MinJun Kim
MinJun Kim, Ph.D.
Robert C. Womack Endowed Chair Professor in Engineering,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Southern Methodist University,
PO Box 750337, Dallas, TX 75275-0337,
Tel: 214-768-3972 Fax: 214-768-1473
Email: mjkim@lyle.smu.edu
Website: http://bastlabs.org

Biography:

Dr. Min Jun Kim is presently the Robert C. Womack Endowed Chair Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Southern Methodist University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Yonsei University in Korea and Texas A&M University, respectively. Dr. Kim completed his Ph.D. degree in Engineering at Brown University, where he held the prestigious Simon Ostrach Fellowship. Following his graduate studies, Dr. Kim was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Rowland Institute in Harvard University. He joined Drexel University in 2006 as an Assistant Professor and was later promoted to Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics. Since Aug. 2016, he has been the Director of Biological Actuation, Sensing and Transport Laboratory (BASTLab) at the Lyle School of Engineering. Dr. Kim has been exploring biological transport phenomena including cellular/molecular mechanics and engineering in novel nano/microscale architectures to produce new types of nanobiotechology, such as nanopore technology and nano/micro robotics. His notable awards include the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2008), Drexel Career Development Award (2008), Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Award (2009), Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (2010), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2011), KOFST Brain Pool Fellowship (2013), Bionic Engineering Outstanding Contribution Award (2013), Louis & Bessie Stein Fellowship (2014), ISBE Fellow (2014), ASME Fellow (2014), Netexplo Award (2016), Engineer of the Year Award (2016), and IEEE Senior Member (2017).


Abstract:

BioFabrication of Nanoscale Robotic Swimmers

Bacterial flagellar propulsion represents an extraordinary system in nature for generating motion at the micrometer scale. Due to their unique molecular polymeric structure can adopt different shapes, depending on the local chemical and flow conditions. Their motion induces a local flow that can be used to propel cells, as well as much larger structures through a fluid environment. This talk enables to understand the fundamental scientific principles that govern the assembly and operation of flagella-propelled nanorobots, as well as to demonstrate the enabling technologies necessary to harness polymeric protein nanostructures such as bare/mineralized bacterial flagellar filaments on nano/microstructures for use in nanoscale engineered propulsion systems. Demonstration of the control of engineered bacterial flagellar filaments at nano- and microscales and the ability to integration information technology with bio and nanotechnology will have great impact.
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