Daeyeon Lee Receives KIChE President Young Investigator Award

Daeyeon LeeDaeyeon Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is the 2012 recipient of the Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE) President Young Investigator Award. This award was established by the KICHE to recognize the most promising untenured Korean research faculty member at an academic institution in the United States.

Lee leads the Soft Nanomaterials Lab, which works to develop a deep understanding of the interactions between soft materials (e.g., polymers, colloids and biologicals, etc.) near or at interfaces. His group seeks to extend the obtained knowledge to enable the assembly of nano-/micro-scale materials into macroscopic structures that have designed properties and functionality. The major research efforts in the lab include understanding the behavior of Janus particles at fluid interfaces, understanding and improving the assembly and mechanical properties of nanoparticle films, the generation of hierarchical structures using emulsions and bubbles as templates, and development of catalytic systems for biomass conversion.

The KIChE was founded in 1962 as a scientific, engineering and professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the theory and application of chemical engineering technology. Today, the KIChE has more than 5,000 members, 9 regional sections and 13 technical divisions.