Don Seo received B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from Seoul National University in Korea, and a Ph.D. degree from North Carolina State University working with Mike Whangbo. After postodoctoral work first with Roald Hoffman, a Nobel Laureate, at Cornell and at Iowa State University with John Corbett, he joined the faculty at Arizona State University. His research interests are focused on the design of new synthetic strategies, synthesis, characterization and applications of new inorganic porous materials, hybrid materials and composite materials for energy and sustainability applications. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundations CAREER Award and also a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.
Since the beginning of the nineteenth centuries marked by a transition to new revolutionary manufacturing processes, ever-expanding human industrial activities have brought serious sustainability challenges especially in energy, water, environment and global health. One broad aspect of our research focus is chemistry of materials that enables solutions to these challenges. Our research group is particularly interested in new synthetic developments and interdisciplinary applications of nanostructured materials for renewable energy production, water purification and environmental remediation, by adopting green chemistry principles. Our fundamental research is geared to give an immediate and transformative impact to the society by providing creative materials solutions to the sustainability challenges.
Our recent successes include development of a novel sol-gel synthetic method that produces nanoporous transparent conducting metal oxides (TCOs). Such materials have important applications in producing fuel or energy from sunlight. High-porosity alumina aerogels have been successfully produced for catalysis purpose through our new synthetic method that does not require cost-prohibitive supercritical drying process. One emerging material of our great interest is geopolymer, nanostructured amorphous aluminosilicates produced by an energy-efficient top-down chemical process at ambient temperatures. We have recently developed new inorganic-organic synthetic chemistry for synthesis of new nanoporous geopolymer materials which has significant implications in environmental remediation, water purification and catalysis. Further significant efforts are given to commercialization of our innovative materials synthesis methods and the materials products.
Volosin, A.M.; Chen, S.; Seo, D.-K., High-surface area mesoporous carbons from gel templating and inorganic-organic hybrid gel formation. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2020, 281.
Mitran, G.; Chen, S.; Seo, D.-K., Role of oxygen vacancies and Mn4+/Mn3+ ratio in oxidation and dry reforming over cobalt-manganese spinel oxides. Molecular Catalysis 2020 483.
Mitran, G.; Mieritz, D.G.; Seo, D-K, Steam reforming of toluene as model of tar compound over Mo catalysts derived from hydrotalcites. Journal of Saudi Chemical Society 2019 23 (7) 916-924.
Mitran, G.; Chen, S.; Seo, D-K, The Oxidative Coupling Between Methanol and Ethanol Over Copper Ferrites with Vanadium. Catalyssis Letters 2019 149 (8) 2043-2052.
Mitran, G.; Chen, S.; Seo, D-K, Molybdenum Dopped Copper Ferrites as Active Catalysts for Alcohols Oxidative Coupling. Materials 2019 12 (11).
Singh, A.; Mandal, S.; Carey, A-M; Liu, M.; Chen, S.; Seo, D-K; Yan, H.; Woodbury, N., Interfacing Photosystem I Reaction Centers with a Porous Antimony-Doped Tin Oxide Electrode to Perform Light Driven Redox Chemistry. Biophysical Journal 2019 116 (3) 443A.
Chen, S.; Zhang, W.; Sorge, L.P.; Seo, D-K, Exploratory Synthesis of Low-Silica Nanozeolites through Geopolymer Chemistry. Crystal Growth & Design 2019 19, 2, 1167-1171.
Inurria, A.; Cay-Durgun, P.; Rice, D.; Zhang, H.; Seo, D-K; Lind, M.L.; Perreault, F., Polyamide thin-film nanocomposite membranes with graphene oxide nanosheets: Balancing membrane performance and fouling propensity. Desalination 2019 451, 139-147.
Zhao, R.; Mieritz, D.; Seo, D.-K.; Chan, C. K., New hydrogen titanium phosphate sulfate electrodes for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries. J. Power Sources 2017, 343, 197-206.
Zhang, H.; Jeon, K.-W.; Seo, D.-K., Equipment-Free Deposition of Graphene-Based Molybdenum Oxide Nanohybrid Langmuir-Blodgett Films for Flexible Electrochromic Panel Application. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8 (33), 21539-21544.
Rykaczewski, K.; Mieritz, D. G.; Liu, M.; Ma, Y.; Iezzi, E. B.; Sun, X.; Wang, L. P.; Solanki, K. N.; Seo, D. K.; Wang, R. Y., Far-reaching geometrical artefacts due to thermal decomposition of polymeric coatings around focused ion beam milled pigment particles. J. Microsc. (Oxford, U. K.) 2016, 262 (3), 316-325.
Mitran, G.; Pavel, O. D.; Mieritz, D. G.; Seo, D.-K.; Florea, M., Effect of Mo/Ce ratio in Mo-Ce-Al catalysts on the hydrogen production by steam reforming of glycerol. Catal. Sci. Technol. 2016, 6 (21), 7902-7912.
