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Department of Chemistry David Y. Lee

Assistant Professor

Fulmer 104A
Pullman, WA 99163


DYLee photo

Education and Experience

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Notre Dame (2011 – 2014)


Cornell University (2011)



Prof. Lee’s research program at WSU centers around in-situ ultra-high-vacuum Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) in the investigation of chemical changes that occur when material surfaces interact with light and with gas-phase reactants. Multiple techniques, including molecular beams, pulsed laser stimulation/photolysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, are employed associatively with STM in these projects from the perspective of fundamental experimental physical chemistry. More specifically, we are interested in studying (1) how graphene respond upon the bombardment of reactive gas-phase species, (2) how different metal surface structures facilitate photon-induced alkane surface polymerization and (3) in-situ surface photodissociation of simple organic molecules on various metal oxides.

Selected Publications

A. Jahanbekam, C. Harthcock, and D. Y. Lee
Chem. Commun., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C6CC09580A

C. Harthcock, A. Jahanbekam, J. R. Eskelsen and D. Y. Lee
Rev. Sci. Instrum., 2016, 87, 113102

D. Y. Lee et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 18844

D. Y. Lee et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2013, 4, 4103

D. Y. Lee and S. A. Kandel, J. Chem. Phys., 2013, 139, 161103

D. Y. Lee et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum., 2012, 83, 044101