Young Moo Lee

Young Moo Lee

Hanyang University, Korea


  • Is currently Hanyang Distinguished Professor of Energy Engineering and serves as President at Hanyang University
  • Department of Energy Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea


Young Moo Lee is currently Hanyang Distinguished Professor of Energy Engineering and serves as President at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. He received his B.S. and M.S. degree at Hanyang University, and his PhD in Fiber and Polymer Science at North Carolina State University in 1985. He was a postdoc at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and employed at 3M Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Lee is engaged in novel membranes materials and processes for gas and vapor separation including thermally rearranged polymer membranes, organic-inorganic hybrid membranes, surface modified membranes, and the design of novel polymers for fuel cells. Dr. Lee received numerous awards; among them are Top 100 Research Award by Korea research Foundation (2017), Top 50 Research Award by Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (2008). He won the First Green Technology Grand Prize from Korean government (2010), Knowledge Creation Grand Award (2010) and Kyung-Am Academic Award (2012).

Dr. Lee published more than 390 papers, is an author of fifteen book chapters, and owns 150 patents. He served as an Editor of Journal of Membrane Science from 2004. He is a Fellow of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, member of Korean Polymer Society, Korean Chemical Engineering Society, former President of Korean Membrane Society, and former President of Aseanian Membrane Society. He is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Chung Yuan Christian University (2010) in Taiwan, Honorary Professors from Harbin Institute of Technology (2011), Jilin University (2015) and Tianjin University (2017) in China.


Selected Publications

  1. Nanocrack-regulated self-humidifying membranes, Nature, 532, 480-483 (2016)
  2. Hydrocarbon-based polymer electrolyte membranes, Chemical Reviews, 117, 4759 (2017)
  3. Thermally Rearranged Polymer Membranes for Desalination, Energy & Environmental Science, 9, 878-884 (2016)
  4. Rigid and Microporous Polymers for Gas Separation, Progress in Polymer Science, 43, 1-32 (2015)
  5. Recent Progress in Fluoropolymers for Membranes, Progress in Polymer Science, 39, 164-198 (2014)
  6. Polymer Rigidity Improves Microporous Membranes, Science, 339, 284 (2013)
  7. Morphological transformation during cross-linking of a highly sulfonated poly(phenylene sulfide nitrile) random copolymer, Energy & Environmental Science, 5, 12, 9795-9802 (2012)
  8. Polymers with Cavities Tuned for Fast Selective Transport of Small Molecules and Ions, Science 318, 254 (2007)


Researcher ID: G-5920-2015