Sang-Wook Cheong

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Sang Wook Cheong
Cheong in 2013
ResidenceNew Jersey
NationalitySouth Korea
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
AwardsHo-am Prize in Science (2007)
McGroddy Prize (2010)
Scientific career
InstitutionsBoard of Governors Professor, Rutgers University

Sang Wook Cheong is a Korean American materials scientist at Rutgers University.[1] He has made ground-breaking contributions[1] to the research field of enhanced physical functionalities in complex materials originating from collective correlations and collective phase transitions such as colossal magnetoresistive and colossal magnetoelectric effects in complex oxides. He has also made pivotal contributions to mesoscopic self-organization in solids, including the nanoscale charge stripe formation, mesoscopic electronic phase separation in mixed valent transition metal oxides, and the formation of topological vortex domains in multiferroics, which was found to be synergistically relevant to mathematics (graph theory) and cosmology.


Cheong graduated in Mathematics from Seoul National University in 1982 and then studied physics in graduate school at the University of California, graduating from there in 1989.[1]


From 1986-89 Cheong worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining AT&T Bell Laboratories. He was appointed Professor at Rutgers University in 1997 and founded the Rutgers Center for Emergent Materials (RCEM) in 2005.[1] He is currently the director of RCEM, a Board of Governors Professor at Rutgers, and a Distinguished Professor at Postech, Korea. His work on complex oxides has been recognized through various prizes, including the 2007 Ho-am Prize,[2] the KBS 2009 Global Korean Award, and the 2010 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials.[1]

He has published more than 600 scientific papers which have been cited more than 34,000 (six papers cited more than 1,000 times, and his h-index is 92).[citation needed] He was the 13th most cited physicist in the world in from 1993-2003.[3]


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  2. ^ "Ho-Am Foundation picks five prize winners". The Korea Herald. 4 April 2007.
  3. ^ CHEONG, SANG WOOK. "13th Most Cited Physicist in the world for the last decade". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24.