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Dr Minkwan Kim is a Lecturer in Astronautics within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Dr Minkwan Kim received the PhD degree in Aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan in 2009. He has joined the University of Southampton since 2016 having previously been at University of Michigan (2010), DLR Köln(2012) and University of Adelaide (2016). He specialises in modelling of plasma and non-equilibrium flows including atmospheric re-entry. He is already recognised as a research leader in the field of magneto hydrodynamics (MHD), planetary re-entry and radio blackout. In particular, he is one of the frontiers in a plasma communication which is using MHD effect to solve the radio blackout problem during hypersonic flights. Since April 2012, he has been a member of the Plasmadynamics and Laser (PDL) Technical Committee (TC) in the AIAA. AIAA TC consists of worldwide experts in plasma physics and weakly ionised gas flows who help develop, support, and administer AIAA products and services, including conferences, publications, and awards.

Research interests

Dr Minkwan Kim previous and current research activities have been driven by his attempts to understand the physical phenomena of plasma flows using numerical methods such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) or magneto hydrodynamics (MHD). Obtained knowledge through his research employed to mature the novel plasma technologies such as plasma communication and magnetic heat shield.

1. Radio blackout mitigation

2. Modeling of electron energy phenomena

3. Plasma diagnostic techniques

4. Modeling of high enthalpy flow

5. Magnetic heat shield

6. Hypersonic aerothermodynamics