Gyu Leem | Chemistry | SUNY-ESF
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Gyu LeemAssistant Professor

Gyu Leem

217 Jahn Lab
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-4920 | 315-470-6853


id pictureGyu Leem, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Polymer and Environmental Chemistry
Office: 217 Jahn Laboratory
Phone: (315) 470-4920




Ph. D. University of Houston, 2008

B.S. Hanyang University, 2002

Professional Experience

2018 – present: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, SUNY ESF

2016 – 2018: Assistant Professor of Research, University of Texas at San Antonio
2012 – 2016: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Florida
2009 – 2012: Principal Scientist, LG Chem
2008 – 2009: Postdoctoral Fellow, Polytechnic University of Milan
2003 – 2008: Research Assistant, University of Houston

Professional Affiliation

2020 – present: Editorial board member, ACS Applied Nano Materials

2020 – present: Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Sogang University, Seoul, Korea

2019 – present: Topic editor, Catalysis and Photocatalysis Section, Frontiers in Chemistry


  • FCH 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • FCH 552 Polymer Science: Properties and Technology
  • FCH 496 Special Problems in Chemistry
  • FCH 498 Introduction to Research
  • FCH 796 Special Topics in Chemistry - Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • FCH 798 Research in Chemistry 


Recent Publications


Wang, Y; Meng, X.; Jeong, K.; Li, S.; Leem, G.; Kim, K. H.; Ragauskas, A. J.; Yoo, C. G.  A Closed-Loop Biorefinery using Lignin-Based Deep Eutectic Solvents for Efficient Conversion of Woody Biomass. 2020, submitted.

2019- Published (SUNY ESF)

Li, Z.-J.; Li, S.; Davis, A.; Hofman, E.; Leem, G.; Zheng, W. Enhanced Singlet Oxygen Generation by Hybrid Mn-Doped Nanocomposites for the Selective Photo-Oxidation of Benzylic Alcohols.​ Nano Res. 2020, Accepted. (IF = 8.515)

Li, Z.-J.; Li, S.; Hofman, E.; Davis, A. H.; Leem, G.; Zheng, W. Visible-Light Induced Disproportionation of Pyrrole Derivatives for Photocatalyst-Free Aryl Halides Reduction. Green Chem. 2020,22, 1911-1918. (IF = 9.405)

Li, S.; Li, Z.-J.; Yu, H.; Sytu, R. M.; Wang, Y.; Beeri, D.; Zheng, W.; Sherman, B. D.; Yoo, C. G.; Leem, G. Solar-Driven Lignin Oxidation via Hydrogen Atom Transfer with a Dye-Sensitized TiO2 Photoanode. ACS Energy Lett.2020, 5, 777-784. DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.9b02391  (IF = 16.331)

Asgari, P.; Hua, Y.; Bokka, A.; Thiamsiri, C.; Prasitwatcharakorn, W.; Kaderath, A.; Chen, X.; Sardar, S.; Yum, K. ; Leem, G.; Pierce, B. S.; Nam, K.; Gao, J.; Jeon, J. Catalytic Hydrogen Atom Transfer from Hydrosilanes to Vinylarenes by Alkali Metal Lewis Base Catalyst for Hydrosilylation and Polymerization. Nature Catalysis 2019, 2, 164-173. DOI: 10.1038/s41929-018-0217-z

2014-2018 Published

Wang, J.; Price, R. S.; Leem, G.; Jiang, J.; Abboud, K. A.; Schanze, K. S. Interaction of a Poly(phenylene vinylene) with an Organometallic Lewis Acid Additive. Fundamentals and Application in Polymer Solar Cells. Chem. Mater. 2018, 30, 5968-5977.

Eom, Y. K.; Nhon, L.;  Leem, G.; Sherman, B. D.; Wang, D.; Troian-Gautier, L.;  Kim, S.;  Kim, J.; Meyer, T. J.; Reynolds, J. R. ; Schanze, K. S. Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Water Oxidation by a π‑Conjugated Donor−Acceptor−Donor Chromophore/Catalyst
Assembly. ACS Energy Lett., 2018, 3, 2114–2119.

Leem, G.; Black, H. T.; Shan, B.; Bantang, J. P. O.; Meyer, T. J.; Reynolds, J. R.; Schanze, K. S.  Photocathode Assembly via Layer-By-Layer Deposition of a Low Band-Gap Isoindigo Polyelectrolyte with a Proton Reduction Catalyst. ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2018, 1, 62-67.

Leem, G.*; Sherman, B. D.; Schanze, K. S.* Polymer-Based Chromophore-Catalyst Assemblies for Solar Energy Conversion. Nano Convergence 2017, 4, 37. (Invited submission for the review paper).

Jiang, J.; Sherman, B. D.; Zhao, Y.; He, R.; Ghiviriga, I.; Alibabaei, L.; Meyer, T. J.; Leem, G.*; Schanze, K. S.* Polymer Chromophore-Catalyst Assembly for Solar Fuel Generation. ACS Appl. Mater. & Interfaces 2017, 9, 19529.

 Leem, G.; Sherman, B. D.; Burnett, A. J.; Morseth, Z. A.; Wee, K. R.; Papanikolas, J. M.; Meyer, T. J.; Schanze, K. S. Light-Driven Water Oxidation Using Polyelectrolyte Layer-by-Layer Chromophore–Catalyst Assemblies. ACS Energy Lett. 2016, 1, 339.

Leem, G.; Morseth, Z. A.; Wee, K. R.; Junlin, J.; Papanikolas, J. M.; Schanze, K. S. Polymer-based Ruthenium(II) Polypryridyl Chromophores on TiO2 for Solar Energy Conversion. Chem. Asian J. 2016, 11, 1257-1267. (Invited submission for the Energy Conversion and Storage Special Issue).

Leem, G.; Jiang, J.; Chen, Z.; Pho, T.; Hu, Z.; Keinan, S.; Puodziukynaite, E.; Kanai, Y.; Reynolds, J. R.; Papanikolas, J. M.; Schanze, K. S. Ru(bpy)32+ Derivatized Polystyrenes Constructed by Nitroxide-Mediated Living Radical Polymerization. Relationship between Polymer Chain Length, Structure and Photophysical Properties. Polym. Chem. 2015, 6. 8184.

Pan, Z.; Leem, G.; Cekli, S.; Schanze, K. S. Polymer Aggregation and Its Effect on Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Efficiency. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7, 16601.

Morseth, Z. A.; Wang, L.; Puodziukynaite, E.; Leem, G.; Gilligan, A. T.; Meyer, T. J.; Schanze, K. S.; Reynolds, J. R.; Papanikolas, J. M. Ultrafast Dynamics in Multifunctional Ru(II)-Loaded Polymers for Solar Energy Conversion. Acc. Chem. Res. 2015, 48, 818.

Leem, G.; Morseth, Z.; Puodziukynaite, E.; Papanikolas, J. M.; Reynolds, J. R.; Schanze, K. S. Light-Harvesting and Charge Separation in a p-Conjugated Antenna Polymer Bound to TiO2. J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 28535.