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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Hyunmin Yi

Associate Professor

Hyunmin Yi

Associate Professor

Phone 617-627-2195
Science and Technology Center, Room 147
4 Colby Street, Medford, MA
nanobiofabrication, smart biopolymers, BioMEMS, material science

Hyunmin Yi is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts University. He received his B.S. degree in chemical technology and M.S. in biochemical engineering from Seoul National University in Korea, and his Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in chemical engineering from University of Maryland at College Park. Yi’s main research interests are in understanding and harnessing the selective and programmable properties of biological materials and interactions for facile fabrication of functional materials toward catalytic and biosensing applications. He has published over 50 research articles in respected peer-reviewed journals such as Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Langmuir, Biomacromolecules, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, and Chemistry of Materials, in the broad technical areas of biochemical engineering, nanobiotechnology, and biofabrication. His extensive service activities for the community include participation in numerous U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposal review panels, serving as reviewer for over 70 journals, giving over forty invited talks, acting as organizer or chair for workshops at U.S. National Laboratories, and organizing sessions at American Chemical Society (ACS) and American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) national meetings and U.S. Korea Conferences (UKC). Yi is the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering's undergraduate curriculum chair.

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2003
M.S., Seoul National University, 1998
B.S., Seoul National University, 1996
Professional Experience: 

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2012-present: Associate Professor
  • 2006-2012: Assistant Professor

Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland, College Park

Research Interests: 

Hyunmin Yi's general research interests are in understanding and exploiting selective and programmable properties of biological materials and interactions for the controlled fabrication of functional materials at micro and nano scales (nanobiofabrication) such as multifunctional biosensors, biophotonic devices, and precious metal nanocatalysts, for biomedical, environmental, and biotechnology applications.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2018: James M. Lee Memorial Award, KIChE US Chapter
  • 2013: KIChE President's Young Investigator Award
  • 2008: Mellon Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship
  • 2008: Best Professor Award, Tufts Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Service Memberships: 
Editor, Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering
Member, Editorial Board, Biochemical Engineering Journal
President, Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE) U.S. Chapter
Councilor, Technical Group G (Chemical and Textile Engineering), Korean Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA)
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
ChBE-23: Rate Controlled Separations in Chemical and Biological Engineering
ChBE-45: Chemical and Biological Separations
ChBE-161: Protein Purification
ChBE-168: Biotechnology Process Projects Laboratory
ChBE-193: Current Topics in Nanobiotechnology
ES10: Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

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