Young-Hye Na


Young-Hye Na


Manager & PRSM, Accelerated Discovery of Sustainable Battery Materials


IBM Research - Almaden San Jose, CA USA


Dr. Young-Hye Na is a native of South Korea. She is currently a Principal Research Scientist and Manager of the Accelerated Material Discovery Group at IBM Almaden Research Center.

She received her Ph.D degree in Chemistry from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), performed postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Supervisor: Paul F. Nealey), and joined IBM Research as a research scientist in 2007.

Her expertise lies in surface chemistry/coating, materials science, and nanotechnology, with a focus on developing functional materials for various applications including semiconductors, water treatment membranes, and energy storage devices (i.e. next-generation batteries).

Her research accomplishments in these fields include more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and over 60 patents granted or pending. She is an IBM Master Inventor and a recipient of many prestigious internal and external awards including IBM’s Technical Accomplishment Award, People Manager Exemplary Award, and 2022 YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley’s Tribute to Women Award.

She has maintained active collaborations with industrial and academic partners, and has mentored many Ph.D/MS intern students from various universities in North America, Europe, and Asia. She has served as an Advisory Board Member for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of UW-Madison since November, 2022.





Accelerated Discovery of Battery Materials

Leveraging our expertise in materials science, AI, quantum and high performance computing, we're developing a more powerful, sustainable, and energy-efficient battery.

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  • Accelerating discovery for societal and economic impact

    Jed Pitera, Mathias Steiner, Daniel P. Sanders, Young-Hye Na, Maxwell Giammona, Kristin Schmidt, and Tim Erdmann
    • Accelerated Discovery
    • Climate and Sustainability
    • Generative AI
    • Materials Discovery
    • Responsible Technology

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