Seok-Woo Lee

Seok-Woo Lee
Associate Professor
Director for Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D., Stanford University (2011)

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
25 King Hill Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: 1017
Phone: (860) 486-8028
Email: Web:

Research Interests

  • Mechanical behavior of advanced structural materials
  • 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 periodic nano-architectures
  • High strain-rate deformation of metals and alloys
  • Strong-but-compliant polymer nanocomposites 

 Awards & Honors

2020 Castleman Term Professor in Engineering Innovation (UConn) 
2019 Mentorship Excellence Award (UConn)
2018 MSE Teaching Excellence of the Year (UConn)
2018 MSE Faculty of the Year (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

Tra Vinikoor, Godwin dzidotor, Thinh T. Le, Yang Liu, Ho-Man Kan, Srimanta Barui, Meysam T. Chorsi,  Eli J. Curry, Emily Reinhardt, Hanzhang Wang, Parbeen Singh, Marc A Merriman, Ethan D’orio, Shuyang Xiao, James H Chapman, Feng Lin, Cao-Sang Truong, Somasundaram Prasadh, Lisa Chuba, Shaelyn Killoh, Seok-Woo Lee, Qian Wu, Ramaswamy M. Chidambaram, Kevin W. H. Lo, Cato T. Laurencin, Thanh D. Nguyen, “Injectable and biodegradable piezoelectric hydrogel for medical applications,” Nature Communications, 14, 6257 (2023).

Bryer C. Sousa, Mark Aindow, Seok-Woo Lee, Diana Lados, Anthony G. Spangenberger, Christopher M. Sample, Danielle L. Cote, “Ch.9. Characterization of cold-sprayed material consolidations,” Advances in Cold Spray (2nd ed.), Woodhead Publishing, 205-298 (2023).

Aaron N. Michelson, Tyler J. Flanagan, Seok-Woo Lee*, Oleg Gang*, “Light-weight and high strength silica nanolattices templated from DNA origami,” Cell Reports Physical Science, 4, 101475 (2023) – [2023 Editor’s Choice]

Shuyang Xiao, Sarshad Rommel, Kiera A. Burns, Aurora A. Buswell, Vladislav Borisov, Juan Schmidt, Roser Valentí, Paul C. Canfield, Mark Aindow, Seok-Woo Lee, “Effects of Rhodium doping on dislocation nucleation in a [001] SrNi2P2 single crystals under spherical nanoindentaiton,” Journal of Materials Research38, 3491–3503 (2023) (Kiera A. Burns and Aurora A. Buswell are UConn undergraduate students!).

Jessica M. Maita, Sarshad Rommel, Jacob R. Davis, James A. Wollmershauser, Edward P. Gorzkowski, Boris N. Feigelson, Mark Aindow, Seok-Woo Lee, “Grain size dependence of mechanical properties of nanocrystalline magnesium aluminate MgAl2O4,” Acta Materialia251, 118881 (2023).

Zhongyuan Li, Jinlong He, Nikhil Tiwale, Keith J. Dusoe, Chang-Yong Nam, Ying Li, Seok-Woo Lee, “Unraveling the ultrahigh modulus of resilience of sequential-infiltrated core-shell polymer nanocomposite nanopillars,” Materials & Design, 227, 111770 (2023).

A. Hemeda, J. Xu, C. T. Wu, A. Mishra, D. Cote, Matthew Siopis, I. M. Nault, A. Nardi, V. K. Champagne, S. Lee, M. Aindow, J. W. Palko, and Y. Ma, “Heterogeneous distribution of mechanical properties of single particle cold spray impacts,” Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 31,498–507 (2022).

Yang Liu, Godwin Dzidotor, Thinh T. Le, Tra Nguyen, Kristin Morgan, Eli J. Curry, Ritopa Das, Aneesah McClinton, Ellen Eisenberg, Lorraine N. Apuzzo, Khanh T. M. Tran, Pooja Prasad, Tyler J. Flanagan, Seok-Woo Lee, Ho-Man Kan, Kevin W. H. Lo, Cato T. Laurencin, Thanh D. Nguyen, “Exercise-induced piezoelectric stimulation for cartilage regeneration,” Science Translational Medicine14, eabi7282 (2022).

Shuyang Xiao, Vladislav Borisov, Guilherme Gorgen-Lesseux, Sarshad Rommel, Gyuho Song, Jessica M. Maita, Mark Aindow, Roser Valentí, Paul Canfield, Seok-Woo Lee, “Pseudoelasticity of SrNi2P2 micropillar via lattice collapse and expansion,” Nano Letters, 21, 7913-7920 (2021).

Ian N. Bakst, John T. Sypek, Sriram Vijayan, Shuyang Xiao, Mark Aindow, Seok-Woo Lee, Christopher R. Weinberger , ”Uniaxial compression of CaFe2As2 single crystals: the effects of microstructure and temperature on superelasticity – Part II: Modeling” Acta Materialia203, 116462 (2021).

John T. Sypek, Sriram Vijayan, Ian N. Bakst, Shuyang Xiao, Matthew J. Kramer, Paul C. Canfield, Mark Aindow, Christopher R. Weinberger, Seok-Woo Lee, “Uniaxial compression of CaFe2As2 single crystals: the effects of microstructure and temperature on superelasticity – Part I: Experimental Observation” Acta Materialia203, 116464 (2021).

Gyuho Song, Nicole K. Aragon, Ill Ryu, Seok-Woo Lee, “Low Temperature Failure Mechanism of [001] Niobium Micropillars Revealed by in-situ Cryogenic Micro-Tensile Tests and Dislocation Dynamics Simulations,” Journal of Materials Research (Invited Paper), 36, 2371–2382 (2021).

Alexis T. Ernst, Peter Kerns, Aaron Nardi, Harold D. Brody, Avinash M. Dongare, Seok-Woo Lee, Victor K. Champagne, Steven L. Suib, Mark Aindow, “Surface states of gas-atomized Al 6061 powders – effects of heat treatment,” Applied Surface Science534, 147643 (2020).

Tyler J. Flanagan, Sriram Vijayan, Sergey Galitskiy, Jacob Davis, Benjamin Bedard, Avinash Dongare, Mark Aindow, Cyril L. Williams, Seok-Woo Lee, “Shock-induced deformation twinning and softening in magnesium single crystals,” Materials & Design, 194, 108884 (2020).

Jessica M. Maita, Gyuho Song, Mariel Colby, Seok-Woo Lee, “Atomic arrangement and mechanical properties of amorphous boron,” Materials & Design193, 108856 (2020).

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