Dr. Youngwoo (Young) Seo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Mail Stop 307
3031 Nitschke Hall
The University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft Street
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390
Phone: (419)530-8131
Fax: (419) 530-8116
E-mail: youngwoo.seo@utoledo.edu

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Education

  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati (2008)
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea (2001)
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea (1999)

Professional Experience

     
  2013-Present Associate Professor, University of Toledo
    Department of Civil Engineering
    Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  2011-Present School of Green Chemistry, University of Toledo
  2008-2013 Assistant Professor, University of Toledo
  2007-2008 Project Engineer, CDM (Camp, Dresser & McKee)
  2002-2007 Research & Teaching Assistant, University of Cincinnati
  2001-2002 Research Scientist, KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology)
  1999-2000 Research & Teaching Assistant, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
  1999-2000 Research & Teaching Assistant, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea

Research Interest

  • Molecular scale analysis of bioadhesion and biofilm formation
  • Biofilm formation and its control in water systems
  • Biological and chemical dynamics in water systems
  • Disinfection by-product formation and control in water distribution systems
  • Developing biofilm control and detection methods on medical devices
  • Development and application of environmental sensors (microsensors / nanosensors) to monitor physical / chemical activities in microenvironment
  • Developing sustainable water and wastewater treatment processes
  • Microbial interactions with nanoparticles/ Fate and transport of engineered nanoparticles
  • Sustainable biodegradation and bioremediation of recalcitrant and toxic contaminants
  • Membrane processes for water & wastewater treatments (membrane biofouling control)

Honors and Awards

  • Early Promotion and Tenure, University of Toledo (2013)
  • Faculty Early Career Award from the Environmental Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (2013)
  • Undergraduate Research Recognition Award, the University of Toledo (2012)
  • ASCE/EWB-USA Sustainable Development Award for a sustainable engineering project that promotes long-term, community driven, innovative approaches to preserve, and enhance quality of life in developing countries (2011)
  • US EPA P3 Design Competition Honorable Mention Award (2011)
  • Student paper competition/Oral presentation award (with Graduate Student: Christopher Hessler) from the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (2011)
  • Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Engineering of the University of Toledo (2010)
  • Best Student Presentation Award (with a graduate Student: Chris Hessler) in the “Environmental Applications and Implications of Nanotechnology” Symposium at the 2010 Fall American Chemical Society (ACS) Conference (2010)
  • Student paper competition/Oral presentation award (with a graduate Student: Zheng Xue) from the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (2010)
  • Pasquale V Scarpino PhD Dissertation Award, the University of Cincinnati (2008)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Graduate Student Award (2008)
  • Student paper competition/Oral presentation award from the Ohio section of the American Water Works Association (2007)
  • Richard C. Wigger fellowship, Dept of CEE, University of Cincinnati (2007)
  • Rindsberg fellowship*, College of engineering, University of Cincinnati (2006, 2005)

* Fellowship designed for preparing future faculty

  • Graduate student travel fund award, University of Cincinnati (2005-2007)
  • University Graduate Scholarship, University of Cincinnati (2002-2007)
  • Honor student scholarship for Academic Excellency, Sungkyunkwan University (1996-1998, 2000)

