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Kenneth D. Kihm

Kenneth D. Kihm

Magnavox Professor


Magnavox Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University


  • Micro/nano-scale near-field optical characterization
  • Thermoelectric characterization of nano-structured graphene
  • Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of 2-d structures (graphene)
  • Liquid metal transport
  • Nanofluidic transport
  • Neutron imaging
  • Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) imaging
  • Raman spectroscopy


PhD, 1987, Stanford University

MSME, 1981, Seoul National University

BSME, 1979, Seoul National University

Professional Service

  • Editorial Board of Nature Scientific Reports
  • ASME Fellow
  • Chair of ASME K-22 Visualization Technical Committee
  • Associate Editor for Experiments in Fluids
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Heat Transfer
  • Chief Editor for Journal of Flow Visualization and Image Processing
  • Board Member of International Flow Visualization Society

Awards and Recognitions

  • Exxon Mobil Professor Award, 2006
  • TEES Fellow Award, Texas A&M 2001
  • Association of Former Students Teaching Excellence Award, Texas A&M 1999


Y. Heo, K. D. Kihm and J. S. Lee, "Fabrication and Experiment of Micro-Pin-Finned Microchannels to Study Surface Roughness Effects on Convective Heat Transfer," Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 24, 125025, December 2014.

H. J. Yi, J. Tipton, D. Kihm, D. M. Pratt, A. D. Swanson and S. Rawal, “Effect of Disjoining Pressure (Π) on Multi-Scale Modeling for Evaporative Liquid Metal (Na) Capillary” Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 78, pp. 137-149, November 2014.

S. Cheon, K. Kihm, H. Kim, G. Lim, J. S. Park and J. S. Lee, "How to Reliably Determine the Complex Refractive Index (RI) of Graphene Layers Using Two Measurement Constraints," Nature Scientific Reports 6364, doi:10.1038/srep06364, September 2014.

Yoon, G. Hwang, J. Chung, H. Kim, O. Kwon, K. D. Kihm, and J. S. Lee, “Measuring the Thermal Conductivity of Residue-Free Suspended graphene Bridge Using Null Point Scanning Thermal Microscopy,” Carbon, Vol. 76, pp. 77-83, September 2014.

D. Kihm, B. Hight, E. Kirchoff, H. Yi, J. Rosenfeld, S. Rawal, D. Hussey, D. Jacobson, H. Bilheux, L. Walker, S. Voisin, D. Pratt, and A. Swanson, “Neutron Tomography of Lithium (Li) Coolant inside a Niobium (Nb) Heat Pipe,” Journal of Heat Transfer-Photogallery, Vol.136, No. 8, HT-14-1201, August 2014.

S. Park, K. D. Kihm, H. Kim, G. Lim, S. Cheon and J. S. Lee, "Wetting and Evaporative Crystallization of Nanofluids on CVD-Synthesized Hydrophobic Graphene Surfaces," Langmuir, Vol. 30, issue 28, pp. 8268-8275, July 2014.

J. L. Liggett, C. K. Choi, R. L. Donnell, K. D. Kihm, J.-S. Kim, A. A. Noegel and S. J. Baek, “Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Sulindac Sulfide Suppresses Structural Protein Nesprin-2 Expression in Colorectal Cancer Cells,” Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects 1840, pp. 322-331, Sept. 2013.

H.J. Yi, I. T. Kim, and K. D. Kihm, “Dryout Patterns of Nanofluids (47nm, Al2O3),” Journal of Heat Transfer-Photogallery, Vol. 135, No. 8, 080910, August 2013.

I.T. Kim and K. D. Kihm, “Progressive Dryout of Nanofluids on the Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Surfaces,” Journal of Heat Transfer-Photogallery, Vol. 135, No. 8, 080911, August 2013.

Kirchoff, K. D. Kihm, J. Rosenfeld, S. Rawal, H. Bilheux, L. Walker, S. Voisin, D. Pratt, and A. Swanson, “Neutron Tomography of Lithium (Li) Menisci inside a Molybdenum (Mo) Heat Pipe, Journal of Heat Transfer-Photogallery, Vol. 135, No. 8, 080902, August 2013.

K. Kihm, E. Kirchoff, M. Golden, J. Rosenfeld, S. Rawal, D. Pratt, A. Swanson, H. Bilheux, L. Walker, S. Voisin, D. S. Hussey, and D. L. Jacobson, “Neutron Imaging of Alkali Metal Heat Pipes,” Physics Procedia, Vol. 43, pp. 323-330, March 2013.

K. D. Kihm, S. Cheon, J. S. Park, H. J. Kim, J. S. Lee, I. T. Kim, and H. J. Yi, “Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) Reflectance Imaging: Far-field Recognition of Near-Field Phenomena,” Optics and Lasers in Engineering, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 64-73, January 2012.

