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Welcome to the Soft Materials Research and Technology (SMART) Lab


September, Seyeon, Katherine, Jisung and Christian join the group. Welcome! 

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August, Uiseok's paper titled "Dual Porosity-Enhanced Antireflection Coatings with Continuous Gradient" is accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Congratulations! 

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August, Tian's paper titled "Understanding polymer-porous solid interactions based on small gas molecule adsorption behavior" is accepted for publication in Chemical Engineering Journal. Congratulations! 


August, Nia, Roberto, Yildeliz, Grace and Paola make great presentations at the REU event.

July, the SMART lab enjoys a group picnic together!

July, Anirban receives the prestigious Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology (VIEST) fellowship! Congratulations!


July, Daeyeon is named the Russell Pearce and Elizabeth Crimian Heuer professor! Congratulations!

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July, Joseph and Arthur successfully defend their thesis! Congratulations Dr. Rosenfeld and Dr. Wang! 

June, SMART Lab attends ACS Colloids at NC State University!

June, Baekmin's paper titled "Water-Induced Separation of Polymers from High Nanoparticle-Content Nanocomposite Films" is accepted for publication in Small. Congratulations! 


June, SMART Lab has a group social welcoming Woojin, Grace, Awahan, Lorenzo, Paola, Yildelez, Roberto, Nia and bidding farewell to Minjun, and Uiseok.

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May, Joe receives the Andy Binns Impact Award for Outstanding Service to Graduate & Professional Student Life for leadership in GAPSA and GSEG. Congratulations!  

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May, Joe receives the Penn Engineering Ph.D. Outstanding Service Award ("significant contributions that enhance the social well-being of other Penn Engineering students") for leadership of ChEGA, GSEG, and GSS. Congratulations! 


May, Tian wins fifth place at the 2023 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia poster session. Congratulations! 


May, Tagbo joins the ChemE faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, which is featured on the CMU ChemE pageCongratulations! 


May, Jay's paper titled "Polymer-Grafted, Gold Nanoparticle-Based Nano-Capsules as Reversible Colorimetric Tensile Strain Sensors" is accepted for publication in Small. Congratulations! 


May, SMART lab holds a group social to bid a farewell to Jay :,)


April, SMART lab has group picture day!

April, Daeyeon delivers the Evan C. Thompson lecture on reconnecting in and out of the classroom, which is featured on Penn Today.

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March, Huy's paper titled "Wetting ridges on slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces" is accepted for publication in Reports on Progress in Physics. Congratulations! 

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March, Sunghee and Taeyoung join the group. Welcome!


March, Jaekyoung joins the group. Welcome!


March, Daeyeon receives the 2022 Outstanding Achievement Award in Nanoscience for exceptional achievements in nanoscience research and notable leadership in the area of colloidal nanoparticles and applications. Congratulations!


February, Dahin's experience of being in our lab is featured on Penn's Website.

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February, Stuti joins the group. Welcome!

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February, SMART lab holds a group social to bid a farewell to Siwon, Minjeong, Jiwon, Hyejoong, Prof. Chung and Prof. Choi.

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February, Alex's paper titled "Patterning Wettability on Solvent-Resistant Elastomers with High Spatial Resolution for Replica Mold Fabrication of Droplet Microfluidics" is accepted for publication in ACS Applied Surfaces & Interfaces. Congratulations! 

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February, Arthur's paper titled "Bicontinuous interfacially jammed emulsion gels with nearly uniform sub-micrometer domains via regulated co-solvent removal" is accepted for publication in Materials Horizons. Congratulations! 

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February, Joe's paper titled "Dielectric Charge Injection (DCI)-Enabled Contactless Droplet Wetting Modulation for Droplet-Surface Material Interchange" is accepted for publication in the Journal of Colloids and Interfaces. Congratulations! 

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January, Ana's paper titled "Increases in Miscibility of a Binary Polymer Blend Confined within a Nanoparticle Packing" is accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Congratulations! 

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January, Christopher's paper titled "Investigating the Sequence Specific Adsorption Behavior of Polypeptides at the Solid/Liquid Interface" is accepted for publication in Langmuir. Congratulations! 

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January, Kevin joins the group. Welcome!

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December, Yiwei's paper titled "Role of Polymer–Nanoparticle Interactions on the Fracture Toughness of Polymer-Infiltrated Nanoparticle Films" is accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Congratulations! 


December, Tian wins third place at the TAFDV poster session. Congratulations! 


November, SMART Lab has a logo design contest and our new logo is featured below!


November, Wilfredo's paper titled "Ionic Strength-Dependent Assembly of Polyelectrolyte-Nanoparticle Membranes via Interfacial Complexation at a Water–Water Interface" is accepted for publication in ACS Nano. Congratulations! 


November, Katie's paper titled "Nanoparticle dynamics in hydrogel networks with controlled defects" is accepted for publication in Soft Matter. Congratulations! 

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November, Wilfredo Méndez and Jingyu (Alex) Wu successfully defend their thesis! Special thanks to Owen and Trevor who let us celebrate at their home. Congratulations Dr. Méndez and Dr. Wu!  

November, annual picture day! :)

October, the SMART lab participates during GSS - thank you to everybody that was there and participated! Special thanks to Joe for organizing the event.

