Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringOUR PEOPLE
Jang-Kyo KIM 金章教
PhD, Sydney
Chair Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director of Advanced Engineering Materials Facility (AEMF)
Finetex-HKUST R & D Center (Room 6148, Tel: 2358 5841)

Prof. Kim graduated with B.Eng. in Aeronautical Engineering from Seoul National University; M.Eng.Sci. in Materials Engineering from Monash University; and PhD in composite materials from Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sydney. He was an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1992-1993), then started his faculty career at Australian National University (1993-1994) before joining the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1994. Prof. Kim had visiting appointments with University of Tokyo and Nanyang Technological University on a Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship (1998); and has been a Visiting Professor at Center for Advanced Materials Technology, University of Sydney since 2012. He is currently a Chair Professor at HKUST and directs the Finetex-HKUST R & D Center and the Advanced Engineering Materials Facilities. He served as Associate Dean of Engineering (2007-2011).


Prof. Kim’s research is focused on advanced materials, ranging from fiber-reinforced composites to nanocomposites with graphene, carbon nanotubes,  nanoclay and 2D materials, and to nanostructured materials for various energy storage devices. He has written 300 refereed journal papers and book chapters, 12 books including three authored research monographs, and holds 8 patents. His research team has been honored with 11 Best Paper Awards from international conferences. Currently, Prof. Kim holds editorial positions in more than 12 leading journals in addition to the ongoing tasks as Editor (Composites Part A), Associate Editor (Aerospace Science and Technology) and Senior Editor (Journal of Nanoscience Letters). He served as the President of the Asian-Australasian Association of Composites Materials (AACM) (2008-2010), and is elected fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).


Teaching Activities

Mechanical Engineering for Modern Life
Engineering Materials II
Materials Failure in Mechanical Applications
Nanocomposite Science & Technology
Introduction of Electronic Packaging
Composites & Nanocomposites

Research Interests

  • Nanocomposites containing carbon nanotubes, nanofibers, graphene, graphite, nanoclay, nano-fillers; fibre reinforced composites and multiscale composites; highly-aligned 2D graphene composites with layered-structures; 3D graphene foam composites
  • Synthesis and application of graphene2D transition metal dichacogenides (h-BN, MoS2, b-Phosphorus, SbsS3, etc.) for multi-functional applications
  • Nanocarbons, 3D graphene, 2D materials, electrospun nanofibers and nanostructured electrode materials for electrochemical energy storage systems: Li ion batteries, Li air batteries, Li sulfur batteriessupercapacitors, Na ion batteries, Flow batteries
  • Interface science; adhesion mechanisms in various composite materials; nanoscopic characterization of interphase
  • Damage and fracture of advanced composite materials, microstructure-property relationships


Research Projects

  • Flexible, wearable graphene/rubber strain and thermal sensors for health monitoring and warning
  • Multi-functional graphene/polymer composites for thermal interface materials, high electrical conduction, EMI shielding, sound damping
  • Energy storage devices based on graphene, carbon nanotubes and 2D transition metal dichacogenides
  • Electrospun nanofibers and 3D graphene for electrodes in rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors 
  • Carbon nanotube bucky papers and graphene papers for multiscale CFRP Composites 
  • Key materials and application technology of High specific energy and long life recharegeable batteries
  • Human skin inspired multifunctional strain sensors made from interconnected graphene/flexible polymer composites
  • BN/graphene hybrid polymer composites for thermal management and high temperature dielectric applications
  • Wide-range wearable strain sensors based on highly transparent and stretchable cracked graphene/aligned carbon nanotube hybrid structures
  • High-performance and cost-effective Na-ion battery anodes for large-scale energy storage applications 

