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Jin-Woo Kim

Jin-Woo Kim


(DREX)-Director Experiment Station

(BAEG)-Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Phone: 479-575-3402

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Dr. Kim is a Director of the Bio/Nano Technology Laboratory and a Professor in the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Program, Micro-Electronics & Photonics Graduate Program, and Institute for Nanoscience & Engineering of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. His expertise spans interdisciplinary fields of biological and biomedical engineering, biology, chemistry, and nanotechnology. His primary research interest is in the area of Bio/Nano Technology. Particular emphases are given to the aqueous-phase self-organization of nanomaterials and their biological and biomedical applications, in particular bio-driven nanostructure self-assembly and nanoparticle-based disease diagnostics and therapeutics. Also he has engaged in the research on nanobiotechnology for hybrid device development, nucleic acid technology for molecular computation, and molecular biological engineering for genomic and proteomic analyses of biomolecules.

Dr. Kim has over 80 peer-reviewed publications in high quality journals in the fields. For example: Nature Nanotechnology, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemical Communications, Langmuir, Applied Physics Letters, Nanomedicine, etc., 3 book chapters, 3 currently pending patents/provisional patents, and over two million in external research funding from NSF, NIH, and USDA. He has made over 130 presentations with over 30 invited presentations in professional meetings and conferences. Also, his research program has been recognized by various magazines as one of the innovative research in the fields of bio/nano technology, including “Research Highlight” in Nature, “News & Views” in Nature Nanotechnology, “MIT Technology Review”, “ASEE Prism”, “First Bell, ASEE”, “MRS Bulletin”, “Chemistry World”, “NanotechWeb”, “Medical Imaging Technology”, “Research Frontier”, and “Northwest Arkansas Business Journal”, “Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette”, etc. He has held several journal editorial board memberships including Nanomedicine (guest editor), Journal of Biological Engineering, IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine, etc.

Dr. Kim has served on numerous NSF and USDA proposal review panels, received several teaching and research awards, and served as organizing committees for several international conferences, including conference steering committee of IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering (IEEE-NANOMED), conference general co-chair for the 5th IEEE-NANOMED 2011, conference program chair for the 4th IEEE-NANOMED 2010, etc.

Research Focus

  • Self-assembly of nanomaterials with designed arbitrary shapes and functions
    • Bio-driven nanostructure self-assembly
    • Nanoscale bio/abio interfacing technology
  • Nanobiotechnology for hybrid device development
  • Nucleic acid technology for molecular computation, genomics and proteomics

Application Areas

  • Nano-building block toolboxes (nano-toolboxes) for multifunctional nanocomposites with “customizable” shapes and functions
  • Nano-therapeutics and diagnostics (nanotheranostics) with nanoparticles and nanocomposites
  • Multimodal, multiplex, multicolor bio-detection platform for agriculture, food safety and biosecurity

• Kinetics & Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems (Undergraduate)
• Undergraduate Honors Thesis
• Advanced Instrumentation (Graduate)
• Bio-MEMS (Graduate)
• Engineering Aspects of Molecular Biology (Graduate)

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Iowa
  • Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • M.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin
  • B.S., Microbiology, University of Iowa
  • B.S., Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea

(Selected from 126 total)

