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


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

My research is in the area of surface science, tribology, design and characterization of lubricant additives, hard coatings and high-performance.alloys,

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

    Qiang Ma, Tao He, Arman M. Khan, Q. Jane Wang, Yip-Wah Chung, “Achieving macroscale liquid superlubricity using glycerol aqueous solutions”, Tribology International 160, 107006 (2020).

    Yao Du, Xiaolin Li, Xu Zhang, Yip-Wah Chung, Dieter Isheim, and Semyon Vaynman, “Design and characterization of a heat-resistant ferritic steel strengthened by MX precipitates”, Metall. Materials Trans. 51A, 638-647 (2020)

    Qiang Ma, Arman M. Khan, Q. Jane Wang, Yip-Wah Chung, “Dependence of tribological performance and tribopolymerization on the surface binding strength of selected cycloalkane-carboxylic acid additives”, Tribology Letters 68: 66 (2020).

    Arman Khan, Hongxing Wu, Qiang Ma, Yip-Wah Chung, Q. Jane Wang, “Relating tribological performance and tribofilm formation to the adsorption strength of surface-active precursors”, Tribology Letters 68:6 (2020)

    Xinjie Chen, Yao Du, Yip-Wah Chung, “Commentary on the using H/E and H3/E2 as a proxy for fracture toughness of hard coatings”, Thin Solid Films 688, 137265 (2019)

    Hongxing Wu, Arman Mohammad Khan, Blake Johnson, Kiran Sasikumar, Yip-Wah Chung, Q. Jane Wang, “Formation and nature of carbon-containing tribofilms”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 11, 16139-16146 (2019) 


Inventors: Yip-Wah Chung, Qian Wang, Blake A. Johnson
Title: Lubricant additives, lubricant compositions, and applications of same
U.S. Patent number: 10,745,637
Date issued: 8/18/2020

Inventors: Yip-Wah Chung, Qian Wang, Blake A. Johnson
Title: Lubricant additives, lubricant compositions, and applications of same
U.S. Patent number: 10,414,997
Date issued: 9/17/2019

Inventors: Cameron T. Gross, Yao Du, Xu Zhang, Dieter Isheim, Semyon Vaynman, Yip-Wah Chung, Zilin Jiang, Allan V. Mathai
Title: High temperature steel for steam turbine and other applications
U.S. Patent number: 10316379
Date Issued: 6/11/2019

Inventors: Qian Wang, Xuan Dou, Jiaxing Huang, Yip-Wah Chung
Title: Lubrication material using self-dispersed crumpled graphene balls as additives in oil for friction and wear reduction
U.S. Patent Number: 10,138,439
Date Issued: 11/27/2018

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, focusing on the various renewable and sustainable energy options, personal choices in exercising these options, and the role of energy efficiency.