Dr. Leem

id pictureGyu Leem, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Polymer and Environmental Chemistry
Office: 217 Jahn Laboratory
Phone: (315) 470-4920
Email: gyleem@esf.edu


Ph. D. University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 2008
B.S. Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, 2002

Professional Experience

2018 – present: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, SUNY ESF
2016 – 2018: Assistant Professor of Research, University of Texas at San Antonio
2012 – 2016: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Florida
2009 – 2012: Principal Scientist, LG Chem
2008 – 2009: Postdoctoral Fellow, Polytechnic University of Milan
2003 – 2008: Research Assistant, University of Houston

Professional Affiliation

2020 – present: Editorial board member, ACS Applied Nano Materials

2021 – present: Guest editor, Catalysis for Sustainable Energy section, MDPI

2021 – present: Steering Committee member, A New York State Designated Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions, Center of Excellence in Health Water Solutions

2020 – 2021: Guest editor, Sustainable Hydrogen Production, Nano Convergence

2019 – 2020: Topic editor, Catalysis and Photocatalysis Section, Frontiers in Chemistry

Honors and Awards

NSF Chemical Synthesis (2021-2024)

USDA McIntire Stennis Forestry Research (2020-2023)

The NYS Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions (2020-2024)

Invited Outstanding Scientist Fellowship in Brain Pool program (2022-2025)

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship (2022)

The NYS Department of Economic Development (DED) through the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (2022)

Research Interests

  • Photoelectrocatlaysis
  • Chemoselective C-C/C-O bond cleavage
  • Photodynamic
  • Degradation of  hazardous chemicals in wastewater/drinking water
  • Novel synthetic polymerization methods

Courses Taught

Regular offerings

FCH 221 Organic Chemistry I
FCH 552 Polymer Science: Properties and Technology
FCH 496 Special Problems in Chemistry
FCH 498 Introduction to Research
FCH 796 Special Topics in Chemistry – Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy
FCH 798 Research in Chemistry