Woo Lee
Hongwei Qiu

Current Ph.D. Students

Eric Boon
Yexin Gu
Linh Le
Melissa Lugo
Wenting Zhang
Qiaoling Sun
Di Wu

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, Florida State University
Dr. Haibiao Chen, UES
Prof. Hongwei Qiu, Stevens Institute of Technology
Dr Joung-Hyun "Helen" Lee, Columbia University
Dr. Andrew Ihnen, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake


Woo Young Lee, Ph.D.
George Meade Bond Professor
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 coating and composite materials for use in 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.

My research strengths reside with conceiving big picture ideas, assembling interdisciplinary research teams, and creating impact-generating university-industry-government partnerships. More recently, the microfluidic-based approach has been extended to creating and inkjet printing nanocomposite micropatterns by evaporative assembly mechanisms for a variety of applications ranging from flexible energy storage devices to infection-resistant orthopaedic implant surfaces. 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 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 "Nano-Micro-Bio-Energy" research topics at our university.

Hongwei Qiu, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor

I have general interest in materials synthesis, specifically on the synthesis, self-/directed-assembly, and granulation and formulation of nanomaterials for energy storage, energetic materials, and pharmaceutical applications. My current research focuses on nucleation and growth in the synthesis of nanocrystals and the formulation of nanoenergetic materials. For more information, click here.

Yexin Gu

I am a doctoral candidate in Materials Engineering at Stevens. I previously graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai, China, with a background of materials chemistry. I came to the U.S. and joined Stevens since Fall 2008, and was deeply impressed by its beautiful, park-like campus and focused academic environment on engineering. I am now interested in microfluidic-based evaluation of ink-jet printed functional orthopaedic implant surface, which is an interdisciplinary project involving both materials engineering and biomedical engineering.

Linh Le

Linh Tung Le is currently in his 4th year PhD program in Chemical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. At Stevens, his research interests lie in overlapping areas between science of graphene and inkjet printing technology for miniaturized energy storage applications. He has published several papers in first tier journals and international conference proceedings. Linh currently holds one US patent pending for invention based on his works. He also embraces the spirit of entrepreneurship by working closely with the technology transfer office at Stevens to commercialize his graphene based intellectual property portfolio.

Melissa Lugo

I came to Stevens in 2011 as an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Doctoral Fellow pursuing my Ph.D. in Material Science. I previously graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. In my work here at Stevens I will seek to integrate everything I've experienced in order to assist in deriving new and fresh approaches to problems. I am currently working on optimizing the particle size creation and collection mechanisms for antibiotic nanoparticles which could open up opportunities for pharmaceutical applications and other areas of 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.

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.

Di Wu

I obtained my B.S. in Materials Science fro Southeast University in China and became a doctoral student at Stevens in the Fall of 2011. In the summer of 2012 I joined Prof. Lee's lab and my current research interest is in the fabrication of graphene based energy storage applications. By combining in-jet printing technologies and the superior properties of graphene materials, numerous exciting research topics can be explored.

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