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-160

Phone: (860) 486-8028
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Research Interests

  • Mechanical behavior of materials at multiple length scales
  • in-situ nanomechanical test
  • Nanoindentation
  • Dislocation mechanics
  • Microstructure characterization
  • Rapid solidification of alloys
  • Fabrication of nanostructured materials

 Awards & Honors

2011 Kavli Nanoscience Institute Postdoc Fellowship (Caltech)
2010 Outstanding talk of the symposium (Materials Research Society)
2007 Advisory Board Fellowship (Stanford)

Recent Publications

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 Report 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).

Cover image and featured in National Science Review: 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).

Seok-Woo Lee, Lucas Meza, Julia R. Greer, “Cryogenic nanoindentation size effect in [0 0 1]-oriented face-centered cubic 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).

Seok-Woo Lee, Jie Lian, Lorenzo Valdevit, Michael I. Baskes, Julia R. Greer, “Emergence of film thickness-dependent tensile modulus in nanocrystalline Ni films” Scripta Materialia 68 261-264 (2013).

Seok-Woo Lee, William D. Nix, “Size dependence of the yield strength of FCC and BCC metallic micropillars with diameters of a few micrometers”, Philosophical Magazine 92 1283-1260 (2012).

Seok-Woo Lee, Sylvie Aubry, William D. Nix, Wei Cai, “Dislocation junctions and jogs in an FCC free-standing thin film”, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering 19 025002 (2011).

William D. Nix, Seok-Woo Lee, “Micropillar plasticity controlled by dislocation nucleation at surfaces”, Philosophical Magazine 91 1084-1096 (2011).