Kyoungdoc Kim, Ph.D.

Materials Design Engineer


Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2017

M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, 2013

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University, 2011

Current Role at QuesTek

Kyoungdoc Kim, Ph.D., specializes in kinetic Phase Field Modeling (PFM) and ab-initio prediction of thermodynamic properties with Density Functional Theory (DFT). He is responsible for developing theoretical or statistical models for materials design.

Background and Specialization

Before joining QuesTek in 2019, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University, employing PFM to study oxidation kinetics in multi-dimensions. During his Ph.D., he investigated thermodynamic and kinetic properties of high-temperature aluminum alloys, and designed new commercial aluminum alloys for automotive applications. His work employed DFT thermodynamics to enable phase-field modeling of aluminum-based precipitates in order to optimize microstructure of alloys. His Ph.D. dissertation was titled “Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Aluminum Alloys”

Honors, Awards and Patents

Predictive Science and Engineering Design Fellow, Northwestern University, 2015-16

Professional Associations

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS)

Publications and Presentations

  • Kim, K. et al. (2019) Phase-field model of oxidation: Kinetics. Under review
  • Kim, K. et al. (2019) Interfacial stability of θ’/Al in Al-Cu alloys. Scripta Materialia, 159, 99-103
  • Kim, K1., Ward, L1. et al. (2018) Machine Learning Assisted High-Throughput Materials Screening: Discovery of Novel Quaternary Heusler Compounds. Physical Review Materials, 2, 123801
  • Kim, K. et al. (2018) Enhanced coarsening resistance of Q-phase in aluminum alloys by the addition of slow diffusing solutes. Materials Science and Engineering: A, 735, 318-323
  • Kim, K. et al. (2018) Energetics of native defects, solute partitioning, and interfacial energy of Q-precipitate in Al-Cu-Mg-Si alloys. Acta Materialia, 154, 207-219