Welcome to Dr. Jinseok Heo's Homepage
Dr. Heo is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Buffalo State, also
known as Buffalo State College. He originally came from South
Korea. His B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Analytical
Chemistry were both obtained from Pohang University of Science and
in South Korea. Prof. Seung Bin Kim was his advisor for both his
undergraduate and master theses. His undergraduate research was to
characterize the Raman spectra of LiNH4SO4
crystals using a Li isotope effect. His Master's thesis
project was to analyze additives in a Zn-Ni plating solution
and their byproducts after the completion of electroplating using
vibrational spectroscopy and HPLC. After he had worked in chemical industry as a researcher for more
than five years, he moved to Texas
A&M University to obtain his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Richard
Crooks. His Ph.D.
dissertation title was "Characterization and Applications of
Microfluidic Devices Based on Biomaterials". Prior to
joining the Department of Chemistry at Buffalo State, he was a
postdoctoral research associate at Prof. Susan Hua’s lab in the
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Biophyisics
and Physiology at the
University at Buffalo. Using microfabricated devices and fluorescence microscopy, he then invesitigated biophysical and physiological changes of mammalian
cells from the effect of an osmotic stress, a shear stress, and heavy metals.
At Buffalo State he regularly teaches a freshman chemistry course (CHE 111) and instrumental analysis (CHE 403). From time to time he teaches a second part of freshman chemistry course (CHE 112), literature of chemistry (CHE 310), analytical chemistry (CHE 301), forensic applications of instrumental analysis (FOR 614), and vibrational spectroscopy (CHE 626). His main research interests are concerned with the development of new analytical tools and methods for the detection of analytes or for the understanding of biological systems. Various molecular spectroscopic and microscopic methods are used in his research. He is also open to borrow engineering tools and a new methodology if any research problem can be solved.