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Joongoo Kang

Staff Scientist II

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Dr. Kang joined the Computational Materials Science Team at NREL in 2008. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. in physics from the KAIST, South Korea, under the supervision of Prof. K. J. Chang. His background is in solid-state physics and materials science based on first-principles density-functional theory calculations and molecular dynamics simulations. He has developed computational tools to simulate key physical properties of energy storage systems from first principles.

Research Interests 

  • Thermodynamics and phase changes of nanoscale systems
  • Modeling of phase-change nanomaterials for thermal storage applications
  • Material design for electrical energy storage and hydrogen storage
  • Defect properties of photovoltatic and battery materials

Selected Publications 

  1. Kang, J.; Wei, S.-H.; K. Zhu; Kim, Y.-H. (2011). "First-principles theory of electrochemical capacitance of nanostructured materials: dipole-assisted subsurface intercalation of lithium in pseudocapacitive TiO2 anatase nanosheets." J. Phys. Chem. C. (115); p. 4909.
  2. Kang, J.; Wei, S.-H.; Kim, Y.-H. (2010). "Origin of the diverse melting behaviors of intermediate-size nanoclusters: theoretical study of AlN (N 51–58, 64)." J. Am. Chem. Soc. (132); p. 18287.
  3. Kang, J.; Wei, S.-H.; Kim, Y.-H. (2010). "Microscopic theory of hysteretic hydrogen adsorption in nanoporous materials." J. Am. Chem. Soc. (132); p. 1510.
  4. Kim, Y.-H.; Kang, J.; Wei, S.-H. (2010). "Origin of enhanced dihydrogen-metal interaction in carboxylate bridged Cu2-paddle-wheel frameworks." Phys. Rev. Lett. (105); p. 236105.
  5. JKang, J.; Kim, Y.-H. (2010). "Half-solidity of tetrahedral-like Al55 clusters." ACS Nano. (4); p. 1092.
  6. Xiang, H.; Kang, J.; Wei, S.-H.; Kim, Y.-H.; Curtis, C.; Blake, D. (2009). "Shape control of Al nanoclusters by ligand size." J. Am. Chem. Soc. (131); p. 8522.

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