Dr. Young-Seok Shon

Post-Doc. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999-2001

Ph.D. University of Houston, 1999

M.S. Sogang University, Korea, 1993

B.S. Sogang University, Korea, 1991

Office location: MLSC 337

Phone: (562) 985-4466

Fax: (562) 985-8557

e-mail: ys.shon@csulb.edu

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Professor, Organic Chemistry

Materials Chemistry and Nanoscience

Jan. 2019: Kevin's review paper on hybrid lipid-nanoparticle complexes (HLNCs) is in press by Journal of Materials Chemistry B. Congrats to Kevin.

Dec. 2018: A manuscript authored by Hanqing, Serena, Nisala, and Bingli is accepted for publication in Nano Convergence (Springer). Serena's review manuscript submitted to Advances in Nano Research is also in press. Congratulations to all!

Sep. 2018: Ting-An's paper is accepted for publication in Catalysts. Her book chapter on selective hydrogenation of polyunsaturated hydrocarbons is also accepted for publication in a book titled "Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis". Congratulations!

May 2018: A review is accepted for publication in Nanomaterials. Congratulations to Khin!

Sep. 2017: Congratulations to Ting-An for the acceptance of the paper in Catalysis Science & Technology!

Sep. 2017: A manuscript is accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Congrats to May!

Aug. 2017: Skylar's work is accepted for publication in the International Journal of Nanomedicine. Congratulations!

Mar. 2017: Congratulations to Khin and Vivian for the publication of their manuscript in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces!

Nov. 2016: Vivian and Hanqing's work is being published in New Journal of Chemistry. Congratulations!

Oct. 2016: A paper is accepted for publication in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. Congratulations to May, Tommy, and Chris!

Apr. 2016: The National Institute of Health awards a grant in the amount of $442,376 to Dr. Young-Seok Shon for the duration of 4 years (2016-2020). This grant will support the Shon group's research on understanding how near-surface steric controls, non-covalent interactions, and chiral interactions determine the catalytic properties of the modified nanoparticles.

Our research focuses on three general areas:

1) Colloidal ligand-capped metal nanoparticles for catalytic applications and enzyme site mimics

2) Micelle-like ligand-capped nanoparticles and liposome-encapsulated nanoparticles for green and biocatalysis

3) Engineered nanoparticle hybrids for thermal- or photo-enhanced catalysis

(1) Vargas, K. M.; Shon, Y.-S. Hybrid Lipid-Nanoparticle Complexes for Biomedical Applications. J. Mater. Chem. B 2019, 7, 695-708.

(2) Pan, H.; Low, S.; Weerasuriya, N.; Wang, B.; Shon, Y.-S. Morphological Transformation of Gold Nanostructures on Graphene Oxide: Effects of Capping Ligands and Surface Interactions. Nano Converg. 2019, 6, 2.

(3) Low, S.; Shon, Y.-S. Molecular Interactions Between Pre-formed Metal Nanoparticles and Graphene Families. Adv. Nano Res. 2018, 6, 357-375.

(4) Chen, T.-A.; Shon, Y.-S. Alkanethiolate-Capped Palladium Nanoparticles for Regio- and Stereoselective Hydrogenation of Allenes. Catalysts 2018, 8, 428.

(5) Chen, T.-A.; Shon, Y.-S. Selective Mono-Hydrogenation of Polyunsaturated Hydrocarbons: Traditional and Nanoscale Catalysis. In Gold Nanoparticles - Reaching New Heights, Frediani, M. Ed.; IntechOpen: London, United Kingdom, 2018, pp 1 - 23.

(6) San, K. A.; Shon, Y.-S. Synthesis of Alkanethiolate-Capped Metal NanoparticlesUsing Alkyl Thiosulfate Ligand Precursors: A Method to Generate Promising Reagents for Selective Catalysis. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 346.

(7) Chen, T.-A.; Shon, Y.-S. Alkanethioate-Capped Palladium Nanoparticle for Selective Catalytic Hydrogenation of Dienes and Trienes. Catal. Sci. Technol. 2017, 7, 4823-4829.

(8) Maung, M. S.; Shon, Y.-S. Effects of Noncovalent Interactions on the Catalytic Activity of Unsupported Colloidal Palladium Nanoparticles Stabilized with Thiolate Ligands. J. Phys. Chem. C 2017, 121, 20882-20891.

(9) Chuang, S.; Shon, Y.-S.; Narayanaswami, V. Apolipoprotein E3 Mediated Cellular Uptake of Reconstituted High Density Lipoprotein Bearing Core 3, 10, or 17 nm Hydrophobic Gold Nanoparticles. Int. J. Nanomedicine 2017, 12, 8495-8510.

(10) San, K. A.; Chen, V.; Shon, Y.-S. Preparation of Partially Poisoned Alkanethiolate-Capped Platinumnanoparticles for Selective Hydrogenation of Activated Terminal Alkynes. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 9823-9832.

Awards and Grants (Total ~$3.0 million : ~1.6 million from external sources as a PI)


· President's Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement, California State University Long Beach, 2018

· Distinguished Faculty Research, Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award, California State University Long Beach, 2013

· Ogden College Research and Creativity Faculty Award, Western Kentucky University, 2005

Grants (External)

· National Institute of Health, SCORE-SC3, , 2016-2020, $442K

· CSUPERB, Joint Venture Award, 2015-2016 (co-PI)

· W. M. Keck Foundation, KEMP, 2015-2017, $500K + 250K matching

· National Institute of Health, SCORE-SC3, 2011-2015, $420K

· National Science Foundation, NSF-MRI, 2013 (co-PI)

· American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Funds, 2009-2012

· National Science Foundation, NSF-MRI, (twice as co-PI) 2003, 2005

· NASA, Ky Space Grant Consortium Research Grants (three times), 2003, 2004, 2005

· Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation (KSEF), Emerging Ideas Research Grant, 2004

· Research Corporation, Cottrell College Science Award, 2003