Deborah Chung

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Deborah Chung
Born 1952
Hong Kong, China
Residence E. Amherst, New York, United States
Nationality American
Fields Materials science
Alma mater California Institute of Technology

Deborah Duen Ling Chung (Chinese: 鍾端玲; born 1952) is an American scientist and author.

Career and awards[edit]

Chung was born and raised in Hong Kong. She studied at Ying Wa Girls' School and King's College (Hong Kong). She moved to the United States in 1970 and received a B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science and an M.S. degree in Engineering Science from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1973.[1] At Caltech, she conducted research under the supervision of Pol Duwez.[2] She, along with Sharon R. Long, are among the four first women to receive B.S. degrees from Caltech.[3]

Chung received a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977.[1] Her thesis was supervised by Mildred S. Dresselhaus.[4][5][6]

In 1977, Chung joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University, where she taught materials science and electrical engineering.[7]

In 1986, she joined the faculty of University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, where she directs the Composite Materials Research Laboratory[8] and was named Niagara Mohawk (later known as National Grid) Endowed Chair Professor in 1991.[1][9][10] She received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities from State University of New York in 2003[11] and was named Outstanding Inventor by State University of New York in 2002.[11][12] In 1993, she was honored as "Teacher of the Year" by Tau Beta Pi (New York Nu).[13] Chung was the first American woman and the first person of Chinese descent to receive the Charles E. Pettinos award, in 2004.[14] In 2011, she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain.[15]

Scientific work[edit]

The main topic of her research is composite materials, with emphasis on multifunctional structural materials,[16][17] materials for thermal management and electronic packaging, materials for electromagnetic interference shielding, structural materials for vibration damping,[18] and structural materials for thermoelectricity.[19] Chung developed "smart concrete" (concrete that can sense its own condition),[20][21] a type of nickel nanofiber (also known as nickel filament, for electromagnetic interference shielding) and conformable thermal paste (for improving thermal contacts, with applications in microelectronic cooling).[22][23] In addition, she, along with Shoukai Wang, discovered apparent negative resistance in carbon fiber polymer-matrix composites.[24][25][26][27]

Chung is the author of Functional Materials: Electrical, Dielectric, Electromagnetic, Optical and Magnetic Applications (With Companion Solution Manual) in 2010,[28] and of Composite Materials: Science and Applications (2nd Edition) in 2010.[29] She has edited two book series, The Road to Scientific Success[30] and Engineering Materials for Technological Needs.[31]

Chung is Associate Editor of the Journal of Electronic Materials[32] and is a member of the Honorary Editorial Advisory Board of the Carbon journal,[33] a member of the Editorial Board of the New Carbon Materials journal,[34] and a member of the Editorial Committee of Carbon Letters.[35]

Historical work[edit]

Chung is a co-author of the book Piloted to Serve,[36][37][38] an autobiography of her mother, Rebecca Chan Chung (1920-2011), a nurse with the Flying Tigers, U.S. Army and China National Aviation Corporation[39] during World War II.[40][41][42][43]


Chung speaks in conferences,[44] universities[45][46] and community events,[47] with topics including technology and history.


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  21. ^ "Concrete gets clever", BBC News, May 24, 1999.
  22. ^ D.D.L. Chung, "Carbon materials for structural self-sensing, electromagnetic shielding and thermal interfacing," Carbon, 14 January 2012, 10.1016/j.carbon.2012.01.031.
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  24. ^ Shoukai, Wang; D. D. L. Chung (2000). "Electrical behavior of carbon fiber polymer-matrix composites in the through-thickness direction". Journal of Materials Science (Kluwer Academic Publishers) 35 (1): 91–100. doi:10.1023/A:1004744600284. ISSN 0022-2461. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  25. ^ Naudin, Jean-Louis (September 17, 2003). "The Chung's Negative Resistance experiment". Scribd. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  26. ^ Grant, Paul M. (July 17, 1998). "Journey Down the Path of Least Resistance" (PDF). OutPost on the Endless Frontier blog. EPRI News, Electric Power Research Institute. Retrieved December 8, 2012.  on Paul Grant personal website
  27. ^ Cole, K.C. (July 10, 1998). "Experts Scoff at Claim of Electricity Flowing With 'Negative Resistance'". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles: Tribune Co.). Retrieved December 8, 2012.  on Los Angeles Times website
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