  1. Kim, J.-W.*, Kim, J.-H. & Deaton, R. DNA-linked nanoparticle building blocks for programmable mat-ter. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50, 9185-9190 (2011). – This article was not only se-lected as “Hot Paper” by the journal’s editors but also featured as a “Back Cover” of the journal issue.
  2. de la Zerda, A., Kim, J.-W.*, Galanzha, E. I., Gambhir, S. S. & Zharov, V. P. Advanced contrast nanoagents for photoacoustic molecular imaging, cytometry, blood test, and photothermal theranostics (REVIEW ARTICLE). Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging 6, 346-369 (2011).
  3. Kim, J.-H. & Kim, J.-W.* Simultaneously controlled directionality and valency on a water-soluble gold nanoparticle precursor for aqueous-phase anisotropic self-assembly. Langmuir 26, 18634-18638 (2010).
  4. Kim, J.-W.*, Moon, H.-M., Benamara, M., Sakon, J., Salamo, G. & Zharov, V.P. Aqueous-phase syn-thesis of monodisperse plasmonic gold nanocrystals using shortened single-walled carbon nano-tubes. Chemical Communications 46, 7142-7144 (2010). 
  5. Kotagiri, N. & Kim, J.-W.* Carbon nanotubes fed on ‘carb’: coating of single-walled carbon nano-tubes by dextran sulfate. Macromolecular Bioscience 10, 231-238 (2010). 
  6. Moon, H.-M  & Kim, J.-W.* Carbon nanotube clusters as universal bacterial adsorbents and magnetic separation agents. Biotechnology Progress 26, 179-185 (2010). 
  7. Yu, W., Lee, J.S., Johnson, C., Kim, J.-W. & Deaton, R. Independent sets of DNA oligonucleotides for nanotechnology applications. IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience 9, 38-43 (2010).
  8. Kim, J.-W.,* Galanzha, E.I., Shashkov, E.V., Moon, H.-M. & Zharov, V.P. Golden carbon nanotubes as multimodal photoacoustic and photothermal high-contrast molecular agents. Nature Nanotechnol-ogy 4, 688-694 (2009). 
  9. Galanzha, E.I., Kokoska, M.S., Shashkov, E.V., Kim, J.-W., Tuchin, V.V. & Zharov, V.P. In vivo fi-ber-based multicolor photoacoustic detection and photothermal purging of metastasis in sentinel lymph nodes targeted by nanoparticles. Journal of Biophotonics 2, 528-539 (2009). – This article was selected as an “Editor’s Choice”.
  10. Galanzha, E.I., Shashkov, E.V., Kelly, T., Kim, J.-W., Yang, L. & Zharov, V.P. In vivo magnetic en-richment and multiplex photoacoustic detection of circulating tumour cells. Nature Nanotechnology 4, 855-860 (2009). – This article was featured in “Nanobiotechnology: Magnetic tumour cells”, Research Highlight, Nature, 462, 255 (2009); “Nanomedicine: Detecting rare cancer cells”, News & Views, Nature Nanotechnology 4, 798-799 (2009).
  11. Galanzha, E.I., Kim, J.-W. & Zharov, V.P. Integrated nanotechnology-based photoacoustic and pho-tothermal flow cytometry platform for in vivo detection and killing of circulating cancer stem cells. Journal of Biophotonics 2, 725-735 (2009). – This article was selected as an “Editor’s Choice”.
  12. Kim, J.-H. & Kim, J.-W.* Sequential solid-phase fabrication of bi-functional anchors on gold nanopar-ticles for controllable and scalable nanoscale structure assembly. Langmuir 24, 5667-5671 (2008). 
  13. Wang, H., Kim, J.-H., Zou, M., Tung, S. & Kim, J.-W.* Adhesion study of Escherichia coli cells on nano-/micro-textured surfaces in a microfluidic system. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology 7, 573-579 (2008). 
  14. Kim, J.-W.,* Galanzha, E.I., Shashkov, E.V., Kotagiri, N. & Zharov, V.P. Photothermal antimicrobial nanotherapy and nanodiagnostics with self-assembling carbon nanotube clusters. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 39, 622-634 (2007).
  15. Zharov, V.P., Galanzha, E.I., Shashkov, E.V., Kim, J.-W., Khlebtsov, N.G. & Tuchin, V.V. Photoa-coustic flow cytometry: principle and application for real-time detection of circulating single nanoparticles, pathogens, and contrast dyes in vivo.  Journal of Biomedical Optics 12, 051503 (2007). 
  16. Li, M., Hanford, M.J. Kim, J.-W.* & T.L. Peeples. Amyloglucosidase enzymatic reactivity inside lipid vesicles. Journal of Biological Engineering 1, 4 (2007). 
  17. Kim, J.-W.,* Kotagiri, N., Kim, J.-H. & Deaton, R. In situ fluorescence microscopy visualization and characterization of nanometer-scale carbon nanotubes labeled with 1-pyrenebutanoic acid, succin-imidyl ester. Applied Physics Letters 88, 213110 (2006).
  18. Al-fandi, M., Kim, J.-W.,* Malshe, A., Tung, S., Jenkins, J. & Pooran, R. Chemo-sensitivity and relia-bility of flagellar rotary motor in a MEMS microfluidic actuation system. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 114, 229-238 (2006).
  19. Kim, J.-W.,* Carpenter, D.P. & Deaton, R. Estimating the sequence complexity of a random oligonu-cleotide population using in vitro thermal melting and Cot analyses. Nanomedicine 1, 220-230 (2005).
  20. Zharov, V.P., Kim, J.-W.,* Curiel, D.T. and Everts, M. Self-assembling nanoclusters in living systems: application for integrated photothermal nanodiagnostics and nanotherapy (REVIEW ARTICLE). Nanomedicine 1, 326-345 (2005).

NOTE: The “*” indicates corresponding author.

(Currently pending patent/provisional patent applications)

  1. Kim, J.-W., Deaton, R. & Zharov, V.P. Near-infrared responsive carbon nanostructures. US patent No 8,313,773 (November 20, 2012).
  2. Kim, J.-W., Deaton, R. & Kim, J.-H. DNA-linked nanoparticle building blocks for nanostructure assembly and methods of producing the same. US patent No 9,371,354 (June 21, 2016).
  3. Tung, S., Kim, J.-W. & Busch, T. Method of fabricating a nanochannel system for DNA sequencing and nanoparticle characterization. US patent No 9,718,668 (August 1, 2017).
  4. Kim, J.-W., Kandhola, G. & Batta-Mpouma, J. Cellulose nanocrystal-based emulsions and uses thereof. US provisional utility patent No 62/935,929 (November 15, 2019).

