Faculty Profile

Moonsub Shim

Materials Science and Engineering
Moonsub Shim
Moonsub Shim
Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar
  • Graduate Programs Office
4105 Materials Science & Eng Bld
1304 W. Green
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-7361

Administrative Titles

  • Director of Graduate Studies


  • Graduate Programs Office

Primary Research Area

  • Nanoscale Science and Technology

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Professional Highlights

  • Professor Moonsub Shim received his B.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees both from the University of Chicago in 1998 and 2001. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University, he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Illinois in 2002. Recognitions for his achievements include the Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2007), National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2004), Racheff Assistant Professorship (2002-2004), the Willett Faculty Scholar Award (2010-2014) and Dean's Award for Excellence in Research (2014).

Research Statement

The overarching goal of my research program is to understand charging and charge separation/recombination phenomena in materials, especially in low-dimensional systems at the nanometer length scale. Charging and charge separation/recombination are fundamental processes that govern how electronic, optoelectronic, and photovoltaic devices operate. Materials with nanometer dimensions can provide intricate control over charging and charge separation processes and allow new engineering paradigms and prospects for devices with unprecedented performance. However, ubiquitously large surface-to-volume ratio of materials in this size regime often leads to large deviations from expected properties. Understanding such unexpected behavior can in turn lead to new means of manipulating novel phenomena occurring at the nanoscale. The ability to control surface and interfacial effects is then critical in elucidating the underlying materials￿ properties and in developing any future technologies. Hence, I study how charging and charge separation processes affect structure, electrical and optical properties, and chemical reactivity with special attention to the materials￿ responses to variations at surfaces and interfaces. Insights gained from these studies are then exploited to develop new materials exhibiting superior properties useful for solar energy conversion and high performance nano- and macro-electronics and optoelectronics.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research within the Shim group introduces students to the newest developments in science and engineering of nanoscale materials. It provides opportunities for the students to learn highly technical skills in materials synthesis and characterization and to contribute new knowledge to the field. It also provides the graduate students with mentoring opportunities that can be an important part of the educational process. There are ongoing undergraduate research opportunities in the Shim research group. Most undergraduate researchers have gone on to continue their education in graduate schools in science and engineering fields and many have co-authored on peer-reviewed publications while carrying out their undergraduate research.

Research Areas

  • Electronic Materials
  • Polymers

Research Topics

Selected Articles in Journals

Research Honors

  • Willet Faculty Scholar (2010-2014)
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research, University of Illinois (2007)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2004)
  • Racheff Assistant Professor, University of Illinois (2002-2004)
  • Norton Prize, University of Chicago (2000)