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Nakho Sung
Emeritus Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


1972 Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, M.I.T.
1967 M.S. Physical Chemistry, University of Chicago
1964 B.S. Chemical Engineering, Seoul National University

Brief Biography

Dr. Nakho Sung is currently a professor in the department, stepping down from his tenure as chair from January 2007-September 2010. He was the Director and Founder of the Laboratory for Materials and Interfaces (LMI). Prior to joining Tufts University in 1978, he was a Research Associate and Assistant Professor at M.I.T. Professor Sung's research is in Polymer Science and Engineering, focused on structural composites and multiphase systems. Specific area includes interface science, in-situ monitoring techniques for reactions in polymers and composites, fiber-optic spectroscopy, and sorption/ diffusion of organic molecules in polymeric system. Recently, his research is focused on membrane development for fuel cell and hydrogen purification. He has been a Technical Advisor to SK (Sunkyong) Group in Korea for 24 years, has served as the 30th President of the Korean American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA), a member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea, and also served as the President of the Korean American University Professor's Association in America (KAUPA). He organized many international conferences, delivered numerous invited talks, including Gordon Conference, presented lectures in Korea, and in the Peoples' Republic of China. He has been a member of ACS, AIChE, APS, SAMPE, SPE Adhesion Soc., and N.Y. Academy of Science. He has published about 100 technical papers and chapters, and edited a book, "Science and Technology of Polymer Processing," (MIT Press) and holds two patents.

Research Interests

  • Polymer Structure and Properties
  • Processing and Properties of Composite Materials
  • Surface, Interface and Adhesion
  • Diffusion and Sorption in Polymers

Courses Taught

  • ES 10: Structure and Strength of Materials
  • ChBE 121: Principles of Polymerization
  • ChBE 122: Physical Chemistry of Polymers
  • EN 45: Your Car-Collection of Functional Materials
  • ChBE 11: Process Calculations

Honors & Awards

  • National Medal of Honor, Korean Government
  • Member, Korean National Academy of Engineers
  • Review Panel Member, National Science Foundation
  • Service Award, Korean Federation of Science & Technology Societies
  • Du Pont Young Scholar
  • Burlington Industry Fellow
  • Elected President, Korean-American Scientist and Engineers Assoc.
  • Elected President, Korean-American University Professor's Assoc.
  • Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi