Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Youngwoo (Young) Seo


Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
Mail Stop 307 
3031 Nitschke Hall 
The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft Street
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390
Phone: (419)530-8131
Fax: (419) 530-8116 


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


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


2018 - Present   Professor, University of Toledo
                        Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering                    
                        -          Environmental Engineering Program Lab Director
                        -          University of Toledo Water Task Force
                        Department of Chemical Engineering
2011-Present   School of Green Chemistry, University of Toledo
2013-2018      Associate Professor, University of Toledo
2008-2013      Assistant Professor, University of Toledo
2007-2008      Project Engineer, CDM (Camp, Dresser & McKee)
2002-2007      Research & Teaching Assistant, University of Cincinnati
2001-2002      Research Scientist, KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology)
1999-2000      Research & Teaching Assistant, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea


  • Molecular scale analysis of bioadhesion and biofilm formation in natural and engineered systems
  • Biological degradation of emerging contaminants by biofilm
  • Biological and chemical dynamics in water systems (microbial ecology in water 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
  • Disinfection by-product formation and control in water distribution systems
  • 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) 


  • 2016 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 from the College of Engineering of the University of Toledo (2010)

With Student Advisees

  • Student poster presentation award (with Graduate Student: Lijiao Liu) from the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (2017)
  • Student paper competition/Oral presentation award (with Graduate Student: Mohsen Behbahani) from the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (2016)
  • Student Poster Presentation Award (with Graduate student Lijiao Liu) from of the WQTC of American Water Works Association (2015)
  • Student paper competition/Oral presentation award (with Graduate Student: Farhad Batmaglich) from the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (2015)
  • Student paper competition/Oral presentation award (with Graduate Student:  Christopher Hessler) from the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (2011)
  • 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)


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  • Batmanghelich, F., Lei, L., Seo, Y.*, (2017) Influence of multispecies biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Desulfovibrio vulgaris on the corrosion of cast iron Corrosion Science, 121, 94-104.  DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2017.03.008
  • Coburn, K., Wang, Q., Rediske, D., Xue, Z., Viola, R. E., Hanson, L.B., Seo, Y.*, (2016) Effects of extracellular polymeric substance composition on bacteria disinfection by monochloramine: application of MALDI-TOF-MS and multivariate analysis, Environmental Science & Technology, 50, 9197–9205. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00927
  • Matisoff, G., Steely, R., Kaltenberg, E., M., Seo, J., Gibbons, K., Bridgeman, T.B., Seo, Y., Behbahani, M., James, W. F., Johnson, L. T., Dittrich, M., Doan, P., Evans, M. A., Chaffin, J. D. (2016) Internal loading of phosphorus in Western Lake Erie, Journal of Great Lakes Research, 42, 775–788.
  • Behbahani, M., Seo, Y.*, (2016) Investigation on haloacetic acid degradation by iron powder: application of response surface methodology, Process Safety & Environmental Protection, 103, 153–162.  DOI: 10.1016/j.psep.2016.06.031
  • Batmanghelich, F.*, Bagheri, M., Sharifi-Asl, S., Y. Seo, (2016) An electro-chemical investigation of corrosion and time dependent passivation behavior of Al 5052 in the presence of H2OMetals & Materials International 22(4), 609-620 DOI: 10.1007/s12540-016-5699-0
  • Wei, Z., Hessler, C., Sorial, G., Seo, Y. *, (2016) Influence of nonionic surfactant on fungal and bacterial degradation kinetics of a model volatile organic compound with high Henry’s constant, CLEAN-Soil, Air, Water 4, 745-752 DOI: 10.1002/clen.201500347
  • Ding, X., Behbahani, M., Gruden, C., Seo, Y.*, (2015) Characterization and evaluation of phosphate microsensors to monitor internal phosphorus loading in the Lake Erie sediments, Journal of Environmental Management, 1, 160, 193-200 (ISSN: 0301-4797) 
  • Xue, Z., Lee, W. Coburn, M. K, Seo, Y.*, (2014) Selective reactivity of monochloramine with extracellular matrix components affects the disinfection of biofilm and detached clusters, Environmental Science and Technology. 48, 3832-3839.  (ISSN: 0013-936X, DOI: 10.1021/es405353h)
  • Wang, Z., Choi, W.Seo, Y.*, (2013) Relative contribution of biomolecules in bacterial extracellular polymeric substances to disinfection byproduct formation, Environmental Science and Technology, 47, 9764-9773. (ISSN: 0013-936X, DOI: 10.1021/es402067g)
  • Xue, Z., Seo, Y.*, (2013) Impact of chlorine disinfection on redistribution of cell clusters from biofilm, Environmental Science and Technology, 47(3), 1365-1372. #Recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology: (ISSN: 0013-936X, DOI: 10.1021/es304113e)
  • Richardson, E. K.; Xue, Z.; Huang, Y.; Seo, Y.; Lapitsky, Y., (2013) Physicochemical and antibacterial properties of surfactant mixtures with quaternized chitosan microgels, Carbohydrate Polymers, 93 (2), 709-717.  (ISSN: 0144-8617, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2012.12.054)
  • Xue, Z., Hessler, C., Panmanee, W., Hassett, D. J., Seo, Y.*, (2013) Pseudomonas aeruginosa inactivation mechanism is affected by capsular extracellular polymeric substances reactivity with chlorine and monochloramine. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 83, 1, 101-111. (ISSN: 0168-6496, DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2012.01453)
  • Xue, Z., Sendamangalam, V., Gruden, L. C., Seo, Y.*, (2012) Multiple roles of extracellular polymeric substances on susceptibility of biofilm and detached clusters, Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 13212-13219.  (ISSN 0013-936X,      DOI: 10.1021/es3031165)
  • Wu, M.-Y., Sendamangalam, V., Xue, Z., Seo, Y. *, (2012) The Influence of biofilm structure and total interaction energy on Escherichia coli by Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm, Biofouling Journal. 28, 10, 1119-1128. (ISSN:  0892-7014, DOI:10.1080/08927014.2012.732070)
  • Wang, Z., Kim, J. Seo, Y.* (2012), Influence of bacterial extracellular polymeric substances on the formation of carbonaceous and nitrogenous disinfection by-products, Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 11361-11369.  (ISSN 0013-936X,      DOI: 10.1021/es301905n)
  • Choi, H., Nfodzo, P., A., Lawal, W. A., Souhail, R. A., Seo, Y., (2012) Phenomenological and Spectroscopic Analysis on the Effects of Sediment Aging and Organic Carbon on the Fate of a PCB Congener Spiked to Sediment, Journal of Hazardous Material, 239, 325-332. ISSN: 0304-3894, doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2012.09.001)
  • Hessler, C., Wu, M.-Y., Zheng, X., Choi, H., Seo, Y.*, (2012) The influence of capsular extracellular polymeric substances on the interaction between TiO2 nanoparticles and planktonic bacteria., Water Research, 46, 4687-4696.  ISSN:  0043-1354, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2012.06.009)
  • Wang, Z., Hessler, C. M., Zheng, X.,Seo, Y.* (2012) The role of extracellular polymeric substances on the sorption of natural organic matter, Water Research, 46, 1052-1060. ISSN: 0043-1354, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2011.11.077)



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