Lee, Dongwhan

Laboratory of Stimuli-Responsive Chemical Systems
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Research Topic

Controllable, reversible, and readable interconversion between two stable states of a molecule is a topic of fundamental and practical importance. Our research group is exploring structurally pre-organized molecular and supramolecular architectures as well-defined "conduits" for (a) electronic coupling between multiple redox-active centers or light-absorbing/emitting units, and (b) mechanical coupling between mobile components that are strategically placed within loosely-held molecular scaffolds. These studies involve iterative design processes guided by empirical observations and theoretical investigations, both of which we are actively engaged in. Together, we are advancing the frontiers of molecular devices for applications in chemical sensing, switching, transport, and actuation.


  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, 2001
  • M.S. Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 1996
  • B.S. Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 1993


  • Professor (2020–present), Associate Professor (2013–2020)
     Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
  • Associate Professor (2009–2013), Assistant Professor (2003–2009)
     Department of Chemistry, Indiana University Bloomington, IN, USA
  • Postdoctoral Associate (2001–2003)
     Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA


  1. Kim, S.; Kim, J.; Lee, D.* Making Waxy Salts in Water: Synthetic Control of Hydrophobicity for Anion-Induced and Aggregation-Enhanced Light Emission. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, in press.
  2. Park, H.; Lee, D.* Biomimetic hydrogen-bonding cascade for chemical activation: telling a nucleophile from a base. Chem. Sci. 2021, 12, 590–598.
  3. Kang, S.-i.; Lee, M.; Lee, D.* Weak Links To Differentiate Weak Bonds: Size-Selective Response of π-Conjugated Macrocycle Gels to Ammonium Ions. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 5980–5986.
  4. Kim, J.; Lee, D.* Crisscrossing coordination networks: ligand doping to control chemomechanical properties of stimuli-responsive metallogels. Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 3864–3872.
  5. Kim, S.; Castillo, H. D.; Lee, M.; Mortensen, R. D.; Tait, S. L.*; Lee, D.* From Foldable Open-Chains to Shape-Persistent Macrocycles: Synthesis, Impact on 2D Ordering, and Stimulated Self-Assembly. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 4726–4735.

Search Papers

Hyun Lee, Dongwhan Lee
Communications Chemistry, 2022, 5, 180, (2022-12-28) Link
Taewon Kang, Md Mamunul Haque, Boran Lee, Kyung Tae Hong, Seong Cheol Hong, Younghun Kim, Jesang Lee, Jun-Seok Lee, Dongwhan Lee
Nature Communications, 2022, 13, 1, (2022-10-04) Link
Heechan Kim, Dongwhan Lee
Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society, 2022, 43, 4, (2022-04) Link
Soon-Hyeok Hwang, Hongsik Kim, Hanseul Ryu, Illia E. Serdiuk, Dongwhan Lee, Tae-Lim Choi
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2022, 144, 4, (2022-02-02) Link
David L. Wisman, Heechan Kim, Chungryeol Kim, Tobias W. Morris, Dongwhan Lee, Steven L Tait
Chemistry a European Journal, 2021, 27, 55, (2021-10-01) Link
Heechan Kim, Woojin Park, Younghun Kim, Michael Filatov, Cheol Ho Choi, Dongwhan Lee
Nature Communications, 2021, 12, 5409, (2021-09-13) Link
Jihyeon Kim, Heechan Kim, Sechan Lee, Giyun Kwon, Taewon Kang, Hyeokjun Park, Orapa Tamwattana, Youngmin Ko, Dongwhan Lee, Kisuk Kang
Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2021, 25, 9, (2021-06-16) Link
Soohyung Kim, Jongmin Kim, Dongwhan Lee
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2021, 60, 19, (2021-05-03) Link
Chungryeol Kim, Dongwhan Lee
Chemical Communications, 2021, 57, (2021-04-21) Link
Taewon Kang, Hongsik Kim, Sungeun Jeoung, Dohyun Moon, Hoi Ri Moon, Dongwhan Lee
Chemical Science, 2021, 12, 18, (2021-04-01) Link