PI / Group leader

Professor Chang Y. Ryu

After receiving Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering under the guidance of Professor Tim Lodge at the University of Minnesota , and working with Professors Ed Kramer and Glenn Fredrickson as a postdoc in the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at UCSB, Dr. Ryu joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department in 2000 and was promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure in 2006. He was promoted to a Professor in 2013 and is currently serving as an Acting Director of New York State Center for Polymer Synthesis.

  • B.S. 1990 Chemical Technology, Seoul National University, Korea
  • M.S. 1992 Chemical Technology, Seoul National University, Korea (Advisor: Tae Oan Ahn) - Thesis title"
    Synthesis and Miscibility of Tetermethyl Polysulfone and Poly(Styrene-co-Acrylonitrile)"
  • Ph.D. 1998 Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, MN (Advisor: Timothy P. Lodge) - Thesis title " Structure and Dyanmics of Block Copolymer Solutions and Melts"
  • Postdoctoral researcher 1998-2000 Materials Research Laboratory (MRL), University of California at Santa Barbara, CA (Supervisor: Edward J. Kramer and Glenn H. Fredrickson)
  • Awards: RPI Siegfried G. and Jacqueline Bart '36 Faculty Fellowship (2014), IUPAC Young Observer Award (2007), NSF CAREER Award (2005), RPI Exploratory Research Award (2002), Mettler-Toledo Thermal ANalysis Education Grant Award (2001), Arthur K. Doolittle Award (ACS/PMSE, 1998), Scholarships from Korea Fundation for Advanced Studies (1993-1998)
  • Journals:
Postdoctoral Researcher and Visiting Scholar

Dr. Young Soon Kim

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering,Chonbuk National University, Korea

M.S. in Chemical Engineering,Chonbuk National University, Korea

B.S. in Chemical Engineering,Chonbuk National University, Korea

Email: kimy7 dot rpi dot edu

Dr. Jananee Narayanan

Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering,Univ of Southern Mississippi, MS

M.S. in Organic Chemistry, University of Mumbai, India

B.S. in Chemistry, University of Mumbai, India

Email: naraya4 dot rpi dot edu

Graduate students

Zheqin Theodore Yang

PhD in Chemistry, RPI (started in Fall, 2012)

M.S. in Chemistry, Nanjing University

B.S. in Chemistry, Nanjing University

Email: yangz7 dot rpi dot edu

Liubomir Iordanov

M.S. in Chemistry, RPI (expected 2016)

B.S. in Chemistry, UMass, Boston

Email: iordal dot rpi dot edu

Francisco "Kiko" Bratcher

Chemistry, RPI (on leave of absence)

B.S. in Chemistry, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Email: dot rpi dot edu

Ding Tian

Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry, RPI (started Fall, 2015)

M.S. in Polymer Science, Univ of Akron

B.E. in Polymer Materials and Engineering, Sichuan University

Email: tiand dot rpi dot edu

Undergraduate students

Rafael Ramos

Biomedical Engineering Major

Brittany Rupp

Chemical Engineering Major

Alicia Meehan

Chemistry Major

Erin Tuttle

Chemistry Major

Adam Merkle

Chemistry Major

Landon Kilgallon

Chemistry Major

Sara Hartfiel-Carr

Chemistry Major

Scott Thiel

Chemistry Major

Eun-Ju Lee

Chemistry Major (University at Albany, SUNY)

Group Alumni Members


  1. Dr. Gunaranjan "Guna" Wiswanathan (Chemical Engingeering, 2004) - Intel (CA) LinkedIn Page
  2. Dr. Sarah LaStella (Chemistry, 2006) - Vishay, Solopower, then FormFactor (CA) LinkedIn Page
  3. Dr. Chansu Kim (Chemistry, 2007) - Samsung Total, then Samsung SAIT (Korea) LinkedIn Page
  4. Dr. Won Kim (Chemistry, 2008) - Koch Membranes, then PALL Corp (CA) LinkedIn Page
  5. Dr. Junwon Han (Chemical Engineering, 2008) - Samsung Electronics (Korea) LinkedIn Page
  6. Dr. Kyungseok Oh (Chemistry, 2008) - Samsung Electronics (Korea)
  7. Dr. Xingxing Xu (Chemistry, 2009)
  8. Dr. Scott LeFevre (Chemistry, 2011) - Tokyo Electrons (NY) LinkedIn Page
  9. Dr. Asem Abdulahad (Chemistry, 2011) - Virginia Tech (postdoc)/Jefferson College of Health Sciences (Assistant Professor) LinkedIn Page
  10. Dr. Byung Ho Jeon (Chemistry, 2011) - LG Chemicals (Korea)
  11. Dr. Wayne Powers (Chemistry, 2012) - Albany Molecular Research Inc (AMRI), Now Globe Composite Solutions, Ltd.(MA) VP - Materials Research & Development



  1. Mr. Eric Choudary (Chemistry, 2009) - PhD at Cornell/NRC postdoc at NIST(MD) LinkedIn Page
  2. Mr. Charles Salvo (Chemistry, 2010 - B.S/M.S co-terminal) - attended graduate program in Doctor of Physical Theraphy at University of Scranton, PA
  3. Mr. Mathew Spencer (Chemistry, 2011) - industry: TapFury, Yext (NY) LinkedIn Page
  4. Mr. Adam Hardy (Chemical Engineering, 2011 - B.S./M.S. co-terminal) - industry: Proctor and Gamble, Unilever LinkedIn Page
  5. Mr. Corey Lemley (Chemistry, 2011) - industry: Tokyo Electrons (NY) LinkedIn Page
  6. Mr. Ian Weiss (Chemistry, 2012) - industry: ExxonMobil, Archon Vitamin (NJ) LinkedIn Page
  7. Mr. Matt Ravalli (Applied Science, 2012) - industry: GE Global Research Center (NY) LinkedIn Page
  8. Ms. Lara Moore (Chemistry, 2014) - industry: Ames Goldsmith (NY) LinkedIn Page

RPI Undergraduate Alumni

Todd Alexander, Ted Golfinopoulos, Felicia Tsai (UMAss Amherst), Mike Eglesia (Lehigh, MERCK), Wayne Powers (RPI), Nan Chen, Andrew Rajczewski (MIT), Eric Choudhary (Cornell), Chris Patton, Hannah Narcross (Georgia Tech), Ariel Siegel, Aaron Cohen (NYU), Emma Stoltz, Jeff Amos, Erin McGuire (AMRI, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals), Nadine Alexis (Applied Materials), Greg Treich (UCONN), Alicia Brison, Amanda Leonardi (Cornell), Zach Helming (Univ of Minnesota), Prashant Kota (Creighton University School of Medicine), Hanqing Gong, Harry Chen, Mehul Patel.

Visiting Undergraduate (non-RPI) Alumni

Ohi Ahmadi (Yale Univ), Teddy McGhee (Williams College), Noah Bell (Williams College), Beth Landis (Williams College), Kristopher Crawford (Morehouse College), Sean Patterson (Morehouse College), Wansoo Chang (Yonsei Univ), Han Jin Park (Yonsei Univ)

(c) Chang. Y. Ryu 2014