Sung-Jin Cho, Ph.D.

Sung-Jin Cho, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Nanoengineering

Phone: (336) 285-2857

Curriculum Vitae: PDF, March 2018

Prof. Sungjin Cho’s research interest focuses on nanotechnology for energy storage material which is essential to move forward in the future. New design of nanomaterial will make all energy storage devices cost-competitive, safe and durable. Nowadays, most nanomaterial is designed to achieve a higher energy and power or other electrochemical performances. However, there are many difficulties found when we use the nanomaterial for energy storage application so it is the time to reconsider and redesign the nanomaterial to fit into energy storage application such as battery, super-capacitor and fuel cell. His goals are to design, synthesize and analyze new structural nanoarchitectured energy storage materials for multiple applications.

Topics of Interest:

  1. Hybrid Solid-Plastic/Solid Polymer Electrolyte (Nissan and Korean Government)
  2. Nanoporous/Nanodense Functional Layer Using Plasma Enhanced ALD (Air Force Research Lab)
  3. SiNA (Silicon Nano Alloy) Nanocomposite Anode Engineering (Biosolar, Inc.)
  4. Flexible, Wearable & Textile High Energy Storage Material & Device Design (Air Force Research Lab)
  5. Multifunctional Nanostructured Material Design and Its Solid-State Battery Application (Daimler Benz)



  • Nano Manufacturing 2017 Conference Poster Award (2ND Place Winner)
  • • ACS NC Division Poster Competition Award (1st Place Winner, Mar. 2017)
  • North Carolina A&T State University Research Excellent Rookie of the Year Award (May. 2016)
  • • Nano Manufacturing 2016 Conference Poster Award (1st Place Winner)
  • • Nano Manufacturing 2015 Conference Poster Award (1st and 2ND Place)
  • • 3M Young Faculty Award Nominated in 2015
  • • North Carolina A&T State University Faculty Start-Up and Travel Award in 2014
  • • Johnson Controls Research Innovation Reward in 2013
  • • Johnson Controls Research Innovation Reward in 2012
  • • Certificate of Recognition, APAN, Johnson Controls in 2012
  • • US R&D 100 Awards in 2009. (Marquette Univ. & Paradigm Sensor)


  • Sung-Jin Cho*, “Ch.3: Review of Nano Technology for Cathode Materials in Batteries in EMERGING NANOTECHNOLOGIES IN RECHARGABLE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS, Contribute Author*, Elsevier. April. 2016


