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02/28/2020 Interview > Faculty > 우수연구자


[HY's Excellence] Enriching Human Life through Securing Original Technologies that Fuse Human-Friendly NT, IT, and BT

Professor Tae Whan Kim (Department Of Electronic Engineering)


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Professor Tae Whan Kim is a distinguished scholar of next generation intelligent semiconductor research. For more than 30 years, he has focused on the properties of semiconductor nano quantum structures, materials, and devices. He became a member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology in 2006 and became an HYU Distinguished Professor in 2007. He has more than 700 papers published in the SCI journals and more than 168 international and Korean patents. In particular, there were more than 75 technology transfers to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., LG Display Co. Ltd., and an IP investment company called Intellectual Discovery, all leading companies in memory and display industry. Professor Kim, who describes himself as a ‘researcher who observes and applies natural phenomenon,’ is committed to research with the hope that his passion as a scholar will help enrich our lives.

Professor Kim is in charge of the Nano Quantum Electronics Research Lab at Hanyang University. The research lab studies memory devices, organic light-emitting devices, energy harvesting devices, and nano quantum structure device simulation. They also perform national and industry-university tasks including the Korean Research Foundation’ leap task. Professor Kim is conducting next-generation intelligent semiconductor research in collaboration with research teams to realize hardware artificial intelligence utilizing memristive devices including a memristor and a synaptic device. Professor Kim states, “Just as a human gets nourished and produces energy, learns, judges, and acts on their own, I would like to make a semiconductor device into a network that can continue to replenish its energy and learn by itself.”

Professor Kim’s research has been cited by many fellow researchers. His studies on memristive devices for implementing next-generation hardware artificial intelligence, improving performance of organic light-emitting devices, and energy harvesting have become a guide for contemporary researchers and juniors. “I would like to make a better hardware device by imitating the way the human brain works, which is the most biologically advanced mechanism,” said Professor Kim. He is working on another design based on his prior researches. He plans to secure the original technologies for 1) bio-mimetic memristor and synaptic devices for the next-generation intelligent semiconductors, 2) the neuro-network operation principle based on research on a brain-mimetic device with the synaptic characteristics of the memristive devices, and 3) development and improvement to commercialize flexible and wearable light-emitting devices and energy harvesting devices.

Professor Kim, with the help of his co-researchers, wishes to solve the problems of intelligent semiconductor devices, including the memristor to realize hardware artificial intelligence, synaptic devices, and flexible and wearable energy harvest devices combined with a learning sensor. “The goal is to secure original technologies related to the realization of bio-mimetic neuromorphic intelligent semiconductor devices, energy harvest devices, and the self-developing bio-mimetic convergence system, which are necessary for the realization of the brain nerve network,” states Professor Kim. He humbly wishes to share his knowledge with modesty and to devote his research in pursuit of enriching our lives, which is the driving force of his research. As his brain neuro-network research intensifies, we wish he can realize his bio-mimetic technology that can cure brain diseases, an important topic for the aging society.

2007~Present HYU Distinguished Professor

2006~Present Member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology

2004~2016 Head Professor of Electronic Engineering at Hanyang University Graduate School of Engineering

2003~Present Professor of Department of Electronic Engineering at Hanyang University College of Engineering

1989~2003 Professor of Department of Electrical and Biological Physics at Kwangwoon University

1982~1988 Doctor of Science in Physics at State University of New York at Buffalo

1980~1981 Master of Science in Physics at Seoul National University

1975~1979 Bachelor of Science in Physics at Kyungpook National University

- Research on the development and source technology of the memristive device
- Research on production and performance enhancement of memory device
- Memristors and artificial synaptic device for the hardware AI
- Research on the development and the source technology of the high-efficiency organic light-emitting device
- Research on flexible/wearable electronic and optoelectronic devices

“Reduced graphene-oxide acting as electron-trapping sites in the friction layer for giant triboelectric enhancement”, Nano Energy, 2017 Find more
“Mimicking classical conditioning based on a single flexible memristor”, Advanced Materials, 2017 Find more
“Enhanced triboelectric nanogenerators based on MoS2 monolayer nanocomposites acting as electron-acceptor layers”, ACS Nano, 2017 Find more
“Flexible three-dimensional artificial synapse networks with correlated learning and trainable memory capability”, Nature Communications, 2017 Find more
“Ultrasoft and cuttable paper-based triboelectric nanogenerators for mechanical energy harvesting”, Nano Energy Volume, 2018 Find more
“Ultrahigh-luminosity white-light-emitting devices based on edge functionalized graphene quantum dots”, Nano Energy, 2018 Find more
“Capsule triboelectric nanogenerators: Toward optional 3D integration for high output and efficiently energy harvesting from broadband-amplitude vibration”, ACS Nano, 2018 Find more

Industry Research / Samsung Electronics  “Analysis on leakage current characteristic of Ⅲ-Ⅴ Compound Semiconductor Device” (2012~2015)
 “Development of trap model and electrical transport in nitride for improving dispersion and retention characteristics, electrical transport in polycrystalline channels of VNAND memory devices” (2015-2020)
Industry Research / SK Hynix  “Development of Dark Current Prediction Model and System for Pixel Structural Change” (2014-2016)
 “Theoretical Analysis on HC40 Local Layout Effect and Development of Analytical Model” (2018-2020)
Industry Research / LG Display  “A Study on the Side Current Leakage Mechanism for High-resolution OLED Production” (2016-2017)
Technology transfer Equity transfer in seven other cases, in addition to “Design of Multiple Bit Charge Capture Flash Memory Devices with Seperate Gates Using Improved Saddle Structure”. (Contract date: September 1, 2008)
Equity transfer of “Electronic Devices Including Graphical Thin Film and One Other Manufacturing Method” to Samsung Electronics Co. (Contract date: March 11, 2010)
 “56 Cases Other than Organic Light-emitting Diodes with Internal High-polymerized Polymers Containing Quantum Dots” are sold to the Intellectual Discovery Co. (Contract date: May 28, 2013)
Equity transfer of “Temperature Sensors and 4 Other Manufacturing Methods” to LG Display Co. (Contract date: August 1, 2015)

Electronic device utilizing graphene electrodes and organic/inorganic hybrid composites and method of manufacturing the electronic device Find more
Electronic device including graphene thin film and methods of fabricating the same Find more
Driving current output apparatus, method of manufacturing the same, display device and driving apparatus thereof Find more
Solar cell utilizing p-i-n nanowire Find more
Flash memory using fringing effects and electrostatic shielding Find more
Method for detecting touch position of touch screen and touch screen using same Find more
Organic light emitting device Find more
Solar cell having a double-sided structure, and method for manufacturing same Find more
Apparatus for receiving non-contact energy and controlling method therefor Find more
Refining method for microstructure Find more

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