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

2019 Mentorship Excellence Award (UConn)
2018 MSE Teaching Excellence of the Year (UConn)
2018 Research Excellence Award (UConn)
2017 MSE Teaching Excellence of the Year (UConn)
2016 Research Excellence Award (UConn)
2016 NASA Early Career Faculty Award
2011 Kavli Nanoscience Institute Postdoc Fellowship (Caltech)
2007 Advisory Board Fellowship (Stanford)

Recent Publications

Sumit Suresh, Seok-Woo Lee, Mark Aindow, Harold D Brody, Victor K Champagne, “Mesoscale evolution of jet initiation behavior and microstructure evolution during cold spray single particle impact,” Acta Materialia – 182, 197-206 (2020) 

Hetal D. Patel, Seok-Woo Lee, “Spherical indentation on tungsten single crystal: transition from source-controlled plasticity to bulk plasticity,” Scripta Materialia, 175, 16-19 (2020) 

Tyler J. Flanagan, Oleg Kovalenko, Eugen Rabkin, Seok-Woo Lee, “The effect of defects on strength of gold microparticles,”Scripta Materialia, 171, 83-86 (2019). 

Tyler J. Flanagan, Benjamin Bedard, Alex Ernst, Avinash M. Dongare, Seok-Woo Lee, Harold D. Brody, Victor K. Champagne Jr, Mark Aindow, “Mechanical properties of supersonic-impacted Al6061 microparticles,” – Scripta Materialia, 171, 52-56 (2019). 

Gyuho Song, Vladislav Borisov, William R. Meier, Mingyu Xu, Keith J. Dusoe, John T. Sypek, Roser Valenti, Paul C. Canfield, Seok-Woo Lee*, “Ultrahigh elastically compressible and strain-engineerable intermetallic compounds under uni-axial mechanical loading,” APL Materials, 7, 061104 (2019). 

Gyuho Song, Seok-Woo Lee, Effect of temperature on surface-controlled dislocation multiplication in body-centered-cubic metal micropillars,” Computational Materials Science, 168, 172-179 (2019). 

Benjamin Bedard, Alex Ernst, Tyler J. Flanagan, Avinash M. Dongare, Seok-Woo Lee, Harold D. Brody, Victor K. Champagne Jr, Mark Aindow, “Microstructure and micromechanical response in gas-atomized Al6061 alloy powder and cold-sprayed splats,” Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 27, 1563-1578 (2018). 

Ian N. Bakst, Keith J. Dusoe, Gil Drachuk, James R. Neilson, Paul C. Canfield, Seok-Woo Lee, Christopher R. Weinberger, “Effects of point defects on the mechanical response of LaRu2P2,” Acta Materialia, 160 224-234 (2018). 

Ian N. Bakst, Hang Yu, Mohammadreza Bahadori, Haibo Yu, Seok-Woo Lee, Mark Aindow, Christopher R. Weinberger, “Insights into the plasticity of Ag3Sn from Density Functional Theory,” International Journal of Plasticity, 110, 57-73 (2018).  

Sumit Suresh, Seok-Woo Lee, Mark Aindow, Harold Brody, Victor R. Champagne, Avinash M. Dongare, “Unraveling the mesoscale evolution of microstructure during supersonic in aluminum powder particles,” Scientific Report, 8, 10075 (2018). 

Ian N. Bakst, John T. Sypek, Seok-Woo Lee, James R. Neilson, Christopher R. Weinberger, “Modeling pseudo-elastic behavior in small-scale ThCr2Si2-type crystals,” Computational Materials Science150, 86-95 (2018). 

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] CaFe2As2intermetallic 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 YCd6quasicrystal approximant at the micrometer scale,” Journal of Materials Science53, 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,17, 7416–7423 (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,8, 1083 (2017). 

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