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Jinsang Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Associate Professor of Macromolecular Science & Engineering
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Dr. Jinsang Kim is an associate professor having a joint appointment in Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He holds a M.S (1993) and a B.S. (1991) from Seoul National University, Korea, both in Fiber and Polymer Science. He earned his Ph.D. in 2001 in materials science and engineering from MIT, where he studied the design, synthesis, and assembly of conjugated sensory polymers and energy transport properties in the controlled structures. He is also an expert in genetically engineered protein research. His postdoctoral work in this area at Caltech involved the expression of artificial genes to determine the extent to which artificial genetic information can be used to encode supramolecular assembly in macromolecular systems. He has won several prestigious awards including 2007 NSF CAREER Award, 2006 Holt Award for excellent teaching, 2002 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemist, 2002 ACS ICI Award, and 2000 MRS Graduate Student Gold Award. His current research interests at the UM are self-signal amplifying molecular biosensors, flexible solar cells, highly emissive organic emitters, and negative index materials. His research has been sponsored by NSF BES, NSF ECS, NSF DMR, AFOSR, ACS, KIMM, and Center for Chemical Genomics.


Research Interests: Our research interests are rational molecular design, synthesis of functional organic and polymeric materials, and their controlled assembly for bio- and optoelectronic applications (Nature 2001, 411, 1030). We have developed completely water-soluble and highly emissive conjugated polymers (Chem. Comm. 2006, 1983) and through rational molecular design and bioconjugation, we developed conjugated polymer-based biosensor arrays (JACS 2008, 130, 5010, Macromolecules 2006, 39, 7461, Angew. Chem. 2007, 46, 4667) and solution version (Adv. Func. Mater. 2007, 17, 2580) of molecular sensors to selectively and sensitively detect clinically important biological molecules, such as DNA, proteins, and ions. The developed molecular DNA sensors and sensor arrays provide large signal amplification for high sensitivity and label-free detection capability for convenient detection. We also have been developing conjugated polymer-based and emissive organic nanoparticle-based novel materials for immunofluorescence labeling (Adv. Mater. 2008, 20, 1117, UM press release Through interactive collaboration with UM pathology recently we also have initiated biosensor development for PSA (Prostate specific antigen) detection and leukemia detection.


Our expertise in molecular level of rational chemical design and development of novel conjugated polyelectrolytes and organic nanoparticles for the detection of biological molecules and immunofluorescence labeling will expand the research scope of the M-NIMS.


Address: Department of Materials Science & Engineering
2090 H H Dow, SPC 2136, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2136

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