Journal Publications

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  • Wang, Z., Choi, W. Seo, Y.*, (2013) Relative Contribution of Biomolecules in Bacterial Extracellular Polymeric Substances to Disinfection By Product Formation, Environmental Science and Technology, 47, 9764-9773.
  • Xue, Z., Seo, Y.*, (2013) Impact of Chlorine Disinfection on Redistribution of Cell Clusters from Biofilm, Environmental Science and Technology, 47(3), 1365-1372. #Recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology: http://f1000.com/prime/717979531
  • Richardson, E. K.; Xue, Z.; Huang, Y.; Seo, Y.; Lapitsky, Y., (2013) Surfactant Mixtures with Quaternized Chitosan Microgels: Phase Behavior, Antibacterial Activity and Solubilization Properties, Carbohydrate Polymers, 93 (2), 709-717.
  • Zheng, X., Hessler, C., Panmanee, W., Hassett, D. J., Seo, Y.*, (2013) Impact of Capsular Extracellular Polymeric Substances on Pseudomonas aeruginosa Inactivation Mechanisms by Model Disinfectants. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 83, 1, 101-111.
  • Xue, Z., Sendamangalam, V. Gruden, L. C. Seo, Y.*, (2012) Multiple Roles of Extracellular Polymeric Substances on Susceptibility of Biofilm and Detached Clusters, Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 13212-13219.
  • Wu, M.-Y., Sendamangalam, V., Xue, Z., Seo, Y. *, (2012) The Influence of Biofilm Structure and Total Interaction Energy on Pathogen Retention by Biofilm, Biofouling Journal. 28, 10, 1119-1128.
  • Wang, Z., Kim, J. Seo, Y.* (2012), Influence of bacterial extracellular polymeric substances on the formation of carbonaceous and nitrogenous disinfection by-products, Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 11361-11369.
  • Choi, H., Nfodzo, P., A., Lawal, W. A., Souhail, R. A., Seo, Y., (2012) Phenomenological and Spectroscopic Analysis on the Effects of Sediment Aging and Organic Carbon on the Fate of a PCB Congener Spiked to Sediment, Journal of Hazardous Material, 239, 325-332.
  • Hessler, C., Wu, M.-Y., Zheng, X., Choi, H., Seo, Y.*, (2012) The Influence of Extracellular Polymeric Substances on the Toxicological Interaction Between TiO2 Nanoparticles and Planktonic Bacteria. Water Research, 46, 4687-4696.
  • Wang, Z., Hessler, C. M., Zheng, X., Seo, Y.* (2012) The role of extracellular polymeric substances on the sorption of natural organic matter. Water Research, 46, 1052-1060.
  • Sendamangalam, V., Choi, O.K., Seo, Y., Kim, D.-K. (2011) Antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of polyphenols against Streptococcus mutans., Journal of Free Radicals and Antioxidants, 1, 48-55.
  • Sendamangalam, V., Choi, O.K., Kim, D.S., Seo, Y.* (2010) Antibiofouling and enzyme inhibition effects of polyphenols against Streptococcus mutans. Biofouling Journal, 13-19.
  • Wei, Z., Seo, Y. * (2010) Trichloroethylene (TCE) adsorption using sustainable organic mulch. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 181, 147-153.
  • Lee, W.H, Seo, Y., Bishop, P.L.* (2009) Characterization and evaluation of the cobalt-based phosphate microelectrode for use in-vivo environmental analysis. Sensors and Actuators B, Vol. 137, 121-128.
  • Seo, Y., Sorial, G., Bishop, P. L.* (2009) The application of mulch biofilm barriers for surfactant enhanced PAHs bioremediation. Environmental Pollution, Vol 159, 95-101.
  • Seo, Y. and Bishop, P. L.* (2008) The monitoring of biofilm formation and its effect on the performance of biobarrier. Chemosphere, Vol. 70, 480-488.
  • Seo, Y. and Bishop, P.L.* (2007) The influence of nonionic surfactant on attached biofilm formation and phenanthrene bioavailablity during simulated surfactant enhanced bioremediation. Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 41, 7107-7113.
  • Lee, J-H, Seo, Y., Lim, T-S, Bishop, P.L., Papautsky, I.* (2007) MEMS needle-type sensor array for in Situ measurements of dissolved oxygen and oxidation reduction potential. Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 41, 7857-7863.
  • Seo, Y., Jang, A., Bishop, P. L.* (2007) Organic mulch biowall for PAH contaminated groundwater remediation, European journal of soil biology, Vol. 43, 304-309.
  • Lee, J-H, Lim, T-S., Seo, Y., Bishop, P. L., Papautsky, I.* (2007) Needle-type dissolved oxygen microelectrode array for in situ measurements. Sensors and Actuators B, Vol. 128, 179-185.
  • Jang, A., Lee, S.W., Seo, Y., Kim, K.W., Kim, In S., Bishop, P. L.* (2007) Application of Mulch for Treating Metals in Urban Runoff: batch and column test. Water Science and technology, Vol. 55, No.1-2, pp 95-103.
  • Jang, A., Seo, Y., Bishop, P. L.* (2005) The removal of heavy metals in urban runoff by sorption on mulch, Environmental Pollution, Vol.133, No.1, pp 117-127.
  • Cho, J., Ahn, K.H., Seo, Y., Lee, Y.* (2003) Modification of ASM No.1 for a submerged membrane bioreactor system :including the effects of EPS on membrane fouling, Water science and technology, Vol. 47, No. 12, pp177~181.
  • Lee, Y., Cho, J., Seo, Y., Lee, J., Ahn, K.* (2002) Modeling of Submerged Membrane Bioreactor Process for Wastewater Treatment processes., Desalination, Vol.146, pp. 451~457.
  • Seo, Y., Kim, HS*, Shin, HO, Sung, JY (2002) Removal Characteristics of Organics in Landfill Leachate by H2O2/UV/TiO2 System, Journal of Korean Society of Civil Engineers, Vol.22, No.1- B., 346-353.
  • Choi H, Seo, Y., Kim HS*, Im JS (2000) Evaluation of System operated by Feed-and-discontinuous Bleed Mode using tubular type Ultrafiltraion Membrane for Water Treatment, Journal of Korean Society of Environmental Engineers, Vol. 22, No.12, 2187~2195.
  • Shin HO, Seo, Y., Kim HS*, Sung, JY (2000) A Study on treatment of Leachate from Kimpo landfill by H2O2/UV/TiO2 system, Journal of Korean Solids wastes Engineering Society, Vol.17, No.7., 875~882.

