Sungbaek graduated from Yonsei University in Korea with BS and MS (2008) in Chemical Engineering. He received his PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering at University of Michigan, USA (2014). His PhD research focused on the synthesis and self-assembly toward highly sensitive polydiacetylene supramolecules based biosensors under the supervision of Prof. Jinsang Kim. His research experience was expanded to mussel inspired wet-adhesive polymer synthesis as a postdoc in the Waite group at UCSB (2014-2015). He joined the Hawker group since August 2015.
Sungbaek is interested in the development of functional supramolecules based on block copolymers and bio-inspired macromolecular design.