Selected Publications

  • J.K. Kim and Y.W. Mai, Engineered Interfaces in Fibre Reinforced Composites (ISBN 0-08-0426956) Elsevier Publishers, Oxford, UK. 1998, pp401. (Authored monograph)
  • P.C. Ma and J.K. Kim, Carbon Nanotubes for Polymer Reinforcement (ISBN 978-1-4398-2621-8) CRC Press and Taylor & Francis, Singapore. 2011, pp207. (Authored monograph)
  • Q. Zheng and J.K. Kim, Graphene for Transparent Conductors: Synthesis, Properties and Applications (ISBN 978-1-4939-2768-5)    Springer, New York. 2015, pp. 220. (Authored Monograph)
  • J. Cui, S. Yao, Z.H. Lu, J.Q. Huang, W.G. Chong, F. Ciucci, J.K. Kim, "Revealing pseudocapacitive mechanisms of metal dichacogenide SnS2/graphene-CNT aerogels for high energy Na hybrid capacitors" Advanced Energy Materials, DOI:10.1002/aenm.20172488
  • S. Yao, J. Cui, J. Huang, J.Q. Huang, W.G. Chong, L. Qin, J.K. Kim. "Rational assembly of hollow microphorous carbon spheres as P hosts for long-life sodium ion batteries" Advanced Energy Materials. DOI:10.1002/aenm.20172267
  • S. Yao, J. Cui, Z. Lu, Z. L. Xu, L. Qin, J. Huang, Z. Sadhigi, F. Ciucci, J. K. Kim. “Unveiling the unique phase transformation behavior and sodiation kinetics of 1D van der Waals Sb2S3 anodes for sodium ion batteries” Advanced Energy Materials 7 (2017) 1602149.
  • Z.L. Xu, J. Q. Huang, W. G. Chong, X. Qin, X. Wang, L.M. Zhou and J.K. Kim. “In-situ TEM study of volume expansion in porous carbon nanofiber/sulfur cathodes with exceptional high-rate performance” Advanced Energy Materials 7 (2017) 1602078.
  • W.G. Chong, J.Q. Huang, Z.L. Xu, X.Y. Qin, X. Wang, J.K. Kim. “Lithiun sulfur battery cable made from ultralight, flexible graphene/carbon nanotubes/sulfur composite fibers” Advanced Functional Materials 27 (2017) 1604815.
  • Z.L. Xu, X.M. Liu, Y.S. Luo, L.M. Zhou, J.K. Kim. "Nanosilicon anodes for high performance rechargeable batteries" Progressive Materials Science 90 (2017) 1-44.
  • L. Qin, D.Y. Zhai, W. Ly, W. Yang, J. Huang, S. Yao, J. Cui, W.G. Chong, J.W. Huang, F. Kang, J.K. Kim, Q.H. Yang. "A high-performance lithium ion oxygen battery consisting of Li2O2 cathode and lithiated aluminum anode with Nafion membrane for reduced O2 crossover." Nano Energy 40 (2017) 258-263.  
  • X. Liu, C. Tang, X. Du, S. Xiong, S. Xi, Y. Liu, X. Shen, Q. Zheng, Z. Wang, Y. Wu, A. Horner and J.K. Kim. “A highly sensitive graphene woven fabric strain sensor for wearable wireless musical instrument” Materials Horizons 4 (2017) 477-486.
  • J. Huang, Z.X. Jin, L. Qin, H. Huang, Z. Sadighi, S. Yao, J. Cui, B.L. Huang and J.K. Kim. “Porous RuO2 nanosheet/CNT electrodes for DMSO-based Li-O2 and Li ion O2 batteries” Energy Storage Materials 8 (2017) 110-118.
  • Z.L. Xu, S. Yao, J. Cui, L.M. Zhou and J.K.  Kim. “Atomic scale, amorphous FeOx particles embedded in carbon nanofibers for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries with exceptional cyclic stability” Energy Storage Materials 8 (2017) 10-19.
  • J. Cui, S. Yao and J.K. Kim. “Recent progress in rational design of anode materials for high-performance Na-ion batteries” Energy Storage Materials 7 (2017) 64-114.
  • K. Li, X. Zhou, A. Nie, S. Sun, Y.B. He, W.R. Ren, B. Li, F. Kang, J.K. Kim, T.Y. Zhang “Discovering a first-order phase transition in Li-CeO2 system" Nano Lett 17 (2017) 1282-1288.
  • J. Huang, B. Zhang, Z. Bai, Z.L. Xu, Z. Sadighi, L. Qin, T.Y. Zhang, G.H. Chen, B.L. Huang and J.K. Kim. “Anomalous enhancement of Li-O2 battery performance with Li2O2 films assisted by NiFeOx nanofiber catalysts: insights into morphology control” Advanced Functional Materials 26 (2016) 8290–8299.
  • X. Shen, Z. Wang, Y. Wu, X. Liu, Y.B. He and J.K. Kim. “Multi-layer graphene enables higher efficiency in improving thermal conductivities of graphene/epoxy composites” Nano Lett 16 (2016) 3585–3593.
  • Z. Wang, X. Shen, N.M. Han, X. Liu, Y. Wu, W. Ye and J.K. Kim. “Ultralow electrical percolation of graphene aerogel/epoxy compositesChemistry of Materials 28 (2016) 6731–6741.
  • Z.L. Xu, K. Cao, S. Abouali, M. Akbari Garakani, J. Huang, J.Q. Huang, E. Kamali Heidari, H.T. Wang, J.K. Kim. “Study of lithiation mechanisms of carbon-coated Si anodes by in-situ microscopy” Energy Storage Materials 3 (2016) 45-54.  
  • B. Zhang, F. Kang, J.M. Tarascon and J.K. Kim. “Recent advances in electrospun carbon nanofibers and their applications in electrochemical energy storage” Progress in Materials Science 76 (2016) 319-380.
  • B. Zhang, J. Huang, J.K. Kim. “Ultrafine amorphous SnOx embedded in carbon nanofiber/carbon nanotube composites for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries” Advanced Functional Materials 25 (2015) 5222-5228.
  • K. Qiu, Y. Lu, D. Zhang, J. Cheng, H. Yan, J. Xu, X.M. Liu, J.K. Kim and Y. Luo. “Mesoporous, hierarchical core/shell structured ZnCo2O4/MnO2 nanocone forests for high-performance supercapacitors” Nano Energy 11 (2015) 687–696.
  • Z.L. Xu, B. Zhang, Y. Gang, K. Cao, M. Akbari Garakani, S. Abouali, J. Huang, J.Q. Huang, E. Kamali Heidari, H.T. Wang, J.K. Kim. “In situ TEM examination and exceptional long-term cyclic stability of ultrafine Fe3O4 nanocrystals/carbon nanofiber composite electrodes" Energy Storage Materials 1 (2015) 25-34.
  • B. Zhang, Z.L. Xu, S. Abouali, M. Akbari, Y.B. He, F. Kang and J.K. Kim. Correlation between atomic structure and electrochemical performance of anodes made from electrospun carbon nanofiber films” Advanced Energy Materials 4 (2014) 1301448.
  • N. Yousefi, X.Y. Sun, X. Lin, X. Shen, J.J. Jia, B. Zhang, B.Z. Tang, M. Chan and J.K. Kim, “Highly Aligned Graphene/Polymer Nanocomposites with Excellent Dielectric Properties for High Performance Electromagnetic Interference Shielding” Advanced Materials 26 (2014) 5480–5487.

