Sangwoo Lee

Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dr. Sangwoo Lee is an experimental polymer scientist and engineer working on thermodynamic problems in polymeric materials with emphasis on phase states, transition dynamics, and microstructures in inhomogeneous polymers and their blends. His current research interests ranges from fundamental polymer science to practical applications to solve various energy problems. He received his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2011. After he finished his postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota, he joined in the department of chemical and biological engineering in RPI as an assistant professor in 2014. His research has been recognized by the Best Dissertation Award in Physical Sciences and Engineering in the University of Minnesota and Cozzarelli Prize by the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. He was also a finalist for the Quadrant Award. 

  • B. S. Chemical Engineering,2003, Seoul National University, South Korea.
  • Ph. D. Chemical Engineering, 2011, University of Minnesota.
  • Postdoctoral/Research Associate, 2011-2013, University of Minnesota.
Research Focus
  • Polymer Thermodynamics
  • Mesoscale Structures in Inhomogeneous Polymers
  • Material Design and Synthesis
Select Works
  • Sangwoo Lee, Timothy Gillard, Frank S. Bates, "Fluctuations, Order, and Disorder in Short Diblock Copolymers," AIChE Journal, 2013, 59, 3502.
  • Athanasios Touris, Sangwoo Lee, Marc A. Hillmyer, and Frank S. Bates, "Synthesis of Multiblocks with Asymmetrically Sized Poly(ethylene oxide) End-Blocks," Macro Letters, 2012, 1, 768.
  • Soo-Hyung Choi, Sangwoo Lee, Haidy E. Soto, Timothy P. Lodge, and Frank S. Bates, "Nanoscale Mixing of Soft Solids," Journal of American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 1722.
  • Sangwoo Lee, Michael J. Bluemle, Frank S. Bates, "Discovery of a Frank-Kasper σ-phase in Sphere-Forming Block Copolymer Melts," Science, 2010, 330, 349.
  • Sangwoo Lee, M. A. Arunagirinathan, Frank S. Bates, “Path Dependent Morphologies in Oil/Water/Diblock Copolymer Mixtures,” Langmuir, 2010, 26, 1707.