  • Alla Letfullina, Jong Soo Cho, Pankaj Alaboina, Taehee Han, and Sungjin Cho*. “Ion Transport via Molecular Gyration in Solid State Batteries.” Energy & Environmental Science. Feb. 2018. Under Review (accepted by editor for peer review) (Impact factor: 29.518)
  • Md-Jamal Uddin, Sung-Jin Cho*. “Reassessing the high frequency limit effect on ionic conductivity of solid state electrolytes.” Sustainable Energy and Fuels. March. 2018. Under Review (accepted by editor for peer review)
  • Md-Jamal Uddin, Jongsoo Cho, Alla Letfullina, Sergey Yarmolenko, Sung-Jin Cho*. “Spray Drying Synthesis of Nanoscale Li7-xAlx’La3+yZr2O12 Solid-State Electrolyte.” Journal of Solid State Chemistry. Mar. 2018. Under Review (Impact factor: 2.29) 4
  • Pankaj K. Alaboina, Jong-Soo Cho, Md-Jamal Uddin, Sung-Jin Cho*. “Mechanically Prelithiated Silicon Nano Alloy as Highly Engineered Anode Material.” Electrochimica Acta. Nov. 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2017.11.107 (Impact factor: 4.798)
  • Pankaj K Alaboina, Md-Jamal Uddin, and Sung-Jin Cho*. “Nanoprocess and Nanoscale Surface Functionalization on Cathode Materials for Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries.” Nanoscale. 9, 15736-15752. Sept. 2017. DOI: 10.1039/C7NR02600E (Impact factor: 7.367)
  • Pankaj K Alaboina, Jong-Soo Cho, Md-Jamal Uddin, Sung-Jin Cho*. “Engineering and Optimization of Silicon-Iron- Manganese Nano Alloy Electrode for Enhanced Lithium-ion Battery.” Nano-Micro Letters. 9, 41. Oct. 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s40820-017-0142-8 (Impact Factor: 4.849)
  • Md-Jamal Uddin, Pankaj Kumar Alaboina, Sung-Jin Cho*. “Nanostructured Advanced Cathode Materials Synthesis for Lithium-Ion Batteries.” Materials Today Energy. 5, 138–157. Sept. 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.mtener.2017.06.008
  • Md-Jamal Uddin, Pankaj Kumar Alaboina, Lifeng Zhang, Sung-Jin Cho*. “A low-cost, environment-friendly lignin-polyvinyl alcohol nanofiber separator using a water-based method for safer and faster lithium-ion batteries.” Materials Science and Engineering: B. 223, 84-90. Sept. 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.mseb.2017.05.004 (Impact Factor: 2.552)
  • Sung-Jin Cho*, Md-Jamal Uddin, Pankaj K. Alaboina, Sang Sub Han, Manjula I. Nandasiri, Yong Seok Choi, Enyuan Hu, Kyung-Wan Nam, Ashleigh M. Schwarz, Satish K. Nune, Jong-Soo Cho, Kyu Hwan Oh, Daiwon Choi. “Exploring Lithium Deficiency in Layered Oxide Cathode for Li-ion Battery.” Advanced Sustainable Systems. First Online: June 2017. DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201700026 [Selected as Featured Work for a Cover Page]
  • Jong-Soo Cho, Pankaj Kumar Alaboina, Chan-Soon Kang, Seul-Cham Kim, Seoung-Bum Son, Soonsung Suh, Jaehyuk Kim, Seunguk Kwon, Se-Hee Lee, Kyu-Hwan Oh, and Sung-Jin Cho*. “Ex-situ Investigation of Anisotropic Interconnection in Silicon-Titanium-Nickel Alloy Anode Material”. Journal of Electrochemical Society. 64, 6, A968- A972. March 2017. DOI: 10.1149/2.0221706jes (Impact Factor: 3.26)
  • Tyler Evans, Daniela Molina Piper, Huaxing Sun, Timothy Porcelli, Seul Cham Kim, Sang Sub Han, Yong Seok Choi, Chixia Tian, Dennis Nordlund, Marca M. Doeff, Chunmei Ban, Sung-Jin Cho, Kyu Hwan Oh, Se-Hee Lee. “In Situ Engineering of the Electrode-Electrolyte Interface for Stabilized Over-lithiated Cathodes.” Adv. Mater. 2017. 29, 1604549. Jan. 2017. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201604549 (Impact Factor: 19.79)
  • Maurizio Biso, Md-Jamal Uddin, Sung-Jin Cho*. “High-molecular-weight polyvinylidene difluoride binder for high capacity cathodes.” Invited and published at SPE Plastics Research Online in June 2016. DOI 10.2417/spepro. 006571
  • Pankaj K Alaboina, Yeqian Ge, Md-Jamal Uddin, Yang Liu, Dongsuek Lee, Seiung Park, Xiangwu Zhang, and Sung-Jin Cho*. “Nanoscale Porous Lithium Titanate Anode for Superior High Temperature Performance.” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 8, 19, 12127–12133. May 2016. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b00895 (Impact Factor: 7.504) 5
  • Maurizio Biso, Roberta Colombo, MD Jamal Uddin, Milena Stanga, and Sung-Jin Cho*. “A rheological behavior of various polyvinylidene difluoride binders for high capacity LiNi0.6Mn0.2Co0.2O2.”Polymer Engineering & Science. 56, 760–764. March 2016. DOI 10.1002/pen.24304 (Impact Factor: 1.449)
  • Seong-Min Bak, Enyuan Hu, Yongning Zhou, Xiqian Yu, Sanjaya D. Senanayake, Sung-Jin Cho*, Xiao-Qing Yang*, and Kyung-Wan Nam*. “Structural changes and thermal stability of charged Li1-δNixMnyCozO2 cathode materials studied by combined in situ time-resolved XRD and mass spectroscopy.” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 6, 24, 22594−22601. Nov. 2014. DOI: 10.1021/am506712c (Impact Factor: 7.504)
  1. Sung-Jin Cho, Alla R. Letfullina “Molecular Rotation Based Solid Polymer Electrolyte”, (US PATENT Application Number 62/620,072) Jan. 2018
  2. Sung-Jin Cho, Pankaj K. Alaboina “Wireless Charge – Discharge Flexible Energy Storage Devices,” (US PATENT Application Number 62/589,112). Nov. 2017
  3. Sung-Jin Cho, Jong-Soo Cho, Alla R. Letfullina, “Highly Ionically Conductive Solid Film Electrolyte”, (US PATENT Application Number: 62/526,260), August. 2017
  4. Sung-Jin Cho, “Silicon Iron Lithium Nanocomposite for Lithium Ion Batteries”. (US PATENT Application Number: 62/473,772) Jan. 2017
  5. Sung-Jin Cho “Multi-phase structured cathode active material for lithium ion battery”. (PCT PATENT Filing Number: 051,426) 2015

Dr. Cho’s Research Team

Dr. Jong Soo Cho Ph.D.


Pankaj Alaboina

Prelithiated Si-Fe-Mn Alloy for High Energy Lithium Ion

Dr. Seongki Ahn Ph.D.


Alla Letfullina

Hybrid Solid State Electrolyte

Mehrab Valizadehderakhshan


Dr. Jongsung Park Ph.D.


Reginald Goodwin


Smith Woosley

3D Printed Battery

Md-Jamal Uddin

Multiphase Cathode

James Knoop

Lithium Sulfur Battery