Nam wins Hanwa award to advance his research

Assistant Professor SungWoo Nam was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Hanwha Advanced Materials Non-Tenure Faculty Award.
He will present his research highlights at the company’s annual award symposium in South Korea this year and in 2018.
The award was established by Hanwa in 2015 as a commitment to promoting cutting-edge research and innovation in materials chemistry and strengthening the international faculty networks of Hanwha Advanced Materials.
Hanwa’s businesses span chemicals and materials, aerospace and mechatronics, solar energy, finance, leisure and lifestyle, and construction.
“The support from this award will help strengthen our research effort to investigate how mechanical deformation of atomically-thin materials enables mechanically reconfigurable functions. I also plan to visit Hanwha Advanced Materials to identify and establish future research collaborations,” said Nam.
Nam earned his PhD in applied physics in 2011 from Harvard University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining MechSE in fall 2012. 
His research program at Illinois pursues innovations in controlled deformation (i.e., ‘architecturing’) of atomically-thin, two-dimensional (2D) materials to explore how unique shapes of atomically-thin materials enable new functionalities. In particular, his research group studies mechanical self-assembly of folded and crumpled two-dimensional materials for strain-tolerant and flexible/stretchable forms of sensors for biotic and abiotic investigations.
His research has also recently been recognized with an ONR Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, an AFOSR Young Investigator Award, a NASA Early Career Faculty award, and the College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.