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Seonghwan Kim


Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Nano Sensing Systems

(403) 220-6624

ME 419


Dr. Seonghwan (Sam) Kim received his BSc (1998) and MSc (2000) degrees in aerospace engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea and his PhD (2008) in mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.

He was a post-doctoral research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA and an acting research associate at the University of Alberta prior to his current position. Dr. Kim has founded the Nano/Micro-Sensors and Sensing Systems Laboratory at the University of Calgary to develop point/standoff sensors and sensing systems and to explore novel characterization techniques for nanomaterials, polymeric nanocomposites, and oil sands.

Cross Appointments and Affiliations:

Selected Awards:

  • 2015-2020 – Tier II Canada Research Chair in Nano Sensing Systems, NSERC Canada
  • 2012 – AKCSE Best Poster Award, Canada-Korea Conference on Science and Technology
  • 2007 – Outstanding Poster Presentation 2nd Prize, US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
  • 2007 – KUSCO-KSEA Scholarship for Graduate Students in USA
  • 2005 – Korean Honor Scholarship from the Embassy of Republic of Korea in USA
Research Activities: 

Dr. Kim's current research is focused on: the development of multi-modal microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) to create highly sensitive and selective sensors, and the development of novel nano-metrologies that enables the multi-physical and chemical material property characterizations.

The multi-modal nano/micro-sensors and sensing systems have been developed using photothermal/photoacoustic spectroscopy, micro-differential thermal analysis, micro-gravimetry. The novel nano-metrologies based on scanning probe microscopy technique have been developed for physical and chemical characterization of nanomaterials, polymeric nanocomposites, and oil sands.

Selected Publications:

Omid Zandieh, Seonghwan Kim, “Sensitive and selective detection of adsorbed explosive molecules using opto-calorimetric infrared spectroscopy and micro-differential thermal analysis,” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 231, 393-398 (2016)

Inseok Chae, Dongkyu Lee, Seonghwan Kim, Thomas Thundat, "Electronic nose for recognition of volatile vapor mixtures using a nanopore-enhanced opto-calorimetric spectroscopy," Analytical Chemistry, 87, 7125-7132 (2015)

Dongkyu Lee, Omid Zandieh, Seonghwan Kim, Sangmin Jeon, Thomas Thundat, "Sensitive and selective detection of hydrocarbon/water vapor mixtures with a nanoporous silicon microcantilever," Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 206, 84-89 (2015)

Dongkyu Lee, Kyo Seon Hwang, Seonghwan Kim, Thomas Thundat, "Rapid discrimination of DNA strands using an opto-calorimetric microcantilever sensor," Lab on a Chip, 14, 4659-4664 (2014)

Dongkyu Lee, Seonghwan Kim, Sangmin Jeon, Thomas Thundat, "Direct detection and speciation of trace explosives using a nanoporous multifunctional microcantilever," Analytical Chemistry, 86, 5077-5082 (2014)

View a current list of publications.


Dr. Kim has taught the following courses:

  • ENME 599.01 – Vibrations and Machine Dynamics
  • ENME 619.14 – Fundamentals of Optics and Optical Engineering

PhD, Mechanical Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee (2008)

MSc, Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University (2000)

BSc, Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University (1998)


Graduate Program Affiliations: 

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