Polymer materials expert
Ryu joined Rensselaer as an assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology in 2000, and was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and full professor in 2013. He began working with the Polymer Center in 2000 and was appointed acting director of the center in 2012. Since then, he successfully established a polymer characterization core facility. His work in the Polymer Center emphasizes developing sustainable polymers from renewable resources.
"The challenge is to design and make the polymers with comparable properties from renewable resources," he said. "Finding ways to make new, green polymer materials without depending on petroleum and to create sustainable energy without relying on fossil fuels are important missions for scientists at the Polymer Center."
The core members of the Polymer Center include five faculty researchers from the
Ryu's other research interest is in using nanostructured polymers to improve the lithography processes used in computer chip manufacturing. His work has focused on the synthesis, characterization, and application of nanostructured polymer systems -- including block copolymers, semiconducting polymers, polymer carbon nanotube composites, and other interfacially active copolymers -- for electronic and nanopatterning applications.
"The goal is to make the lithography process more efficient and simpler, allowing manufacturers to put more processors on each chip," Ryu said.
Prior to joining Rensselaer, Ryu earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the
As the acting head of the
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