Ann Arbor, Michigan
38 at time of award
Area of Focus
Published July 1, 1993

About Stephen's Work

Stephen Lee is a chemist whose research combines theoretical and experimental approaches to solid-state chemistry and electronic structure theory.

Lee works at the juncture of several fields—molecular chemistry, solid-state chemistry, and physics.  He and his colleagues devote their research efforts to both the preparation of novel classes of materials and the prediction of materials properties.  For example, one of his main interests is in understanding why crystal structures come out the way they do. His research group has combined three ideas to connect molecular structure to crystal structure in the design of organic porous solids: the simplicity of highly symmetric and rigid organic molecules, the use of directional but reversible coordination bonds between molecules, and an understanding of inorganic packing principles.


Lee is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University.  He served previously as an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan (1993-1999).  He has published numerous articles in such journals as Inorganic Chemistry, Crystal Growth and Design, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Lee received a B.A. (1978) from Yale University and a Ph.D. (1985) from the University of Chicago.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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