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Sangil Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering


Building & Room:

248 EIB


929 W. Taylor St, MC 110, Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 355-5149


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Fall 2021 Courses:

  • CHE 313 Transport Phenomena III
  • CHE 501 Advanced Thermodynamics

Research Interests

Mass transport in nanofluidic

Nano- and micro-engineered membrane technologies for energy storage/production, biomolecules separation, water purification, gas separation, and protective fabrics.


Selected Publications

  1. T. Wang, J. Lee, X. Wang, K. Wang, C.Bae, and S. Kim, “Surface-Engineered Carbon Nanotube/Nafion Nanocomposite Membrane with Improved Voltage Efficiency for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science51628, 2021
  2. K. Wang, H.Seol, X. Liu, H. Wang, G. Cheng, and S. Kim, “Ultralow-Fouling Zwitterionic Polyurethane-Modified Membranes for Rapid Large-Volume Separation of Plasma from Whole Blood”, Langmuir, 37, 10115, 2021
  3. T. Wang, X. Wang, A. Pendse, Y. Gao, K. Wang, C. Bae*, and S. Kim*, “High-efficient multifunctional electrochemical membrane for lithium polysulfide redox flow batteries”, Journal of Membrane Science, 636, 119539, 2021
  4. A. Pendse, S. Cetindag, P. Rehak, S. Behura, H. Gao, N.H.L. Nguyen, T. Wang, V. Berry, P. Kral, J. Shan*, and S. Kim*, “Highly Efficient Osmotic Energy Harvesting in Charged Boron‐Nitride‐Nanopore Membranes”, Advanced Functional Materials, 31, 2009586, 2021
  5. T. Wang, J. Han, K. Kim, J. Lee, A. Muenchinger, Y. K. Choi, KD Kreuer, C. Bae*, and S. Kim*, “Novel Sulfonated Aromatic Polymer Ion Exchange Membranes for Breaking the Conventional Proton Selectivity/Conductivity Trade-off Limitation”, Materials Advances1, 2206, 2020
  6. T. Wang, S. Liang, Z. Qi, M. Biener, M. A. Worsley, T. Braun, Y. M. Wang, J. Biener, S. Kim†, and J. Ye†, “Nanoengineered 3D nm-thick Biomimetic Membrane for Ultrafast Selective Mass Transportation”, Materials Horizons7, 2422 – 2430, 2020
  7. T. Wang, J. Jeon, J. Han, J. Kim, C. Bae, S. Kim, “Poly (terphenylene) anion exchange membranes with high conductivity and low vanadium permeability for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs)”, Journal of Membrane Science 598, 117665, 2020
  8. A. Pendse, S. Cetindag, M. Lin, A. Rackovic, R. Debbarma, S. Almassi, B. Chaplin, V. Berry, J. Shan, S. Kim, “ Charged Layered Boron Nitride‐Nanoflake Membranes for Efficient Ion Separation and Water Purification”, Small 15 (49), 1904590, 2019 (Front cover article)
  9. S. Kim, D. Dehlinger, J. Peña, H. Seol, M. Shusteff, N. Collette, M. Elsheikh, M. Davenport, P. Naraghi-Arani, E. Wheeler, “Virus concentration and purification by a microfluidic filtering system with an integrated PEGylated antifouling membrane”, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics 23 (1), 9, 2019
  10. T. Wang, S. Moon, D. Hwang, H. Park, J. Lee, S. Kim, YM. Lee, S. Kim, “Selective ion transport for a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) in nano-crack regulated proton exchange membranes”, Journal of Membrane Science 583, 16-22, 2019

Notable Honors

2018, Advising Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2013, Physical and Life Sciences Directorate Award, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

2010, 2010 R&D 100 Editors Choice Award "Ultrapermeable Carbon Nanotube Membranes", R&D 100 Award

2004, Pratt Fellowship, Virginia Tech


PhD in Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech.), USA (2007)

M.S in Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, USA (2004)

M.Sc in Polymer Science and Engineering Chungnam National University, South Korea (1999)

B.Sc in Polymer Science and Engineering, Chungnam National University, South Korea (1997)


Oct  2015 – present           Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA

Oct 2015 – present           Guest Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, CA, USA

Feb 2011–  Sep 2015       Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, CA, USA

Aug 2009– Feb 2011        Research Scientist, Porifera Inc, Hayward, CA, USA

Oct 2008 – Feb 2011        Guest Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., Berkeley, CA, USA

Sep 2007 – July 2009       Post-doctoral Associate, UC Davis/Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, CA, USA