Changwon Suh

Research Associate (McKay 401)


Changwon Suh’s research focus is on fostering the applications of materials genomics, specifically materials informatics, dedicated to accelerated discovery and enhancement of materials and devices for advanced renewable energy harvesting and storage. He has been involved in the area of materials genomics since 2000. He was engaged in applying materials informatics to a wide range of applications, including design of thin film solar cells, functional ceramic chemistries for hard materials and high-throughput experimentation of heterogeneous catalysts. In addition to his work in materials informatics, Dr. Suh has experience in transparent conducting oxides, with fundamental research interests in the structure-property relationships of materials. His work includes the use of materials genomics techniques in rapidly screening information from theoretical calculations and experimental data for small molecule-based flow battery applications.

Prior to joining Prof. Aspuru-Guzik’s group, Dr. Suh was involved in numerous interdisciplinary research projects at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Iowa State University that were sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). He also received a co-author honorable mention in the science and engineering visualization challenge sponsored by Science Magazine and the National Science Foundation (2006). Prior to starting his Ph.D. work at Rensselaer, he worked for 2 years as an associate staff researcher at the Research and Development Center of Samsung Corning Co., LTD, Korea. At that time, his work was focused on the development of a tin oxide film coating method for large, curved surfaces and the development of a pilot factory system for the mass production of thin-film-coated products.

He has co-authored four book chapters, 21 articles in scientific journals, an online tutorial (TMS), and 12 symposium proceedings (H-index as of April 2013: 9.)

Research Interests 

  • Materials genomics—accelerated data-driven materials-by-design and discovery for sustainable energy harvesting, including:
  • Advanced informatics: data mining for high-throughput screening dedicated to energy applications
  • Extraction and visualization of high-dimensional information for rapid screening of scientific/engineering data
  • Data-driven processing enhancement for material syntheses (e.g., virtual metrology)
  • Cyber infrastructure: digital databases for functional materials and materials data curation.


  • 1992 and 1994 B.S. and M.S., physics, Hanyang University, Korea
  • 2005 Ph.D., engineering science affiliated with the department of materials science and engineering, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 2002 Guest researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • 2005–2008 Postdoctoral fellow at Iowa State University.
  • 2009-2012 Senior Scientist at NREL

Selected Publications 

  • Biagioni, D.; Graham, R.; Albin, D.; Jones, W.B.; Suh, C. (2013). "SAnalysis of Governing Factors for Photovoltaic Loss Mechanism of n-CdS/p-CdTe Heterojunction via Multi-way Data Decomposition." Progress in Photovoltaics: Research & Applications ; in press
  • Suh, C.; Glynn, S.; Biagioni, D.; Scharf, J.; Contreras, M.A.; Noufi, R.; Munch, K.; Jones, W.B. (2011). "Photovoltaic Informatics Accelerates Process-design Speed." SPIE Newsroom: Solar & Alternative Energy Accessed July 23, 2012:
  • Suh, C.; Gorrie, C.W.; Perkins, J.D.; Graf, P.A.; Jones, W.B. (2011). "Strategy for the Maximum Extraction of Information Generated from Combinatorial Experimentation of Co -doped ZnO Thin Films." ACTA Materialia (59); p. 630.
  • Suh, C.; Rajan, K. (2009). "Data mining and informatics for crystal chemistry: establishing measurement techniques for mapping structure-property relationships.." Materials Science and Technology (25); p. 466.
  • Lewis, A.C.; Suh, C.; Stukowski, M.; Geltmacher, A.B.; Rajan, M.; Spanos, G. (2008). "Tracking correlations between mechanical response and microstructure in three-dimensional reconstructions of a commercial stainless steel." Scripta Materialia (58:7); pp. 575-578. Accessed July 23, 2012:
  • Sieg, S.C.; Suh, C.; Schmidt, T.; Stukowski, M.; Rajan, K.; Maier, W.F. (2007). "Principal component analysis of catalytic functions in the composition space of heterogeneous catalysts." QSAR & Combinatorial Science (26:4); pp. 528-535. Accessed July 23, 2012:
  • Suh, C.; Rajan, K. (2005). "Virtual screening and QSAR formulations for crystal chemistry." QSAR & Combinatorial Science (24:1); pp. 114-119. Accessed July 23, 2012:
  • Suh, C.; Rajan, K. (2004). "Combinatorial design of semiconductor chemistry for bandgap engineering: ‘virtual’ combinatorial experimentation." Applied Surface Science (223:1-3); pp. 148-158. Accessed July 27, 2012:
  • Bhimarasetti, G.; Sunkara, M.K.; Graham, U.M.; Davis, B.H.; Suh, C.; Rajan, K. (2003). "Morphological control of tapered and multi-junctioned carbon tubular structures." Advanced Materials (15:19); pp. 1629-1632. Accessed July 23, 2012: