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Seungri Kim

Chemical Engineering PhD Student, ChenLab

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Looking for summer and winter research opportunities for 2024 in the field of Pharmaceutical and Chemicals manufacturing industry. Open to learning more about companies that work in biochemistry and microbiology research and development area.


As a member of the Chen lab, Seungri Kim is studying the emerging catalog of water-responsive materials for high-energy actuators and energy-related applications. Seungri’s research aims to address the challenge of identifying the fundamental mechanisms behind biomaterials’ powerful water-responsive behaviors across the molecular to macroscopic length scales. If successful, such an investigation could lay the foundation for understanding and developing new hybrid and synthetic water-responsive materials for broad applications and support the long-term goal of opening a path to harvesting the untapped energy source of natural evaporation and thus provide an additional option for clean and low-cost energy generation and storage. In addition to the direct impact on functional materials, his research could also enrich our knowledge of low-dimension water molecules under negative pressures, which is of great interest to fields of nanoscience and biology, as well as condensed matter physics.

Technical Skills

• Experimental Techniques: Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Optical Microscope, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier-transformed Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Dynamic Vapor Sorption (DVS), Lyophilization technique.
• Software Skills: MATLAB, OriginPro, ImageJ, MS Office, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Professional Development Skills



• Seungri Kim, Haozhen Wang, Darjan Podbevšek, Zhi-lun Liu, and Xi Chen. “Hydrogen-bonding-dependent water-responsive actuation of Bacillus subtilis cell walls.” Under revision.
• Haozhen Wang, Seungri Kim, Tai-de Li, Zhi-lun Liu, and Xi Chen. “Hydration-enhanced viscous moduli promote water-responsive actuation of microbial cell walls.” In preparation.
• Yeojin Jung, Seungri Kim, Raymond S. Tu, and Xi Chen. “High Energy Water-Responsive Bombyx mori Silk-Bacillus subtilis Cell Wall Components Composite Fibers.” In preparation.


• Haozhen Wang, Zhi-lun Liu, Seungri Kim, Tai-De Li, Xi Chen. High water-responsiveness of peptidoglycan from gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. 2021 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting & Exhibit, Boston, December 2, 2021. (Oral presentation)
• Haozhen Wang, Zhi-lun Liu, Seungri Kim, Xi Chen. Water-responsive actuation of gram-negative/-positive bacterial peptidoglycan. 2021 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, Boston, November 8, 2021. (Poster presentation)
• M. Lane Gilchrist, Seungri Kim, Xi Chen. Isolation of peptidoglycan from hyperthemophillic microorganisms for new bioinspired water-responsive materials. 2021 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, Boston, November 8, 2021. (Oral presentation)
• M. Lane Gilchrist, Seungri Kim, Xi Chen. Peptidoglycan-Bioconjugates from Extremophillic Microorganisms for New Bioinspired Water-Responsive Materials. 2022 AIChE Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, November 13-18, 2022. (Oral presentation)
• Seungri Kim, Xi Chen. The Influence of H-bonding Strength on the Water-responsiveness of Bacillus subtilis Cell Walls using Hofmeister Salts. 2023 NanoBioNYC, New York, NY, April 18, 2023. (Oral Presentation)


• Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) and Korea-U. S Science Cooperation Center (KUSCO) Graduate Scholarship, KSEA and KUSCO 2023
• Creative Research Award for Green Energy Harvesting, NanoBioNYC, Graduate Center, CUNY 2023
• Grove School of Engineering (GSOE) Fellowship, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, CCNY, CUNY 2022
• 2020 Andreas Acrivos Graduate Fellowship, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, CCNY, CUNY 2020
• Summa Cum Laude, 2nd of 105, Sogang University 2019

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