Chuck Yeung, Ph.D.

Chuck Yeung, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Physics
Professor, Physics
Office Phone
Office Location
118 Witkowski
ERIE PA 16563


B.A. Physics, Cornell University
M.S. Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Ph. D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Pittsburgh
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy and Material Sciences Department
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Toronto, Department of Physics


  • Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Excellence in Research Award 2001
  • Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award 2002

Teaching Specialties

  • Physics

Research Interests

I am a theoretical statistical physicist. My research focuses on polymer dynamics theory, pattern formation dynamics and biophysics. Most recently I have studied the role of reactions in stabilizing polymer interfaces, the formation of domains after quenches into thermodynamically unstable regions and motion of vesicles in nerve synapses.

Funded Projects and Grants

  • RUI: Modeling of Reactive Compatibilization in Polymer Blends. National Science Foundation. $112,000, March 2000-February 2004.
  • Petroleum Research Foundation Summer Fellowship Grant. Wu, X.L. (principal investigator) and C. Yeung (co-investigator). American Chemical Society. $8,000, summer 2003.
  • Competing Length Scales in Laser Induced Melting. Research Corporation, $22,688, November 1996-November 1999.

Direct Test of Gaussian Approximation in Phase Ordering Dynamics, Physical Review E - June 4, 2018

Stick-and-Diffuse and Caged diffusion: A Comparison of Two Models of Synaptic Vesicle Motion - 2007

Biophysical J. Stick-and-Diffuse and Caged Diffusion: A Comparison of Two Models of Synaptic Vesicle Dynamics - April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2007

Renormalization Group Analysis of Polymer Cyclization with Non-Equilibrium Initial Conditions - September, 2006

Swimming Efficiency of Bacterium Escherichia coli - September, 2006

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Swimming efficiency of bacterium Escherichia coli - September 12, 2006

Relation Between Cyclization of Polymers with Different Initial Conditions - February, 2006

Cyclization of Rouse Chains at Long and Short Time Scales - 2005

Probing Vesicle Dynamics in Single Hippocampal Synapses - 2005

Modeling Reactive Compatibilization of a Binary Blend with Interacting Particles - 2003

Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Reactive Compatibilization on Polymer Blends. - 2003

Universal Distribution of Centers and Saddles in Two-Dimensional Turbulence - 2001

Formation of Interfaces in Incompatible Polymer Blends: A Dynamical Mean Field Study - 1999

The Rotating Bucket of Sand: Experiment and Theory - 1999

Triangular Anisotropics in Driven Diffusive Systems: Reconciliation of Up and Down - 1999

Metastability of a Granular Surface in a Spinning Bucket - 1998

Anisotropic Fluctuations in Ordered Copolymer Phases - 1996

Bounds on the Decay of the Autocorrelation in Phase Ordering Dynamics. - 1996

Early time dynamics in phase ordering dynamics, Phys. Rev. E - December, 1995

Breakdown of Linear Dynamics in Phase Ordering Kinetics - 1995

Temporal Fluctuations and Hurst Exponents of Goldstone and Massive Modes - September, 1994

Phase Separation Dynamics in a Concentration Gradient - August, 1994

Theoretical Models for Grafted Homopolymers in Poor Solvents: Observations of Dimple Surfaces, Colloids & Surfaces - June, 1994

Possibilities and Limitations of Gaussian Closure Approximation for Phase Ordering Dynamics - April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 1994

Lower Critical Ordering Temperature in Diblock Dopolymer Melts - March, 1994

Pattern Formation in Laser Induced Melting, Physical Review E - March, 1994

Internal Wetting in Three Component Polymer Blends - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 1994

Lateral Instabilities in a Grafted Layer in a Poor Solvent - April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 1993

Surface Driven Instability and Enhanced Relaxation in the Dynamics of a Nonequilibrium Interface. - March, 1993

Asymptotic Behavior of Viscous Fingering Patterns in Circular Geometry - February, 1993

The Behavior of Amphiphilic Comb Copolymers in Oil/Water Mixtures: A Molecular Dynamics Study - September, 1992

Phase Ordering Dynamics in a Driven Diffusive System - August, 1992

Adsorption of Multi-Block Chains at Liquid-Liquid Interfaces - July (3rd Quarter/Summer), 1992

Study of Internal Modes of a "Living Polymer" by Transient Electric Birefringence - March, 1992

Adsorption of Copolymer Chains at Liquid-Liquid Interfaces: The Effect of Sequence Distribution - February, 1992

Perturbing Hele-Shaw Flow with a Small Gap Gradient - February, 1992

Conservative Dynamics, Phase Ordering and Stretched Exponential Decays - December, 1990

Two-Time Correlations, Self-Averaging and an Analytically Solvable Model of Phase Ordering Dynamics - December, 1990

Dense-Branching Morphology and the Radial Hele-Shaw Cell Driven at a Constant Flux - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 1990

The Pre-Asymptotic Dynamical Exponent in Conserved Order Parameter Phase Ordering Dynamics, Physical Review B - 1989

Explicit Construction of Steady State of a Model of Chemical Turbulence - January (1st Quarter/Winter), 1989

Cell Dynamical System Study of Phase Separation Dynamics - December, 1988

Scaling and the Small Wavevector Limit of the Form Factor in Phase Ordering Dynamics - August, 1988

A Cell Dynamical System Model of Chemical Turbulence - December, 1987

A Conjecture on Nonlocal Random Tight Binding Models - November, 1987

The Coherent Potential Approximation Applied to a System with Long Range Potentials - August, 1986


Ph D, Physics, University of Ilinois

MS, Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BA, Physics, Cornell University