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I am an Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Buffalo State, also known as Buffalo State College.  I originally came from South Korea. I grew up mostly in Daegu, a city  located 150 miles southeast of Seoul. My 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 my advisor for both my undergraduate and master theses. My undergraduate research was to characterize the Raman spectra of LiNH4SO4 single crystals using  a Li isotope effect. My 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 I worked for Hansol Paper Co. and Hansol Chemical Co. as a researcher and senior researcher for more than five years, I completed my Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX under the guidance of Prof. Richard Crooks. My Ph.D. dissertation title was "Characterization and Applications of Microfluidic Devices Based on Biomaterials". Prior to joining the Department of Chemistry at Buffalo State, I 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. My research was then focused on the investigation of biophysical and physiological changes of mammalian cells under an Osmotic or shear stress using microfabricated devices.


I regularly teach a freshman chemistry course (CHE 111) and instrumental analysis (CHE 403). From time to time I teach 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). My 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 my research. I am also open to borrow engineering tools and a new methodology if research problem can be solved.