  • Q. Zheng, Z. Li, J.H. Yang and J.K. Kim, “Graphene oxide-based transparent conductive films” Progress in Materials Science 64 (2014) 200-247.
  • J. Jia, X.Y. Sun, X. Lin, X. Shen, Y.W. Mai and J.K. Kim, “Exceptional electrical conductivity and fracture resistance of 3D interconnected graphene foam/epoxy composites”  ACS Nano 8 (2014) 5774–5783 
  • B. Zhang, Z.L. Xu, Y.B. He, S. Abouali, M. Akbari, E.K. Heidari, F. Kang and J.K. Kim, “Exceptional rate performance of functionalized carbon nanofiber anodes containing nanopores created by (Fe) sacrificial catalyst” Nano Energy 4 (2014) 88-96. 
  • Z.L. Xu, B. Zhang and J.K. Kim. "Electrospun carbon nanofiber anodes containing monodispersed silicon nanoparticles and graphene oxide with exceptional high rate capabilities" Nano Energy 6 (2014) 27-35.
  • B. Zhang, Y. Yu, Z.D. Huang, Y.B. He, D.H. Jang, W.S. Yoon, Y.W. Mai, F.Y. Kang, J.K. Kim.  “Exceptional electrochemical performance of freestanding electrospun carbon nanofiber anodes containing ultrafine SnOx particles” Energy & Environmental Sci. 5 (2012) 9895-9902.
  • X.Y. Lin, X. Shen, Q.B. Zheng, N. Yousefi, L. Ye, Y.W. Mai and J.K. Kim, “Fabrication of highly-aligned, conductive and strong graphene papers using ultralarge graphene oxide sheets” ACS Nano, 6 (2012) 10708–10719.
  • Q.B. Zheng, W.H. Ip, X.Y. Lin, N. Yousefi, K.K. Yeung and J.K. Kim, “Transparent conductive films consisting of ultralarge graphene sheets produced by Langmuir-Blodgett assembly” ACS Nano 5 (2011) 6039-6051.
  • S.H. Aboutalebi, M.M. Gudarzi, Q.B. Zheng and J.K. Kim, “Spontaneous formation of liquid crystal in ultralarge graphene oxide dispersions” Advanced Functional Materials, 21(2011) 2978-2988.

