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


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.

Research Interests

My 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

Recent Publications

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

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

(4) 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.

(5) 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.

(6) Chen, V.; Pan, H.; Jacobs, R.; Derakhshan, S.; Shon, Y.-S. Influence of Graphene Oxide Supports onSolution-Phase Catalysis of Thiolate-Protected Palladium Nanoparticles inWater. New J. Chem. 2017, 41, 177-183.

(7) Maung, M. S.; Dinh, T.; Salazar, C.; Shon, Y.-S. Unsupported Colloidal PalladiumNanoparticles for Biphasic Hydrogenation and Isomerization of HydrophobicAllylic Alcohols in Water. Colloids Surf., A. 2017, 513, 367-372.

(8) Zhu, J. S.; Shon, Y.-S. Mechanistic Interpretation of Selective Catalytic Hydrogenation and Isomerization of Alkenes and Dienes by Ligand Deactivated Pd Nanoparticles. Nanoscale 2015, 7, 17786-17790.

(9) Deol, S.; Weerasuriya, N.; Shon, Y.-S. Stability, Cytotoxicity, and Cell Uptake of Water-Soluble Dendron-ConjugatedGold Nanoparticles with 3, 12, and 17 nm Core. J. Mater. Chem. B, 2015, 3, 6071-6080.

(10) Pan, H.; Low, S.; Weerasuriya, N.; Shon, Y.-S. Graphene Oxide-Promoted Reshaping and Coarsening of Gold Nanorods and Nanoparticles. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7, 3406-3413.

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