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Shan-Hu Lee, PhD

Associate Professor - Environmental Health Sciences

Postdoctoral, NOAA (1999-2001) and MIT (1998-1999);  PhD (Physical Chemistry) U. Tokyo (1994-1997);  MS (Physical Chemistry) U. Tokyo (1992-1994);  BS (Analytical Chemistry), Beijing University of Chemical Technology (1985-1989)

Dr. Shanhu Lee is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at College of Public Health. Dr. Lee joined Kent State in 2005 and served faculty in Chemistry (2005-2011) and College of Public Health (from 2011 to present). Prior to KSU, she was a senior scientist at University of Denver. Dr. Lee's current research focuses on atmospheric aerosol - nucleation and growth through laboratory kinetics studies and field observations. Laboratory studies are primarily on multicomponent nucleation of organic compounds. Her other research areas also include measurements of ammonia and amines in the atmosphere.  

Dr. Lee's research has been supported by NSF and NOAA and she has received $3M federal research grants since 2005.  

For more information on the Lee Group research, please visit .

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Chon, N. L., S.-H. Lee*, and H. Lin*, A theoretical study of temperature dependence of cluster formation from sulfuric acid and ammonia, Chem. Phys. in press.

Yu, H., A. G. Haller, Y. You, A. Sedlacek, S. Springston, V. P. Kanawade, Y.-N. Lee, J. Wang, C. Kuang, R. L. McGraw, I. McCubbin, J. Mikkala, and S.-H. Lee*, Sub-3 nm particles observed at the coastal and continental sites in the United States, J. Geophys. Res., 119, Doi:10.1029/2013JD020841 (2014). 

L.-H. Young*,S.-H. Lee, V. Kanawade, T.-C. Hsiao, Y. L. Lee, B.-F. Huang, Y.-J. Liou, H.-T. Hsu, and P.-J. Tsai, New particle growth and shrinkage observed in subtropical environments, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 547-564 (2013).

S.-H. Lee*, S. Mukherjee, B. Brewer, H. Yu and M. Gangoda, A laboratory experiment to measure Henry's law constants of volatile organic compounds with a bubble column and GC-FID, J. Chem. Edu., Doi: 10.1021/ed200303x (2013).

Kanawade, V. (PD), D. R. Benson (GR), S.-H. Lee*, Statistical analysis of 4-year observations of aerosol sizes in a semi-rural continental environment, Atmos. Environ., 59, 30-38 (2012).

Yu. H. (PD) and S.-H. Lee*, Chemical ionization mass spectrometry for the measurement of atmospheric amines, Environ. Chem., 9, 190-210, Doi:10.1071/EN12020 (2012).

S.-H. Lee* and Allen, H. C.*,Analytical measurements of atmospheric urban aerosol, Anal. Chem., 84, 1196-1201, doi: 10.1021/ac201338x (2012).

Yu, H. (PD), R. McGraw, and S.-H. Lee*, Effects of amines on formation of atmospheric sub-3 nm particles and their subsequent growth, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L02807, doi: 10.1021/2011GL050099 (2012).

Kanawade, V. P. (PD)*, Tom Jobson, B., Guenther, A. B., Erupe, M. E. (PD), Pressely, S. N., Tripathi, S. N., and Lee, S.-H.,Isoprene suppression of new particle formation in a mixed deciduous forest,Atmos. Chem. Phys.,11, 6013-6027 (2011).

Erupe, M. E. (PD), A. A. Viggiano, and S.-H. Lee*,The effect of trimethylamine in atmospheric nucleation involving H2SO4, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 4767-4775 (2011).

David Benson (GR), Jason H. Yu (PD), Andrey Markovich (PD), Shan-Hu Lee*,Ternary homogeneous nucleation of H2SO4, NH3, and H2O under conditions relevant to the lower troposphere, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 4755-4766 (2011)

Erupe, M. E. (PD), D. R. Benson (GR), Jingmin Li (PD), Li-Hao Young (PD), B. Verheggen, M. Al-Refai (GR), O. Tahboub (GR), V. Cunningham (UG), F. Frimpong (UG), A. A. Viggiano and S.-H. Lee*,Correlation of aerosol nucleation rate with sulfuric acid and ammonia in Kent Ohio: An atmospheric observation, J. Geophys. Res.115, D23216, doi:10.1029/2010JD013942 (2010).

D. R. Benson (GR), M. Al-Refai (GR), A. Markovich (PD), and S.-H. Lee*, Chemical ionization mass spectrometry for ambient measurements of ammonia, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 3, 1075–1087 (2010).

Lee, S.-H.*,J. M. Reeves, J. C. Wilson, D. E. Hunton, A. A. Viggiano, T. M. Miller, J. O. Ballenthin, and L. R. Lait, Particle formation by ion nucleation in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, Science 301, 1886-1889 (2003).


Research Areas
  • Atmospheric sciences / air pollution
  • Atmospheric aerosol; nucleation and growth
  • Mass spectrometry instrumentation
  • Water quality
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