SungWoo Nam

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Dr. SungWoo Nam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He received a B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea, where he graduated summa cum laude with the Valedictorian Prize. Following 3 years of industry experience in carbon nanotube (CNT) manufacturing at ILJIN Nanotech Co., Ltd., he obtained his M.A. in Physics (2007) and Ph.D. in Applied Physics (2011) from Harvard University. Following the completion of his Ph.D., he worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Bioengineering at University of California, Berkeley. He joined MechSE at UIUC in August, 2012.

His current research program pursues innovations in controlled deformation (i.e., ‘architecturing’) of atomically-thin, two-dimensional (2D) materials to explore how unique shapes of atomically-thin materials enable new functionalities. His papers have been published in Nature, Nature Materials, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, etc. and have been cited more than 2000 times. His research is supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Department of Energy (DOE), Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Hanwha Advanced Materials, among others.