• Assistant (2001)/Associate (2006)/Professor (2011) of Biological Engineering, University of Arkansas 
• Assistant (2004)/Associate (2006)/Professor (2011) of Biomedical Engineering, University of Arkansas
• Associate (2008)/Professor (2011) of Institute for Nanoscience & Engineering, University of Arkansas
• Assistant (2001)/Associate (2006)/Professor (2011) of Cell & Molecular Biology Program, University of Arkansas
• Assistant (2001)/Associate (2006)/Professor (2011) of Micro-Electronics & Photonics Program, UA
• Graduate Coodinator of Biological Engineering, University of Arkansas (2006 – present)
• Director, Bio/Nano Technology Group, University of Arkansas (2001 – present)

• Conference steering committee, IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering (IEEE-NANOMED)
• Conference general co-chair for the 5th IEEE-NANOMED 2011, November 9-12, Jeju Island, Korea
• Conference program chair for the 4th IEEE-NANOMED 2010, September 5-8, Hong Kong, China
• Conference organizing co-chair for the 15th International Meeting on DNA Computing and Mo-lecular Programming (DNA 15), June 8-12, 2009, Fayetteville, Arkansas
• Featured in the “64th Edition of Who’s Who in America” by Marquis Who’s Who (2009)
• Conference organizing committee and technical session coordinator – Publication committee chair for 6th IEEE-NANOMED 2012; Technical program committee for 3rd Annual IEEE Inter-national Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems (IEEE-NEMS 2008); Conference organizing committee as a workshop co-chair for 2nd Annual IEEE-NEMS 2007; Pro-gram organizing committee for 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biominetics (ROBIO 2005); Technical Track under Technical Theme 4 – Micro- and Nano-Biotechnology – “Artificial Cells: Hybrid Devices Integrating Cell Machinery and Micro/Nano Sensors” at 2004 26th Annual Internal IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference; Technical session coordinator for “DNA Computing and Bioinformatics” for 2004 & 2006 Annual International Meeting of Institute of Biological Engineering; etc.
• Over 30 invited presentations in the international and regional conferences, including IEEE-NEMS, IEEE-NANOMED, IEEE-ROBIO, IEEE International Conference on Information and Au-tomation, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, SPIE Defense and Security Sym-posium, American Chemical Society National Meeting, International Symposium and Annual Meeting of Korean Society for Stem Cell Research, International BIOTRONICS Conference, etc.
• “John Imhoff Outstanding Publication” award by the UA Chapter of Sigma Xi (2010)
• “Featured Inventor”, University of Arkansas Technology Licensing Office (2009; 2010; 2011) 
• “Outstanding Mentor” award, Honors College, the University of Arkansas (2006; 2009)
• “Outstanding Teacher” award, College of Engineering, the University of Arkansas (2006-2007)
• “Imhoff Outstanding Researcher Award”, College of Engineering, the University of Arkansas (2005)
• “Outstanding Researcher” award, College of Engineering, the University of Arkansas (2003-2004)
• Finalist of ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards (2003)
• Guest editor of Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine (2010 – present)
• Editorial board members of Journal of Biological Engineering (2007-present), Journal of Nano-medicine & Biotherapeutic Discovery (2010 – present), and Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Bi-ology and Medicine (2005-2008; 2010 – present)
• Reviewer (Proposal) – NSF-CMMI (2008); NSF-NUE (2005; 2007); NSF-SBIR/STTR (2006; 2007); DOE-Biomass (2006; 2007); NSF/USDA Microbial Genome Sequence Program (2003); USDA-VAPG (2003); USDA-SBIR (2003; 2004); USDA-NRI-Nanoscale Science and Engineering (2008)
• Reviewer (Article) – “Nature Nanotechnology”, Nature Publishing Group; “Angewandte Chemie International Edition”, Wiley-VCH; “Accounts of Chemical Research”, American Chemical Society; “Trends in Biotechnology”, Elsevier; “Nano Letters”, American Chemical Society; “Advanced Ma-terials”, Wiley-VCH; “Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology”, American Scientific Publish-ers; “Biotechnology Progress”, American Institute of Chemical Engineer; “Biosensors and Bioe-lectronics”, Elsevier Science, Nano Research, Springer, etc.
• Active Member in American Chemical Society (ACS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Association for the Advancement Science (AAAS), IEEE, Institute of Biologi-cal Engineering (IBE), and Sigma Xi (Research Honorary).
• Research work cited in “Research Highlight in Nature”, “News & Views in Nature Nanotechnology”, “MIT Technology Review”, “ASEE Prism”, “Modern Drug Discovery”, “Research Frontier”, “Northwest Arkansas Business Journal”, “Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette”, “MRS Bulletin”, “Chemistry World”, “NanotechWeb”, “Medical Device Daily”, “Medical Imaging Technology”, “Arkansas Land and Life”, “Arkansas Newswire”, etc.
• Committee memberships at UA, including College of Engineering Graduate Program Committee, College of Engineering Freshman Engineering Program Committee, College of Engineering Bio-medical Engineering Program Committee, etc.