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Conference Proceeding Papers

  • Khan, M. Y., Cummins, S., Seo, Y.*, Identification and Correlation of Disinfection By-Product Precursors in Biofilm Matrix, American Water Work Association ACE, Boston, USA, June 2014 (In Review).
  • Cummins, S., Khan, M. Y., Seo, Y.*, Influence of Persistent Biofilm on Chlorinated Disinfection Byproduct Formation and Decay in Water Distribution Systems, American Water Work Association ACE, Boston, USA, June 2014 (In Review).
  • Seo, Y. *, Hessler, C., Chase, D. NSF TUES: Development of Water Distribution System Lab Modules and Kits for Undergraduate Student Education. 120th American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, USA, June, 2013
  • Seo, Y. *, Coburn, K., Interdisciplinary Approach to Address the Dynamics of Water Distribution Systems for Engineering Student Education. 120th American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, Environmental Engineering Division, Atlanta, USA, June, 2013 (2013 Faculty Early Career Award from the Environmental Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education)
  • Wang, Z., Coburn, K., Jennings, C., Seo, Y., Influence of Biofilm on DBP Formation in Simulated Water Distribution System. Water Environmental Federation Disinfection Public Health Conference, Indianapolis, USA, February, 2013
  • Coburn, K., Xue, Z., Seo, Y. *, Influence of Extracellular Polymeric Substance Composition on Bacteria Disinfection By Monochloramine. Water Environmental Federation Disinfection Public Health Conference, Indianapolis, USA, February, 2013
  • Xue, Z., Seo, Y.*, Comparison Study of Biofilm and Detached Biofilm Susceptibility to Chlorine and Monochloramine Disinfection, American Water Work Association WQTC, USA, November 2012
  • Zheng, X., Gruden, C., Seo, Y. *, Efficacy of model disinfectant on biofilm and biofilm detachment, American Water Work Association WQTC, USA, November 2011
  • Hessler, C.M., Wu, M., Seo, Y., Factors affecting microbial resistance to advanced oxidation processes in water-borne bacterial disinfection. Water Environmental Federation Disinfection Conference, Cincinnati, OH, April, 2011
  • Xue, Z., Seo, Y.* Quantitative analysis of biofilm susceptibility against a model disinfectant. Water Environmental Federation Disinfection Conference, Cincinnati, OH, April, 2011
  • Seo, Y., Jang, A., Bishop, P. L., Organic mulch biowall for PAH contaminated groundwater remediation, The third European bioremediation conference, Crete, Greece, July, 2005
  • Jang, A., Lee, S.W., Seo, Y., Kim, K.W., Kim, In S., Bishop, P. L. Application of Mulch for Treating Metals in Urban Runoff: batch and column test, IWA Specialty conference : Wastewater reclamation & reuse for sustainability, Jeju, Korea, November, 2005