Joonsoo Kim wins MRS Graduate Student Gold Award

The Graduate Student Award is considered the highest honor an MSE student can attain from the Materials Research Society (MRS).
Joonsoo Kim wins MRS Graduate Student Gold Award

Joonsoo Kim, PhD candidate in the Sun group, accepts his Graduate Student Gold Award from MRS president Takao Someya.

MSE is pleased to announce that PhD student Joonsoo Kim recently received a 2024 Graduate Student Gold Award from the Materials Research Society (MRS). Kim is a member of Assistant Professor Wenhao Sun's research group.

Broadly considered the highest honor an MSE student can receive from MRS, the Graduate Student Awards are intended to “honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction.”

Kim received the award after presenting a talk at the 2024 MRS Spring Meeting in Seattle.

Kim’s research aims to better understand the thermodynamics and kinetics of crystal growth in unconventional supersaturated solutions. Traditionally, crystals have been grown in supersaturated aqueous solutions, so material growth in aqueous solutions is understood quite well. However, as materials science became more advanced, materials syntheses also became more sophisticated and now require unconventional syntheses. These syntheses conditions haven’t been understood qualitatively and quantitatively. 

“Lacking such knowledge is like navigating without a map,” explained Kim. “Thus, our goal is to show – through a new growth mechanism of dolomite crystals and the thermodynamic analysis of ammonothermal synthesis - the essential understanding of crystal growth in such unusual conditions.”

Congratulations, Joonsoo!