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Sunggyu "KB" Lee, Ph.D.

Russ-Ohio Research Scholar in Coal Syngas Utilization
Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Director, Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Laboratory

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Russ College of Engineering and Technology

740-592-5650 *Interview requests via email preferred

Dr. Sunggyu "KB" Lee - Ohio University's fourth eminent scholar – is world-renowned for his work in alternative energies and functional materials. Lee is the Russ-Ohio Research Scholar in Coal Syngas Utilization in the Fritz J. and Delores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Ohio Coal Research Center.

Regarded as the top researcher in the United States in clean coal technology, syngas conversion to fuel and functional polymers, Lee's research includes the development of a portable, small-scale generator of hydrogen for fuel cell applications, environmentally benign petrochemical synthesis processes, and carbon dioxide mitigation and utilization. His studies also include capturing carbon dioxide and converting it into liquid transportation fuels and developing functional polymers for specialty applications such as ultra-high strength transparent plastics and breathable polymer films.

"Old professors never die, they just lose their audience," says Lee, director of the Ohio University Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Laboratory, who most enjoys undergraduate class teaching.

Lee has authored 11 books, edited a multi-volume encyclopedia and published 9 major research monographs, over 140 refereed journal articles and over 350 proceedings and conference papers. He received 33 U.S. patents and over 85 international patents based on his creative research, with most of his inventions being commercially utilized. He has received research grants and contracts for over 105 projects totaling over $14 million as principal investigator and an additional $9 million as co-principal investigator. Lee has also designed 21 pilot plants and eight commercial and demonstration plants. Throughout his career, he has also taught more than 30 different subjects in engineering at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

In addition to academics and research, Lee has established unique and strong relationships with many chemical industries in diverse capacities as a university research contractor, grantee, collaborator, consultant or advisor. Such companies include Kimberly-Clark, Dow Chemical, Radian, DRS Technical Services, DRS Sustainment Systems, Northern Technologies International, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, B.F. Goodrich, AMOCO, Norton Chemical Process and Development, IMET and BASF, among others.

A Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Lee is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea, as well as Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi and the Golden Key National Honor Society. He is also a distinguished member of the American Society of Patent Holders and serves as an international advisory board member of the journal Energy Technology and an editorial board member of Energy Sources. He is also the editor of a CRC Press Book Series on "Green Chemistry and Engineering."

Lee's Media Placements include:

  • Chemistry Views
  • Illustrious Investigator
  • The Guardian
  • InTech
  • The Engineer
  • Highbeam

Areas of Expertise

Alternative Fuel, Biodegradable Materials, Chemical Process Engineering, Coal Technology, Fuel Reforming, Green Chemistry, High Pressure Reactors, Hydrogen Generation, Methanol and DME Synthesis, Polymer Processing, Polymer Synthesis, Supercritical Fluid Technology

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