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About the Lab

Our research group at Iona College, composed solely of undergraduate student researchers, focuses on the interfacial chemistry of aqueous microdroplets mediated by self-assembled structures at the liquid-liquid interface. Aqueous microdroplets of having diameter ~1-100 micrometer have been shown to have vast promise in chemistry and biochemistry, especially in microdroplet microfluidics, which has enabled new high throughput systems for biomedical imaging, drug discovery, biomolecule synthesis, and diagnostics; providing cell-size models for bounded biological systems; and generation of soft microparticles (e.g., vesicles, liposomes, emulsion) for applications in drug delivery and materials synthesis.

 

News & Noteworthy

* We are looking for a postdoctoral teaching scholar to join our group. Please contact Dr. Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in this position.

Project Symphony Team of Thirteen Made Six Presentations at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on August 20‐25, 2016
Project Symphony Team of Thirteen Made Six Presentations at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on August 20‐25, 2016

The Project Symphony team presented six posters summarizing their research results, (1) Determining the thickness of droplet interface bilayers from capacitance measurements using a modified electrophysiological amplification technique, (2) Influence of intercalant on the lipid bilayer membrane: [ ... ]

Congratulations to Michelle Muzzio ('15): Awardee of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
Congratulations to Michelle Muzzio ('15): Awardee of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Michelle Muzzio ('15), our former Project Symphony member and Class of 2015 Valedictorian, who is currently in the Chemistry PhD program at Brown University, has been selected to receive an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is awarded [ ... ]

Dr. Lee Awarded NSF Grant of $324,999 for Soft Materials Chemistry

The funded project, "RUI: Structural Determinants of Permeation and Nucleation at a Self-Assembled Interface," will support the investigations of Dr. Sunghee Lee, Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and Chair of Chemistry, and her active undergraduate research program for the period of September 1 [ ... ]

Two Iona Science Students from Dr. Sunghee Lee's Research Group to Perform Summer Research at the University of Tokyo, an NSF-Sponsored International Collaboration
Two Iona Science Students from Dr. Sunghee Lee's Research Group to Perform Summer Research at the University of Tokyo, an NSF-Sponsored International Collaboration

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded funding to Dr. Sunghee Lee in the Chemistry Department to promote an international research collaboration with Professor Shoji Takeuchi of the University of Tokyo. Two students from Dr. Lee's Research Group - Jacqueline Denver (Class of 2017, Bioch [ ... ]

PJ Milianta (Biochemistry, Class of 2016) to Present Research on Capitol Hill
PJ Milianta (Biochemistry, Class of 2016) to Present Research on Capitol Hill

PJ has been accepted for participation in the 20th Annual Posters on the Hill in Washington DC, which will take place on April 19-20, 2016, as sponsored by the national Council on Undergraduate Research. His research under the mentorship of Dr. Sunghee Lee, Board of Trustees Endowed Professor an [ ... ]

Our Recent Work on the interactions of self-assembled monolayers and crystals published in Langmuir, 2015, ACS Publications.
Our Recent Work on the interactions of self-assembled monolayers and crystals published in Langmuir, 2015, ACS Publications.

Our group's recent paper, titled "Adaptability of monoglyceride-induced crystallization of K2SO4: Effect of various anions and lipid chain splay" appears in the journal "Langmuir", a publication of the American Chemical Society (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la5049419 ). The paper is coauthored by  [ ... ]

Peter J. Milianta reflects on his recent experience working at the University of Tokyo, Japan
Peter J. Milianta reflects on his recent experience working at the University of Tokyo, Japan

Peter J. Milianta ('16 Biochemistry) has recently returned from a month-long research participation in the laboratory of Prof. Shoji Takeuchi at the University of Tokyo. He lived and worked as a member of Prof. Takeuchi's group, as part of a collaboration between U. Tokyo and our laboratory. PJ  [ ... ]

Big Splash of Project Symphony Team of Fourteen at the ACS National Meeting in Boston MA on August 15‐20, 2015
Big Splash of Project Symphony Team of Fourteen at the ACS National Meeting in Boston MA on August 15‐20, 2015

As a capstone experience for student researchers in the summer 2015, fourteen Iona undergraduate research students and their faculty mentor, Dr. Sunghee Lee, proudly joined the international chemistry community and presented their research at the 250th National Meeting of the American Chemica [ ... ]