Mitran, G.; Pavel, O. D.; Florea, M.; Mieritz, D. G.; Seo, D.-K., Hydrogen production from glycerol steam reforming over molybdena-alumina catalysts. Catal. Commun. 2016, 77, 83-88.
Mieritz, D. G.; Renaud, A.; Seo, D.-K., Unusual Changes in Electronic Band-Edge Energies of the Nanostructured Transparent n-Type Semiconductor Zr-Doped Anatase TiO2 (Ti1-xZrxO2; x < 0.3). Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55 (13), 6574-6585.
Mieritz, D.; Davidowski, S. K.; Seo, D.-K., Accessing alkali-free NASICON-type compounds through mixed oxoanion sol-gel chemistry: Hydrogen titanium phosphate sulfate, H1-xTi2(PO4)3-x(SO4)x (x = 0.5-1). J. Solid State Chem. 2016, 242 (Part_2), 116-125.
Carey, A.-M.; Zhang, H.; Mieritz, D.; Volosin, A.; Gardiner, A. T.; Cogdell, R. J.; Yan, H.; Seo, D.-K.; Lin, S.; Woodbury, N. W., Photocurrent Generation by Photosynthetic Purple Bacterial Reaction Centers Interfaced with a Porous Antimony-Doped Tin Oxide (ATO) Electrode. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8 (38), 25104-25110.
Sharma, S.; Medpelli, D.; Chen, S.; Seo, D.-K., Calcium-modified hierarchically porous aluminosilicate geopolymer as a highly efficient regenerable catalyst for biodiesel production. RSC Adv. 2015, 5 (80), 65454-65461.
Kim, D.; Jin, Y.-H.; Jeon, K.-W.; Kim, S.; Kim, S.-J.; Han, O. H.; Seo, D.-K.; Park, J.-C., Blue-silica by Eu2+-activator occupied in interstitial sites. RSC Adv. 2015, 5 (91), 74790-74801.
Kim, D.; Jeon, K.-W.; Jin, J. S.; Kang, S.-G.; Seo, D.-K.; Park, J.-C., Remarkable flux effect of Li-codoping on highly enhanced luminescence of orthosilicate Ba2SiO4:Eu2+ phosphors for NUV-LEDs: autonomous impurity purification by eutectic Li2CO3 melts. RSC Adv. 2015, 5 (127), 105339-105346.
Das, B.; Renaud, A.; Volosin, A. M.; Yu, L.; Newman, N.; Seo, D.-K., Nanoporous Delafossite CuAlO2 from Inorganic/Polymer Double Gels: A Desirable High-Surface-Area p-Type Transparent Electrode Material. Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54 (3), 1100-1108.
Inurria, A.; Cay-Durgun, P.; Rice, D.; Zhang, H.; Seo, D.-K.; Lind, M.L.; Perreault, F., Polyamide Thin-Film Nanocomposite Membranes with Graphene Oxide Nanosheets: Balancing Membrane Performance and Fouling Propensity. Desalination 2019, 451, 139-147.
Kim, D.; Jeong, J.R.; Jang, Y.; Bae, J.-S.; Chung, I.; Liang, R.; Seo, D.-K.; King, S.-J.; Park, J.-C., Self-Emitting Blue and Red EuOX (X = F, Cl, Br, I) Materials: Band Structure, Charge Transfer Energy, and Emission Energy. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2019 21, 1737-1749.
Mitran, G.; Seo, D.-K.; Pavel, O.-D., Chapter 1: Impact of Molybdena and Vanadia Mixed Based Oxides on Hydrogen Production by Steam Reforming. Frontiers in Ceramic Science 2018 2.
Chen, S.; Zhang, W.; Sorge, L.P.; Seo, D.-K, Exploratory Synthesis of Low-Silica Nanozeolites through Geopolymer Chemistry. Cryst. Growth Des. 2019 19, 1167-1171.
Mieritz, D.; Liang, R.; Zhang, H.; Cary, A.-M.; Chen, S.; Volosin, A.; Lin, S., Thickness-Dependent Bioelectrochemical and Energy Application of Thickness-Controlled Meso-Macroporous Antimony-Doped Tin Oxide. Coatings 2018 8, 128/1-128/12.
Chen, S.; Popvich, J.; Zhang, W.; Ganser, C.; Haydel, S.E.; Seo, D.-K., Superior Ion Release Properties and Antibacterial Efficacy of Nanostructured Zeolites Ion-Exchanged with Zinc, Copper, and Iron. RSC Adv. 2018 8, 37949-37957.
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|CHM 453||Inorganic Chemistry|
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|CHM 494||Special Topics|
|CHM 501||Current Topics in Chemistry|
|CHM 598||Special Topics|
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|CHM 553||Advanced Inorganic Chemistry|