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Inki Kim, Ph.D. (김인기, 金仁基), Assistant Professor

Inki Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biophysics, Institute of Quantum Biophysics (IQB) at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU).
He received his Ph.D. degree (with Chang Kun-Soo Memorial Award) in Mechanical Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), and B.S. degree (with highest honor) in Mechanical Engineering at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST). Prior to joining SKKU, he was a Sejong Science Fellow in Mechanical Engineering at POSTECH. He has published 60+ peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, Materials Today, and Light: Science and Applications. Currently his research interests are experimental nanoscale photonics including metamaterials, metasurfaces, plasmonics, nanofabrications, bionanophotonics, quantum biophysics, and quantum-integrated medical devices.

Office / Lab:  #86613 / #86602 N center | Tel: +82-31-299-4794 | 

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Academic Appointments

  • Department of Biophysics, Institute of Quantum Biophysics, SKKU, Korea
    Assistant Professor, 2021.08 – present


  • Department of Intelligent Precision Healthcare Convergence, SKKU, Korea
    Adjunct Professor, 2021.12 – present


  • Department of MetaBioHealth, SKKU, Korea
    Adjunct Professor, 2023.08 – present


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, Korea (2015.03 – 2021.02) 
    Chang Kun-Soo Memorial Award (Best Dissertation in Engineering)
    Advisor: Prof. Junsuk Rho

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, UNIST, Korea (2011.03 – 2015.02) 
    Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian 

Professional Experience

  • Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA
    Visiting Professor, 2021.12 – 2022.02 (Host: Prof. Luke P. Lee)


  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, Korea
    Sejong Science Fellow, 2021.02 – 2021.08 (Advisor: Prof. Junsuk Rho)


  • Metamaterials Laboratory, RIKEN, Japan
    Visiting Researcher, 2019.08 (Host: Dr. Takuo Tanaka)


  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Visiting Researcher, 2018.02 (Host: Prof. Cheng-Wei Qiu)


  • Kirchhoff Institute for Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany
    Visiting Researcher, 2017.07 – 2017.09 (Host: Prof. Laura Na Liu)

Honors & Awards

  • Young Optical Scientist Award, Optical Society of Korea (OSK), Korea, 2024

  • KIDS Gold Award, The 21st International Meeting on Information Display (IMID), Korea, 2021

  • Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Student Grant, Optical Society of America (OSA), USA, 2021

  • Sejong Science Fellowship, Ministry of Science and ICT, Korea, 2021 - 2026

  • Chang Kun-Soo Memorial Award (Best Dissertation in Engineering), POSTECH, Korea, 2021

  • MOE Minister's Commendation for the Excellence in BK21+, Ministry of Education, Korea, 2021

  • Best Presentation Award, 2020 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting, USA, 2020

  • Best Paper Award (2nd place), Next Generation Lithography Conference, Korea, 2020

  • BK21+ Best Paper Award (1st place), Department of Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, Korea, 2020

  • Best Paper Award, 2020 KSME Spring Meeting, Korea, 2020

  • SPIE Optics and Photonics Scholarship, International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), USA, 2020

  • Iksung Thesis Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, Korea, 2019

  • BK21+ Best Paper Award (3rd place), Department of Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, Korea, 2019

  • Best Poster Award, The 4th A3 Metamaterial Forum, Japan, 2019

  • Carlsberg Foundation Scholarship, The 9th International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics, Denmark, 2019

  • BK21+ Best Paper Award (2nd place), Department of Mechanical Engineering, POSTECH, Korea, 2017

  • Global Competency Enhancement Scholarship, National Research Foundation, Korea, 2017

  • NRF-DAAD Fellowship, National Research Foundation, Korea, 2017

  • Global Ph.D. Fellowship, Ministry of Education, Korea, 2016 - 2021

  • Best Poster Award, Nano Korea 2016, Korea, 2016

  • Graduated with 1st Place in Mechanical Engineering, UNIST, Korea, 2015

  • Honors Challenging Research Award, Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity, Korea, 2013 

  • National Science and Technology Scholarship, Korea Student Aid Foundation, Korea, 2013 - 2015

Teaching Experience

  • Quantum Biophysics for Life Science, 2022 Spring, 2023 Spring

  • Nanophotonics and Its Biomedical Applications, 2022 Spring, 2023 Spring

  • Plasmonics and Metamaterials for Biomedical Applications, 2022 Fall

  • IQB Colloquium, 2022 Fall

Selected Publications (First & Corresponding authored)

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