Seok-Woo Lee

Seok-Woo Lee on May 15, 2014. (/UConn Photo)Seok-Woo Lee
Pratt & Whitney Associate 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 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 nano-architectures
  • High strain-rate deformation of metallic alloys

Awards & Honors

2016   UConn Research Excellence Award

2016   NASA Early Career Faculty Award (CAREER)

2011   Kavli Nanoscience Institute Postdoc Fellowship (CalTech)

2007   Advisory Board Fellowship (Stanford University)

Recent Publications

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, Avinash M. Dongare, Harold D. Brody, Victor K. Champagne Jr, Mark Aindow, Seok-Woo Lee, “Mechanical properties of supersonicimpacted Al6061 power particles,” 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 nanowire,” Computational Materials Science 168, 172-179 (2019).

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).

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 7 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 2 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).

Seok-Woo Lee, Andrew T. Jennings, Julia R. Greer, “Emergence of enhanced strength and Bauschinger effect in conformally passivated copper nanopillars as revealed by dislocation dynamics,” Acta Materialia 61 1872-1885 (2013).

Andrew T. Jennings, Christopher R. Weinberger, Seok-Woo Lee, Zachary H. Aitken, Lucas Meza, Julia R. Greer, “Modeling dislocation nucleation strengths in pristine nanowires under experimental conditions,” Acta Materialia 61 2244-2259 (2013)

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