Dongwhan Lee received B.S. and M.S. degrees with honors from Seoul National University, Korea, and was awarded his Ph.D. degree (2001) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the guidance of Professor Stephen J. Lippard. Prior to joining Indiana University in 2003, he was a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Professor Timothy M. Swager at MIT.
Professor Lee's research program is broadly based on synthetic inorganic and organic chemistry of functional molecules and materials, with current focus on long-range mechanical coupling of artificial receptors, self-assembly and photophysics of discotic fluorophores, and conformational dynamics of shape-adaptive chemical architectures for molecular switching and sensing. The common theme threading through the group's on-going research is designing and implementing cooperative mechanical coupling schemes that can amplify local structural distortions of small molecules to "readable" large-scale conformational changes at molecular and supramolecular level.