Research Interest

  • Electrochemical in situ (micro)sensors for biofilm, corrosion, and water quality monitoring
  • Renewable energy production from wastes using microalgae and bioelectrochemical systems
  • Advanced water and wastewater treatment processes
  • Forward osmosis (FO) membrane separation
  • Greywater reuse

Funded Research Projects

  1. Development of Heavy Metal Sensors and Analytical Systems for Methanogens in Anaerobic Digestion, PI: Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), University of Suwon on behalf of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, Korea (Grant Number: 21UGCP-B157945-02), $93,746 (1/1/2021–12/31/2022)
  2. Phase II: A Biopolymer-based Simple Lead Check in Tap Water, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (50%), Co-PI: Dr. Hyoung Jin Cho (50%) and Dr. Jae-Hoon Hwang, US Environmental Protection Agency, Grant Number: SV84002101, $75,000 (07/01/2020 – 06/30/2023)
  3. Lemelson Foundation Environmentally Responsible Engineering (ERE) Pilot Program, PI: Dr. Thomas O’Neal (50%), co-PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (50%), Lemelson Foundation, $30,000 (07/15/2020–07/14/2022)
  4. Phase II: A Novel 2D MoS2 Sponge Oil-Water Separator (MDSOS), PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (55%), Co-PI: Dr. Yeonwoong Jung (45%) and Dr. Jae-Hoon Hwang, US Environmental Protection Agency, Grant Number: SU-83948901, $75,000 (04/01/2019 – 03/31/2022)
  5. Black water characterization and determination for low tier water applications, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), Mainstream Engineering Corporation (Subcontract No. AR0051; Government Prime Contract No. W56HZV-21-C-0051), $50,000 (06/02/2021 – 10/11/2021)
  6. Phase I: Desalination using 2D MoS2 Nano-solar Evaporator, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (50%), Co-PIs: Dr. Yeonwoong Jung and Dr. Jae-Hoon Hwang, US Environmental Protection Agency, Grant Number: SU840162, $25,000 (12/01/2020–11/30/2021)
  7. Effective Detecting and Remediating Mercury Using Polyelectrolyte Nanofiber Membranes with Carbon Nanotubes and Platinum Nanoparticles, PI: Dr. Lei Zhai (50%), co-PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (50%), Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC (SRNS) (No. G-SOW-A-02189) on behalf of the Department of Energy (DOE) (Grant Number: DE-AC09-08SR22470), $204,517 (02/26/2020–07/31/2021)
  8. Beneficial Use of CO2 from Coal-fired Power Plants for Production of Animal Feeds, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), MicroBio Engineering Inc. on behalf of Department of Energy, $61,097 (08/01/2019-06/30/2021)
  9. I-Corps: Molybdenum Disulfide Oil-Water Separator, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (50%), Co-PI: Dr. Yeonwoong Jung (50%), NSF, #1935619, $50,000 (06/15/2019 – 08/31/2021)
  10. Emulsion Characterization Study for Improved Bilgewater Treatment and Management, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), Naval Research Laboratory on behalf of Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) (WP18-1114), Department of Defense (DoD), Award No.: N00173-18-1-G010, $248,032 (06/06/2018-05/05/2021)
  11. A novel biohydrogen production using urine, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium, NASA Training Grant # NNX15AI10H, $25,000 (05/01/2019 to 12/31/2020)
  12. I/UCRC Multi-functional Integrated System Technology (MIST), Conformal Electrochemical Sensors for Heavy Metal Detection, PI: Dr. Hyoung Jin Cho (50%), Co-PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (50%), RM Tech, $25,000 (01/01/2019 – 08/31/2020)
  13. Molybdenum Disulfide Oil Water Separator (MDSOS), PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (60%), Co-PI: Dr. Yeonwoong Jung (40%), University of Central Florida Board of Trustees, on behalf of NSF (CNS-1735841), $2,550 (02/11/2019 – 05/02/2019)
  14. A Biopolymer-based Simple Lead Check in Tap Water, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (50%), Co-PI: Dr. Hyoung Jin Cho and Dr. Jae-Hoon Hwang, US Environmental Protection Agency, Grant Number: SU83945801, $15,000 (11/01/2018–10/31/2019)
  15. RET Site: Collaborative Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Experiences for Teachers (CoMET), PI: Dr. Hyoung Jin Cho, Co-PIs: Drs. Damla Turgut, Jihua Gou, Eleazar Vasquez, Damian Dechev, Mingjie Lin, Yier Jin, Woo Hyoung Lee (5%), and Reza Abdolvand, National Science Foundation, Award Number: 1611019, $595,702 (09/01/2016 to 05/31/2020)
  16. Surface Investigation of Silicate Corrosion Control Mechanisms and Impact on Lead Corrosion using Microelectrodes, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), PQ Corporation, $46,227 (05/21/2018-03/31/2019)
  17. A Novel 2D MoS2 Sponge Oil-Water Separator (MDSOS), PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (55%), Co-PI: Dr. Yeonwoong Jung and Dr. Jae-Hoon Hwang, US Environmental Protection Agency, Grant Number: SU839263-01, $15,000 (02/01/2018–01/31/2019)
