomically-thin Two-dimensional (2D) Materials
  • Micro and Nano Mechanics
  • Micro and Nano Manufacturing
  • Nano-Photonics and Opto-Fluidics
  • Optoelectronics and Plasmonics
  • Nano-Bio Sensors

Courses Teaching

  • F/S 2018, 2019 – ME 313 Materials Science
  • F2020 – ME499 Nanotechnology
  • F2020 – ME762 Nano Bio Sensors

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