About the Department
Hyung Kim Appointed as Department Head
Hyung Kim has been appointed Head of the Department of Chemistry for 2002-2007. Professor Kim joined the Department in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He was promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure in 1999 and Professor in 2002.
Professor Kim has served as Interim Department Head since November 2001 and has overseen significant changes in the undergraduate curriculum, such as the addition of new courses in Mathematical Methods for Chemists and Modern Analytical Instrumentation as well as updates in the Ph.D. program requirements. He has also been involved in the leadership of the department as co-chair of the Graduate Admissions Committee and on previous head search and theory search committees.
Internationally recognized for his work in the theory of condensed-phase chemical processes, he spent his sabbatical in the spring and summer of 2001 at the Brain Korea 21 Project at Seoul National University and at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Research in the Kim group focuses on developing and applying analytic and computational tools to study the physics and chemistry of solution-phase systems. His work on the molecular dynamics computer simulation of water and aqueous solutions aims to model a wide range of thermodynamic conditions, such as clusters, ice and supercritical water, using the truncated adiabatic basis-set (TAB) representation to understand their structure, dynamics and spectroscopic properties. He also develops and applies reaction field theories in solution-phase quantum chemistry to analyze solvent environmental effects on solute electronic structure. His recent focus has been on quadrupolar solvents, such as benzene and supercritical carbon dioxide.