Bio

Dr. Jongho Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Primarily using membrane-based technologies, he is interested in solving a wide range of problems in the water and energy nexus. His methodology includes both experiments and modeling.

Dr. Lee earned his PhD from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014). Before he came to UBC, Dr. Lee was a postdoctoral researcher in the Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. He received his B.S (2003) and M.S (2007) from the Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University in South Korea.

Research Interests

Membranes, Water/Wastewater Treatment, Desalination, Resource Harvesting, Nanoporous Media, Electrokinetics

Courses

CIVL 215 Fluid Mechanics I
CIVL 406 Water Treatment and Waste Management
CIVL 565 Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2012, The Korean Honor Scholarship, The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United
  • States of America
  • 2008, Pappalardo Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2000 – 2002, Undergraduate Fellowship for Outstanding Achievements, Seoul National University
  • 2015, Best Presentation Award, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science
  • Professors Conference
  • 2014, Best Poster Award, MIT Water Night
  • 2010, Grand Prize on Micro/Nano Forum, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 1998, Nationwide Mathematics Contest, Yonsei University

Student Research Opportunities

For students interested in research assistantship opportunities, please visit Dr. Lee’s research webpage and see the tab of Prospective Students.

Publications

  • X. Li, Dutta, A., Dong, Q., Rollings-Scattergoods, S., and Lee, J., “Dissolved Methane Harvesting Using Omniphobic Membranes for Anaerobically Treated Wastewaters”, Environmental Science and Technology Letters, In Press.
  • Y. Wang, Lee, J., Werber, J. R., and Elimelech, M., “Capillary-driven desalination in a synthetic mangrove”, Science Advances, vol. 618192–19321295106135336749320591188013358, no. 8, p. eaax5253, 2020.
  • X. Li, Dutta, A., Saha, S., Lee, H. – S., and Lee, J., “Recovery of dissolved methane from anaerobically treated food waste leachate using solvent-based membrane contactor”, Water Research, vol. 175, p. 115693, 2020.
  • C. Li, Li, X., Du, X., Tong, T., Cath, T. Y., and Lee, J., “Antiwetting and Antifouling Janus Membrane for Desalination of Saline Oily Wastewater by Membrane DistillationAntiwetting and Antifouling Janus Membrane for Desalination of Saline Oily Wastewater by Membrane Distillation”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 11, no. 20, pp. 18456 – 18465, 2019.
  • X. Li, Dutta, A., Dong, Q., Rollings-Scattergood, S., and Lee, J., “Dissolved Methane Harvesting Using Omniphobic Membranes for Anaerobically Treated WastewatersDissolved Methane Harvesting Using Omniphobic Membranes for Anaerobically Treated Wastewaters”, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 228 – 234, 2019.
  • A. Deshmukh and Lee, J., “Membrane desalination performance governed by molecular reflection at the liquid-vapor interface”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 140, pp. 1006 – 1022, 2019.
  • X. Du, Zhang, Z., Carlson, K. H., Lee, J., and Tong, T., “Membrane Fouling and Reusability in Membrane Distillation of Shale Oil and Gas Produced Water: Effects of Membrane Surface Wettability”, Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 567, pp. 199-208, 2018.
  • J. Lee, Straub, A. P., and Elimelech, M., “Vapor-gap membranes for highly selective osmotically driven desalination”, Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 555, pp. 407 – 417, 2018.
  • C. Liu, Lee, J., Ma, J., and Elimelech, M., “Antifouling Thin-Film Composite Membranes by Controlled Architecture of Zwitterionic Polymer Brush Layer.”, Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 51, no. 4, 2017.
  • D. M. Davenport, Lee, J., and Elimelech, M., “Efficacy of antifouling modification of ultrafiltration membranes by grafting zwitterionic polymer brushes”, Separation and Purification Technology, vol. 189, pp. 389 – 398, 2017.
  • T. Humplik, Lee, J., Hern, S., Laoui, T., Karnik, R., and Wang, E. N., “Enhanced water transport and salt rejection through hydrophobic zeolite pores”, Nanotechnology, vol. 28, no. 50, p. 505703, 2017.
  • J. Lee, Boo, C., Ryu, W., Taylor, A., and Elimelech, M., “Development of Omniphobic Desalination Membranes Using a Charged Electrospun Nanofiber Scaffold.”, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 8, no. 17, 2016.
  • C. Boo, Lee, J., and Elimelech, M., “Engineering Surface Energy and Nanostructure of Microporous Films for Expanded Membrane Distillation Applications.”, Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 50, no. 15, 2016.
  • A. P. Straub, Yip, N. Y., Lin, S., Lee, J., and Elimelech, M., “Harvesting Low-grade Heat Energy using Thermo-osmotic Vapor Transport through Nanoporous Membranes.”, Nature Energy, vol. 1, 2016.
  • C. Boo, Lee, J., and Elimelech, M., “Omniphobic Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Membrane for Desalination of Shale Gas Produced Water by Membrane Distillation”, Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 50, no. 22, pp. 12275 – 12282, 2016.
  • G. Ye, Lee, J., Perreault, F., and Elimelech, M., “Controlled Architecture of Dual-Functional Block Copolymer Brushes on Thin-Film Composite Membranes for Integrated “Defending” and “Attacking” Strategies against Biofouling”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 7, no. 41, pp. 23069 – 23079, 2015.
  • M. Xie, Lee, J., Nghiem, L. D., and Elimelech, M., “Role of pressure in organic fouling in forward osmosis and reverse osmosis”, Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 493, pp. 748 – 754, 2015.
  • J. Lee, Laoui, T., and Karnik, R., “Nanofluidic Transport Governed by the Liquid/Vapour Interface.”, Nature Nanotechnology, vol. 9, no. 317, 2014.
  • M. Boutilier, Lee, J., Chambers, V., Venkatesh, V., and Karnik, R., “Water Filtration Using Plant Xylem.”, PLOS One, vol. 9, no. 2, p. e89934, 2014.
  • J. Lee, Rahman, F., Laoui, T., and Karnik, R., “Bubble-induced Damping in Displacement-driven Microfluidic Flows.”, Physical Review E, vol. 86, 2012.
  • J. Lee, Kim, J., Choi, H., and Yang, K., “Sources of spurious force oscillations from an immersed boundary method for moving-body problems”, Journal of Computational Physics, vol. 230, no. 7, pp. 2677 – 2695, 2011.
  • J. Lee and Karnik, R., “Desalination of water by vapor-phase transport through hydrophobic nanopores”, Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 108, no. 4, p. 044315, 2010.

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