October, Philip and Jesse join the group. Welcome!


October, Yijiang joins the group as a postdoc. Welcome!


October, Minjeong joins the group as a visiting student from Hongik University.  Welcome!


October, Raj's paper titled "Recombinant Protein Micelles to Block Transduction by SARS-CoV-2 Pseudovirus" is accepted for publication in ACS Nano. Congratulations! 


September, Katie's paper titled "Shape Anisotropy Enhances Nanoparticle Dynamics in Nearly Homogeneous Hydrogels" is accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Congratulations! 


September, Bharath's paper titled "Interfacial Friction Controls the Motion of Confined Polymers in the Pores of Nanoparticle Packings" is accepted for publication in Macromolecules. Congratulations! 


August, Uiseok joins the group as a visiting student from Sungkyunkwan University, and Dong-Shik joins as a visiting professor from Sookmyung Women's University.  Welcome!

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August, Molly, Yitian and Jiwon's paper titled "Zwitterionic surface chemistry enhances detachment of bacteria under shear" is accepted for publication in the Royal Society of Chemistry - Soft Matter. Congratulations! 

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August, the group bids farewell to Gabriela, RJ and Sohyun :,)

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July, Joe receives 2nd place award at the second annual Colgate's Smile With Science SymposiumCongratulations!


July, João joins the group as a visiting student from the University of São Paulo. Welcome!


June Minjun' paper titled "Surface Topography-Adaptive Robotic Superstructures for Biofilm Removal and Pathogen Detection on Human Teeth" is accepted for publication in ACS Nano. Congratulations! 


June, the SMART lab enjoys a group picnic and bids farewell to Chris, Bharath, Yiwei, and Katie :,)


June, RJ and Gabriela join as visiting undergraduates from UPR - Cayey, Dahin joins as an undergraduate from UPenn, and Sophie joins as a PhD student. Welcome!

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May, Bharath's paper titled "Conflicting Effects of Extreme Nanoconfinement on the Translational and Segmental Motion of Entangled Polymers" is accepted for publication in ACS Macromolecules. Congratulations! 


May, doctoral student graduation ceremony is held and the SMART lab celebrates the graduation of Bharath, Katie, Giuseppe and Yiwei. Congratulations! We will miss you all but wish you all the best wherever you may go :)

May, Baekmin joins the group as a postdoc. Welcome!

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May, Joseph is awarded a travel grants to attend the NATAS Conference at Case Western Reserve University, August, 1-5, 2022 to make a presentation. Congratulations!


May, annual group picture day!

April, Lilia receives the 2022 Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students. Congratulations! 


April, Trevor receives the prestigious NSF GRFP Fellowship. Congratulations! 

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April, Yiwei's paper titled "The Interplay of Polymer Bridging and Entanglement in Toughening Polymer-Infiltrated Nanoparticle Films" is accepted for publication in ACS Nano. Congratulations! 


April, Hong-Huy, and Yoon-Ho join the group as postdocs. Welcome!

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March, Prof. Choi, and Jiwon join the group as a visiting professor and student from Chung-Ang University, respectively. Welcome!

Link to Professor Choi's website:

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March, the SMART lab helps out during the Penn CBE recruitment weekend - thank you to everybody that participated! Special thanks to Anirban, Trevor and Owen for organizing/leading the activities!


March, Penn Engineering secures a multi-million Wellcome Leap contract for Lipid Nanoparticle Research Essential in Delivery of RNA TherapiesThe Penn Engineering team features Daeyeon Lee, Michael Mitchell, David Issadore, and Sagar Yadavali. Drew Weissman from the Perelman School of Medicine is also a part of this interdisciplinary team.


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February, the group bids farewell to Jaeyong. It was a pleasure having you in our lab! All the best in your future endeavors! :)

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February, Prof. Chung, and Sohyun join the group as a visiting professor and student from Hongik University and Seoul National University, respectively. Phuong, and Stefanie join the group as undergraduate researchers from UPenn. Welcome!

Link to Professor Chung's website:

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January, Chris' paper titled "Electrochemically Deposited Molybdenum Disulfide Surfaces Enable Polymer Adsorption Studies using Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Monitoring (QCM-D)" is accepted for publication in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. Congratulations! 


January, the group bids farewell to Minchul, Sean, Yitian and Giuseppe and Prof. Oh. It was a pleasure having you in our lab! All the best in your future endeavors! :)

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December, Tian's paper titled "Modulating Interactions between Molten Polystyrene and Porous Solids Using Atomic Layer Deposition" is accepted for publication in Langmuir. Congratulations! 


November, Alex's paper titled "Ultra-high throughput on-chip synthesis of microgels with tunable mechanical properties" is accepted for publication in Advanced Materials Technology. Congratulations! 


September, annual group picture day and welcoming party for Yingjie, Emery, Sid and Hoang! 

September, Yingjie, Emery, Sid and Hoang join the group. Welcome!


September, Dorine joins the group. Welcome!


September, Daeyeon receives an Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation grant from NSF to enable distributed manufacturing of mRNA. See press release here:


September, Nyvia is accepted to participate at the Nano and Emerging Technologies Student Leaders Conference. Congratulations!


September, Siwon joins the group. Welcome!

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