Professor of Chemical Engineering
School of Chemical Engineering
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100
In Area (1), we recently developed a concept (named “pH phoresis”) that can be used for improving drug delivery to tumor cells (Journal of Controlled Release 170, 396, 2013). The therapeutic potential of this approach is under assessment. Research in this area has also developed a photo-degradable polymer gene delivery system. This photo-triggered carrier dissociation method helps unveil a role of electrostatics in controlling the nuclear gene transcription process (Biomaterials 35, 1040, 2014). In 2007, our laboratory published a review article on this topic in Journal of Controlled Release (Journal of Controlled Release 121, 64, 2007), which has been cited 229 times as of 6/16/2014. Since 2013, I have been appointed as a Foreign Fellow with the Global RNAi Carrier Initiative Program at the Biomedical Research Institute of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). I have also been recognized by appointment as a Faculty Fellow for the Bindley Research Fellows & Scholars Initiative Program of Purdue University from 2012 to 2013.
Our work regarding (2) spans both experimental and theoretical domains. Through development of new experimental model systems, we observed a nano-structuring phenomenon of polyelectrolytes, termed “osmotic instability” (Macromolecules 41, 8960, 2008; Langmuir 26, 2021, 2010), which might have important implications for technological applications of charged polymers; the exact origin of this phenomenon is still unclear. On the theoretical side, we derived a self-consistent field (SCF) formalism capable of predicting, in full molecular detail, the local ionization equilibrium in polyelectrolyte molecules (Journal of Physical Chemistry B 113, 11076, 2009).
Inspired by the knowledge gained through study in Area (3), we are currently exploring the possibility of utilizing a fully synthetic material (such as polymers) as a cheaper replacement for costly lipid-based formulations for treatment of respiratory distress syndrome (Langmuir 28, 11555, 2012). A full grant has recently been awarded for this project by the NSF’s CBET Division.
Regarding (4), we developed a method of assembling colloids that might enable economical fabrication of colloid crystals for optical technologies (Soft Matter 4, 1261, 2008); this work has received press coverage in various news publications such as Science Daily, Materials Today, Chemical Engineering Progress, Optics & Photonics News, etc.
For a full list of our journal/book chapter/patent publications, see:
- Hyun Chang (Kyle) Kim
- Seong Eun Kim
- Jaewon Lee
- Jawahar Khetan (Professional Master's Program)
- Dr. Sung Duk Jo (KIST)
- Dr. Rahul Misra (Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow)
- Prof. Sung Ho Yeom (Visiting Scholar - Gangneung-Wonju National University)
- Scott R. Clark (Biochemistry)
- Sarah Greenwell (High School Student Researcher - West Lafayette High School)
- Anyue Jiang
- Jingyi Pan
Awards and Honors
"Nano Carriers That Enable Co-Delivery of Chemotherapy and RNAi Agents for Treatment of Drug-Resistant Cancers," V. Tsouris, M. K. Joo, S. H. Kim, I. C. Kwon, Y.-Y. Won, Biotechnology Advances accepted, 2014 (DOI: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2014.05.006).
"Macroscopic Lateral Heterogeneity Observed in a Laterally-Mobile Immiscible Mixed Polyelectrolyte/Neutral Polymer Brush," H. Lee, V. Tsouris, Y. Lim, R. Mustafa, J. Choi, Y. H. Choi, H.-W. Park, M. Meron, B. Lin, Y.-Y. Won, Soft Matter 10, 3771-3782, 2014 (DOI: 10.1039/C4SM00022F).
"A Photo-Degradable Gene Delivery System for Enhanced Nuclear Gene Transcription," H. Lee, Y. Kim, P. G. Schweickert, S. F. Konieczny, Y.-Y. Won, Biomaterials, 35(3), 1040-1049, 2014 (DOI:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2013.10.030).
""pH Phoresis": A New Concept That Can Be Used for Improving Drug Delivery to Cancer Cells," Y.-Y. Won, H. Lee, Journal of Controlled Release 170(3), 396-400, 2013 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2013.06.016). See "Nanoparticles, 'pH phoresis' could improve cancer drug delivery" in Purdue News (July 8, 2013).
"The Effect of N/P Ratio on the In Vitro and In Vivo Interaction Properties of PEGylated Poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate)-Based siRNA Complexes," D. J. Gary, J. Min, Y. Kim, K. Park, Y.-Y. Won, Macromolecular Bioscience, 13(8), 1059-1071, 2013 (DOI: 10.1002/mabi.201300046).
Last updated on June 16, 2014.