Plenary Speech

NRC 2023


Plenary 1



9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
April 29., 2023

DR. Chang-Yong Nam

Dr. Chang-Yong Nam

Center for Functional Nanomaterials

Brookhaven National Laboratory



“Energy-Efficient, Extremely Downscaled Semiconductor Devices”

Semiconductors are a crucial component of modern electronics, enabling essential functions in society such as communication, computing, healthcare, military systems, transportation, and clean energy, among countless others. However, the ever-increasing demand for high performance and bandwidth in electronics is presenting unprecedented energy efficiency challenges for semiconductor technologies. To address this, we require a fundamental paradigm shift in electronics architecture as well as extreme downscaling of semiconductor devices beyond Moore’s law. During this talk, I will showcase our recent efforts to address these challenges, specifically the development of new hybrid materials for: (a) advanced photoresists for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography for advanced node semiconductor chips, and (b) brain-inspired neuromorphic memory devices. If time permits, I will also briefly explain a novel patterning technique enabled the application of self-assembled block copolymers (BCPs).

Bio sketch:

Dr. Chang-Yong Nam is a Scientist at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and an Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at Stony Brook University. Dr. Nam received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (2007), M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from KAIST (2001). and B.E. in Metallurgical Engineering from Korea University (1999). Dr. Nam’s research is focused on two primary areas: (a) the Development of ALD methods towards microelectronics and energy applications; (b) Materials processing and device physics in low-dimensional semiconductors. His awards include Battelle Inventor of the Year (2022), Winner of DOE National Labs Accelerator Pitch Event (2021), BNL Spotlight Awards (2022, 2018, 2011), and Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowship (2007).

Plenary 2


3:45 PM – 4:30 PM
April 29., 2023


Dr. Chang-Yong Nam

Professor, University of Chicago


“Making the Invisible Visible: Searching for Fundamental Laws of Nature”

This talk is about a journey of particle physicists in searching for the smallest (the most fundamental unit of matter or the most basic building blocks of the universe) and the forces acting among them, and in discovering their intimate connection to the largest and to new mysterious building blocks of the universe. In this process, novel technologies to make the invisible visible play a crucial role. This talk will include my personal involvement in this journey. It will end with the leadership gap that Asian Americans have been facing and potential ways to make Asian Americans more visible and to narrow the gap.


Bio sketch:

Young-Kee Kim is the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Physics and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Global Scientific Initiatives at the University of Chicago. Kim is an experimental particle physicist, devoting to understanding the origin of mass for fundamental particles using particle accelerators. She was Deputy Director of Fermilab between 2006 and 2013, Chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Chicago between 2016 and 2022. She is President of the KSEA and President-Elect of the American Physical Society. Prior to Chicago, Kim was Professor of Physics at University of California, Berkeley. She earned a bachelor degree in 1984 and a master degree in 1986 from Korea University. She received Ph.D. in 1990 from University of Rochester, and conducted postdoctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Young-Kee Kim is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (2022) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017), an overseas member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (2022), and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011), the American Physical Society (2004), and the Sloan Foundation (1997). She received the Ho-Am Prize (2005), the Chicago Council of Science and Technology’s Leadership Award (2012), the Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society (2019), KSEA’s Scientist of the Year Award (2019), and the University of Chicago’s Arthur L. Kelly Faculty Prize for Exceptional Service (2022).


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