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Jae W. Lee



Grove School of Engineering


Chemical Engineering


Steinman Hall T-311

p: (212) 650-6688

f: (212) 650-6660


  • Profile

    Professor Lee is currently on leave.  He is working at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

    2000-2001, Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow 1992-1997, Research Engineer in S-Oil Refining Company



  • Education

    Ph.D., 2000, Carnegie Mellon University
    M.S., 1992, Seoul National University
    B.S., 1990, Seoul National University
  • Courses Taught

    Reactive Separation and Gas Hydrate Separation/Storage.

  • Research Interests

    Continuous Reactive Separation The main advantage of reactive separation is the miniaturization of complex process units by combining reaction and separation simultaneously. To obtain desired reaction conversions as well as product purities in one piece of equipment, it is very important to understand the interaction between reaction and separation. The previous research was focusing on the understanding of how to superimpose chemical reaction on physical separation by visualizing reactive separation systems in the untransformed composition space. Now we are aiming at developing a general shortcut method in order to predict reasonable reaction holdups and energy demands in a reactive separation column. From the shortcut results, we can obtain design insight into the optimal distribution of reaction zones in a column and evaluate the feasibility of reactive systems. This shortcut method can screen many design alternatives at the early stage of design and its results can be served as the initializations for rigorous optimizations. Gas Hydrate Separation and Storage Gas hydrates are crystalline compounds that consist of water and light hydrocarbon gases. It has the general formula of (H2O)nGas, where n is the hydration number. In a hydrate structure, gas molecules are captured in crystalline structures referred to as cavities. The size of a unit cavity for gas hydrates is between 5 to 6.6 Å. One gas molecule is surrounded by n water molecules associated with hydrogen bonding between water molecules and van der Waals bonding between gas and water molecules. Since Hammerschmidt discovered that gas hydrates were responsible for the plugging of natural gas process and transportation lines, the research interest in gas hydrate has been focused on preventing their formation in gas transportation lines. Recently, the gas industry has paid more attention to gas hydrate formation because the hydrates can be used as a good gas storage medium – one unit volume of gas hydrate can store over one hundred unit volumes of gas at the standard state. The gas hydrate formation is thermodynamically feasible but its rate is very slow. Using nano-materials, the rate is significantly accelerated. We focus on developing a new kinetics on gas hydrate formation under nano-materials and deriving gas separation/storage systems using gas hydrates.


  • Publications

    • J. Zhang, C. Lo, P. Somasundaran, and J. W. Lee, "Competitive adsorption between SDS and bicarbonates on THF hydrates using pyrene fluorescence," Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 341 (2), 286–288 (2010).
    • J. Zhang, C. Lo, A Couzis, P. Somasundaran, J. Wu, and J. W. Lee, "Adsorption Isotherms of hydrate kinetic inhibitors on clathrate hydrates", in press, J. Physical Chemistry C, J. Phys. Chem. C, vol 113 (40), 17418–17420 (2009).
    • P. Yedlapalli, S. Lee, and J. W. Lee, "Stable occupancy of hydrogen molecules in hydrogen clathrate hydrates," in press, Journal of Thermodynamics (Oct, 2009).
    • J. W. Lee, J. Zhang, A. S. Zimmermann, and A. Lucia, "DataNet: An Emerging Cyber-infrastructure for Sharing, Re-Using and Preserving Digital Data for Scientific Discovery and Learning," AIChE J., vol.55 (11), 2757-2764 (2009).
    • C. Y. Jones, J. Zhang, and J. W. Lee, "H/D Isotope Effect on Melting Behaviors of Water and THF Mixtures under Hydrate-Forming Temperatures," in press, J. Thermodynamics (Sep, 2009).
    • K. Jatkar, J. W. Lee, and S. Lee, "Determination of Reference Chemical Potential Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations, " accepted to J. Thermodynamics (Jan, 2010).
    • J. Zhang and J. W. Lee, "Enhanced Kinetics of CO2 Hydrate Formation under Static Conditions", Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., vol. 48 (13), 5934-5942 (2009) (DOI: 10.1021/ie801170u, web publish: Dec, 2008).
    • J. Zhang and J. W. Lee, "Inhibition Effect of Surfactants on CO2 Enclathration with Cyclopentane in an Unstirred Batch Reactor", Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. vol. 48 (10), 4703–4709 (2009).
    • J. Zhang and J. W. Lee, "Supercooling Point of Ice and Clathrate Hydrates with Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate", Energy & Fuels, 23(6), 3045-3047 (2009)
    • J. Zhang, P. Yedlapalli, and J. W. Lee, "Thermodynamic Analysis of Hydrate-based Pre-combustion Capture of CO2", Chem. Eng. Sci. vol. 64 (22), 4732-4736 (2009).
    • C. Lo, J. Zhang, P. Somasundaran, S. Lu, A Couzis, and J. W. Lee, "Adsorption of Surfactants on Two Different Hydrates", Langmuir, 24, 12723–12726 (2008).
    • J. Zhang, C. Lo, P. Somasundaran, A. Couzis, and J. W. Lee, "Adsorption of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate at THF Hydrate/Liquid Interface", J. Phys. Chem. C, 112, 12381–12385 (2008).
    • J. Zhang and J. W. Lee, "Equilibrium of Cyclopentane + CO2 and Cyclopentane + H2 Hydrates, J. Chem. Eng. Data, 54, 659-661 (2009).
    • J. Chin and J. W. Lee, "Estimation of Still Trajectory for the Feasibility Evaluation of Batch Reactive Distillation Systems", Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 47(11), 3930-3936 (2008).
    • J. Zhang, S. Lee and J. W. Lee, "Solubility of CO2, N2 and CO2 + N2 Gas Mixtures in Isooctane", J. Chem. Eng. Data, 53, 1321–1324 (2008).
    • J. Zhang, S. Lee and J. W. Lee, "Reply to Comments by J.-N. Jaubert and S. Vitu on J. Chem. Eng. Data 2008, 53, 1321-1324", J. Chem. Eng. Data, 53, 2002 (2008).
    • J. Zhang, S. Lee, and J. W. Lee, "Does SDS Form Micelles at Methane Hydrate-Forming Conditions?", J. Inter. Col. Sci. , 315, 313-318 (2007).
    • J. Zhang, S. Lee, and J. W. Lee, "Kinetics of Methane Hydrate Formation from SDS Solution", Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 46, 6353-6359 (2007).
    • J. Zhang, S. Lee, and J. W. Lee, "Solubility of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate under Meta-stable Regions of Gas Hydrates", J. Chem. Eng. Data 52, 2480-2483 (2007).
    • S. Lee, J. Zhang, R. Mehta, T. Woo, and J. W. Lee, "Methane Hydrate Equilibrium and Formation Kinetics in the Presence of an Anionic Surfactant", J. Phys. Chem. C, 111, 4734 (2007).


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