Dr. Seo joined the faculty of the Chemical Engineering Department at BYU in November 2017. He has been teaching CH EN 273 (Chemical Engineering Principles, introductory sophomore class regarding mass and energy balance), CH EN 473 (Energy Engineering, fossile fuel and renewable technologies and policies). His research interest lies in Colloids and Surface Science working on Bijels, responsive membranes, and oil-water wetting behavior.
Prior to joining BYU, he did his postdoctoral work with late Prof. Jacob Israelachvili at University of California - Santa Barbara and Prof. William Ducker at Virginia Tech, studying wetting transition, tri-functional engine oil lubrication, enhanced oil recovery, nanobubbles, and many more. He was advised by Prof. William Ducker for his Ph.D. work, for which he extensively used atomic force microscopy to understand the behavior of gas altered by surface properties. He was also advised by Prof. Robert Tilton at Carnegie Mellon University, working on synthesizing anisotropic magnetic nanoparticles with surface plasmonic resonance.