Daehwan Park

Post-doctoral Scholar
Email: dhpark@seas.upenn.edu

220 S 33rd St
Moore 300B
Philadelphia, PA, 19104


  • Since September 2021, Visiting scholar as postdoctoral researcher, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • August 2021, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  • February 2016, B.S. in Applied Chemistry from Hanyang University, South Korea

Research Overview

Current Research

In Osuji lab, I am doing researches on stimuli-responsive hydrogel actuator. The key to this research is the fabrication of bacterial cellulose-incorporated hydrogel with semi-interpenetrating network. The bacterial cellulose can enhance the mechanical properties of the hydrogel, and the cellulose modified with functional nanoparticles may serve as a transducer for external stimuli. Taking advantage of versatility of bacterial cellulose, the hydrogels can be applied as a drug delivery system capable of selective drug release, and also have the great potential to soft robots through the control of actuation.

Past Research

Before joining the Osuji lab, I acquired Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, advised by Professor Jin Woong Kim from Sungkyunkwan University. My Ph.D. thesis was focused on physical structuring of cellulose nanofibrillary materials for on-demand loading and releasing of functional components.