Group Members                                                                                                                                                                              

        ·     Prof. Qingbin ZHENG (Research Assistant Professor, IAS Junior Fellow)

·      Dr  FengMei GUO (Research Assocate)
·      Dr  Dan LIU (Research Assocate)

·      Ms Woon Gie CHONG (Hong Kong PhD Fellow)
·      Ms Shanshan YAO (Hong Kong PhD Fellow)
·      Ms Zoya SADIGHI (PhD)
·      Mr Jiang CUI (PhD, SENG Top PhD Award)
·      Mr Lei QIN (PhD, Dual degree with Tsinghua University) 

·      Mr JunXiong WU (PhD, jointly with Prof. Francesco Ciucci)
·      Mr Muhammad IHSAN UL HAQ (PhD, jointly with Prof. Baoling HUANG)
·      Mr Alessandro SUSCA (Hong Kong PhD Fellow)
·      Mr Jeng Hun LEE (PhD) 

·      Mr Haomin CHEN (PhD, Dual degree with KAIST, Korea)  
·      Ms Yunhe ZHAO (PhD)  
·      Miss Doyeon AN (PhD, Dual degree with KAIST, Korea)

High caliber Bachelor or Master students who wish to be successful in their higher degree programs and develop strong career prospects in advanced materials technology, especially in the above cutting-edge research topics, are welcome to apply for an MPhil, PhD degree or postdoctoral position.  In particular, highly qualified students with excellent English command and leadership ability are strongly encouraged to apply for a Hong Kong PhD Fellowship: for details, see  

Inquiries and applications can be made any time by sending CV, academic transcripts (including English exam certificates, like TOEFL and IELTS, if applicable) and publication list to Prof. Kim (Email:; Phone: +852-2358 7207; Fax: +852 2358 1543)   

Posted in October 2017:

Several Research Associates and Research Assistants are urgently sought to carry out ITF-funded and RGC-funded projects with the following details.
(1) Na-ion batteries (ITF project):  Development of high performance and cost effective Na-ion battery anodes
(2) Flow batteries (RGC Theme-based Research project): To develop novel carbon materials with high surface reactivity and desirable pore shapes/sizes to achie ve a high reaction rate and a low flow resistance
(3) BN/polymer composiites (RGC GRF project): To develop BN-graphene/polymer composites for thermal management and high-temeprature dielectric applications  

All candidates should have a good PhD or Master degree in related fields with experience in the relevant topics. The appointment will be initially for one year with a potential of extention for another year.          



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