Semin Lee



  • 5217 Beckman Institute
  • 405 North Mathews Avenue
  • Urbana, Illinois 61801


Semin Lee received his B.S. (2006) and M.S. (2008) in chemistry from Sogang University (Korea) under the supervision of Prof. Bongjin Moon. He continued his studies at Indiana University and received his Ph.D. in chemistry (2014) under the supervision of Prof. Amar Flood. He is currently a Beckman postdoctoral fellow working with Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore. Semin’s passion is in creating new molecules and investigating their supramolecular and materials properties.


2016       University Graduate School Distinguished Ph.D. Dissertation Award, Indiana University

2014       Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2013       Chester Davis Fellowship in Organic Chemistry, Indiana University

2013       ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award, 246th ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN

2013       Department of Energy (DOE) Travel Award to attend the 8th International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ISMSC), Arlington, VA

2013       Charles H. Stammer Award in Organic Chemistry, Indiana University

2012       Raymond Siedle Fellowship in Materials Chemistry, Indiana University

2011       E. Campaigne C500 Award (Best first year research thesis), Indiana University


Semin’s research involves creating new carbon-rich architectures such as nanoscale polyhedral cages. Alkyne metathesis, a synthetic method largely advanced by the Moore group, is used as the core reaction to bring monomeric compounds to assemble into large architectures. Their rigid backbone structures provide permanently porous cavities that give rise to potential applications in gas adsorption/storage and liquid filtration/purification. Semin is also involved in developing new materials that can dissipate shockwave energy through electron-transfer under collaboration within the autonomous materials systems research group.



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