Yoonseob is trained as a chemical engineer with interdisciplinary expertise in nanotechnology, polymer chemistry, materials science, electronics and photonics. He is currently a postdoctoral associate in the lab of Prof. Timothy M. Swager at the Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his work demonstrated how rationally designed monomers and polymers contribute remarkably to solutions for key environmental problems, especially water purification and clean energy generation (Y. Kim et al. J.A.C.S. 2018 and Y. Kim et al. ACS AMI 2017). An opportunity in the Swager lab allowed him to serve as a contributing editorial member to Synfacts journal. This experience has productively expanded his perspective on the fundamental basis of synthetic chemistry for materials engineering.
Yoon have been passionate about functional materials for engineering purposes since earning his B.S. While performing undergraduate research as a visitor for one year at the lab of Prof. Adam J. Matzger, Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan, he published his article on porous networks in a major peer-reviewed journal (Y. Kim et al. Macromolecules 2010).
Yoon received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea in 2010, and pursued his passion for graduate study in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. During his doctoral research, in the lab of Prof. Nicholas A. Kotov, he generated a new type of composite, in which filler nanoparticles are self-organized for conductive pathways, resulting in a publication in Nature. Another work, investigating self-assembly phenomena in nanocomposites for reversibly tunable chiroptical properties, was published in Nature Materials. All of his research is focused on both experimental and theoretical studies of previously unknown properties and their mechanisms.
When Yoon is not in the lab, he is less concerned with lowering his par than unwinding on the golf course. Alternatively, you can find him getting fired up during a doubles tennis match. He’s an internationalist, keenly seeking out the nuggets of local culture across the continents. History, art and cuisine are his touchstones for appreciating unique contributions to pioneering technology. So, you’re likely to find him enjoying schweins haxen with beers in the foothills of the Alps or absorbing Van Gogh’s Almond Blossom during a stroll down the canals.