K. D. Kihm, C. H. Chon, J. S. Lee and S. U. S. Choi, “A New Heat Propagation Velocity Prevails over Brownian Particle Velocities in Determining the Thermal Conductivities of Nanofluids,” Nanoscale Research Letters, Vol 6, No. 361, April 2011.

C. H. Margraves, K. D. Kihm, S. Y. Yoon, C. K. Choi, S. H. Lee, J. L. Liggett, and S. J. Baek, “Simultaneous Measurements of Cytoplasmic Viscosity and Intracellular Vesicle Sizes for Live Human Brain Cancer Cells,” Biotechnology and Bioengineering Vol. 108, No. 10, pp. 2506-2508, April 2011.

S. Y. Yoon, K. D. Kihm, and K. C. Kim, “Correlation of Fluid Refractive Index (RI) with Calibration Coefficient for Micro-Defocusing Digital particle Image Velocimetry (μ-DDPIV),” Measurement Science and Technology, Vol. 22, 037001, January 2011.

I. T. Kim and K. D. Kihm, “Measuring Near-Field Nanoparticle Concentration Profiles by Correlating Surface Plasmon Resonance Reflectance with Effective Refractive Index of Nanofluids,” Optics Letters, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 393-395, February 2010.

K. D. Kihm, “Near-Field Fluidic Characterization Using a Label-Free Imaging Technique Based on Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) Reflectance,” Experiments in Fluids Vol. 48, No. 4, pp.547-564, April 2010.

J. S. Park, K. D. Kihm, and J. S. Lee, “Nonintrusive Measurements of Mixture Concentration Fields by Analyzing Diffraction Image Patterns (Point Spread Function) of Nanoparticles,” Experiments in Fluids Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 183-191, July 2010.

S. Kim, T. G. Thundat, and K. D. Kihm, “Fluidic Applications of an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and Its Microcantilever Sensors,” Experiments in Fluid Vol. 48, No. 5, pp. 721-736, May 2010.

I. T. Kim and K. D. Kihm, “Unveiling Hidden Complex Cavities Formed during Nanocrystalline Self Assembly,” Langmuir Vol. 25, Issue 4, pp. 1881-1884, 2009.

S. H. Kim, A. E. English, and K. D. Kihm, “Surface Elasticity and Charge Concentration-Dependent Endothelial Cell Attachment to Copolymer Polyelectrolyte Hydrogel,” Acta Biomaterialia, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 144-151, 2009.

J. B. Tipton, Jr., K. D. Kihm, and D. M. Pratt, “Modeling Alkaline Liquid Metal (Na) Evaporating Thin Films Using Both Retarded Dispersion and Electronic Force Components,” Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 131, Issue 12, 121015-9, 2009.

C. K. Choi, C. H. Margraves, A. E. English, and K. D. Kihm, “Multicontrast Microscopy Technique to Dynamically Fingerprint Live-Cell Focal Contacts during Exposure and Replacement of a Cytotoxic Medium,” Journal of Biomedical Optics, Vol. 13, No. 5, 054069, 2008.

C. K. Choi, C. Margraves, Seung I. Jun, A. E. English, Philip D. Rack, and K. D. Kihm, “Opto-Electric Cellular Biosensor Using Optically Transparent Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) Electrodes,” Sensors, Vol. 8, pp. 3257-3270, 2008.

S. H. Kim and K. D. Kihm, “Effect of Adsorption-Induced Surface Stress Change on the Stiffness of a Microcantilever Used as a Salinity Detection Sensor,” Applied Physics Letters 93, 081911, 2008.

I. T. Kim and K. D. Kihm, “Real-Time and Full-Field Detection of Near-Wall Salinity Using Surface Plasmon Resonance Reflectance,” Analytical Chemistry 79, pp. 5418-5423, 2007.

C. K. Choi, A. E. English, and K. D. Kihm, “Optoelectric Biosensor Using Indium-Tin-Oxide Electrodes,” Optics Letters, Vol. 32, No. 11, pp. 1405-1407, 2007.

C. H. Chon, S. W. Paik, J. Tipton, and K. D. Kihm, “Effect of Nanoparticle Sizes and Number Densities on the Evaporation and Dryout Characteristics for Strongly Pinned Nanofluid Droplets,” Langmuir 23, No. 6, pp. 2953-2960, 2007.

C. K. Choi, A. E. English, S.-I. Jun, K. D. Kihm, and P. D. Rack, “An Endothelial Cell Compatible Biosensor Fabricated Using Optically Thin Indium Tin Oxide Silicon Nitride Electrodes,” Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 2585-2590, 2007.

S. Kim and K. D. Kihm, “Temperature Dependence of the Near-Wall Oscillation of Microcantilevers Submerged in Liquid Environment,” Applied Physics Letters 90, 081908, 2007.

Kenneth D. Kihm

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