Imperial College London

Dr Koon-Yang Lee

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Reader in Polymeric Materials



+44 (0)20 7594 5150koonyang.lee




325City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





My research focuses on the development and manufacturing of novel polymeric materials with a focus on tailoring the interface between two (or more) phases to bridge the gap between chemistry, materials science and engineering, with particular emphasis on:

(i) Cellulose and nanocellulose engineering
(ii) Design and fabrication of renewable polymer composites and cellulose nanocomposites
(iii) Surface and interface engineering to improve performance of high performance polymer (nano)composites
(iv) Life-cycle assessment of composite materials
(v) Particle-stabilised emulsions and foams
(vi) Novel manufacturing techniques for polymer foams
(vii) Reuse, recycle and up-cycle waste materials

You can find out more about my research by visiting my group's website.



Santmarti A, Tammelin T, Lee KY, 2020, Prevention of interfibril hornification by replacing water in nanocellulose gel with low molecular weight liquid poly(ethylene glycol), Carbohydrate Polymers, Vol:250, ISSN:0144-8617

Song W, Magid A, Li D, et al., 2020, Application of recycled carbon-fibre-reinforced polymers as reinforcement for epoxy foams., J Environ Manage, Vol:269

Santmarti A, Liu HW, Herrera N, et al., Anomalous tensile response of bacterial cellulose nanopaper at intermediate strain rates, Scientific Reports, ISSN:2045-2322

Gregory GL, Sulley GS, Carrodeguas LP, et al., 2020, Triblock polyester thermoplastic elastomers with semi-aromatic polymer end blocks by ring-opening copolymerization, Chemical Science, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-6520, Pages:6567-6581

Mautner A, Nawawi WMFW, Lee K-Y, et al., 2020, High porosity cellulose nanopapers as reinforcement in multi-layer epoxy laminates, Composites Part A-applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:131, ISSN:1359-835X

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