Dr. Seungyeol (Steven) Lee
Dr. Seungyeol (Steven) Lee obtained his Ph.D. in the Department of Geoscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working as research assistant in NASA Astrobiology Institute program. His graduate studies focused on nanominerals in geological systems (e.g., new mineral observations and short/medium-range ordered nanophases). He has applied multiple/complementary methods integrating synchrotron X-ray diffraction, X-ray/Neutron pair distribution function, High-resolution TEM and Z-contrast images to better understand the nanominerals including crystal structure, interface, surface behaviors, and magnetic properties.
Dr. Lee currently joined the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) division at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) as a postdoctoral fellow. He has a strong interest in applying synchrotron techniques and electron beams to characterize detailed mineralogical and petrological information of meteorites, samples returned from various planetary missions, stardust, and Mars analogs samples. His current research focuses primarily on matrix minerals in carbonaceous chondrites including magnetite, sulfides, carbonates, and phyllosilicates that were thought to have condensed in the solar nebula.