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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 Technology (POSTECH) in South Korea. Prof. Seung Bin Kim was his advisor for both his undergraduate and master theses. His heo photoundergraduate research was to characterize the Raman spectra of LiNH4SO4 single crystals using  a Li isotope effect. His Master's thesis project was to analyze additives in a Zn-Ni plating solution and their byproducts resulting from the electroplating process with vibrational spectroscopy and separation methods. 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 to apply for forensic science or  understand physiological and biophysical behaviors of biological systems. Various molecular spectroscopic and microscopic methods are used in his research. He is open to borrow engineering tools and adopt a new methodology  in his research.