Woo Kyun Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering


Biography

Woo Kyun Kim is originally from South Korea, where he received his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University and worked in the New Gasoline Engine Development Team at Hyundai Motor Company. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor under the supervision of Professor Michael Falk. Most recently, he worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota with Professor Ellad Tadmor.

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Woo Kyun Kim


Research Interests

  • Atomistic modeling and computer simulation of materials systems; Development of multiscale methods to span both length and time scales; Simulating atomic force microscope (AFM) experiments to study atomic-scale friction

 

Academic Experience

Assistant Professor,  Department of Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, The University of Cincinnati 2014-Present
Research Associate, Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, The University of Minnesota (Advisor: Professor Ellad B. Tadmor) 2013-2013
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, The University of Minnesota (Advisor: Professor Ellad B. Tadmor) 2010-2012
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (Advisor: Professor Michael L. Falk) 2009-2010
Research Assistant, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, The University of Michigan (Advisor: Professor Michael L. Falk) 2005-2009
Researcher, Department of Mechanical Design and Production Engineering, Seoul National University (Advisor: Professor Soo-Ik Oh) 1997-1999
Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical Design and Production Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea 1997

 

 

Industrial Experience

Research Engineer, Gasoline Engine Design Team, Central R&D Center, Hyundai Motor Company, Korea 1999-2004

 

Honors & Awards

  • Second-place Poster Prize, The Gordon Conference on Tribology
2010
  • Alexander Azarkhin Scholarship (awarded to one exceptional graduate student each year), The University of Michigan
2007
  • Second-place Poster Award, COE Graduate Student Symposium, The University of Michigan
2006
  • Scholarship of Industrial & Academic Cooperative Program, Hyundai Motor Company, Korea
1997–1999
  • Honor Student with Scholarship, Seoul National University, Korea
1996
  • Honor Student with Scholarship, Seoul National University, Korea
1995

 

Selected Publications

 [1] H. J. Kim, W. K. Kim, M. L. Falk, and D. A. Rigney, “MD simulations of microstructure evolution during high-velocity sliding between crystalline materials,” Tribol. Lett., 28, 299, 2007.

[2] W. K. Kim and M. L. Falk, “Accelerated molecular dynamics simulation of AFM experiments using the bond-boost method,” Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., 1085, 2008.

[3] H. -J. Kim, A. Emge, R. E. Winter, P. T. Keightley, W. -K. Kim, M. L. Falk, and D. A. Rigney, “Nanostructures generated by explosively driven friction: experiments and molecular dynamics simulations,” Acta Mater., 57, 5270, 2009.

[4] W. K. Kim and M. L. Falk, “Atomic-scale simulations on the sliding of incommensurate surfaces: The breakdown of superlubricity,” Phys. Rev. B, 80, 235428, 2009.

[5] W. K. Kim and M. L. Falk, “Accelerated molecular dynamics simulation of low-velocity frictional sliding,” Model. Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng., 18, 034003, 2010.

[6] W. K. Kim and M. L. Falk, “Role of intermediate states in low-velocity friction between amorphous surfaces,” Phys. Rev. B, 84, 165422, 2011.

[7] W. K. Kim and E. B. Tadmor, “An analytical self-consistent solution for the free energy of a 1-D chain of atoms including anharmonic effects,” J. Stat. Phys., 148, 951-971, 2012.

[8] E. B. Tadmor, F. Legoll, W. K. Kim, L. M. Dupuy, and R. E. Miller, “Finite-temperature quasicontinuum,” Appl. Mech. Rev., 65, 010803, 2013.

[9] W. K. Kim, M. Luskin, D. Perez, A. F. Voter, and E. B. Tadmor, “Hyper-QC: An accelerated finite-temperature quasicontinuum method using hyperdynamics,” J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 63, 94-112,2014.

[10] W. K. Kim and M. L. Falk, “A practical perspective on the implementation of hyperdynamics for accelerated simulation,” J. Chem. Phys, 140, 044107, 2014.

[11] W. K. Kim and E. B. Tadmor, “Entropically stabilized dislocations,” Phys. Rev. Lett., 112, 105501, 2014.

 

Oral Presentations

2014 Mach Conference (invited), Annapolis, MD, “Nanoindentation Simulation Using Hyper-QC.”

2013 Solid and Continuum Mechanics Research Seminar, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, The University of Minnesota, “An Accelerated Finite-Temperature Quasicontinuum Method Using Hyperdynamics.”

2011 48th SES Conference, Evanston, IL, “Accelerated Finite-Temperature Quasicontinuum Simulations Using Hyperdynamics”

2011 11th USNCCM Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, “Accelerated Finite-Temperature Quasicontinuum Simulations Using Hyperdynamics”

2009 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, MA, “Accelerated Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Atomic-Scale Friction on Amorphous Silica Surfaces: Temperature and Sliding Velocity dependence”

2009 APS March Meeting, Pittsburg, PA, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations on Friction of Incommensurate Interfaces”

2008 MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, “Accelerated Molecular Dynamics Studies of AFM Experiments using Hyper Dynamics”

2008 APS March Meeting, New Orleans, LA, “Accelerated Molecular Dynamics Studies of AFM Experiments using Hyper Dynamics”

2007 APS March Meeting, Denver, CO, “Molecular Dynamics Studies of Friction between Bare and Oxidized Silicon”

 

Collaborators (Past 5 Years)

Laurent Dupuy (CEA, France), Michael Falk (Johns Hopkins University), Frederic Legoll (Université Paris-Est, France), Mitchell Luskin (U. Minnesota), Ronald Miller (Carleton, Canada), Danny Perez (LANL), Ellad Tadmor (U. Minnesota), Arthur Voter (LANL)

Patents

[1] A gasket mounting structure of engine head cover (Registration Number: 10-0401849, Korea)

[2] Engine oil circulation equipment with belly oil tank (Registration Number: 10-0507222, Korea)