Chemical Engineering

Youngwoo Seo


Youngwoo Seo

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  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, USA (2008)
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea (2001)
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea (1999)

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Molecular scale analysis of bioadhesion and biofilm formation
  • Biofilm formation and its control in water systems
  • Biological and chemical dynamics in water systems
  • Disinfection by-product formation and control in water distribution systems
  • Developing biofilm control and detection methods on medical devices
  • Development and application of environmental sensors (microsensors / nanosensors) to monitor physical / chemical activities in microenvironment
  • Developing sustainable water and wastewater treatment processes
  • Microbial interactions with nanoparticles/ Fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles
  • Sustainable biodegradation and bioremediation of recalcitrant and toxic contaminants
  • Membrane processes for water & wastewater treatments (membrane biofouling control)

Honors Awards

  • Early Promotion and Tenure, University of Toledo (2013)
  • Faculty Early Career Award from the Environmental Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (2013)
  • Undergraduate Research Recognition Award, the University of Toledo (2012)
  • ASCE/EWB-USA Sustainable Development Award for a sustainable engineering project that promotes long-term, community driven, innovative approaches to preserve, and enhance quality of life in developing countries (2011)
  • US EPA P3 Design Competition Honorable Mention Award (2011)
  • Student paper competition/Oral presentation award (with Graduate Student: Christopher Hessler) from the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (2011)
  • Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Engineering of the University of Toledo (2010)
  • Best Student Presentation Award (with a graduate Student: Chris Hessler) in the “Environmental Applications and Implications of Nanotechnology” Symposium at the 2010 Fall American Chemical Society (ACS) Conference (2010)
  • Student paper competition/Oral presentation award (with a graduate Student: Zheng Xue) from the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (2010)
  • Pasquale V Scarpino PhD Dissertation Award, the University of Cincinnati (2008)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Graduate Student Award (2008)
  • Student paper competition/Oral presentation award from the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (2007)
  • Richard C. Wigger fellowship, Dept of CEE, University of Cincinnati (2007)
  • Rindsberg fellowship*, College of engineering, University of Cincinnati (2006, 2005)

* Fellowship designed for preparing future faculty

  • Graduate student travel fund award, University of Cincinnati (2005-2007)
  • University Graduate Scholarship, University of Cincinnati (2002-2007)
  • Honor student scholarship for Academic Excellency, Sungkyunkwan University (1996-1998, 2000)

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Contact Information
Phone: (419) 530-8131
Mailing address:
The University of Toledo
Department of Chemical Engineering (MS 305)
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
Physical address:
Office: Nitschke Hall room 3052
1650 N. Westwood Ave.
Toledo, OH 43606-3390

Last Updated: 6/27/22