Deborah Chung, Ph.D.

Deborah D.L. Chung   


Professional interests

Broad materials science and engineering interest relates to mechanical engineering (thermal management, smart materials, composite materials, vibration damping), electrical engineering (electromagnetic interference shielding, electronic packaging, sensors), civil engineering (concrete), and chemical engineering (batteries, activated carbon, filter membranes).  It is associated with multidisciplinary research, practical applications and new material development. 


Professional preparation

California Institute of Technology, Engineering and Applied Science, B.S. (Honor), 1973; Engineering Science, M.S., 1973.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Materials Science, S.M., 1975; Materials Science, Ph.D., 1977.



University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1986-present (named Niagara Mohawk Chair Professor of Materials Research in 1991); Director of Composite Materials Research Laboratory, 1989-present; Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2003.

Carnegie Mellon University, Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, 1982-86; Assistant Professor of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science and of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1977-82.


  1. D.D.L. Chung, Functional Materials, World Scientific, 2010.

  2. D.D.L. Chung, The Road to Scientific Success: Inspiring Life Stories of Prominent Researchers, Vol. 1, World Scientific, 2006.

  3. D.D.L. Chung, Multifunctional Cement-Based Materials, Civil and Environmental Engineering Book Series, Marcel-Dekker, 2003.

  4. D.D.L. Chung, Composite Materials, Springer, 2003 (1st Ed.), 2010 (2nd Ed.).

  5. D.D.L. Chung, Applied Materials Science, CRC Press, 2002.

  6. D.D.L. Chung, Materials for Electronic Packaging, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1995.

  7. D.D.L. Chung, Carbon Fiber Composites, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1994.

  8. D.D.L. Chung, P.W. DeHaven, H. Arnold and D. Ghosh, X-Ray Diffraction at Elevated Temperatures, VSH Publishers, 1993.


Journal publications (512, Web of Knowledge)

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  1. Honorary Doctorate degree, University of Alicante, Spain, 2011.

  2. Top Reviewer Award, Carbon journal, Elsevier, 2008.

  3. Hsun Lee Award, jointly awarded by Institute of Metal Research (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, to recognize research accomplishment in materials science and technology, 2005.

  4. Charles E. Pettinos Award, American Carbon Society, 2004 (the first person of Chinese descent and the second woman in the world to receive this triennial international award, which is to recognize one person or one research group for outstanding recent research accomplishments in carbon science and technology)

  5. Chancellors Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2002-2003, State University of New York.

  6. Outstanding Inventor, State University of New York, 2002.

  7. Fellow, American Carbon Society, 2001.

  8. Fellow, ASM International, 1998.