Hoyong Chung


Postdoctoral scholar, Chemistry (Robert H. Grubbs), Caltech, 2011-2014

Ph.D. Chemistry (Newell R. Washburn), Carnegie Mellon University, 2007-2011

Hoyong Chung is an associate professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at FAMU- FSU College of Engineering in Florida State University. He has been a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Robert H. Grubbs' group at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Before arriving at Caltech, Hoyong completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University (advisor: Newell Washburn). Then, Hoyong was hired by FSU university-wide interdisciplinary strategic faculty hiring initiative in energy and materials at 2014. His current research interests include 1) synthesis of natural lignin-based sustainable polymers that have stimuli-responsive functionality and biodegradability, 2) the synthesis and study of chemically well-defined functional polymeric adhesives that can be used in biomedical, energy storage, and electronics industry, and 3) development of Ru-based modified N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHC) containing catalysts for ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) in aqueous media. His research expertise in organic polymer synthesis and organometallic catalyst synthesis. His capability as a practical interdisciplinary polymer scientist was proved by multiple patents and peer-reviewed journal publications that are described in his CV. He has mentored 6 graduate students (4 Ph.D. students) and 5 postdocs while at FSU. He plans to continue his research to develop new multifunctional polymers and catalysts relevant to human health and sustainability.