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Yongwoo Lee Research Group

Professor Lee has recently worked on development of a protective fabrics utilizing highly selective self-decontaminating materials for comprehensive protection against chemical attacks, an area he researched for many years as principal senior scientist at QinetiQ North America.

Professor Lee also has extensive research experience in optically active NLO materials and flexible polymer transistors.

Lee received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to his doctoral training, he worked for KAIST as a synthetic-organic chemist on multistep synthesis of antibiotic ß-lactam. He also worked for over twenty years at major national research institutions: BF-Goodrich (Brecksville OH), Los Alamos National Laboratory (NM), MIT (Cambridge, MA), and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (Washington D.C.).  While at the Naval Research Laboratory, he and his research team were recognized with the 37th Alan Berman Research Award (2006) and NRL Edison Award (2005) for work leading to three breakthroughs U.S. patents on development of specialty enzyme-based catalytic self-decontaminating materials (“Self-cleaning fabrics for decontamination,” March 2005 Materials Today).

Lee has 12 US patents and more than 30 peer-reviewed papers