Dr. Lee, Named as "Iona College Board of Trustees Endowed Professor"
Dr. Lee, Named as

The Iona College Board of Trustees has created the first fully endowed professorship, part of the College’s strategic plan, Advancing Our Legacy and Defining Our Future, and its comprehensive fundraising campaign, Iona Forever. The first holder of the professorship will be Sunghee Lee, Ph.D.,  [ ... ]

Significant New Droplet Crystallization Technique Published in CrystEngComm, a Journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Significant New Droplet Crystallization Technique Published in CrystEngComm, a Journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry


Dr. Lee's recent paper, titled "Tunable crystallization via osmosis-driven transport across a droplet interface bilayer" has been published in CrystEngComm, a Journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry ( http://xlink.rsc.org/?doi=C2CE26249E ). This paper is coauthored by Zuzanna Michalak ('13), D [ ... ]

Our Group Member, Michelle Muzzio ('15) named as 2015 Iona Valedictorian
Our Group Member, Michelle Muzzio ('15) named as 2015 Iona Valedictorian

Our Group Member, Michelle Muzzio ('15) named as 2015 Iona Valedictorian Michelle Muzzio ('15, Chemistry and English) is named as 2015 valedictorian. Michelle's senior honors thesis, "Advances of the Droplet Interface Bilayer (DIB): Modeling the Biological Membrane and Beyond" (Dr. S. Lee, advis [ ... ]

Our Group Members, Eleven Chemistry/Biochemistry Students Present Research at 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia PA on August 19-23, 2012
Our Group Members, Eleven Chemistry/Biochemistry Students Present Research at 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia PA on August 19-23, 2012


Eleven group members attended and presented their research at the 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The student attendees were Darius Fartash (’13), Zuzanna Michalak (’13), Erin Morgan ('13), Allyson Moffat ('13), Jaclyn Robustelli ('14), Peter Vitale ('14), Courtn [ ... ]

Our Recent Work on the water permeability across symmetric and asymmetric droplet interface bilayers published in Langmuir, 2015, ACS Publications
Our Recent Work on the water permeability across symmetric and asymmetric droplet interface bilayers published in Langmuir, 2015, ACS Publications

Our group's recent paper, titled "Water Permeability Across Symmetric and Asymmetric Droplet Interface Bilayers: Interaction of Cholesterol Sulfate with DPhPC" appears in the journal Langmuir, a publication of the American Chemical Society (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b02748). The pa [ ... ]

There are five significant milestones we are celebrating! Congratulations!

1. Paul Sanstead ('11) has been accepted and will be attending University of Chicago, PhD Program in Chemistry. 2. Nick Florio ('11) has been accepted and will be attending SUNY, Stony Brook, School of Medicine, MD Program. 3. Catherine Morris ('12) has been accepted and will be attending  [ ... ]

Our Recent Work Establishes Effect of Cholesterol on Membrane Water Permeability using Droplet Bilayer (Published in Langmuir, ACS Publications)
Our Recent Work Establishes Effect of Cholesterol on Membrane Water Permeability using Droplet Bilayer (Published in Langmuir, ACS Publications)

Dr. Lee's recent paper, titled "Effect of Monoglyceride Structure and Cholesterol Content on Water Permeability of the Droplet Bilayer" has been published inLangmuir, a publication of the American Chemical Society (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/la4040535 ). The paper is coauthored by four u [ ... ]

Our Recent Paper Published in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Our Recent Paper Published in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science


Our paper titled "Sensitivity of Cationic Surfactant Templates to Specific Anions in Liquid Interface Crytallization" has been published in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. This paper is coauthored by Paul Sanstead ('11), Nick Florio ('11), Kiersten Giusto ('12) and Catherine Morris ('12 [ ... ]

Jaclyn Robustelli ('14) and Peter Vitale (’14) presented at the Honors Thesis Day, February 28, 2014
Jaclyn Robustelli ('14) and Peter Vitale (’14) presented at the Honors Thesis Day, February 28, 2014

