About Chang Yeol Ryu
Dr. Ryu was a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Director of the New York State Center for Polymer Synthesis since 2014.
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Dr. Ryu was born in South Korea and earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Technology from Seoul National University, and a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. After postdoctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Ryu joined Rensselaer as an Assistant Professor in 2000.
Dr. Ryu was a physical polymer scientist well known for his work on polymer characterization and the study of polymer structure/materials property relationships. He was a leader in polymer separation using adsorption behavior of molecular interactions and their nanoscale self-assembly in solution and thin films. Most recently, his group was studying the development of 3D printing materials based on naturally available vegetable oil-based chemicals. Dr. Ryu engaged in many productive collaborations with researchers in the U.S. and Korea.
Dr. Ryu was passionate about education and regularly taught courses to freshmen, juniors, and seniors. He mentored scores of students as a research or academic adviser throughout his 21 years at Rensselaer.