Chemical Engineering

Youngwoo Seo


Youngwoo Seo

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

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

  • The Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO) Distinguished Service Award (2021)
  • Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, the University of Toledo (2021)
  • United States Air Force Summer Faculty Summer Research Fellowship (2016)
  • Kohler International Travel Award from the Center for International Studies and Programs of the University of Toledo (2015)
  • Eli and Evangelos Theodosious Sigma Xi Young Investigator Research Award (2014)
  • Faculty Research Excellence Award from the College of Engineering of the University of Toledo (2014)
  • Travel Award to Attend the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching-NextGen Sequencing Group (GCAT-SEEK) Workshop, National Science Foundation (NSF) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) (2014)
  • Faculty Early Career Award from the Environmental Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE (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)
  • Faculty Excellence Award,  the College of Engineering of the University of Toledo (2010)

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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: 3/9/23