Min Gyu Kim

Assistant Professor
 Kenwood IRC

Kim Scattering Lab Website


Prof. Kim is interested in quantum materials – materials in which quantum mechanical effects are strong and lead to unique and unexpected properties. The goal of his research is to understand the role of quantum effects and provides a thorough understanding of the lattice, charge, and spin degrees of freedom and their complex interplay in exotic quantum materials. His primary research tools are various x-ray and neutron scattering/imaging techniques. He also synthesizes materials using the solid-state reaction technique, the high-temperature solution growth technique, and the floating-zone optical furnace.


Min Gyu Kim received his B.S. in Physics in 2004 and his M.S. in Physics in 2006, both from the University of Seoul, South Korea. He then went to Iowa State University and obtained his Ph.D in Condensed Matter Physics in 2012, where he received the Zaffarano Prize in recognition of his superior performance in publishable research upon graduation. Then he moved to the University of California, Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and worked with Robert Birgeneau as a postdoctoral fellow from 2012 to 2016. From 2016 to 2020, he was a postdoctoral associate at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University where he worked with Valery Kiryukhin.

Min Gyu has been at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee since 2020, where he holds the rank of Assistant Professor.

Selected Publications

M. G. Kim, B. Winn, S. Chi, A. Savici, J. A. Rodriguez-Rivera, Y. Li, X. Xu, J. W. Kim, S.-W. Cheong, V. Kiryukhin, “Spin-Liquid-Like State in the pure and Mn-doped TbInO3 with nearly triangular lattice,” Physical Review B 100, 024405 (2019).

Min Gyu Kim, Hu Miao, Bin Gao, Sang-Wook Cheong, Claudio Mazzoli, Andi Barbour, Wen Hu, Stuart Wilkins, Ian Robinson, Mark Dean, and Valery Kiryukhin, “Imaging antiferromagnetic antiphase domain boundaries using magnetic Bragg diffraction phase contrast,” Nature Communications 9, 5013 (2018).

M. G. Kim, T. W. Heitmann, S. R. Mulcahy, E. D. Bourret-Courchesne, and B. J. Birgeneau, “Structural and antiferromagnetic properties of Ba(Fe1-x-yCoxRhy)2As2,” Physical Review B 93, 094520 (2016).

M. G. Kim, M. Wang, G. S. Tucker, P. N. Valdivia, D. L. Abernathy, S. Chi, A. D. Christianson, A. A. Aczel, T. Hong, T. W. Heitmann, S. Ran, P. C. Canfield, A. Kreyssig, E. D. Bourret-Courchesne, A. I. Goldman, D. H. Lee, R. J. McQueeney, and R. J. Birgeneau, “ Spin dynamics near a putative antiferromagnetic quantum critical point in Cu substituted BaFe2As2 and its relation to high temperature superconductivity,” Physical Review B 92, 214404 (2015).

M. G. Kim, G. S. Tucker, D. K. Pratt, S. Ran, A. Thaler, A. D. Christianson, K. Marty, S. Calder, A. Podlesnyak, S. L. Bud’ko, P. C. Canfield, A. Kreyssig, A. I. Goldman, and R. J. McQueeney, “Magnon-like dispersion of spin resonance in Ni-doped BaFe2As2”, Physical Review Letters 110, 177002 (2013).

M. G. Kim, J. Lamsal, T. Heitmann, G. S. Tucker, D. K. Pratt, S. N. Khan, Y. B. Lee, A. Alam, A. Thaler, N. Ni, S. L. Bud’ko, K. J. Marty, M. D. Lumsden, P. C. Canfield, B. N. Harmon, D. Johnson, A. Kreyssig, R. J. McQueeney, and A. I. Goldman, “Effects of transition metal substitutions on the incommensurability and spin fluctuations in BaFe2As2 by elastic and inelastic neutron scattering”, Physical Review Letters 109, 167003 (2012).