Daeyeon Lee Receives NSF CAREER Award

Daeyeon Lee, assistant professor in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has received an NSF CAREER award for his proposal, "Understanding Electrostatic Interactions in Non-Polar Media for Generation of Nanostructured Thin Films." The CAREER award is the NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Lee's research goal is to extend the basic understanding of soft matter such as colloids, polymers, and nanomaterials to fabricate functional structures with properties designed for advanced applications. The techniques used in his lab include layer-by-layer assembly, microfluidics, optical microscopy, electron microscopy, scanning force microscopy, and dissipative quartz crystal microbalance. Using these techniques, the group studies the interactions of various materials at gas-liquid, liquid-liquid and liquid-solid interfaces. Intermolecular and capillary forces between materials are used to generate functional thin films and microcapsules for applications in renewable energy, sustained release, and encapsulation.

Lee's CAREER proposal aims to understand the fundamental aspects of electrostatic interactions in non-polar solvents, which will further extend a new layer-by-layer assembly technique for nanostructured thin films into alternative energy applications. This CAREER award also integrates educational activities into the research plan with the goal of fully utilizing visual and hands-on aspects of layer-by-layer assembly to enrich the educational experiences of pre-college students and educators.

To read more about Lee and his research, please visit his faculty profile.