Dr. Sangil Kim 

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering 
University of Illinois at Chicago 


Dr. Kim earned his doctoral degree from the Virginia Tech in 2007. After two-year postdoctoral career at the NSF Biophotonics Center at UC-Davis/LLNL, he worked at Porifera Inc. and LLNL for projects funded by several government agency such as National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His research has focused on developing new membrane materials, understanding functioning mechanisms of the nanostructured device, and exploring a wide application space ranging from energy-efficient water purification and gas separation, through biomedical engineering, to clean-energy production. He has authored 5 patents, a book chapter, and 18 peer-reviewed articles in the area of nanocomposite membrane fabrication and characterization, generating more than 1,200 citations. His research work on the “Ultrapermeable Carbon Nanotube Membranes” received broad public attention (research featured on LLNL press release, R&D Magazine, San Jose Mercury News, Fox News, etc.). He received a 2010 R&D 100 Award and a 2013 LLNL-Physical and Life Sciences Directorate Award.

Research Interests

  • development of nanoporous materials and membranes in gas/water separations 
  • energy conversion/production/storage
  • Li-S battery electrodes
  • proton-excahnge membranes 
  • hydrogen production 
  • energy harvesting with salinity gradient 


Dr. Sangil Kim