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  • ȣ   Associate Professor
  • Inorganic/Bioorganometallic
  • Ph.D. 2007, The Johns Hopkins University

Contact information

Tel: (office) +82-42-350-2814, (lab) +82-42-350-2854
Location: (office) Room 607 (Bldg. E6-6), (lab) Room 613 (Bldg. E6-6)
Fax: +82-42-350-2810


»03/2010-10/2010 Postdoctoral Research, Prof. Jonas C. Peters at CalTech
»07/2007-02/2010 Postdoctoral Research, Prof. Jonas C. Peters at MIT
»09/2003-01/2007 Ph.D., Prof. Kenneth D. Karlin, The Johns Hopkins University
»09/2001-05/2003 M.A., Prof. Kenneth D. Karlin, The Johns Hopkins University
»05/1993-02/2000 B.S., Chemistry, Chonbuk National University


11. Excellent Teaching Award, College of Natural Sciences, KAIST, 2017. 02. 17.
10. Young Inorganic Chemist Award, Inorganic Division, ȭڻ KCS, 2015. 10. 15.
9. Excellent Teaching Award, College of Natural Sciences, KAIST, 2015. 02. 28.
8. Excellent Teaching Award, College of Natural Sciences, KAIST, 2013. 02. 28.
7. The Distinguished Lectureship Award, the CSJ Asian International Symposium, the Chemical Society of Japan, 2012. 03. 27.
6. 41st Anniversary KAIST Excellent Teaching Award, KAIST, 2012. 02. 16.
5. Excellent Teaching Award, Department of Chemistry, KAIST, 2012. 02. 08.
4. Award for the Advancement of Research, Division of Daejeon and Chungnam, Korean Chemical Society, 2011. 11. 29.
3. Sarah and Adolph Roseman Achievement Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2006.
2. Shepard Travel Award, Johns Hopkins University, ICBIC 12, Michigan, 2005.
1. Travel Grant, Graduate Research Seminar in Bioinorganic Chem., Gordon Conference, 2005.


Brief Introduction


Our generation has a responsibility to provide plausible resolutions to the global energy problem for future generations. Our goal is to investigate fundamental inorganic and bioinorganic chemical principles by learning from Nature and then adapt these concepts to future catalyst designs for energy applications. We will focus on understanding various biological catalytic reactions, particularly those based on the activation of energy-related small molecules (such as H2, CO2, and CO) and then seek to accomplish similar catalytic activation using a biomimetic methodology. We will incorporate a systematic approach based on the known active-site structures and design ligand architectures that accommodate the necessary steric and electronic environments to a metal site to achieve efficient and controllable synthetic catalysts.

Representative publications

10. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2017, Accepted. A T-Shaped Ni(I) Metalloradical Species Yoo, C., and Lee, Y.* Selected as a Hot Paper and a back cover.
9. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 2858-2861, –Complexation as a Strategy for Designing Copper-Based Light Emitters Kim. Y.-E., Kim, J., Park, J. W., Park, K.* and Lee, Y.*
8. Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 600-605, Carbon Dioxide Binding at a Ni/Fe Center; Synthesis and Characterization of Ni(1-CO2-C) and Ni--CO2-C:2O,O-Fe Yoo, C., Lee, Y.*
7. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 4280-4283, Phosphinite-Ni(0) Mediated Formation of a Phosphide-Ni(II)-OCOOMe Species via Uncommon Metal-Ligand Cooperation. Kim, Y.-E., Kim, O., Oh, S., Kim, S., Kim, J., Han, S. W. and Lee, Y.*
6. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 11458-11461, Formation of a Nickel Carbon Dioxide Adduct and its Transformation Mediated by a Lewis Acid Kim, Y.-E., Kim, J. and Lee, Y.* Selected as an inside back cover.
5. Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 3853-3858, Transmethylation of a Four-Coordinate Nickel(I) Monocarbonyl Species with Methyl Iodide Yoo, C., Oh, S., Kim, J. and Lee, Y.*
4. Organometallics 2013, 32, 7195-7203, Synthesis and Reactivity of Nickel(II)-Hydroxycarbonyl Species, Ni-COOH-C Yoo, C., Kim, J. and Lee, Y.*
3. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 16366-16369, A Non-classical Dihydrogen Adduct of S = Fe(I) Lee, Y., Kinney, R. A., Hoffman, B. M. and Peters, J. C.
2. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 4438-4446, Silylation of Iron-Bound Carbon Monoxide Affords a Terminal Fe Carbyne Lee, Y., and Peters, J. C.
1. Nature Chem. 2010, 2, 558-565, Triggering N2 Uptake via Redox-Induced Expulsion of Coordinated NH3 and N2 Silylation at Trigonal Bipyramidal Iron. Lee, Y., Mankad, N. P., and Peters, J. C.