Dr. Myungkoo Kang is a research scientist in the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory led by Professor Kathleen Richardson at CREOL, College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida.
Previously, he earned his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Professor Rachel S. Goldman (Materials Science and Engineering) at the University of Michigan in 2014. He continued his academic career as a post-doctoral research fellow under the co-supervision of Professor Theresa S. Mayer (Electrical Engineering) and Distinguished Professor Carlo G. Pantano (Materials Science and Engineering) at Pennsylvania State University. His key contributions have been in component and device fabrication resulting from his unique parallel skills in material metrology. He has systematically correlated structural and compositional information to optical properties, and a complementary interplay where material fabrication, microstructural analysis, and optical characterization has been conducted in cyclic fashion to iteratively improve our understanding of optical materials. The quality and impact of his past and recent activities are summarized in his significant contributions to 7 research grant awards, 28 journal articles, 50 conference presentations, 2 best poster awards, 4 patents, 3 press releases, and an honorable mention in best thesis awards. His activities also include the teaching of multiple courses in materials science and optics, and the supervision/mentoring of 9 undergraduate students. He is members of ACerS, GOMD, and MRS.
His research focuses on understanding how irradiation processes can be utilized on a wide variety of semiconductors and glass systems to efficiently create novel nanocomposites with spatially-tunable nanostructure dimensions and desirable properties that are promising for next generation plasmonic and phase-change optical devices.