Sang-Hoon Bae

Sang-Hoon Bae

Pronouns: He/him/his
Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

  • Phone
  • Office
    Jubel Hall, Room 103C
  • Lab location
    Jubel 033 (currently under construction)


PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017
MS, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, 2013
BS, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, 2011


Discovers new physical phenomena by developing new material platforms


The Bae research group focuses on tackling the challenges in materials science with thermodynamics, kinetics and solid-state physics.

The core question in his research is: “How can we bring material innovation in 2D atomic layers and 3D thin films towards ubiquitous electronics?” A future hardware will entail ubiquitous electronics requires higher performance, mechanically lower stiffness and self-power. His recent studies have revealed unique and universal methodologies to produce large-scale, freestanding and single-crystalline exotic materials, which satisfy the aforementioned requirement. Based on the discoveries, his team mainly focuses on three directions; i) developing material building blocks, freestanding 3D films and 2D atomic layers, and discovering new 3D/2D physical coupling phenomena and functional architectures, ii) developing advanced solar cells with the study of solid-state photovoltaic physics and iii) heterogeneous integration for self-powered ubiquitous electronics with AI cognitive function.


Sang-Hoon Bae will join Washington University in St. Louis and Mckelvey Engineering as an assistant professor in summer 2021. He has been a postdoctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2017. He earned a doctorate in materials science and engineering from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under the supervision of Professor Yang Yang in 2017. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in materials science and engineering from Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Korea, under the supervision of professor Jong-Hyun Ahn in 2013. He completed research internships at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center (2014) and Samsung Display (2010).