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Soo Kim, Dr.

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"Combining an atomistic methodology and a data-driven approach can help develop a new material technology rapidly. From a corrosion-resistant oxide coating to a new oxygen reduction reaction catalyst for a fuel cell vehicle, we perform an exhaustive search based on computational design rules for current and future Bosch applications: i.e. material innovation at our fingertips."

Soo Kim, Dr.

Prior to joining the Energy Technologies Department in Bosch Research and Technology Center - North America (RTC2-NA), I have worked on a number of different materials synthesis and simulation methods in the industry, a national laboratory and in academia. At Bosch, I am mainly responsible for analysing technical challenges experienced by other researcher(s) or business units, and then coming up with (an) innovative material solution(s). In 2018 and 2019, I led the RTC2-NA in the number of U.S. patent filings.

Curriculum vitae

Bosch Research and Technology Center (Cambridge, MA)

2018
Atomistic simulation & data-driven materials innovation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2017
Combined experimental and theoretical investigations on energy materials

Northwestern University

2013
Next-generation battery materials design from first-principles

Selected publications

  • Desalination Electrode

    S. Kim et al. (2020)

    Desalination Electrode
    • S. Kim, J. Mailoa, M. Kornbluth, G. Samsonidze, M. Metzger, S. Kuppan, S. Hellstrom, B. Kozinsky, N. Craig
    • US Patent Application Publication No. US 2020/0207646 A1
  • Voltage-controlled Anion Exchange Membrane Enabling Selective Ion Affinities for Water Desalination and Device Containing the Same

    S. Kim et al. (2020)

    Voltage-controlled Anion Exchange Membrane Enabling Selective Ion Affinities for Water Desalination and Device Containing the Same
    • S. Kim, J. Mailoa, M. Kornbluth, G. Samsonidze, M. Metzger, S. Kuppan, S. Hellstrom, B. Kozinsky, N. Craig
    • US Patent Application Publication No. US 2020/0131058 A1
  • Anion Insertion Electrode Materials for Desalination Water Cleaning Device

    S. Kim et al. (2020)

    Anion Insertion Electrode Materials for Desalination Water Cleaning Device
    • S. Kim, M. Kornbluth, J. Mailoa, G. Samsonidze, M. Metzger, S. Kuppan, S. Hellstrom, B. Kozinsky, N. Craig
    • US Patent Application Publication No. US 2020/0123028 A1
  • Revealing Molecular-level Surface Redox Sites of Controllably Oxidized Black Phosphorus Nanosheets

    P. Nakhanivej et al. (2019)

    Revealing Molecular-level Surface Redox Sites of Controllably Oxidized Black Phosphorus Nanosheets
    • P. Nakhanivej, X. Yu, S. K. Park, S. Kim, J. -Y. Hong, H. J. Kim, W. Lee, J. Y. Hwang, J. E. Yang, C. Wolverton, J. Kong, M. Chhowalla, H. S. Park
    • Nature Materials, 18, 156-162
  • Interplay of Cation and Anion Redox in Li4Mn2O5 Cathode Material and Prediction of Improved Li4(Mn,M)2O5 Electrodes for Li-ion Batteries

    Z. Yao et al. (2018)

    Interplay of Cation and Anion Redox in Li4Mn2O5 Cathode Material and Prediction of Improved Li4(Mn,M)2O5 Electrodes for Li-ion Batteries
    • Z. Yao*, S. Kim*, J. He, V. I. Hegde, C. Wolverton (*: Equally Contributed)
    • Science Advances 4(5), eaao6754
  • (Dow Memorial Award Address) Understanding the Mn-Based Oxide Electrode Materials and Beyond from First Principles and Experiment

    S. Kim et al. (2018)

    (Dow Memorial Award Address) Understanding the Mn-Based Oxide Electrode Materials and Beyond from First Principles and Experiment
    • S. Kim, M. Aykol, V. I. Hegde, M. C. Hersam, C. Wolverton, E. Lee, J. R. Croy, M. M. Thackeray, J. -K. Noh, K. Y. Chung, B. W. Cho, Y. Yu, Y. Shao-Horn
    • Electrochem. Soc. Meet. Abstr. MA2018-01, 442
  • Material Design of High-capacity Li-rich Layered-oxide Electrodes: Li2MnO3 and Beyond

    S. Kim et al. (2017)

    Material Design of High-capacity Li-rich Layered-oxide Electrodes: Li2MnO3 and Beyond
    • S. Kim, M. Aykol, V. I. Hegde, Z. Lu, S. Kirklin, J. R. Croy, M. M. Thackeray, C. Wolverton
    • Energy & Environmental Science 10, 2201-2211
  • The 2016 Edward G. Weston Summer Research Fellowship—Summary Report: First-Principles Investigation of Spinel LixM2O4 (1≤×≤ 2, M= Mn/Ni/Co) Structures

    S. Kim (2016)

    The 2016 Edward G. Weston Summer Research Fellowship—Summary Report: First-Principles Investigation of Spinel LixM2O4 (1≤×≤ 2, M= Mn/Ni/Co) Structures
    • S. Kim
    • The Electrochemical Society Interface 25(4) 96-97
  • High-throughput Computational Design of Cathode Coatings for Li-ion Batteries

    M. Aykol et al. (2016)

    High-throughput Computational Design of Cathode Coatings for Li-ion Batteries
    • M. Aykol, S. Kim, V. I. Hegde, D. Snydacker, Z. Lu, S. Hao, S. Kirklin, D. Morgan, C. Wolverton
    • Nature Communications 7, 13779
  • Surface Phase Diagram and Stability of (001) and (111) LiMn2O4 Spinel Oxides

    S. Kim et al. (2015)

    Surface Phase Diagram and Stability of (001) and (111) LiMn2O4 Spinel Oxides
    • S. Kim, M. Aykol, C. Wolverton
    • Physical Review B 92(11), 115411

Interview with Dr. Soo Kim

Senior Engineer in Computational Materials Science

Please tell us what fascinates you most about research.
When I got my first industrial job in battery materials synthesis research just after completing my master's degree, it was difficult for me to understand how a small dopant or elemental substitution can significantly improve certain material properties. I wasn't sure why a certain chemical element is chosen over the others in the first place. Gaining experience and enhancing my expertise in computational materials science during my PhD helped me understand and enabled me to explain to others why a certain element might be a better choice than others, and ultimately make such recommendations at Bosch in my current position.

What makes research done at Bosch so special?
Bosch is open to adopting new innovative approaches from top-tier academia to industry. Often, it may be very fundamental and exceedingly difficult to translate these innovations into practice. Admittedly, thinking outside the box is very hard, but we are good at it, working as a team at Bosch Research.

What research topics are you currently working on at Bosch?
At Bosch, I focus on device applications such as fuel cells and electrochemical water desalination batteries. At the same time, I am investigating almost all inorganic materials, including but not limited to metals, semiconductors, oxides, nitrides, carbides, hydrides, chlorides, fluorides, as well as emerging 2D materials for Bosch applications.

What are the biggest scientific challenges in your field of research?
There have been continuous efforts in materials science to bridge the gap between experiment and theory. There are emerging research efforts on data automation and machine learning, AI-based algorithm development. The biggest scientific challenge is to improve data interpretability and to gain physical understanding from the AI-based models; then, adapt it to solve a realistic technical challenge in materials science.

How do the results of your research become part of solutions "Invented for life"?
Most technological advances in the 21st century are closely linked to, and often driven by, the discovery and design of new materials. My scientific research at Bosch not only improves existing applications, but will provide material solutions in order to build a new revolutionary technology that is "invented for life".

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Dr. Soo Kim
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