Hongki Kang, PhD

an Electrical Engineer in Microelectronics for novel bio-electronics and biomedical engineering applications

From February 2019, I am joining the Department of Information and Communication Engineering (ICE) at DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology) in South Korea as an Assistant Professor. I will be mostly working on Bioelectronics & Neural Engineering (Brain-Microelectronics Interface, Neuromodulation) areas of research using microelectronics, microfabrication processes, and new bio-functional materials.

I will be looking for students who would like to do research at the intersection of microelectronics & biomedical engineering. If interested, please send me an email.

마이크로 전자 (트랜지스터, 센서, 회로)와 미세 공정 (나노 물질 공정, 프린팅 등)을 이용하여 바이오 전자 분야 (바이오 공학, 뇌공학, 헬스케어, 생체 신호 습득 및 조절)에 응용하는 연구에 관심을 가지고 새로운 출발을 함께 하고 싶으신 학생들, 연구원 분들의 관심 바랍니다.

For more up-to-date information about my research group at DGIST, please visit http://bioee.dgist.ac.kr. Since March 2019, this webpage is not going to be actively updated. This will remain as my personal website, though.

Starting my research career in semiconductor devices in EE, I have been expanding my expertise towards neural engineering. I earned my PhD in Electrical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley in 2013, under the supervision of Vivek Subramanian. After PhD, I spend a year at Columbia University as a postdoctoral research scientist in Dr. Kenneth Shepard's lab. Since then, I have been working as a postdoctoral researcher in Neural Engineering Lab (PI: Prof. Yoonkey Nam) in the Department of Bio and Brain Engineering & Information & Electronics Research Institute at KAIST (Daejeon, South Korea) until Feb. 2019.

I am an electrical engineer specialized in both Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering applications. In particular, during my PhD, I have worked on large-area, low-cost, flexible, printed electronics processes and devices that can build electronics in new form factors (e.g., flexible, wearable). My general research interest includes improvement in our healthcare technology by developing new concepts of devices, fabrication processes, and understanding fundamental science governing those applications.

For the last few years as a postdoc, I have been working in the area of neural engineering:

    • how novel transistors/ICs record physiological signals;
    • how to leverage novel fabrication processes / electronic devices (novel IC etc.) to interface with physiological signals better;
    • how printing bio-functional nanoparticles can advance bioengineering applications (e.g., thermo-plasmonics for neuro-modulation).

More can be found in About me...

research interests and experiences

    • Bioelectronics, and neural interface technologies for large-scale neural stimulation and recording
    • Micro patterning of functional nanomaterials using printing technologies
    • Thermo-plasmonic device fabrication and its application in biomedical engineering
    • Printed, solution processed low-cost and large area flexible electronics
    • Low frequency noise behavior of novel semiconductor devices for sensor/RF applications
    • Impact of hydrostatic/dynamics and wetting phenomena on nanoparticles and printed devices
    • Semiconductor devices and physics

Find more on my current interests and previous research experiences.

engineering skills

Neural/bio engineering

    • Neural recording and analysis: multichannel action potential recording, spike detection, spike analysis, neural network analysis
    • Neural signal recording system fabrication: microelectrode array (MEA) fabrication, Intan ASIC chip based 256 channel recording system (fabrication from scratching)
    • Primary culture of neurons from the early postnatal mouse hippocampus and cortex
    • Light based neuromodulation techniques especially using plasmonic nanomaterials

Printed, semiconductor device, and general electrical engineering

    • Printed Electronics fabrication; Inkjet printing, Gravure printing, Micro-contact printing.
    • Micro/nano fabrication on both wafer level and for post-IC processes
    • Noise signal measurement & characterization in electronic devices
    • Device characterization, electrical and mechanical; Silicon based transistors, and printed TFTs.
    • Dynamic contact angle characterization
    • Simulation and Design Tools: Sentaurus, Silvaco, Cadence, L-Edit, AutoCAD, EAGLE

contact information

Email is the best way to reach me.

hkang AT dgist DOT ac DOT kr


DGIST, Bldg. E3 Rm. 611

333, Techno Jungang Daero,

Hyeonpung-Eup, Dalseong-Gun,

Daegu, 42988, South Korea

42988 대구광역시 달성군 현풍읍 테크노중앙대로 333 DGIST 정보통신융합공학관(E3) 611호

TEL: +82-53-785-6328

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