The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sung-O Kim

Sung-O KimAssistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D. - 2000, Inha University, Electrical Engineering 
M.S. - 1998, Inha University, Electrical Engineering
B.S. - 1996, Howon University, Electrical Engineering 

Contact Information
Office: 207-C Riggs Hall
Office Phone: 864.656.5907
Fax: 864.656.5910
Email: sok@clemson.edu

Laboratory web page

Biographical Background
Dr. Sung-O Kim is currently an assistant professor at the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Clemson University. His research interests are in plasma medicine, micro-plasma devices, flat panel displays, and nanomaterials for flexible electronics. He earned B.S. in electrical engineering with the presidential award at Howon University in Korea, 1996. He also received his M.S. and Ph.D in electrical engineering at Inha University in Korea on 1998 and 2000 where his thesis on advanced lithography using plasma polymerization received the presidential award. Dr. Kim has served at the Department of Photonics and the Display Institute as a faculty in National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan from 2004 to 2008. Prior to joining NCTU, he was a postdoctoral research fellow (2001-2004) in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). At UIUC, he worked on the development of micro-plasma and plasma display panel. Prior to joining UIUC, he worked for Samsung SDI as a technical manager and R&D engineer (2000-2001). Sung-O Kim is a member of Society of Information Display, IEEE, American Vacuum Society, American Physical Society, The Korean Information Display Society, The Korean Institute of Electrical Engineers, The Korean Institute of Illuminating and Electrical Installation Engineers, and The Korean Institute of Electrical and Electronic Material Engineers.

Research interests

  • Flat Panel Displays: Dr. Kim’s group is working towards development and applications of electronic displays such as liquid crystal displays, plasma display panels, OLED, flexible displays.
  • Micro and Nano Plasma devices: Nano and micro plasma devices consist of structures fabricated on silicon, ceramic, or glass substrates that are used to confine weakly ionized plasmas. The diameters of the nano and microdischarge devices currently being fabricated range from several hundred microns down to tens of nano. Dr. Kim’s group is developing nano and microdischarge devices to investigate their physics, optical, and Electrical properties.
  • Micro and Nano-Bio Fuel Cells: Dr. Kim’s group wants to develop micro or nano scale bio fuel cells to use fuel cell’s techniques and silicon processes.
  • Plasma Thin Films: The properties of plasma polymerized thin films can be used for many applications such as low k materials in semiconductor devices and completely hydrophobic thin films. In addition to environmental applications, these films can be used in semiconductor, electrical, optical, and magnetic devices and flat panel displays.

Recent Publications

  • Sung-O Kim, “Characterization of Microplasma Devices with the Nano-tip Electrodes in Ar, Ne, and Ne/2% Ar”, accepted to Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B.
  • Po-Chuan Tsai, Sung-O Kim, “14 inch Diagonal Size Nano-Tips Enhanced Plasma Lamp in Liquid Crystal Display”, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Sciences, Vol. 36, Issue 4, Part 1, Aug. 2008.
  • Sung-O Kim, “Diamond-Shaped Microplasma Devices Using Thick Photoresist as a barrier Rib in Ne-Ar Gas Mixtures”, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Sciences, Vol. 36, Issue 4, Part 1, Aug. 2008.
  • Sung-O Kim, “Micro-Plasma Device Utilizing SU-8 Photoresist as a Barrier Rib”, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Sciences, Vol. 36, Issue 4, Part 1, Aug. 2008.
  • Sung-O Kim, “Nano-tip Enhanced Micro-plasma Devices”, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Sciences, Vol. 36, Issue 4, Part 1, Aug. 2008.