Seok-Woo Lee

Seok-Woo Lee on May 15, 2014. (/UConn Photo)Seok-Woo Lee
Pratt & Whitney Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University (2011)

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: IMS-009A

Phone: (860) 486-8028
Email: Web:



Research Interests

  • Mechanical behavior of advanced structural material
  • in-situ nanomechanics: nanoindentation and micropillar compression/tension
  • Dislocation simulations: discrete dislocation dynamics and molecular dynamics
  • Single crystal growth of novel intermetallic compounds
  • Laser lithography fabrication of three dimensional nano-architectures
  • High strain-rate deformation of metals and alloys

 Awards & Honors

2018 UConn Research Excellence Award
2017 MSE Teaching Excellence of the Year
2016 UConn Research Excellence Award
2016 NASA Early Career Faculty Award (CAREER)
2011 Kavli Nanoscience Institute Postdoc Fellowship (Caltech)
2007 Advisory Board Fellowship (Stanford)

Recent Publications

Keara Frawley, Ian Bakst, John T. Sypek, Sriram Vijayan, Christopher R. Weinberger, Paul C. Canfield, Mark Aindow, Seok-Woo Lee, “A nanoindentation study on plastic deformation and fracture behaviors of [0 0 1] CaFe2As2 intermetallic compound,” JOM 70, 1074-1080 (2018) – featured in journal cover

Gyuho Song, Tai Kong, Keith J. Dusoe, Paul C. Canfield, Seok-Woo Lee, “Shear localization and size-dependent strength of of YCd6 quasicrystal approximant at the micrometer scale,” Journal of Materials Science 53, 6980-6990 (2018)

Keith J. Dusoe, Xinyi Ye, Kim Kisslinger, Aaron Stein, Chang-Young Nam, Seok-Woo Lee, “Ultra-high elastic energy storage in metal-oxide-infiltrated hybrid polymer nanocomposite,” Nano Letters (2017)

John T. Sypek, Hang Yu, Keith J. Dusoe, Gil Drachuck, Hetal Petal, Amanda M. Giroux, Alan I. Goldman, Andreas Kreyssig, Paul C. Canfield, Sergey L. Bud’ko, Christopher R. Weinberger, Seok-Woo Lee, “Superelasticity and cryogenic linear shape memory effects in CaFe2As2,” Nature Communications 1083 (2017).

John T. Sypek, Christopher R. Weinberger, Sriram Vijayan, Mark Aindow, Paul C. Canfield, Seok-Woo Lee, “Superealstic and micaceous deformation in the intermetallic compound CaFe2As2,” Scripta Materialia 141 10-14 (2017).

Keith J. Dusoe, Sriram Vijayan, Thomas R. Bissell, Jie Chen, Jack E. Morley, Leopoldo Valencia, Avinash M. Dongare, Mark Aindow & Seok-Woo Lee, “Strong, ductile and thermally stable Cu-based metal-intermetallic nanocomposites,” Nature Scientific Reports 40409 (2017).

Roman Kositski, Oleg Kovalenko, Seok-Woo Lee, Julia R. Greer, Eugen Rabkin, Dan Mordehai, “Cross-split of dislocations: an athermal and rapid plasticity mechanism,” Nature Scientific Reports 25966 (2016).

Seok-Woo Lee, Jafary-Zadeh Mehdi, David Chen, Yong-Wei Zhang, Julia R. Greer, “Size effect suppresses brittle failure in hollow Cu60Zr40 metallic glass nanolattices deformed at cryogenic temperature,” Nano Letters 15 5673-5681 (2015).

Seok-Woo Lee, Yintong Cheng, Ill Ryu, Julia R. Greer, “Cold-temperature deformation of nano-sized tungsten and niobium revealed by in-situ nano-mechanical experiments,” Science China Technological Sciences 16 184-189 (2014) – invited, and featured on the cover

Seok-Woo Lee, Lucas Meza, Julia R. Greer, “Cryogenic nanoindentation size effect in [0 0 1]-oriented face-centered and body-centered-cubic single crystals,” Applied Physics Letters 103 101906 (2013).

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