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
Professor, Organic Chemistry
Materials Chemistry and Nanoscience
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) Chen, T.-A.; Shon, Y.-S. Alkanethiolate-Capped Palladium Nanoparticles for Regio- and Stereoselective Hydrogenation of Allenes. Catalysts 2018, 8, 428.
(2) Chen, T.-A.; Shon, Y.-S. Selective Mono-Hydrogenation of Polyunsaturated Hydrocarbons: Traditional and Nanoscale Catalysis. In Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis, Frediani, M. Ed.; IntechOpen: London, United Kingdom, 2018, in press.
(3) 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.
(4) 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.
(5) 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.
(6) 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.
(7) 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.
(8) 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.
(9) 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.
(10) 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.
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
· 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