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Nick D. Kim

Nick D. Kim is an analytical environmental chemist who currently works for Waikato Regional Council. He is an honorary lecturer and scientist of chemistry at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. As a cartoonist he is known under his pseudonym Nick.


Kim completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in 1987 and PhD in 1990 at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, followed by postdoctoral research at the Australian National University. Kim ultimately settled at Waikato University as an honorary lecturer in chemistry. His current research focuses on the application of analytical chemistry approaches in environmental, human health, and forensic areas. Kim is also a contributing editor of the Annals of Improbable Research.


  • Environmental chemistry
  • Forensic chemistry


Kim's cartoons have appeared on the web since 1994, and in print form in mainly science-related publications, including:

In addition, a cartoon calendar has been produced by the School of Science and Technology at Waikato University every year since 1995. His cartoons are freely available on his website for any non-profit or educational as well as for some commercial uses.

Selected publications

  • P. Caldwell, W. Henderson and N.D. Kim, 2001. Luminescent visualization of latent fingerprints by direct reaction with a lanthanide shift reagent. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Nov 2001, pp 60-69.
  • D. J. Speed, S. J. Dickson, E. R. Cairns, and N. D. Kim, 2001 Analysis of Six Anticonvulsant Drugs Using Solid-Phase Extraction, Deuterated Standards, and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Vol. 25, pp 198.
  • . P Caldwell, W. Henderson and N.D. Kim, 2000. ABTS: A Safe Alternative to DAB for the Enhancement of Blood Fingerprints. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp 773-782.
  • P. J. McInstry, H.E. Indyk, and N. D. Kim, 1999. The determination of major and minor elements in milk and infant formula by slurry nebulisation and Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES). Journal of Food Chemistry, Vol. 65, pp 245-252.
  • K. A Murphy, A.M. Cartner, W. Henderson and N.D. Kim, 1999. Appraisal of the porphyrin compound, (TPP)Sn(OH)2, as a latent fingerprint reagent. Journal of Forensic Identification, Vol. 49, No. 3, pp 269-282.
  • J.P. Caldwell and N.D. Kim, 1997. The Response of the Intoxilyzer 5000 to five potential interfering substances. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 42, No. 6, p 1080-1087.


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