Jong Suk Lee earned his PhD in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering in 2011 as a member of Bill Koros’s research group and continued as a member of the Koros group as a postdoc through 2012. During his time in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE), he worked on multiple collaborative projects. Within the School, he worked on a project with Sankar Nair’s research group that combined the Koros group’s expertise of transport characterization in polymer-based materials with the Nair group’s expertise in synthesizing and engineering nanoporous materials to synthesize for the first time an advanced mixed matrix membrane containing nanoporous layered silicate molecular sieves.
Jong also collaborated with people outside ChBE. He worked on a project with Haskell Beckham’s research group in the School of Materials Science and Engineering to study the dynamics of the polymer chain in PET films using nuclear magnetic resonance techniques.
In a project with an outside partner, Jong collaborated with Sheng Dai’s research group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In this project, Jong and the Koros group integrated the more efficient ionic liquids for CO2 capture developed by Dr. Dai’s group into polyamide-imide hollow fibers to produce a new class of carbon capture system for the next generation of hollow fiber sorbents.
“Collaboration helped me learn different research skills and knowledge, such as solid state NMR technique, nanoporous layered molecular sieves, and ionic liquids. I was able to broaden my research scope through collaboration. I believe collaboration is a critical tool for success in research. I learned how to interact with my collaborators to achieve our research goals more efficiently. Together, we developed a better approach to achieve our research goals.”—Jong Suk Lee