Dr Sung-Hwan Jang

Dr Sung-Hwan Jang

Lecturer in Civil Engineering

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, 2015
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Yonsei University, 2008
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Yeungnam University, 2004

  • 2017-Present: Lecturer, Civil & Coastal Engineering, Plymouth University
  • 2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • 2015-2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, Robotics Institutes, Carnegie Mellon University

Research interests

Smart and adaptive materials are emerging class of materials that possess unique material properties and multifunctionality, including the ability to sense and respond to different stimuli, such as electrical, mechanical, and thermal stimuli. My research interest is to develop, characterize, and model multifuncational (smart) composites for civil, mechanical, and aerospace engineering. 
  • Multi-functional polymer-/cementitious-based composites
  • Advanced sensors for structural health monitoring
  • Smart coating system for temperature sensing and de-icing
  • Self-healing polymer-/cementitious-based composites
For questions relating to any research opportunity, please contact Dr Sung-Hwan Jang on sung-hwan.jang@plymouth.ac.uk

Grants & contracts

1. Sung-Hwan Jang (2018-2019). Multifunctional Transport Road Coating System for Winter Maintenance. Funded by Rees Jeffreys Road Fund. Total award £25,000. Single PI. 

2. Sung-Hwan Jang, Shakil Awan, Alistair Cree and John Summerscales(2018-2019). Smart Skin for Infrastructure: Fracture Sensing andElectromagnetic Interference Shielding. Funded by the University of Plymouth.Total award £2,500. PI.

3.  AsiyaKhan, Richard Pemberton and Sung-Hwan Jang (2018-2019). Toward SmartCity: Air and Sound Pollution Monitoring using Internet of Things. Funded by the University of Plymouth. Total award £2,500. Co-PI.

4.  Sung-Hwan Jang (2018). Breathing Life into TransportInfrastructure: Development of a Hydrophobic, Freezing Temperature Sensing, andSelf-Heating Road Coating System. Funded by the Department for Transport (DfT).Total award £30,000. Single PI.

5.   Sung-Hwan Jang (2017-2018). Multi-functional Composites for CivilInfrastructures. Funded by the University of Plymouth. Total award £3,000.Single PI.

Key publications are highlighted

Jang S, Kim D & Park Y-L 2018 'Accelerated Curing and Enhanced Material Properties of Conductive Polymer Nanocomposites by Joule Heating' Materials PEARL
Jang S & Park Y-L 2018 'Carbon nanotube-reinforced smart composites for sensing freezing temperature and deicing by self-heating' Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology , DOI PEARL
Rich S, Jang S-H, Park Y-L & Majidi C 2017 'Liquid Metal-Conductive Thermoplastic Elastomer Integration for Low-Voltage Stiffness Tuning' Advanced Materials Technologies 2, (12) 1700179-1700179 , DOI
Jang S-H, Na S-H & Park Y-L 2017 'Magnetically Assisted Bilayer Composites for Soft Bending Actuators' Materials 10, (6) 646-646 , DOI
Jang S-H, Hochstein DP, Kawashima S & Yin H 2016 'Experiments and micromechanical modeling of electrical conductivity of carbon nanotube/cement composites with moisture' Cement and Concrete Composites 77, 49-59 , DOI
Jang S-H & Yin H 2016 'Characterization and modeling of the effective electrical conductivity of a carbon nanotube/polymer composite containing chain-structured ferromagnetic particles' Journal of Composite Materials 51, (2) 171-178 , DOI
Jang S-H, Park Y-L & Yin H 2016 'Influence of Coalescence on the Anisotropic Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Nickel Powder/Polydimethylsiloxane Composites' Materials 9, (4) 239-239 , DOI PEARL
Jang S-H, Kawashima S & Yin H 2016 'Influence of Carbon Nanotube Clustering on Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Cement Pastes' Materials 9, (4) 220-220 , DOI PEARL
Jang SH & Yin HM 2015 'Effect of aligned ferromagnetic particles on strain sensitivity of multi-walled carbon nanotube/polydimethylsiloxane sensors' Applied Physics Letters 106, (14) 141903-141903 , DOI PEARL
Jang S-H & Yin H 2015 'Effective electrical conductivity of carbon nanotube-polymer composites: a simplified model and its validation' Materials Research Express 2, (4) 045602-045602 , DOI PEARL
Conference Papers
Morrow J, Shin H-S, Phillips-Grafflin C, Jang S-H, Torrey J, Larkins R, Dang S, Park Y-L & Berenson D 2016 'Improving Soft Pneumatic Actuator fingers through integration of soft sensors, position and force control, and rigid fingernails' 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 16/05/2016 21/05/2016 IEEE , DOI
Jang S 2018 Breathing Life into Transport Infrastructure: Development of a Hydrophobic, Freezing Temperature Sensing, and Self-Heating Road Coating System. PEARL