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Dr. Woo Young Lee

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Dr. Woo Young Lee
George Meade Bond Professor, Chemical Engineering & Material Science, Director of the Center for Microchemical Systems
Location:B-308B Burchard Building
CHE 342
BME 342
MT 602
School:  Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department:  Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Program:  Materials Science
Research Center:  New Jersey Center for MicroChemical Systems (NJCMCS) / Center for Healthcare Innovation
Research & Education
  • Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) - 1990, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S. (Chemical Engineering) - 1987, Auburn University
  • B.S. (Chemical Engineering) - 1985, University of Maryland

My research interest resides with creating new devices using nanotechnology and microfluidics for transformative use.  My group is currently developing: (1) microfluidic-based 3D human tissue and tumor models that can be used for preclinical drug evaluation and personalized medicine and (2) wearable graphene-based biosensors for health monitoring applications. These are student-centric efforts that are aimed at envisioning as well as realizing the transformative use of our devices. My group has produced four winners of the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Graduate Student Award in the past four consecutive years. One of the students co-founded FlexTraPower, Inc. in 2013 to commercialize our inkjet-printed graphene technology for wearable sensor applications. My research is primarily supported by NIH, NSF, and DoD.

Experience & Service
  • Professor and Department Director, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Research Staff Member, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 1992 to July 1997
  • Research Scientist, United Technologies Research Center, February 1990 to July 1992
Achievements & Professional Societies
Professional Societies
  • Fellow: The American Ceramic Society since 2004.
  • Government Panels:  NSF-DMR, NIH-ISD, NIH-NIAID, ESF-Graphene
  • Member: AAAS, ACerS, BEMS, Tau Beta Pi, Omega Chi Epsilon
  • List of Ph.D. Advisees:
    • Prof. Ying Zhang, Tennessee Technological University
    • Dr. Gi-Youl Kim, Genus
    • Prof. Hao Li, University of Missouri - Columbia
    • Dr. Jinil Lee, Samsung Electronics
    • Dr. Limin He, Aerospace Materials Research Center, China
    • Dr. Yi-Feng Su, Florida State University
    • Prof. Haibiao Chen, Beijing University
    • Dr. Hongwei Qiu, Leidos
    • Dr. Joung-Hyun “Helen” Lee, Columbia University
    • Dr. Andrew Inhen, Naval Air Warfare Center
    • Dr. Yexin Gu, iCell Bioscience
Patents & Inventions
  • U.S. Patent 8810996
  • U.S. Patent 8936689
  • U.S. Patent 7238420 
  • U.S. Patent 6808760 
  • U.S. Patent 6322889
  • U.S. Patent 5843533
  • U.S. Patent 5709936
  • U.S. Patent 5672420
  • U.S. Patent 4920086
Honors & Awards
  • Master of Engineering (Honoris Causa): Stevens Institute of Technology, 2008
  • Academic Research Award: Printed Electronics USA Conference, 2011.
Selected Publications

  • H. Qiu, V. Stepanov, A. DiStasio, A. Surapaneni, and W.Y. Lee. (2015). "Investigation of the Crystallization of RDX during Spray Drying", Powder Technology, 274 333-337 .

  • H. Qiu, T. Bechtold, L. Le, and W.Y. Lee. (2015). "Evaporative Assembly of Graphene Oxide for Electric Double-Layer Capacitor Electrode Application", Powder Technology, 270 192-196 .

  • M. Ervin, L. Le, and W.Y. Lee. (2014). "Inkjet-Printed Flexible Graphene-Based Supercapacitors", Electrochimica Acta, 147 610-616 .

  • Y. Gu, W. Zhang, H. Wang, and W.Y. Lee. (2014). "Chitosan Surface Enhances the Mobility, Cytoplasm Spreading, and Phagocytosis of Macrophages", Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 117 4250 .

  • W. Zhang, W.Y. Lee, D. Siegel, P. Tolias and J. Zilberberg. (2014). "Patient-Specific 3D Microfluidic Tissue Model for Multiple Myeloma", Tissue Engineering C: Methods, 20 663-670 .

  • D. Kong, L.T. Le, Y. Li, J.L. Zunino, and W.Y. Lee. (2012). "Temperature-Dependent Electrical Properties of Graphene Inkjet-Printed on Flexible Materials", Langmuir, 28 13467−13472 .

  • A. C. Ihnen, A.M. Petrock, T. Chou, B.E. Fuchs, and W.Y. Lee. (2012). "Organic Nanocomposite Structure Tailored by Controlling Droplet Coalescence during Inkjet Printing", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 4 4691−4699 .

  • H. Qiu, V. Stepanov, T. Chou, A. Surapaneni, A. R. Di Stasio, and W.Y. Lee. (2012). "Single-Step Preparation and Formulation of HMX Nanocrystals", Powder Technology, 226 235-238 .

  • X. Chen, Y. Gu, J.-H., Lee, W.Y. Lee, and H. Wang. (2012). "Multifunctional Surfaces with Biomimetic Nanofibres and Drug-Eluting Micro-Patterns for Infection Control and Bone Tissue Formation", European Cells and Materials, 24 237-248 .

  • J.-H. Lee, Y. Gu, H. Wang, and W. Y. Lee. (2012). "Microfluidic 3D Bone Tissue Model for High-Throughput Evaluation of Wound-Healing and Infection-Preventing Biomaterials", Biomaterials, 33 999-1006.

  • Y. Gu, X. Chen, J.-H. Lee, D. Monteiro, H. Wang, and W.Y. Lee. (2012). "Inkjet Printed Antibiotic- and Calcium-Eluting Bioresorbable Nanocomposite Micropatterns for Orthopedic Implants", Acta Biomaterialia, 8 424-431 .

  • A.C. Ihnen, A.M. Petrock, T. Chou, P.J. Samuels, B.E. Fuchs, and W.Y. Lee. (2011). "Crystal Morphology Variation in Inkjet-Printed Organic Materials", Applied Surface Science, 258 827-833 .

  • L.T. Le, M.H. Ervin, H. Qiu, B.E. Fuchs, and W.Y. Lee. (2011). "Graphene Supercapacitor Electrodes Fabricated by Inkjet Printing and Thermal Reduction of Graphene Oxide", Electrochemistry Communications, 13 355-358 .

  • J.-H. Lee, H. Wang, J.B. Kaplan, and W.Y. Lee. (2011). "Microfluidic Approach to Create 3D Tissue Models for Biofilm Related Infection of Orthopaedic Implants", Tissue Engineering C: Methods, 17 39-48 .

  • H. Qiu, T. Chou, V. Stepanov, and A. Di Stasio, and W.Y. Lee. (2011). "RDX-based Nanocomposite Microparticles for Significantly Reduced Shock Sensitivity", J. of Hazardous Materials, 185 489-493.

  • J.-H. Lee, H. Wang, J.B. Kaplan, W.Y. Lee. (2010). "Effects of S. epidermidis on Osteoblast Adhesion and Viability on Ti Alloy Surface in Microfluidic Co-Culture Environment", Acta Biomaterialia, 6 4422-4429.

  • A.C. Ihnen, J.-H. Lee, and W.Y. Lee. (2010). "Effects of Disordered Hemispherical Micropatterns on Staphylococcus epidermidis Biofilm Formation", Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 75 601-607.


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