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Nosang Myung

Professor and Department Chair of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Nosang Myung

Areas of Expertise

Select Honors and Distinctions

  • NASA Patent Award (2007)
  • UC Regents Faculty Fellowship (2004)
  • NASA Tech Brief Award (2004)
  • Abner Brenner Gold Medal Award (2001)
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship


Q: Describe your research and its applications.
My research has been focused on developing novel methods to synthesize unique nanoengineered materials, applying these materials to enhance device performance of next generation biological and gas sensors and electronics, while energy harvesting in a cost effective manner.

Q: Why is your work important? How does it benefit society?
By developing novel nanoengineered materials with unique tailor-made properties, we will be able to develop portable biomedical devices for earlier diagnosis of a variety of medical conditions. These devices will be able to compute faster and be highly efficient energy generators, while reducing their materials and operation costs.

Q: What are the big challenges researchers in your field are trying to answer?
One of the biggest challenges in my field is how to develop low-cost, high-yield, and efficient manufacturing processes for the synthesis of nanoengineered materials. Another challenge is how to assemble nanoengineering materials to form high performance nanodevices.

Q: What doesn’t the public know or understand about research on nanowires and how it relates to health?
The vast capabilities of nanowires and how this science can impact medical diagnosis is yet to be realized. Biologically functionalized nanowires in the form of sensor arrays will allow real-time detecting multiple disease biomarkers from smaller sample volumes (e.g. single drop of blood) with excellent sensing performance (i.e. sensitivity, selectivity, low false positives and negatives, low detection limits). Sensor arrays can be interfaced with smart-phone or other common electronics for easy diagnostics. Since it is in early stage of the development, public knowledge is limited.

Q: How did Prof. Stahovich’s research come together with yours for TB testing?
Professor Stahovich will be working on the interface of sensors with electronics, including smartphones. In addition, his group will be developing interface and data processing software to make user-friendly devices.

Q: What advice do you have for students graduating in the next five years?
Be imaginative! Don’t be afraid to try new ideas.

Q: What is it about UCR that makes this a great place to do your research?
I am able to cross boundaries easily to conduct interdisciplinary research with a wide variety of researchers from different departments and colleges across campus.
Nosang Myung “We are focused on new ways to nanoengineer materials for next generation biological and gas sensors and electronics.”

—Nosang Myung
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