Dr. Young-Seok Shon is exploring new ways of synthesizing nanomaterials and using them for a variety of technological applications that have implications for cancer diagnosis and therapy as well as wastewater treatment.
Currently, a principal investigator for an NIH project as well as research funded by the American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund, Dr. Shon's work on hybrid nanomaterials has provided many research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.
Since 2006, he has advised five graduate and 44 undergraduate students. Dr. Shon works to help his students develop a logical approach to problem solving and an intuitive understanding of chemistry through research. He works closely with his students to help them gain a clear understanding of the immediate and far-reaching goals of their projects. They have co-authored 11 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and presented their results 18 times in national and international conferences; 21 times at regional and local meetings. He has also served as research advisor for a high school student as well as seven community college students who were part of the summer Bridges to Baccalaureate program.
Since joining the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department in 2006, Dr. Shon has given 51 presentations, 24 of which were made at national and international meetings. He has had 28 papers published in prominent chemistry journals. His papers have received more than 90 citations to date, attesting to his prominent standing in the field of materials science and nanochemistry. He has also worked with Dr. Yohannes Abate (Physics and Astronomy) and together they have published three peer-reviewed articles in the past two years.
After Dr. Shon graduated from Sogang University in Korea in the 1990s, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Houston and then was a postdoctoral research associate at Kenan Laboratories at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where his interest in the synthesis of nanoparticulates developed. He continued his work in this area while a professor at Western Kentucky University from 2001-2006.