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David Throckmorton
Vice President of Research

James Closs
Director of Research Program Development

Carly Bosco
Director of NASA Langley Programs

Peter McHugh
Director of FAA Programs

Samantha Austin
Program Manager, Advanced Composites Consortium Integration

Jin Ho Kang

Tel:  +1 (757) 864-9219;  Fax: +1 (757) 864-8312


Research Interests

  • Materials Science;
  • Development of novel high efficiency energy conversion materials & devices utilizing thermoelectric, piezoelectric, electrostrictive, etc.;
  • Noise reduction technologies for aircrafts utilizing electroactive and shape memory polymers;
  • Anti-penetrating materials against high kinetic energy impactors;
  • Radiation shielding materials against ionizing (neutron, UV) & non-ionizing radiations;
  • Solar and thermal emissivity control materials;
  • Synthesis and characterization of carbon nanotube & Boron nitride nanotube/polymer composites;
  • Electromagnetic energy response of materials for broad bands from static to X-ray frequencies;
  • Metamaterials; and
  • Surface & interface science.


  • Ph. D. (2004), Electrical & Computer Engineering (Chem. Eng./Polymeric
  • Material), Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
  • M.S. (1999), Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
  • B.S. (1997), Chemical Engineering, Sogang University, Korea

Current Research

  • Development of electroactive materials and devices (piezoelectric, electrostrictive) utilizing carbon nanotubes and boron nanotubes;
  • Development of various stiffness materials for multi-objective leading edge concepts for reducing SFW aircraft noise;
  • Novel multifunctional (structural, lightning protection and sensing) composite materials for fuselage and wing structure;
  • Anti-penetrating and wear resistant materials;
  • Negative index materials using doped chiral polymer;
  • Development of boron nitride nanotube based radiation shielding materials for electronics and astronauts; amd
  • Development of deployable solar power panel using thermoelectric and solar/thermal irradiation control materials.

