Woo Lee

Current Ph.D. Students

Eric Boon
Zhehuan Chen
Linh Le
Qiaoling Sun
Wenting Zhang

Ph.D. Students Graduated

Prof. Ying Zhang, Tennessee Technological University
Dr. Gi-Youl Kim, Genus
Prof. Hao Li, University of Missouri - Columbia
Dr. Jinil Lee, Samsung Electronics
Dr. Limin He, Aerospace Materials Research Center, China
Dr. Yi-Feng Su, University of Central Florida​
Prof. Haibiao Chen, Peking University
Dr. Hongwei Qiu, Leiods
Dr Joung-Hyun "Helen" Lee, Columbia University
Dr. Andrew Ihnen, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake
Dr. Yexin Gu, iCell Bioscience


Woo Young Lee, Ph.D.
George Meade Bond Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
1 Castle Point on Hudson
Burchard Building 308
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030


I joined Stevens in 1997 as Associate Professor after working at United Technologies Research Center (1990-1992) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1992-1997). I received tenure in 2000, and was promoted to Professor in 2001. From 2000 to 2005, I chaired the Department of Chemical, Biomedical and Materials Engineering. During this period, the Department's annual research expenditures increased from $1M to $2.2M. Under my administrative leadership, the Biomedical Engineering program was launched in 2002. I was awarded with Stevens' honorary Master of Engineering degree in 2008 for my service to the Institute. I have taught undergraduate students in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and graduate students in Materials Science and Engineering.

I began my research career with the design and synthesis of composite materials and coatings for use in extremely high-temperature environments encountered in aircraft engines and power generation turbines. I published over 70 journal articles in this field, and many of these papers have been extensively cited. For this accomplishment, I was elected to Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 2004.

The role that I have greatly enjoyed at Stevens is to function as a facilitator in shaping up the interdisciplinary research landscape of the Institute. For example, in 2001, I initiated a multi-investigator research effort on microreactors and microfluidics. This initiative has provided an intellectual theater for over 30 graduate and postdoctoral students and 20 external collaborators with >$12M in external funding received by our faculty investigators from multiple government sponsors. On the technical side, I have contributed to: (1) the development of several self-assembly techniques for modifying the surface of microchannels for catalytic reactions and (2) the exploration of microfluidic-based self-assembly methods for creating a new class of nanocomposite materials for energetic applications.Also, the microfluidic-based approach has been extended to creating and inkjet printing nanocomposite micropatterns for a variety of applications ranging from flexible energy storage devices to infection-resistant orthopaedic implant surfaces.  I was appointed as George Meade Bond Chair Professor in 2009 for my leadership in inspiring my colleagues, students, and collaborators to pursue a wide range of new emerging research topics at our university.

My latest passion is to explore the possibility of developing microfluidic tissue models, as an entirely new way of studying how human tissues interact with drugs, pathogens, and biomaterials.  I believe this new approach is expected to: (1) reduce reliance on animal studies since they do not often predict human response and (2) provide a path for the potential development of assays to assist in therapeutic decision-making.  Also, I have been fascinated by graphene as a truly flexible, potentially low-cost material that wrinkles and folds at a nanoscale while being mechanically strong and electrochemically inert.  

Current Ph.D. Students

Eric Boon

I received a bachelor’s degree in 2010 from Wesleyan University majoring in physics and chemistry and a Masters in organic chemistry from Boston University in 2013 working on cycloparaphenylenes, a novel carbon material. My current research works on combining this background to create new solutions for more efficient energy storage, focusing on graphene and graphene composite capacitors for energy storage applications.

Zhehuan Chen

After graduating from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2014, I chose to come to Stevens as a doctoral candidate in Materials Engineering. The beautiful scene of the campus along the Hudson River and excellent research environment of engineering deeply attract me. Now, I am focused on developing a cell culture platform witch can realize graft-versus-host disease in vitro. This is of great significance since it can be used to study the biology of human and evaluate the efficacy of new drugs.

Linh Le

I joined Prof. Woo Lee’s lab in Fall 2009 after receiving MSc in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and BSc in Analytical Chemistry from Vietnam National University. My research overlapped between graphene-based nanomaterial, scalable printing technology with main applications in flexible electronics. Most recently, I was interested in entrepreneurship and had co-founded a startup company, FlexTraPower to further develop the graphene technology as a commercial product. 

Qiaoling Sun

I came to Stevens in Fall 2011 to pursue my master degree in Materials Science. I got my bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Southeast University, Nanjing, China. I joined Professor Lee's lab in Fall 2012. Currently, I am interested in the effect of mechanical loading to the bone tissue in microfluidic system in vitro, which will be a novel means to solve some of the problems met in bone disease research.

Wenting Zhang

I came to Stevens in 2010 as a doctoral candidate in Materials Engineering. I gained both my M.S. and B.E. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. Stevens has given me an exciting opportunity to professionally advance in this field. Currently, my research interest is to functionalize 3D microfluidic bone-like tissue as a novel in vivo like model, as a new means of studying the complex interactions of drugs, biomaterials and pathogens with the human body.