Inhwan Kim

I am a Ph.D. student in Fiber and Polymer Science and under amazing supports from “VF Corp. Graduate Research Assistantship Award”. Before coming to North Carolina State University, I received B.S. (2015) and M.S. (2017) in Clothing and Textiles at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. My research experiences include diverse aspects of textiles. I developed multiple wearable sensors such as ECG electrodes and strain sensors for human motion/respiration detection utilizing nanofibers, intrinsically conductive polymers (ICPs) and silver nanowires. The other aspects of my previous research include microencapsulated PCMs and their application to military textiles for enhanced thermal comfort, fabric friction sound system, human sensibility in textiles, and modernized application of natural dyestuffs. I believe that my diverse research experience can bring a creative insight to wearable technology.

An interesting fact about myself is that I studied Economics as my second major (B.A.) during my undergraduate program at Yonsei University. Outside of academics, I serve as a Korean language instructor at Korean Conversation Club for American students in NCSU. I also spend my free time weight lifting at the NC State gym and traveling.

Research Interests

Inkjet printing, E-textiles, ICPs, nanotechnology, wearable technology, human-textile interaction

Current Research

My research is about inkjet printing e-textiles for wearable technology applications, which includes thorough understanding from molecules to textile system. With comprehensive understanding of fluid dynamics, molecular reactions, fiber science and printing technology, I specialize in inkjet printing functional materials such as conductive/dielectric materials and biomaterials. Process engineering and interfacial science between fiber forming polymers and the functional materials is the key in my current research. My goal is integrating the interdisciplinary experiences to develop textile-based wearable technology system, which is applicable in industry and consumer markets.

Education

B.S. in Clothing and Textiles, Yonsei University

M.S. in Clothing and Textiles, Yonsei University “Polyurethane Nanoweb Strain Sensors via In situ Polymerization of Polypyrrole and Their Application to Monitoring Joint Flexion”

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