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Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801


Office hours 8:30a - 5:00p


Phone: 217-333-3097
Fax: 217-244-6375


Hyunjoon Kong

Hyunjoon Kong

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
108 Roger Adams Laboratory, MC-MC 712
600 S. Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
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Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2001

Research Statement:
Our group’s overall goal is to develop advanced material systems useful for fundamental and applied biosciences. Specifically, we focus on creating simple, but novel methods to control nano- and micro-structure of materials inspired by nature and further modulate chemical and physical properties of materials, in an independent manner. In addition, we are exploring use of the resulting material systems in multiple applications including drug delivery, diagnosis/bioimaging, 3D cell culture and therapies, and tissue repair and regeneration. In this context, our current research projects include;

  1. Differential controls of chemical, mechanical and transport properties of bioactive hydrogels for 3D cell culture, cell transplantation, and revascularization therapies

  2. Modular assembly of multifunctional nano- and microparticles for diagnosis, imaging, and treatments of cardiovascular diseases

  3. Nanomaterial for target stem cell delivery

  4. Stem/Cancer cell clusters for understanding emergent cell behavior towards tissue development and pathogenesis

Research Interests:
Bioinspired Materials, Stem Cell Niches, Tissue Engineering
For more information:
Research Synopsis
Kong Group Web site

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements:

  • Fellowship, Hanyang University, 1995
  • Samnam Foundation Fellowship, Lotte Inc., Korea, 1991

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Research:

  • Engineering Dean's Award for Research Achievement, 2012
  • UIUC Center for Advanced Study Fellow, 2012-2013
  • Korean Institute for Chemical Engineers President Young Investigator Award, 2011
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2009
  • Scientist Development Grant, American Heart Association, 2008