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Seong Kim

Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and of Chemistry
seong kim

Research Areas:

Energy and Environment; Interfaces and Surfaces


Interest Areas:

Tribology, Glass Surface, and Cellulosic Nanomaterials: Surface science, nano-materials, nano-tribology, glass, biomass, catalysis



  • BS, Chemistry, Yonsei University, 1990
  • MS, Chemistry, Yonsei University, 1992
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Northwestern University, 1998
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Chemistry, University of California, 2001


Honors and Awards:

  • Dean's Fellow, College of Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, January 2017 - December 2019 
  • Foreign Expert of The Thousand Talents Plan, The State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China, January 2018 - May 2019
  • PSEAS Premier Research Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2019 - 2019 
  • Distinguished Professor, Pennsylvania State University, January 2021