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Yongwoo Lee

Yongwoo Lee is a Research Professor in the Chemistry Department and head of the Yongwoo Lee Research Group at UMass Lowell.
Yongwoo Lee Research Professor
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    College of Sciences
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    Chemistry, Yongwoo Lee Research Group
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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.

Selected Publications

  • Liu, Y., Smith, C.E., Parnell, L.D., Lee, Y., An, P., Straka, R.J., Tiwari, H.K., Wood, A.C., Kabagambe, E.K., Hidalgo, B., Hopkins, P.N., Province, M.A., Arnett, D.K., Tucker, K.L., Ordovas, J.M., Lai, C.Q. (2020). Salivary AMY1 Copy Number Variation Modifies Age-Related Type 2 Diabetes Risk. Clinical chemistry,66(5) 718-726.
  • Soum, V., Park, S., Brilian, A.I., Choi, J-Y., Lee, Y., Kim, W., Kwon, O.S., and Shin, K. (2020). Quantitatively controllable fluid flows with ballpoint-pen-printed 7 patterns for programmable photo-paper-based microfluidic 8 devices. Lab On a Chip, 20, 1601.
  • Shah, P.N., Thalavitiya Acharige, M.J., Kim, N., Ryan, D.K., DeSisto, W., Lee, Y. (2020). Green Bisphenol A: A High Valued Building Block Isolated from Lignin Biowaste. Waste and Biomass Valorization.
  • Lee, Y., Bae, S., Hwang, B., Schroeder, M., Lee, Y., and Baik, S. (2019). Considerably improved water and oil washability of highly conductive stretchable fibers by chemical functionalization with fluorinated silane. J. of Materials Chemistry C, 39, 12297-12305
  • Kang, C., Lee, Y., et al. (2019). Highly Efficient Nanocarbon Coating Layer on the Nanostructured Copper Sulfide-Metal Organic Framework Derived Carbon for Advanced Sodium-Ion Battery Anode. Materials, 12, 1324.
  • Jafry, A.T., Lee, Y., et. al. (2019). Double-sided electrohydrodynamic jet printing of two-dimensional electrode array in paper-based digital microfluidics. Sensors & Actuators B: Chemical, 282, 831-837.
  • Moon Y., Jafry, A.T., Kang, S.B., Seo, J.Y., Baek, K-Y., Kim, E-J., Pan, J-G., Choi, J-Y., Kim, H., Lee, K.H., Jeong, K., Shin, S., Lee, J., Lee, Y. (2019). Organophosphorus Hydrolase-Poly-ß-Cyclodextrin as a Stable Self-Decontaminating Bio-catalytic Material for Sorption and Degradation of Organophosphate Pesticide. J. Hazard Materials, 365, 261-269.
  • Shah, P.N., Dev, S., Lee, Y., Hansen, C.J. (2017). Processing and Mechanical Properties of Bio-Derived Vinyl Ester Resin-Based Composites. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, (13).
  • Dev, S., Shah, P.N., Zhang, Y., Ryan, D.K., Hansen, C.J., Lee, Y. (2017). Synthesis and mechanical properties of flame retardant vinyl ester resin for structural composites. Polymer,133 20 - 29.
  • Shah, P.N., Dev, S., Lee, Y., and Hansen, C. (2016). Processing and mechanical properties of bio-derived vinyl ester resin-based composites. J. of Applied Polymer Science.
  • Shah, P., Kim, N., Huang, Z., Jayamanna, M., Kokil, A., Pine, A., Kaltsas, J., Jahngen, E., Ryan, D., Yoon, S., Kovar, R., and Lee, Y. (2015). Environmentally benign synthesis of vinyl ester resin from biowaste glycerin. RSC Advances, 5, 38673-38679.
  • Lee, Y., a book chapter titled with "Interfaces and Interphases in Analytical Chemistry" Chapter 12. (2011). Smart Interfacial Layers: Sorption-Reinforced Catalytic Substrates for Detection and "Self-Decontamination." pp. 249-275, ISBN 13: 9780841226043
US Patents in Green VER Composites for US Navy Application R&D
  • Provisional Patent Application of A. Kokil, Y. Lee, P. N. Shah. Methods of making Bis (hydroxydrocarbyl) ether bisphenol and Vinyl Ester Resin. UML 2015-038-01 (, United States Application no.62/387,443 Dec. 2015
  • Provisional Patent Application of A. Kokil, Y. Lee, Vinyl Hydroxyl Ether Resins. UML 2015-041( United States Application no.62/303,724 March. 2016
  • UML CVIP Invention Disclosure of Y. Lee, P.N. Shah, C. Hansen, and S. Dev: Green Composites of Green Vinyl Ester Resin (GVER) Prepared from Biowaste. #UML Invention Disclosure 2016-008 March 2016
  • Y. Lee and P. N. Shah, Green” Vinyl Ester Resin (VER) from Glycerol Carbonate Methacrylate and Bisphenol A, UML Invention Disclosure # 2016-020 March 2016
US Patents in Chemical Biological Defense R&D
  • Y. Lee et al. US Patent 8507256, “Sorption Reinforced Catalytic Coatings System and Method for the Degradation of Threat Agents” (issued on Aug. 2013)
  • Y. Lee et al. Serial number US Patent 8507255, “Sorption Reinforced Catalytic Coatings System comprising Synzyme for Degradation of Threat Agents” (issued on Aug. 2013)
  • Y. Lee et al. US 2010 / 0081186 A1 Self-decontaminating Metal-Organic Framework (SD-MOF) (published on April 2010)
  • Y. Lee et al. Serial number 12/802,960, “Sorption Reinforced Catalytic Coatings System and Method for the Degradation of Threat Agents” (submitted July 2010)
  • Y. Lee et al. Serial number 61/455,504 “Metal Organic Framework Supported Enzymes and Their Incorporation into Active Decontaminating Fabrics” (submitted Oct. 21st 2010)
  • Y. Lee et al. 7,501,259 Method for making catalytic enzyme-modified textiles for active protection from toxins 2009
  • Y. Lee et al. 7,348,169, B2, Method of making bioactive catalytic material, June, 2008
  • Y. Lee et al. 7,270,973, B2 Catalytic enzyme-modified textiles for active protection from toxins, Sept. 2007
  • Y. Lee et al. 7,067,294 Catalytic surfaces for active protection from toxins, B2, June 2006