Recent Publications

  • K. L. Gordon, J. H. Kang, C. Park, P. Lillihei, and J. S. Harrison, “A Novel Negative Permittivity Material based on phosphoric acid doped poly(benzimidazole)”, J. Polym Sci. Polym. Phys. 125 (4), 2977-2985 (2012).
  • W.-H Zhong, C. A. Ulven, C. Park, R. G. Magiure, J. H. Kang, G. Sauti, and M. A. Fuqua, Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2nd edition, Chapter: Polymer Nanocomposites and Functionalities, American Scientific Publishers, volume 21 171-218 (2011) (
  • C. Park, J.-W. Kim, G. Sauti, J. H. Kang, S. E. Lowther, P. T. Lillehei, J. S. Harrison, N. Nazem, and L. T. Taylor, “Metallized Nanotube Polymer Composite (MNPC) Films Prepared by Supercritical Fluid Impregnation of a Metal Precursor”, J. Polym Sci Polym Phys. 50(6), 394-402 (2011).
  • • C. Lovell, J. H. Kang, J. M. Fitz-Gerald, and C. Park, “Effects of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes on the Shear Piezoelectricity of Poly (g-benzyl L-glutamate),” J. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym Phys, 48, 2355-2365 (2010).
  • J. H. Kang, C. Park, J. A. Scholl, A. H. Brazin, N. M. Holloway, J. W. High, S. E. Lowther, J. S. Harrison, “Piezoresistive Characteristics of Single Wall Carbon Nanotube/Polyimide Nanocomposite”, J. Polym. Sci. B: Polym Phys. Vol. 47, 994-1003 (2009).
  • T.-B. Xu, N. Guerreiro, J. Hubbard, J. H. Kang, C. Park, and J. S. Harrison , “A One-Dimensional Contact Mode Interdigitated Center of Pressure Sensor (CMIPS)”, App. Phys. Lett. Vol. 94, 233503 (2009).
  • J. H. Kang, C. Park, S. E. Lowther, J. S. Harrison, and C. E. Park, “All-Organic actuator fabricated with single wall carbon nanotube electrodes”, J. Polym. Sci. B: Polym Phys. Vol. 46, 2532-2538 (2008).
  • C. Park, J. H. Kang, Z. Ounaies, S. Lowther, R. C. Costen, and J. S. Harrison, “Novel Actuating SWNT Polymer Composites: Intrinsic Unimorph”, Advanced Materials, 20, 2074-2079 (2008).
  • J. H. Kang, R. Penner, T. Turner, E. J. Siochi, “Variable Stiffness Shape Adaptive Multi-Layered Polymer Composite,” LAR 17977-1 Non-Provisional Filing, April 16, 2012, #12/547,513.
  • J. H. Kang, C. Park, J.S. Harrison, M. W. Smith, S. E. Lowther, J.-W. Kim, G. Sauti, “Energy conversion materials fabricated with boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) and BNNT polymer composites,” LAR 17918-1 Non-Provisional Filing, August 11, 2011, #20110192016.
  • J. H. Kang, C. Park, G. Sauti, M. W. Smith, K. Jordan, S. E. Lowther, and R. Bryant, “High Kinetic Energy Penetrator Shielding and High Wear Resistance Materials Fabricated with Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNTs) and BNNT Polymer Composites”, LAR 17918-1, Non provisional patent application filed (July 2011).
  • T. B. Xu, E. Siochi, J. H. Kang, and X. Jiang, “Piezoelectric Single Crystal Multilayer Stacks for Energy Harvesting Transducers (PSCMSEHT)”, LAR 17967-1, Non provisional filing, Nov 2011.
  • J. H. Kang, R. G. Bryant, C. Park, G. Sauti, L. J. Gibbons, S. E. Lowther, C. C. Fay, Multi-functional BN-BN composite, LAR 18040-1, May 2011.
  • C. Park, J. H. Kang, K. Gordon, G. Sauti, S. E. Lowther R. G. Bryant, Doped Chiral Polymer Negative Index Materials (DCPNIM), LAR 18073-1, Jun 2011
  • T. B. Xu, E. Siochi, J. H. Kang, X. Jiang, Wesley Hackenberger “Secondary Amplification of Multiple Flextensional Acuation/Trasduction System (SAMFATS)”, LAR 17907-1, (Jun 24, 2011).
  • G. Sauti, C. Park, J. H. Kang, J.-W. Kim, J. S. Harrison, M. W. Smith, K. Jordan, S. E. Lowther, P. T. Lillehei, S. A. Thibeault, “Neutron and ultraviolet radiation shielding films fabricated using boron nitride nanotubes and boron nitride nanotube polymer composites,” LAR 17902-1, Non-Provisional Filing, May 2011.
  • K. L. Gordon, J. H. Kang, C. Park, P. T. Lillehei, J. S. Harrison, “Negative Dielectric Constant Material Based on Ion Conducting Materials”, LAR-17689-1, US Patent App. Pub. US2011/0105293 A1, May 2011.
  • J. H. Kang, C. Park, J. S. Harrison, “All-organic electroactive device fabricated with single wall carbon nanotube film electrode (SWNT-FE),” LAR 17455-1, Non-Provisional Filing, Oct 2011.
  • T. B. Xu, E. Siochi, J. H. Kang, and X. Jiang, “Secondary amplification of multiple flextensional actuation/transduction system (SAMFATS)”, LAR 17907-1, Non provisional patent application filing, Jun 2011.
  • J. H. Kang, G. Sauti, C. Park, L. J. Gibbons, S. A. Thibeault, S. E. Lowther R. G. Bryant, Radiation hardened Microelectronic Chip Packaging Technology, LAR 18005-1, Jan 2011.
  • Cheol Park, J. H. Kang, Godfrey Sauti, Luke Gibbons, Robert Bryant, Sharon Lowther, “Sequential/Simultaneous Multi-Metalized Nanocomposites (S2M2N)”, LAR 17997-1, Jan 14, 2011




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