Welcome to the SMIS Lab @UNIST!

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 Focusing on Research at the Intersection of Ultrasonics, Applied Mechanics, Polymer Chemistry, and Bioengineering. 

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"Discovery consists of what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." - Albert von Szent-Györgyi -

 Our mission

The mission of the Smart Materials and Intelligent Structures (SMIS) Laboratory is to design adaptive structural components/systems for next-generation urban infrastructure, which possess unprecedented properties and functionalities. Our research in the SMIS Lab is thus directed towards advancing multi-disciplinary knowledge at the crossroads between ultrasonics, dynamics/mechanics, polymer chemistry, and bioengineering, with the particular goal of developing a new sensing material that can seamlessly interact with structures and environments. At the intersections of these fields, we develop a unique set of ultrasonic tools capable of not only quantifying the current state of damage evolution in solid materials, but also stimulating molecules, and biological cells in soft materials. We welcome applicants with strong background in any of these subjects and techniques.


(June 2022) Paper accepted for publication in Construction and Building Materials (I.F.: 6.14). Nice work!

(May 2022) Prof. Kim had an interviewed with "Monthly People" introducing his research philosophy and recent work on 'Ultrasound-based translational research'!  Yes, "sky is the limit."

(April 2022) Media coverage in HeraldMedical TodayYonhapnewsDonga-Science,  서울경제UNIST News Center, Happy to release our work to public!

(February 2022) Paper accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS, I.F.: 15.42)! Awesome News!

(January 2022) Media coverage in SBS NewsYonhapnewsHankookilboUNIST News CenterVeritas alphaMedicalTodaySeoul, etc. Well done!

(January 2022) Our PNAS paper, "Ultrasound controlled mechanophore activation in hydrogels for cancer therapy" (PNAS 119  (4) 2022, doi: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2109791119) is now officially out!

(December 16 2021) Our group member, Jongsik, Tae An, and Jiwoo won the Minister Prize (the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy)! Congratulations!!

(September 2021) Paper accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)!

(September 2021) Dr. Eunjong joins the SMIS Lab as an Postdoctoral Fellow. Welcome!

(September 2021) Jong Sik and Tae An join our group!

(August 2021) Prof. Kim delivered the lecture on smart materials and intelligent structural health management at The Korean Society for Nondestructive Testing (KSNT).

(June  2021) Prof. Kim delivered the lecture on stress-visualizing polymers as a structural sensor and new strategy on structural health monitoring at his alma mater, Yonsei University.

(April  2021) Prof. Kim delivered the lecture on nondestructive evaluation of cementitious materials using ultrasound at KAIST.

(December 2020) Paper accepted for publication in Journal of Fluid Mechanics (L1).

(October 2020) Gun joined Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology as Assistant Professor.

(May 2019) Gun's work on the development of smart materials was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America and featured in EurekAlert!UIUC News Bureau, Phys.org, etc.