Organic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Decontamination Chemistry, Reactive Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF), and Protective fabrics
Yongwoo Lee joined the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2013 as a Research Professor of Chemistry. He has been working on development of protective suits utilizing enzyme-based self-decontaminating materials at QinetiQ North America, Inc. (Waltham, Mass.). 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 KIST as a synthetic-organic chemist on multistep synthesis of antibiotic ß-lactam. He worked for over 20 years at major national research institutions: BF-Goodrich (Brecksville, Ohio), Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, N.M.), MIT (Cambridge, Mass.), US Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.), and Foster-Miller Inc. (Waltham, Mass.). 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 US patents on development of specialty enzyme-based catalytic self-decontaminating materials.