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L Lee

  • Helen C. Kurtz Chair Emeritus, Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
  • Retiree-Faculty Emeritus, Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
  • 488 CBEC
    151 W. Woodruff Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43210

About

Education

  • B.S., National Taiwan University, 1972
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1979

 

Key Honors and Distinctions

  • Founder and leader of the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymeric Biomedical Devices (CANPBD) since 2004
  • Pioneering research in combining nanocomposites and supercritical carbon dioxide to produce high-performance, thermal-insulating nanocomposite foams with the potential to replace solid plastics and conventional foams for significant cost savings in materials and energy
  • Innovative combination of polymer-based micro/nanoengineering and nanofluidics which led to new materials and devices that have the potential to greatly benefit future medical diagnostic and drug delivery technologies
  • 26 patents and patent applications, with 17 patents involving innovative research in polymer nanocomposites and biotechnology successfully licensed to industry

 

Top Awards and Honors

  • Life Achievement Award from the Society of Advanced Molding Technology
  • Honorary Professorship at Peking Union Medical College in Beijing China
  • International Award, Society of Plastics Engineers, 2010
  • Malcolm E. Pruitt Award, Council of Chemical Research, 2008
  • Engineering/Technology Award, Society of Plastics Engineers, 2008
  • OSU Distinguished Scholar Award, 2000

 

RESEARCH AREAS - Lee Research Group
  • Composite and Polymer Processing, Reactive Polymers, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, Nanotechnology.
  • All graduate student research positions are currently filled.

  • PUBLICATIONS AND PATENTS 

Our major research interests are in polymer engineering of nanomaterials and nanotechnology with applications to Bio-Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (BioMEMS). MEMS emerged from IC manufacturing and is gaining applications in biomedical and optical communications fields. In the nano- or micron-size range, surface forces play important roles. We need to re-examine the transport equations as well as constitutive relations. In BioMEMS, we are developing affordable new techniques for micro/nanoarray and micro/nanofluidics biochips, and biosensors, multifunctional nanoparticles for drug and gene delivery, and cell-based drug delivery devices. Major applications are cancer detection and treatment, and cell reprogramming for regenerative medicine.

We are also interested in the fundamental aspects of processing of polymers, composites and polymeric nanocomposites via melt and reactive resins, and to explore new technologies. Interactions among materials, processing conditions, and product properties are the key concerns. We carry out research through a combination of advanced material characterization, lab-scale molding experiments, and theoretical analysis. In processing reactive resins and polymers, chemical reactions occur during processing, and the interaction of chemical and physical changes greatly affects the physical properties of formed products. A thorough understanding of reaction kinetics, rheological changes, and morphology evolution is essential for developing new materials and optimizing manufacturing processes. We are interested in both reactive paymers, such as thermostat resins, functional hydrogels, and photoresists; and thermoplastic polymers, such as engineering plastics, biodegradable polymers, and conductive polymers. In the latter case, supercritical fluids are used as processing aids to adjust polymer viscosity, surface tension, chain diffusivity, and to serve as foaming agents. 

For composite processing, our research extends from continuous fiber reinforcement to nanoparticle reinforced polymers. We are particularly interested in the development of cost-effective and environmentally friendly manufacturing technologies for transportation, infrastructure, energy and environmental applications.

Surface functionalization and dispersion of nanoparticles, fluid flow, and fiber wetting during filling, heat transfer and fiber-matrix bonding during curing, and the effect of macro- and micro-changes on the properties of molded composites are the major research issues. Processing examples include extrusion, injection molding, liquid composite molding, compression molding of sheet molding compounds (SMC), autoclave curing of prepregs, nanocomposite foaming, and nanopaper formation. 

Additional Research websites:

http://www.igert.ohio-state.edu/

http://www.nsec.ohio-state.edu/

http://www.capce.ohio-state.edu/

 

Honors

  • 20110501

    AAPS Innovation Biotechnology Awards.

  • 19860101-20101201

    14 Best Paper Awards.

  • 20100501

    best paper award of the Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division.

  • 20100101

    Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award.

  • 20100101

    International Award.

  • 20080101

    Engineering/Technology Award.

  • 20080101

    Malcolm E. Pruitt Award.

  • 20060101

    Fellow.

  • 20050501

    best paper award of the Plastics and Composite Joining SIG.

  • 20050101

    Research Award.

  • 20040501

    best paper award of the Plastics and Composite Joining SIG. Mccann of School Business.

  • 20040501

    best paper award of the Thermoset Division.

  • 20020101

    Scott Senior Faculty Award.

  • 20020101

    Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award.

  • 20020101

    Finalist, Frank Annunzio Award.

  • 20010101

    Fellow.

  • 20000101

    Technology Partnership Alliance Award.

  • 20000101

    Annual Research Accomplishment Award.

