Franklin Kim


Franklin Kim课题组介绍

Principle Investigator

Franklin Kim

Associate professor

ShanghaiTech University
School of Physical Science and Technology

Phone: +86-21-2068-5245

Group website:

Professional Experience

  • Associate professor, ShanghaiTech University, School of Physical Science and Technology (2017~)

  • Program specific associate professor, Kyoto University, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (2015~2017)

  • iCeMS Kyoto Fellow/Program specific assistant professor, Kyoto University, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (2011~2015)

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Northwestern University, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering (Prof. Jiaxing Huang) (2007~2010)

  • Postdoctoral researcher, University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Bioengineering (Prof. Luke P. Lee) (2005~2007)

Educational Background

  • Ph. D. in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (Advisor: Prof. Peidong Yang) (2005)

  • B.S. in Chemistry, Seoul National University (1999)

Research Interest

A wide range of novel nanomaterials have been developed during the past decades. However, to fully utilize the interesting and useful properties of these materials, it is necessary to integrate the tiny particles into a hierarchical structure with good control and reproducibility. In our group, we focus on using various interfacial assembly techniques to assemble the nanomaterials into functional structures, with particular interest in application for energy storage and catalysis. Below are a few examples of our work.

1. Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of nanoparticles into ultra-thin films
The recent surge in Internet of things (IoT) has brought significant need in development of sensors, displays, actuators, and other related electronics with high sensitivity, responsivity, and energy efficiency. For the fabrication of compact, flexible, and transparent devices, all of which have become a common trend for state-of-the-art devices, it is generally required to fabricate the active component, often nanomaterials, into a form of a thin film. Here, we utilize the Langmuir-Blodgett technique to create ultrathin films composed of a single layer or few layers of nanomaterials.

2. In-situ studies on the degradation of battery electrode nanostructures
  Understanding the mechanism of battery electrode degradation is crucial for developing materials with higher performance. We utilize various in-situ/operando techniques including XRD, Raman, and differential electrochemical mass spectroscopy (DEMS) to probe the changes in the nanostructure of the electrode materials and to identify key parameters that influence the cycle stability of the battery.

3. Preparation of porous graphene-based frameworks through diffusion driven layer-by-layer assembly
The diffusion driven layer-by-layer (dd-LbL) assembly technique developed in our group is a simple yet versatile process which can be used to construct graphene oxide (GO) into three-dimensional porous frameworks with good stability. We use the such prepared framework as a starting material for creating a wide range of graphene-based composites with potential applications in energy storage and electrocatalysis. At the same time, we are further developing the dd-LbL assembly technique into a generally used tool for the assembly of nanomaterials, not limited to graphene oxide nanosheets.


Selected recent publications

“Langmuir–Blodgett assembly of Ti3C2Tx nanosheets for planar microsupercapacitors'' L. Fan, P. Wen, X. Zhao, J. Zou, F. Kim,  ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2022, 5, 4170. [link]

“Revisiting the structural evolution of MoS2  during alkali metal (Li, Na, and K) intercalation'' G. Wang, Y. Zhang, H. S. Cho, X. Zhao, F. Kim, J. Zou,  ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2021, 4, 14180. [link]

“MnCO3 on graphene porous framework via diffusion-driven layer-by-layer assembly for high-performance pseudocapacitor'' B. Zhang, X. Li, J. Zou, F. Kim,  ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 47695. [link]

“Adjusting channel size within PVA-based hydrogels via ice templating for enhanced solar steam generation''  F. Li, R. Zhu, P. Wen, X. Zhao, G. Wang, J. Zou, F. Kim,  ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2020, 3, 9216. [link]

“Three-dimensional reduced graphene oxide/polyaniline nanocomposite film prepared by diffusion driven layer-by-layer assembly for high-performance supercapacitors''  X. Hong, B. Zhang, E. Murphy, J. Zou, F. Kim,  J. Power Sources 2017, 343, 60. [link]

“Application of diffusion-driven layer-by-layer assembly for fabricating compact graphene-based supercapacitors''  J. Zou, B. Zhang, E. Murphy, F. Kim,  Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 3, 1600260. [link]

“Diffusion driven layer-by-layer assembly of graphene oxide nanosheets into porous three-dimensional macrostructures''  J. Zou and F. Kim,  Nat. Commun. 2014, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6254. [link]

“Self-Assembly of Two-Dimensional Nanosheets Induced by Interfacial Polyionic Complexation''  J. Zou and F. Kim,  ACS Nano 2012, 6, 10606. [link]

Group Members

Current Members

Jianli Zou
Research Assistant Prof.

Zuofu Jiang
1st year master student

Yu Yue
1st year master student

Liang Zhang
1st year master student

Alumni (from ShanghaiTech University group)

Piao WenPhD (Sep. 2017 - June 2022)
Xiaowen ZhaoPhD (Jan. 2018 - June 2022)
Li FanMaster (Sep. 2019 - June 2022)
Gang WangMaster (Jan. 2018 - Jan. 2022)
Xin LiMaster (Sep. 2017 - Sept. 2020), Currently at Zhejiang University
XinYue QuUndergraduate (Sep. 2018- Sept. 2020), Currently at Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute
Li ChuangMaster (Sep. 2017 - Sept. 2020), Currently at Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute
RunZhi ZhuUndergraduate (Mar. 2018 - June 2020)

Alumni (from Kyoto University group)

Xiaodong HongVisiting Scholar (Sep. 2014 - Mar. 2015)
Daehwan KimUndergraduate reseracher (Jan. 2014 - Feb. 2015)
Jianli ZouPostdoctoral Researcher (Sep. 2011 - March 2015)
Elizabeth MurphyLab technician (August 2013 - March 2015)
Kangmin LeeVisiting Scholar (July 2014 - Aug. 2014)
Haruna KurashoUndergraduate Researcher (Sep. 2013 - March 2014)
Hyungcheol ChaeUndergraduate Researcher (Aug. 2012 - March 2014)
Sanjib BhattacharyyaPostdoctoral Researcher (April 2013 - March 2014)
Krishna KattelPostdoctoral Researcher (March 2013 - Feb. 2014)
Lin WangPostdoctoral Researcher (Aug. 2011 - Dec. 2013)
Cao QingVisiting graduate student researcher, Xiaman university
Jungwon ShinUndergraduate Researcher
Jeesoo ParkUndergraduate Researcher

Open Positions

1. Researchers

We invite researchers at all levels (assistant, postdoc, research professor) who will be involved in the synthesis and assembly of nanomaterials, with focus on energy related applications such as solar harvesting, catalysis, and batteries. Experience in the following topics will receive stronger consideration.

- Synthesis and functionalization of nanoparticles/nanosheets
- Interfacial assembly, Langmuir-Blodgettry of nanomaterials
- in-situ characterization of nanostructures
- Application of nanomaterials in catalysis, energy, and sensing

Successful candidate will get to interact with world-class scientists from diverse fields and work with state-of-the-art research instruments. As part of the development track of the researcher, Prof. Kim will provide support for applications in postdoctoral fellowships and grants, as well as international visiting programs.

- Degree in chemistry related fields (chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, etc.)
- Comfortable with making scientific discussions in English

If interested, please send curriculum vitae (CV), description of research interests, and contact information of referees (minimum of two referees) to and cc to          

2. Undergraduate student researcher

We invite undergraduate students who are interested in experiencing research in nanoscience. Students may work along a graduate student, or conduct independent research depending on the individual's interest and training. As part of the development track of the student, Prof. Kim will provide support for applications in graduate school enterance, as well as international visiting programs.

If interested, please contact Franklin Kim by email