Younjin Min

Younjin Min

Dr. Min joined the Polymer Engineering Department at University of Akron in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. She has an undergraduate degree from Ewha Womans University, South Korea in Environmental Science and Engineering (1996-2000). She conducted her master’s degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (2001-2003). Her dissertation topics dealt with the synthesis of novel biocompatible diblock copolymers which could be tailored and their characterizations and developments as nano-sized drug delivery carriers. After graduating from KAIST, she worked in the biomedical center, at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in the area of formulating protein drug carriers for tissue regeneration (2003-2004). She undertook her Ph.D degree in the Department of Chemical Engineering in University of California, Santa Barbara with professor Jacob Israelachvili and Joe Zasadzinski (2004-2009). Her PhD has been mainly focusing on (i) the investigation of the lipid organization (compositions) and phase behaviors in myelin lipid membranes (biomembranes) which surround a nervous axon and the determination of their interaction forces, (ii) the development of a miniaturized streaming potential apparatus which has a pivot role to understand electrochemistry at solid-liquid interface, and (iii) the study of forces between nanoparticles and how these forces play an essential role in the assembly of nanoparticles into hierarchical structures, in their fascinating materials properties, shear (friction related)- and pressure (confinement related)-induced organization in thin liquid films, and tribology. After her Ph.D., she conducted her postdoctoral research in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), developing biomimetic polymeric materials for layer-by-layer assembling systems for drug delivery and vaccination (2010-2012). She has won several prestigous awards including Schlinger Scholarship for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Research (2009); Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) Scholarship, Korea (2004-2005); Korean Governmental Research Fellowship, KAIST, Korea (2001-2003); the Outstanding Graduating Student, Ewha Womans University, Korea (2000); and Honor Scholarships, Ewha Womans University, Korea (1999-2000). Her current research focuses on fundamental understanding on nano- and bio-materials at molecular level in order to utilize such knowledge for practical applications. Dr. Min has over 10 years of experience and 20 publications in the area of surface and colloidal science, including nanoparticle interactions, colloidal stability, polymer thin films, and drug delivery systems.

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