  • 20000101

    Distinguished Scholar Award.

  • 19980401

    Maro Future Technology Award.

  • 19980101

    best paper award in the Processing Category. Scott Community College.

  • 19970101

    best paper award in the Materials Category. State Technical Institute.

  • 19970101

    Honorary Professorship.

  • 19960201

    best paper award in the Processing Category. Southwest Tennessee Community College.

  • 19960101

    Annual Research Accomplishment Award.

  • 19950201

    best paper award in the Materials Category. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

  • 19950101

    Research Award.

  • 19910501

    best paper award of the Advanced Composites Division.

  • 19910101

    Research Award.

  • 19900501

    best paper award of the Thermoset Division.

  • 19890201

    best overall paper award and the best processing paper award. Heald Business College.

  • 19890101

    Harrison Faculty Award.

  • 19880101

    Research Award.

  • 19870201

    best paper award. Queen of Holy Rosary College.

  • 19870101

    Innovation in Chemical Engineering.

  • 19830101-19861201

    Young Faculty Development Award.

  • 19860501

    best paper award of the Plastics Analysis Division. Heald Business College.

  • 19850101

    Research Award.

  • 19820101

    Young Faculty Award.

Presentations

  • "Unspecified." 2004, Presented at ASME Short Course on Microfluidics,
  • "Society of Plastics Engineers Fundamentals Forum." 2004, Presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2004, Presented at 20th Annual Meeting of Polymer Processing Society,
  • "Unspecified." 2005, Presented at 2005 Spring Topical Meeting, American Society for Precision Engineering,
  • "Unspecified." 2006, Presented at International Entrepreneurship Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2006, Presented at Ohio NanoSummit Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2007, Presented at The 3rd International Nanotechnology Workshop (INC3),
  • "Unspecifed." 2009, Presented at The 6th Workshop on Advanced Forming Technology and Materials Processing,
  • "Unspecified." 2010, Presented at Mid-West Pharmaceutics Graduate Student Meeting,
  • "Unspecified." 2010, Presented at International Polymer Processing Society,
  • "Unspecified." 2011, Presented at Foundations of Nanoscience: Self-assembled Architectures and Devices,
  • "Unspecified." 2011, Presented at The 8th Workshop on Advanced Forming Technology and Materials Processing,
  • "SPE Award Symposium." 2011, Presented at Annual Technical Conference of Society of Plastics Engineers,
  • "Unspecified." 1985, Presented at Founding Meeting of Polymer Processing Society,
  • "Unspecified." 1990, Presented at "Ohio in the Age of Materials" Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2000, Presented at American Society of Mechanical Engineering Annual Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2006, Presented at France-US Nanotechnology Workshop,
  • "Unspecified." 2008, Presented at The 5th International Symposium on Nanomanufacturing,
  • "Unspecified." 2009, Presented at The 5th Sino-US Chemical Engineering Workshop,
  • "Unspecified." 2011, Presented at The 6th Sino-US Chemical Engineering Workshop,
  • "Future Directions of Material Processing." 2003, Presented at NSF Grantees Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2006, Presented at The 1st International Congress on Modeling and Simulation in Polymer Engineering and Science,
  • "Unspecified." 2010, Presented at Nanomedicine Summit 10,
  • "Unspecified." 2010, Presented at The 7th Workshop on Advanced Forming Technology and Materials Processing,
  • "Spring Meeting of Thermoset Press Molding Committee of Society of Plastics Industry." 1985, Presented at Spring Meeting of Thermoset Press Molding Committee of Society of Plastics Industry,
  • "Unspecified." 1986, Presented at Mid America Chinese Joint Annual Convention,
  • "Unspecified." 1989, Presented at The Second International Plastics Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 1989, Presented at Ecole d'Application des Hauts Polymeres (EAHP),
  • "Unspecified." 1990, Presented at SPI Press/Molder Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 1990, Presented at East-America Chinese Science and Technology Convention,
  • "Workshop for Polymer and Composite Manufacturing." 1992, Presented at Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics,
  • "Unspecified." 1997, Presented at Gordon Research Conference on Composites,
  • "Unspecifed." 1997, Presented at Asian Plastics Technical Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2006, Presented at International Polymer Processing Society,
  • "Unspecified." 2007, Presented at The 4th Workshop on Advanced Forming Technology and Materials Processing,
  • "Unspecified." 2010, Presented at Eighth International Conference on Foam Materials & Technology,
  • "Unspecified." 1994, Presented at International Conference on Design and Manufacturing Using Composites,
