Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


Sung Gap Im (임성갑)

Associate Professor

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- 2009.01 : Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
- 1999.02 : Seoul National University, M. S. in Chemical Engineering
- 1997.02 : Seoul National University, B. S. in Chemical Engineering

Employment and Professional Experience
- Korea Advanc-ed institute of Science and Technology, Assistant Professor in the department of chemical & biomolecular Engineering (August, 2010 – Present)
- Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral Research Associate, January 2010–August 2010
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Research Associate, January 2009–December 2009
- LG Display, Researcher (October, 2002 – March 2004)
- LG Chemicals Research Park, Research engineer (January, 1999 – October, 2002)

Awards and Honors
- 2008.07 : Robert T. Haslam Fellowship Award from Dept. of Chem Eng, MIT
- 2008.03 : one of six finalists for ICI Student Award Symposium in ACS Fall, 2008
- 2004.09 : Robert T. Haslam Fellowship Award from Dept. of Chem Eng, MIT
- 2004.07 : Honor Scholarship in the graduate studies abroad program from Korean Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF)
- 1997.02 : Graduated Seoul National University with the highest honor (summa cum laude)
- 1996.10 : Bronze Medal in transport phenomena contest from Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE)

Research interests
- Chemical Vapor Deposition of electrically conducting polymers and functional polymers
- New concept organic electronic devices and energy devices: Flexible and disposable
- Microfluidic device fabrication by applying various substrate materials
- Bioelectronic devices and nanotechnology for tissue engineering

Selected Publications
1. Nathan J. Trujillo*, Miles C. Barr*, Sung Gap Im*, and Karen K. Gleason, 'Oxidative chemical vapor deposition (oCVD) of patterned and functional grafted conducting polymer nanostructures', Journal of Materials Chemistry, 20(2010), 3968-3972. * Equally contributed.
2. Salmaan H. Baxamusa, Sung Gap Im, and Karen K. Gleason, ‘Initiated and Oxidative Chemical Vapor Deposition: A Scalable Method for Conformal and Functional Polymer Films on Real Substrates’, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 11(2009), 5227-5240. ? invited, review article. Made a cover picture on this volume.
3. Sung Gap Im, Ki Wan Bong, Chia-Hua Lee, Patrick S. Doyle, and Karen K. Gleason, ‘A Conformal Nano-adhesive via Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition for Microfluidic Devices’, Lab on a Chip, 9(2009), 411-416. ? Chosen as a “Hot Article” in Lab on a chip, 2009.
4. Sung Gap Im, Ki Wan Bong, Byeong-Su Kim, Salmaan H. Baxamusa, Paula T. Hammond, Patrick S. Doyle, and Karen K. Gleason, ‘Patterning Nanodomains with Orthogonal Functionalities: Solventless Synthesis of Self-Sorting Surfaces’, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130(2008), 14424-14425.
5. Sung Gap Im, Byeong-Su Kim, Long Hua Lee, Wyatt E. Tenhaeff, Paula T. Hammond, and Karen K. Gleason, ‘A Directly Patternable, “Click-Active Polymer Film via Initiative Chemical Vapor Deposition (iCVD)’, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 29(2008), 1648-1654. - Highlighted on "Materials Views", November 2008
6. Sung Gap Im, David Kusters, Wonjae Choi, Salmaan H. Baxamusa, Richard van de Sanden, and Karen K. Gleason, ‘Conformal Coverage of Poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) films with tunable nanoporosity via Oxidative Chemical Vapor Deposition (oCVD)’, ACS Nano, 2(2008), 1959-1967
7. Sung Gap Im, Pil J. Yoo, Paula T. Hammond, and Karen K. Gleason, ‘Grafted conducting polymer films for nano-patterning onto various organic and inorganic substrates by oxidative chemical vapor deposition’, Advanced Materials, 19(2007) 2863-2867 Featured on "Advances in Advance" page before online publication
8. Sung Gap Im and Karen K. Gleason, ‘Systematic Control of the Electrical Conductivity of Poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) via Oxidative Chemical Vapor Deposition’, Macromolecules, 40(2007), 6552 -6556
9. Sung Gap Im, Karen K. Gleason, and Elsa A. Olivetti, ‘Doping level and work function control in oxidative chemical vapor deposited poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)’, Applied Physics Letters, 90(2007), 152112 - selected for the April 23, 2007 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology.
10. John P. Lock, Sung Gap Im, and Karen K. Gleason, ‘Oxidative Chemical Vapor Deposition of Electrically Conducting Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) Films’, Macromolecules, 39(2006), 5326 -5329

Functional Thin Films Laboratory
Biomaterials, Surface-Cell interaction, Chemical vapor deposition of functional polymers, surface function-alization, Conducting polymers, Organic Electronics

Research Project #1 : Chemical Vapor Deposition of Various Functional Polymeric Coatings

There is a wide room for further device applications using chemical vapor deposited polymers. The CVD coatings can act as an essential building block for various micro/nano-device applications including MEMS/NEMS, stimuli-responsive drug delivery systems, and diverse kinds of bio-devices.



Research Project #2 : Novel Micro/Nano-fluidic Devices by CVD Coatings

The potential application of the microfluidic devices includes integrated analytical systems, biomedical devices, high throughput screening, and studies of chemical and biochemical reactions. A sub-100nm thick nano-adhesive was developed using epoxy-functional CVD coatings. This adhesive dramatically enhanced adhesion between various substrate materials, which potentially allows unlimited application of various kinds of substrates into microfluidic device fabrication. With the proper selectionof substrate materials, it is anticipated to fabricate microfluidic devices compatible with various organic solvent. This feature enables a variety of chemical reactions in microfluidic devices.



Research Project #3 : Novel Electroactive Biomaterials for Biomedical Devices

The combination of biology and electronics is of great interest, which has a far-reaching influence on a variety of other research/business opportunities. Nanotechnology and materials science can connect these far different areas. The research targets in this topic are developing 1) a novel electronic devices that can be directly embedded into biological system, 2) an electronically active tissue scaffold and it use for tissue regeneration, and 3) electrically triggerable, biocompatibledrug delivery device for long-term drug release.



Research Project #4 : Flexible, Disposable Electronic Devices by CVD Polymers

 The organic electronic materials are robust and flexible, relative cost-effective, and easily controllable by simple chemical modification, compared to inorganic electronic devices. CVD polymeric coatings can play a powerful role in this organic electronics. In this research topic, a flexible electronic device will be fabricated with CVD polymeric coatings. Unconventional substrates vulnerable to the solvent process, such paper and fabric, will be introduced to device fabrication.In-situ passivation with iCVD polymeric coatings will be applied to this flexible device for mechanical stability of the devices.