Seongtae Bae

    Assistant Professor

    Phone 803-777-3469
    Fax 803-777-8045


     1993     B.E.                    Kwangwoon University, Seoul, South Korea

     1995     M.S.                   Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, South Korea Kwangwoon University, Seoul, South Korea

     2003     M.S./Ph.D.      University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA

Professional activities

     2018 ~ Present      Assistant Professor,  Biomedical Engineering Program, University of South Carolina, USA

     2015 ~ Present      Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina, USA

     2013 ~ 2015            Research Associate Professor, Seoul National University College of Medicine, South Korea

     2004 ~ 2013            Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore, Singapore 

     2013 ~ 2013            Visiting Professor, Seoul National University, South Korea

     2011 ~ 2012            Director (Executive director), Nuri Vista Co. Ltd., South Korea

     2011 ~ 2011            Internship Researcher, Seagate Technology, USA

     2003 ~ 2004            Director (Executive director), WaveRider Inc., USA

Awards (Honors) and Recognition

     2018 ~ Present     Editorial Panel,  EC Ophthalmology (ECOP), E-Cronicon Journals

     2010                            Best Poster Paper Award, 55th Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference (MMM)

     2007 ~ Present     Editorial committee member, IETECH

     2006                            Marques Who’s Who in Engineering Higher Education, List name and biography as an electrical engineer

     2004                            Marques Who’s Who in America, List name and biography as an electrical engineer

     2003                            Marques Who’s Who in America, List name and biography as an electrical engineer

     2000                            Young Researcher Award, International Conference on Ferrite

     2000                            Student Travel Award, International Conference on Ferrite

     2000                            Student Travel Award, Symposium on Magneto-electronic Device


Current members

Post doc.

Byeonghwa Lim

2010                   B.S.       Department of Physics, Andong National University, South Korea

2012                   M.S.     Department of Materials science & Engineering, Chungnam National University,

                                              South Korea

2017                   Ph.D.   Department of Emerging Materials Science, Deagu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science

                                              & Technology (DGIST), South Korea

2017~2018    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Global Center for Bio-Convergence Spin System,

                               Deagu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), South Korea


I have experience in fabrication and characterization of multi-layer and single-layer magnetic thin films using sputtering, fabrication of magnetophoretic device and MR sensor through micro / nano patterning, and manipulation and detection of biomaterial using it. my current research topic is a point-of-care GMR / TMR sensor for medical diagnostic applications and a magnetophoretic device based on an embedded magnetic field generator. ​



Byeonghwa Lim et al. “Magnetically Characterized Molecular Lubrication between Biofunctionalized Surfaces” ACS applied materials & interfaces, 10 (18), 16177-16182 (2018).

Byeonghwa Lim et al. “Autonomous Magnetic Microrobots by Navigating Gates for Multiple Biomolecules Delivery” Small, 1800504 (2018).

Byeonghwa Lim et al. “Concentric manipulation and monitoring of protein-loaded superparamagnetic cargo using magnetophoretic spider web” NPG Asia Materials, 9 (3), e369 (2017).

Byeonghwa Lim et al. “Nano/micro-scale magnetophoretic devices for biomedical applications” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 50 (3), 033002 (2016).

Byeonghwa Lim et al. “Magnetophoretic circuits for digital control of single particles and cells” Nature communications, 5, 3846. (2014).

Ji-wook Kim

2010                   B.S.      Department of Chemistry, Yonsei University, South Korea

2017                   Ph.D.   Department of Chemistry, Yonsei University, South Korea

2017~2018    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Nanomedicine, Yonsei University, South Korea


My Ph.D. studies were focused on the design and construction of biocompatible inorganic nanoparticles for interrogating biological process. Especially, I have developed magnetic material based nanoscale force probes to investigate single-cell level mechanotransduction processes in cell-to-cell communication and sound perception. My current research interest is application of nanostructured materials for treating neurodegenerative diseases and hemostasis.



Ji-wook Kim et al.  “Magnetic Nano-tweezers for Interrogating Biological Processes in Space and Time” Acc. Chem. Res. 51, 839 (2018)

Ji-wook Kim et al. "Single cell mechanogenetics using monovalent magnetoplasmonic nanoparticles" Nature protocols, 12, 1871 (2017).

Ji-wook Kim et al.  "Magnetic Force Nanoprobe for Direct Observation of Audio Frequency Tonotopy of Hair Cells" Nano Letters, 16, 3885 (2016)

Hyungsub Kim

2011                      B.S.      Department of Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, South Korea

2013                      M.S.     Department of Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, South Korea

2017                      Ph.D.  Department of Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, South Korea

20172018    Postdoctoral Internship Researcher with Technical Research Personnel,

                                 Surface R&D, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, South Korea


I have experiences on the development of deposition process for thin/thick films including microstructural control of films using various particle size, compositions, phases, and etc. and its applications for energy devices in both academic and industrial fields. My project is currently focusing on the development of superpara-/ferromagnetic nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia and biosensor applications.


