Faculty Directory
Yip-Wah Chung

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall 2036
Evanston, IL 60208

847-491-3112Email Yip-Wah Chung


Chung Research


Materials Science and Engineering

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Ph.D. Physics, University of California at Berkeley, 1977

M.Phil. Physics, University of Hong Kong, 1973

B.S. Physics and Mathematics, University of Hong Kong, 1971

Research Interests

Our research is in the area of surface science, tribology, design and characterization of lubricant additives, hard coatings and alloys, as well as high throughput synthesis of multi-component systems.

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (2005)
  • Innovative Research Award, ASME Tribology Division (2002)
  • Fellow, American Vacuum Society (2000)
  • National Storage Industry Consortium Technical Achievement Award (1999)
  • Fellow, ASM International (1998)
  • Visiting Fellow, Japan Society for Promotion of Science (1997)
  • Ralph A. Teetor Engineering Educator Award (1991)
  • ASME Tribology Division Best Paper Award (1990)
  • Faculty Honor Roll (1990)
  • Teacher of the Year in MSE (1986, 1991)

Significant Professional Service

  • Member, Hong Kong Research Grants Council
  • Member, University Grants Committee
  • Editorial Board, Tribology Letters
  • Editorial Board, Materials Science and Engineering R
  • Secretary, AVS Advanced Surface Engineering Division Executive Committee
  • Program Director, Civil and Mechanical Systems Division, National Science Foundation (2003-2005)
  • Chair, AVS Advanced Surface Engineering Division (2004)
  • American Vacuum Society Board of Directors (1/1998 - 12/1999)
  • Associate Editor, ASME Journal of Tribology (1997-2003)
  • Director, NSF/IUCRC Center for Engineering Tribology (1987-1992)

Selected Publications

    Christina P. Twist, Irene Bassanetti, Matthew Snow, Massimiliano Delferro, Yip-Wah Chung, Luciano Marchió, Tobin J. Marks, Q. Jane Wang, “Silver-Organic Engine Oil Additive for High Temperature Applications”, Tribology Letters 52, 261-269 (2013).

    Chen Wang, Jie Han, Julio Miranda Pureza, Yip-Wah Chung, “Structure and mechanical properties of Fe1-xMnx/TiB2 multilayer coatings: possible role of transformation toughening”, Surface and Coatings Technologies 237, 158-163 (2013).

    Monica Kapoor, Dieter Isheim, Gautam Ghosh, Semyon Vaynman, Morris E. Fine, Yip-Wah Chung, “Aging characteristics and mechanical properties of 1600 MPa body-centered cubic Cu and B2-NiAl precipitation-strengthened ferritic steel”, Acta Materialia 73, 56-75 (2014) 

    Chen Wang, Kaicheng Shi, Cameron Gross, Julio Miranda Pureza, Monica de Mesquita Lacerda, Yip-Wah Chung, “Toughness enhancement of nanostructured hard coatings: design strategies and toughness measurement techniques”, Surface & Coatings Technology 257, 206-212 (2014)

    Thomas J. Zolper, Paul Shiller, Manfred Jungk, Tobin J. Marks, Yip-Wah Chung, Aaron Greco, Gary Doll, Babak LotfizadehDehkordi, Qian Wang, “Correlation of polysiloxane molecular structure to shear-thinning power-law exponent using elastohydrodynamic film thickness measurements”, J. Tribology 137, p. 031503-1-031503-10 (2015)

In the Classroom

In addition to teaching regular classes in materials science and engineering, Prof. Chung is involved with the development and teaching of one core course (ISEN 220, Introduction to 21st Century Energy Systems) for the Institute of Energy and Sustainability at Northwestern.  He is also involved with the Wanxiang Fellows Program, a study-abroad activity that allows selected Northwestern students to learn about sustainable energy and green technologies in China.