Department of Chemistry, James Franck Institute, Institute for Molecular Engineering, and the College
Jiwoong Park is an expert in the emerging field of two-dimensional layered materials, which are on the scale of one to a few atoms in thickness and include electrically conductive graphene, insulating hexagonal boron nitride, and semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides such as molybdenum disulfide. These relatively new materials have potential in the development of novel electrical, optical, biological, and mechanical devices, including flexible electronics and energy conversion. Park’s research holds great promise for the development of atomic-scale devices, such as two-dimensional semiconductors and nanotransistors.
He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. He currently leads two multi-investigator research teams, each funded by NSF’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers program and the US Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program.
Park earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Seoul National University and a PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. During his graduate studies, he investigated electron transport in single molecules and reported electrical devices based on single atoms for the first time. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rowland Institute at Harvard, he joined the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University as a faculty member.