Jaclyn and Peter recently presented their senior honors theses. Jaclyn’s thesis is on “Development of a Hybrid Analytical Technique Using Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Thin Layer Chromatography" and Peter’s work is on “Generation and Analysis of Glycine Polymorphs”. Jaclyn is heading to [ ... ]

Our Group Member, Erin Morgan ('13) Receives 2012 ACS Student Leadership Award
Our Group Member, Erin Morgan ('13) Receives 2012 ACS Student Leadership Award


Iona College junior Erin Morgan ('13) has been selected to receive the American Chemical Society's (ACS) 2012 Student Leadership Award. The award will be presented to Morgan at the 2012 ACS Leadership Institute to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, January 20-22. The award is made in recognition of eme [ ... ]

Twelve Group Members Trek to Nation's Chemistry Hub, Present Their Research
Twelve Group Members Trek to Nation's Chemistry Hub, Present Their Research

Twelve group members attended and presented their research at the 246th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Indianapolis, IN. The student attendees were Jaclyn Robustelli ('14, Biochemistry), Peter Vitale ('14, Biochemistry), Michelle Muzzio ('15, Chemistry), Omoakhe Tisor ('1 [ ... ]

Four Chemistry Students Present Three Research Posters at the 50th Eastern Analytical Symposium on Nov. 15-16, 2011
Four Chemistry Students Present Three Research Posters at the 50th Eastern Analytical Symposium on Nov. 15-16, 2011

Professor Sunghee Lee (Chemistry) and four Iona Chemistry majors presented their research at the 50th Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) on Nov. 15-16, held at Somerset, New Jersey. EAS is the world's leading community for analytical chemists. Three research posters were presented at this symposiu [ ... ]

Dr. Lee Receives the 2013 Rising Star Award from the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Dr. Lee Receives the 2013 Rising Star Award from the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

This award recognizes ten exceptional women scientists approaching mid-level careers across all sectors [academic, industrial, government and non-profit] who have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields. Dr. Lee received this award "for excellence in the devel [ ... ]

Our Group Members Present Research at the 242nd ACS National Meeting at Denver, Colorado on Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2011
Our Group Members Present Research at the 242nd ACS National Meeting at Denver, Colorado on Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2011

Five group members presented their research at the 242nd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting on Aug. 28-Sept.1, held at Denver, Colorado. Around the theme, "Chemistry of Air, Space & Water," over 10,000 chemists from all over the world joined this national meeting to share their k [ ... ]

Dr. Lee Receives Westchester Chemical Society NY Section of ACS-Distinguished Scientist 2013
Dr. Lee Receives Westchester Chemical Society NY Section of ACS-Distinguished Scientist 2013

Dr. Lee has been the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Chemical Society's NY section's Westchester Chemical Society. The award was in recognition of Dr. Lee's "Advanced studies in surface chemistry of droplets for the fundamental understanding of self-assembly a [ ... ]

Zuzanna Michalak ('13) Awarded ACS Travel Grant, Aug, 2011
Zuzanna Michalak ('13) Awarded ACS Travel Grant, Aug, 2011

Sophomore Chemistry major, Zuzanna Michalak ('13) has been selected by the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Woman Chemists Committee (WCC) to receive a 2011 Eli Lilly/WCC Travel Grant. This highly competitive award is given to a select few outstanding female students from undergraduate and gradua [ ... ]

Nick Florio ('11) and Paul Sanstead ('11) receive honor at NY ACS, YCC Symposium, March. 2011
Nick Florio ('11) and Paul Sanstead ('11) receive honor at NY ACS, YCC Symposium, March. 2011

Two Chemistry seniors have won a prize for best poster presentation at a recent New York - American Chemical Society (NY-ACS) symposium. The students, Paul J. Sanstead and Nick Florio, presented on their research work titled "Effect of cationic surfactant template and its interaction with specific [ ... ]

Paul Sanstead ('11) receive honors thesis with distinction, March, 2011
Paul Sanstead ('11) receive honors thesis with distinction, March, 2011

Paul Sanstead recently received a distinction on his senior honors thesis, "Effect of Specific Anion on Templated Crystal Nucleation at the Liquid--Liquid Interface" (Dr. S. Lee, advisor/mentor). "Paul is a rare student who is more than deserving of this honor. He will graduate with two peer revie [ ... ]