  • "Unspecified." 1994, Presented at ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition,
  • "Composites Institute." 1995, Presented at Society of Plastics Industry,
  • "Unspecified." 1999, Presented at US-Israel-Turkey Chemical Engineering Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 1999, Presented at Gordon Research Conference on Computer Aided Engineering in Polymer Processing,
  • "Unspecifed." 2000, Presented at 16th Annual Meeting of Polymer Processing Society,
  • "Unspecified." 2002, Presented at NSF-EC Nanomanufacturing and Processing Workshop,
  • "Unspecified." 2002, Presented at Materials Research Society Spring Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2005, Presented at NanoAPP Conference,
  • "Special Injection Molding Session." 2007, Presented at Annual Technical Conference of Society of Plastics Engineers,
  • "Polymer Analysis Founder’s Award Symposium." 2007, Presented at Annual Technical Conference of Society of Plastics Engineers,
  • "Unspecified." 2009, Presented at Advances on Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Symposium,
  • "Unspecified." 1984, Presented at The International Polymer Processing Group (IPPG) Meeting,
  • "Unspecified." 1995, Presented at The 9th International Conference on Numerical Methods in Thermal Problems,
  • "Unspecified." 1996, Presented at 12th Annual Meeting of Polymer Processing Society,
  • "Unspecified." 1996, Presented at Annual Meeting of Edison Polymer Innovation Corporation,
  • "Unspecified." 2002, Presented at 18th Annual Meeting of Polymer Processing Society,
  • "Unspecified." 2002, Presented at Ninth International Conference on Composites Engineering (ICCE/9),
  • "Unspecified." 2002, Presented at IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced manufacturing Technologies and Education in the 21st Century,
  • "Unspecified." 2003, Presented at Second CAPCE-ARC Rheology Workshop,
  • "Future Directions of Nanomanufacturing." 2004, Presented at NSF Grantees Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2005, Presented at 21st Annual Meeting of Polymer Processing Society,
  • "Unspecified." 2006, Presented at Biomedical Engineering Society Pre-Conference Workshop on Nanobio-engineering: Nanoscale Tools and Approaches,
  • "Unspecified." 2006, Presented at The 3rd Academic Workshop on Advanced Forming Technology and Materials Processing,
  • "Unspecified." 1989, Presented at Akron Molding '89,
  • "Unspecified." 1999, Presented at Midwest American Chemistry Society Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2003, Presented at Gordon Research Conference on Computer Aided Engineering in Polymer Processing,
  • "Unspecifed." 2006, Presented at Nebraska Research Expo,
  • "Unspecified." 1982, Presented at National Technical Conference of SPE,
  • "Unspecified." 1984, Presented at Joint Meeting of Central Ohio AIChE and SPE,
  • "Unspecified." 1996, Presented at International Conference on Porous Media and Their Applications,
  • "Unspecified." 2005, Presented at NanoChina 2005,
  • "Unspecified." 2000, Presented at Composite Fabrication Association Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2001, Presented at The First World Congress Nanocomposites 2001,
  • "Unspecifed." 2001, Presented at 17th Annual Meeting of Polymer Processing Society,
  • "Unspecified." 2001, Presented at International Symposium on Engineering Plastics (EP’2001),
  • "Unspecified." 1992, Presented at 3rd AIM Conference on Advanced Topics in Polymer Science,
  • "Unspecified." 1992, Presented at Conference on Advances in Fiber Reinforced Composites Technology,
  • "Unspecified." 1992, Presented at Conference for the Manufacturing Processes for Composite Materials,
  • "Unspecified." 1995, Presented at NUMIFORM ‘95,
  • "Unspecifed." 2003, Presented at 3rd International Nanocomposites Forum,
  • "Unspecified." 2005, Presented at International Symposium for Nanomanufacturing,
  • "Unspecified." 2005, Presented at Fall Conference of Material Research Society,
  • "Unspecified." 2007, Presented at American Chemistry Society Spring Conference,
  • "Unspecified." 2008, Presented at The 5th Workshop on Advanced Forming Technology and Materials Processing,

Papers in Proceedings

2009

  • Jean, Y.C.; Chen, H.M.; Lee, L.J.; Yang, J. et al. "Positronium Chemistry in Polymeric Membrane Systems." (1 2009).
  • Jean, Y.C.; Chen, H.M.; Lee, L.J.; Yang, J. et al. "Positronium chemistry in polymeric membrane systems." (4 2009).
  • Y.C. Jean, H.M. Chen, L.J. Lee, J. Yang, X. Gu, W.S. Hung, K.R. Lee, J.Y. Lai, Y.M. Sun and C.C. Hu "Positronium Chemistry in Polymeric Membrane Systems." (1 2009).
  • Jean, Y.C.; Chen, H.M.; Lee, L.J.; Yang, J. et al. "Positronium Chemistry in Polymeric Membrane Systems." in 9th International Workshop on Positron and Positronium Chemistry. (1 2009).

2005

  • J. Guan and L. J. Lee "Generating Highly Ordered and Stretched DNA Arrays." (1 2005).