About Me


Pilgyu Kang is currently a postdoctoral research associate in Nam Research Group in the department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is working on the development of flexible optoelectronic sensors and devices based on two-dimensional materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), for example Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). He is also working on research (1) developing integrated graphene-photonic crystals systems for various flexible/wearable sensor applications including strain sensor, pressure sensor, and biochemical sensor, as well as (2) surface topography engineered graphene-based optoeleronic systems for highly stretchable and flexible sensor devices.

In August 2014, he recieved a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering in Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He earned a master's degree of Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 2009. In addition, he received a Bachleor's Degree in Mechnical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea in 2007. He studied Nanophotonics and Optofluidics for developing nanomanipulation techniques that contribute to nanoscale biophysical studies as well as biomedical applications.


Latest News


Minsu Kim and Pilgyu Kang's Nanoscale paper is featured as the front cover in Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 4037-4037.



Wang, M. C., Leem, J., Kang, P., Choi, J., Knapp, P., Yong, K., Nam, S., “Mechanical Instability Driven Self-assembly and Architecturing of Two-dimensional Materials" is published in 2D Materials.



Minsu Kim and Pilgyu Kang's Nanoscale paper has been included in the Hot Article 2017 web collection for Nanoscale.



Minsu Kim*, Pilgyu Kang*, Juyoung Leem*, and SungWoo Nam, “Stretchable Crumpled Graphene Photodetector with Plasmonically-Enhanced Photoresponsivity” Nanoscale,2017, 9, 4058-4065 (* Authors with equal contributions) is publisehd in Nanoscale.



Pilgyu received an IMECE Paper Award in the Micro & Nanotechnology Forum of ASME IMECE 2016, Phoenix, Arizona.


Pilgyu received a Postdoctoral Presentation Competition Award at the 5th Annual MRL Biological Conference, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, Univertiy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 3, 2016


Pilgyu Kang's new article is featured as a Front Cover in the journal of Advanced Materials.



Please feel free to contact me via an email (pkang7@illinois.edu), should you have any question about my research.

*** Last Update: March 23, 2017

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