Keeman Kim
Keeman KimIDistinguished Professor

Environmental and Climate Technology,

Design of Tokamak fusion reactor and development of fusion superconducting magnets

Academic background
  • (1979-1983) Seoul National University Nuclear Engineering (BS)
  • (1983-1985) Seoul National University Nuclear Engineering (MS)
  • (1986-1989) University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamgaign, Nuclear Engineering (Ph.D.)
Professional experience
  • (1990~1994) Argonne National Laboratory, Technical Staff
  • (1994-1996) Samsung Heavy Industries, Principal Scientist
  • (1996-2002) Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Laboratory Director
  • (2002-2021) Korea Institute of Fusion Energy, Principal Scientist
  • (2014-2017) Natioanl Fusion Research Institute : President
Research keywords
  • Nuclear Fusion Reactor Design
  • Superconducting Magnet Development
  • Accelerator Magnet Development
Research highlights
  • Developed Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) device superconducting magnet system
  • Developed International Tokamak Experimental Reactor, ITER, superconducting conductor including Nb3Sn superconducting strand
  • Lead the design of Korean fusion demonstration reactor, K-DEMO
  • Lead the development of high performance (high critical current) Nb3Sn superconducting strand for K-DEMO superconducting magnets
  • Lead the design of 16-Tesla superconducting conductor test facility, SUCCEX (SUperConducting Conductor EXperiment)
  • Lead the design and measurement of 7-GeV synchrotron radiation source, APS, magnet
  • Developed APS main control software, GUS
  • Lead the design of 1.2-GeV Industrial Synchrotron radiation source, SHIEBA (Samsung Heavy Industries Electron Beam Acceleration)
Representative publications
  • Keeman Kim at el., "Design concept of K-DEMO for near-term implementation," Nuclear Fusion 55
  • Keeman Kim at el., "Conceptual Design Study for a 16 Tesla Conductor Test Facility, SUCCEX," IEEE Trans. on Applied Superconductivity, vol 24,
  • Keeman Kim at el., “Design updates of magnet system for Korean fusion demonstration reactor, K-DEMO,” Fusion Engineering and Design, 149
  • Keeman Kim at el., "A Scaling Law for the critical current of Nb3Sn Stands Based on Strong Coupling Theory of Superconductivity," Journal of Applied Physics 99
Awards & Honors
  • (2008) Awards by Minister of Science and Technology for the development of KSTAR device
  • (2009) National Decoration by Korean Constitution for the development of ITER TF conductor

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