Yunsie Chung

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Graduate Student



I was born and raised in Seoul, Korea until I moved to Europe for high school. I lived in Prague, Czech Republic for the first 2 years and then I moved to Vienna, Austria to finish the remaining 2 years of my high school. I really enjoyed traveling a lot of beautiful cities while I lived there.

After I graduated from high school, I entered UC Berkeley with an undeclared major. After my friends told me that chemical engineers are well-paid jobs, I decided to try the intro in Chemical engineering class in my sophomore year. Although my initial motivation was money, I began to really like the class and declared my major as chemical engineering right after that semester. In the following summer, I joined Prof. Maboudian’s group and worked on synthesizing gecko-mimicking adhesive materials. As I took more classes and participated in research, I became more interested in studying chemical engineering on a deeper level. That led me to join the Ph.D. program in chemical engineering at MIT.

I joined Prof. Green’s group in 2016, and my current project is about the low-temperature oxidation reaction of liquid-phase hydrocarbons in lubricants. The goal is to prevent the formation of solid products. My research will use both the experimental method and RMG simulation.

In my free time, I love to go shopping and travel around. I also like trying new activities such as skydiving, bungee jumping, and etc.