Joonhee Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Joonhee Lee headshot

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Surface Physics, Yonsei University, 2006
  • B.S. Yonsei University, 1997


Employment history:

  • Postdoctoral Researcher: University of California, Irvine (2006-2010)
  • Project Scientist: University of California, Irvine (2010-2017)
  • Researcher: University of California, Irvine (2017-2019)

Research Interests

  • Vibrational mapping of single molecules using atomically confined light
  • Molecular force mapping using functionalized tips
  • Time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy using femtosecond laser

Recent awards

CASTL - MKS Instruments/Newport Lifetime Achievement Award


Vibronic Motion with Joint Angstrom-Femtosecond Resolution Observed through Fano Progressions Recorded within One Molecule: Joonhee Lee, Shawn M. Perdue, Alejandro Rodriguez Perez, and Vartkess Ara Apkarian, ACS Nano, 8, 54 (2014). 

Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectromicroscopy of Co(II)-Tetraphenylporphyrin on Au(111): Toward the Chemists' Microscope: Joonhee Lee, Nicholas Tallarida, Xing Chen, Pengchong Liu, Lasse Jensen, and Vartkess Ara Apkarian, ACS Nano, 11, 11466 (2017). 

Microscopy with a Single Molecule Scanning Electrometer: Joonhee Lee, Nicholas Tallarida, Xing Chen, Lasse Jensen, V. Ara Apkarian, Sci. Adv. 4, eaat5472 (2018). 

Visualizing vibrational normal modes of a single molecule with atomically confined light: Joonhee Lee, Kevin T. Crampton, Nicholas Tallarida, V. Ara Apkarian, Nature, 568, 78 (2019).