Hyungsub Kim et al. “Fabrication of a semi-transparent flexible humidity sensor using kinetically sprayed cupric oxide film” Sens. Actuators B Chem., 274, 331 (2018)

Hyungsub Kim et al.  “Effect of particle size and amorphous phase on the electrochromic properties of kinetically deposited WO3 films” Sol. Energy. Mater. Sol. Cells., 174, 599 (2018)

Hyungsub Kim et al. “Kinetic spraying of silver nanowire blended graphite powder to fabricate transparent conductive electrode and their application in electrochromic device” Appl. Surf. Sci., 456, 19 (2018)

Hyungsub Kim et al. “Evaluation of reliable electrochromic devices based on PEDOT:PSS-TiO2 nanoblends fabricated at low temperature” Ionics 23(9), 2465 (2017)

Hyungsub Kim et al. “Effect of particle size on various substrates for deposition of NiO film via nanoparticle deposition system” Thin Solid Film, 600 (2016)

Graduate student

Jie Wang

2016                      B.S.      College of Materials and Chemical Engineering,

                                               China Three Gorges University, China

2019                      M.S.     Powder Metallurge Research Institute, Central South University, China


I have experiences in fabrication, structural characterization and properties measurement of functional epitaxial thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition. Moreover, the process of preparing thin films into electronic devices, like resonator, phase shifter, filter, etc. has been familiarized. My potential research relates to bionanomagnetic/bioelectromagnetic and bioelectronics. Especially, the research interest mainly focuses on the preparation and properties of nanoparticles and magnetic thin films, together with their characterization and assemblies.


Jie Wang et al. "Structure and microwave dielectric properties of epitaxial 0.7CaTiO3 0.3NdAlOdielectric thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition" Ceram. Int. 45, 8700 (2019)

Safi Shams Muhtasimul Hoque

2018                      B.S.      Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

                                               Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh

I completed my B.Sc. in EEE from BUET, Bangladesh. The focus of my undergraduate research was on Electromagnetic resonance. Besides, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was studied and I also have experience in biomedical signal processing on MRI datasets. My potential research interest is “Bioelectromagnetics”.

Undergraduate Researcher

Natalie Escobar 

2015~Current      B.S.      Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina, USA



I am an Electrical Engineering student at the University of South Carolina with a concentration in magnetic nanoparticle synthesis. My potential research relates to the study of magnetic nanoparticles and its applications in the field of renewable energy.


Group Photos




Jeun Minhong (Jul. 2013)

Current position: Senior Researcher, Busan Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (BISTEP), Korea


Thesis title

Local induction of heat shock proteins using magnetic fluid hyperthermia for ocular neuroprotection in glaucoma .

Lin Lin (Sep. 2012)

Current position: Research staff, Global Foundaries Co. Ltd., Singapore


Thesis title

Exchange Bias Characteristics in [Pd/Co]N/AFM Bilayered Thin Films with Perpendicular Anisotropy for the Spintronic Device Applications with Perpendicularly Magnetized Exchange Bias Spin-Valves .

Zeng Dinggui (Aug. 2012)

Current position: Research staff engineer, Seagate Technology, Singapore

Thesis title

High current density induced magnetic failures in nanostructured current perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance spin-valve devices.

Jiang Jing (Nov. 2011)

Current position: Senior innovation Manager, Haier Singapore Investment Holdings Pte. Ltd., Singapore


Thesis title

Electromigration-induced  failure charateristics of nanostructured GMR spin valves and magnetic multiayers for the electrical reliability of spintronic devices.

 Naganivetha Thiyagarajah (Nov. 2011)

Current position: Member of technical staff, Global Foundaries Co. Ltd., Singapore


Thesis title

Spin transfer switching spintronic devices using [Co/Pd] based spin-valves with perpendicular anisotropy.

M.E. & M.S.

Zhang Ping/ M.S. (Jul. 2014)

Current position: 


Thesis title

Development of a multi-channel point-of-care biosensor platform for disease diagnosis using giant magnetoresistance biochips.

Lee Sanghoon/ M.E. (Jul. 2013)

Current position: Assistance Professor, Department of Robotics Engineering, 

                                       Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)​, Korea


Thesis title

Ferrimagnetic MgFe2O4 nanoparticles for intra-arterial hyperthermia agent applications.

Post. Doc.

Dr. James Jung-tak Jang / Post doc. Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2017

Dr. Ho Wan Ju / Jan. 2009- Jul. 2010

Dr. Jie Guo / Apr. 2006- Jun. 2009

Dr. Sun Wook Kim / Apr. 2006 - Jan. 2009

Dr. Sang Won Lee / Aug. 2005 - Jul. 2008

Dr. Yeon Bong Choi. / Aug. 2015 - Jul. 2006

Bae group, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina