Young-Hye Na

Research Staff Member

IBM Almaden Research Center

Dr. Young-Hye Na is a native of South Korea. She received her PhD degree in Chemistry from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) under the guidance of Professor Joon Won Park, and performed postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison (Supervisor: Paul F. Nealey). She is currently a research staff member at IBM Almaden Research Center. During her doctoral program, she studied on new e-beam- and photo-sensitive materials based on self-assembled monolayers for nanolithography. Her postdoctoral research in UW-Madison focused on developing advanced-functional materials (block copolymers, chemically amplified photoresists, and nanoparticles) and lithographic processes for patterning at the scale of 50 nm and below for applications in microelectronics, photonics, and nanobiology. Since she joined IBM in 2007, she has been a leading scientist in the project developing novel water purification membranes and her main interests focus on antifouling and antimicrobial coatings, interfacially polymerized polyamide membranes, and nanostructured membranes for water desalination and waste water treatment. Her research accomplishments in these fields (materials, nano chemistry and engineering) include more than 45 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 20 patents, and several awards including a best dissertation award from POSTECH (2003), scholarship from Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (2003 ~ 2004), IBM Outstanding Technical Accomplishment Awards (2009 and 2014), and IBM Invention Achievement Awards.