  18. Development of Electrochemical Microsensor System for Heavy Metal Monitoring in Soil and Groundwater, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (50%), Co-PI: Dr. Hyoung Jin Cho, ENPLUS Co., Ltd. under “Geo-Advanced Innovative Action” Program, South Korea (Project No. 2016000540003), $121,702 (05/10/2016–03/31/2018)
  19. Sustainable Energy Production from Oily Liquid Wastes using Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs), PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC), NASA Training Grant # NNX15AI10H, $50,000 (08/21/2017 to 08/20/2018)
  20. Bacterial Enumeration and Bacterial Endotoxin Testing, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (60%), Co-PI: Dr. Anwar Sadmani, Mainstream Engineering Corporation (No. DLA0063, U.S. Government Prime Contract No. SP4701-17-P-0063), $11,500 (7/14/2017 – 2/28/2018)
  21. Bacterial Enumeration and Bacterial Endotoxin Testing, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (60%), Co-PI: Dr. Anwar Sadmani, Mainstream Engineering Corporation (No. AR0092, U.S. Government Prime Contract No. W81XWH-16-C-0092), $7,500 (12/19/2016 – 4/11/2017)
  22. Renewable Microalgal Hydrogen Production, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC), NASA Training Grant # NNX15AI10H, $44,000 (09/01/2016 to 08/31/2017)
  23. Optimization of Struvite Crystallization and Ammonia Recovery, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), Vencore Services and Solutions, Inc. on behalf of NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Grant Number: NNK11EA08C, $10,000 (08/01/2016 – 08/31/2017)
  24. Micelle Stability Characterization, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), Battelle Memorial Institute (TCN 16-009: PO541161) under Contract No. W911NF-11-D-0001 with the Army Research Office, $37,962 (4/25/2016–9/30/2016)
  25. NIFA Centers of Excellence: Multifunctional Surface/Sub-Surface/Systemic Therapeutic (CoE:MS3T) Technology for HLB Management, PD: Dr. Swadeshmukul Santra, Co-PD: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (15%) (one of 4 Co-PDs), Citrus Disease Research and Extension (CDRE) (grant no. 2016-70016-24828/project accusation no. 1008984), USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), $2,075,000 (02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019)
  26. A Novel Symbiotic Micro-Algae Recovery Technology (SMART) for Sustainable Water Management and Biofuel Production, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Grant Number: NNX15AN65A, $65,000 (07/01/2015 to 12/31/2016)
  27. Post-Construction Water Quality Evaluation of the Imperial Lakes Water Treatment Plant, PI: Dr. Steve Duranceau, Co-PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (40%), Board of County Commissioners of Polk County, WA No. 14-058-02, $54,600 (11/10/2014 – 12/31/2016)
  28. Algae Biofuel Osmosis Dewatering (ABODE): A novel process for biofuel feedstock generation and advances in microalgae separation using forward osmosis, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), US Environmental Protection Agency, Grant Number: SU836132, $15,000 (09/01/2015 – 08/31/2016)
  29. Algae as a Sustainable Life Support System during Long Duration Space Missions, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC), NASA Training Grant # NNX15AI10H, $5,250 (8/1/2015–7/31/2016)
  30. Microsensor Oil-in-Water Emulsion Characterization Investigation, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), Battelle Memorial Institute (TCN 15-030: PO486034) under Contract No. W911NF-11-D-0001 with the Army Research Office, $45,483 (7/1/2015–9/30/2015)
  31. Use of Algal Blooms in Florida – Potentials for Regional Biofuel Production, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (100%), In-House Research Grant, Office of Research & Commercialization, University of Central Florida, $7,500 (3/1/2014 – 2/29/2016)
  32. The Graywater Recycling System and Related Water Quality Standard, PI: Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee (60%), Co-PI: Dr. Andrew A. Randall, Mainstream Engineering Corporation on behalf of U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center under Contract No. W911QY-12-C-0003, $41,167 (9/1/2013 – 8/14/2014)

Research Agreement (On-going & Completed)

  1. General Agreement for collaboration between the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Apeejay Stya University, India (In process for final UCF approvals as of 05/23/2022)
  2. Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between UCF and The Naval Surface Warfare Center – Carderock Division (NSWCCD), Bilgewater Remediation Research and Development, Agreement No. NCRADA-NSWCCA-17-299 (10/30/2017 to 10/29/2020)

EPA P3 projects (On-going)

Prediction for Bilgewater Emulsion Stability (SERDP Project): http://woohyounglee.pythonanywhere.com/