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Don Seo

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1604
Associate Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1604

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.

  • Postdoc. Theoretical Solid State Chemistry, Cornell University 1998
  • Postdoc. Experimental and Theoretical Solid State Chemistry, Ames National Laboratory (ISU) 1998
  • Ph.D. Theoretical Solid State Chemistry, North Carolina State University 1997 
  • M.S. Chemistry, Seoul National University, Korea
  • B.S. Chemistry, Seoul National University, Korea
Research Interests: 

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.


1.    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.

2.  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).

3  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.

4.      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.

5.      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.

6.      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.

7.      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.

8.      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.

9.      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.

10.      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.

11.      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.

12.    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.

13.    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.

14.    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.

15.    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.

16.   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.

17.   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.

18.   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.

19.   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.

20.   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.

Research Activity: 
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 494Special Topics
CHM 501Current Topics in Chemistry
CHM 598Special Topics
Fall 2019
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CHM 553Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Spring 2019
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CHM 494Special Topics
CHM 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 494Special Topics
CHM 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 494Special Topics
CHM 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
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CHM 452Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 501Current Topics in Chemistry
Fall 2015
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CHM 598Special Topics
  • Dinesh Medpelli, Danielle Ladd, Farid Akhtar, and Dong-Kyun Seo*. Importance of Crystallinity of Hierarchical Zeolites for Their Applications in CO2 Separation. Gordon Research Conference - Solid State Chemistry (Jul 2014).
  • Dong-Kyun Seo. ?Thiol-Functionalization of Reduced Graphene Oxides: Why, How and So What?. International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences (Jun 2014).
  • Dong-Kyun Seo. ?New Sol-Gel Chemistries and Nanostructured Metal Oxides for Photo-/Electro-Applications. The 5th International Symposium on Structure-Property Relationship in Solid State Materials (SPSSM-5 (Jun 2014).
  • Dong-Kyun Seo. Nanoporous Geopolymers and Composites for Environmental Remediation and Catalysis. 38th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (Jan 2014).
  • Dong-Kyun Seo. Density Functional Understanding of Spin Polarization and Magnetic Exchange Interactions in Delocalized Electron (Covalent) Systems. US-KOREA Conference 2013 (Aug 2013).
  • Dong-Kyun Seo. Highly Transparent Nanoporous Metal Oxide Films for Energy Applications. US Korean Conference (Aug 2012).
  • Dong-Kyun Seo. Spin Polarization and Covalent Magnetism of Intermetallics. American Chemical Society Fall Meeting; Special Symposium on Intermetallics (Aug 2009).
  • Seo, Dong. New Synthetic methodologies for semiconducting II-VI quantum dots and their composites. Transatlantic Frontiers of Chemistry Symposium (Aug 2006).
  • Seo, Dong. Effect of Chemical Bonding and Orbital Interactions on Spin Polarization in Transition-Metal Intermetallics: Case Studies. Symposium on Structure Property Relationships in Solid State Materials I (Jun 2006).
  • Seo, Dong. Effect of Chemical Bonding and Orbital Interactions on Spin Polarization in Transition-Metal Intermetallics: Case Studies. Workshop in Structure-Property Relationships in Solid State Materials (Jun 2006).
  • Seo, Dong. Magnetism and Chemical Bonding in p-Metal-Rich Transition-Metal Intermetallics: Spin Polarization and Metallic Bonding. (Apr 2006).
  • Seo, Dong. New Synthetic Methodologies for Bulk/Nanostructured Metal Chalcogenides: Utilization of Boron Chalcogenide Chemistry. (Mar 2006).
  • Seo, Dong. Materials Chemisty of Magnetic Intermetallics and II-VI Semiconducting Quantum Dots. (Feb 2006).
  • Seo, Dong, Sang-Hwan, Kim, Wu, Li-Ming. Chemical Bonding and Magnetism in p-Metal-Rich Transition-Metal Intermetallics. Gordon research Conference: Solid State chemistry II (Jun 2005).
  • Seo, Dong. Chemical Understanding of Spin Polarization from Atoms to Solids: Toward Understanding of Metallic Magnetism in Intermetallics. Gordon research Conference: Solid State chemistry II (Jun 2005).
  • Seo, Dong. Unified Understanding of Magnetic Exchange Interactions in Molecules and Solids: Spin Polarization as Perturbation within Density Functional Formalism. Gordon research Conference: Solid State chemistry II (Jun 2005).
  • Seo, Dong. Unified Understanding of Magnetic Exchange Interactions in Molecules and Solids: Spin Polarization as Perturbation within Density Functional Theory (DFT). Midwest Solid State chemistry Conference (May 2005).
  • Seo, Dong. Chemical Understanding of Magnetism in Transition-Metal Intermetallics: Challenges and Recent Developments. (Mar 2005).
  • Seo, Dong. Magnetic Transition-Metal Intermetallics: An Experimental Point of View. Southeastern Regional American Chemical Society (SERMACS) Meeting (Nov 2004).
  • Seo, Dong. New Preparative Inorganic Chemistry for Metal Chalcogenides: Utilization of Boron Chalcogenides. Gordon Research Conference: Solid State Chemistry I (Jul 2004).
  • Seo, Dong. Mn14Al56+xGe3-x (x = 0 - 0.6): A New Intermetallic Phase Containing Unprecedented "Half-Broken" Mack. NSF Neutron Scattering Workshop
  • Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices Conference, Comittee Member (2014 - Present)
  • Septennial Review Comittee, Member (2005 - Present)
  • Graduate Admission Commitee, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Studies committee, member (2001 - 2004)