Imperial College London

Dr Koon-Yang Lee

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 5150koonyang.lee




Room 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.



Fortea-Verdejo M, Bumbaris E, Burgstaller C, et al., 2017, Plant fibre reinforced polymers: where do we stand in terms of tensile properties?, International Materials Reviews, Vol:62, ISSN:1743-2804, Pages:441-464

Hervy M, Santmarti A, Lahtinen P, et al., 2017, Sample geometry dependency on the measured tensile properties of cellulose nanopapers, Materials & Design, Vol:121, ISSN:0264-1275, Pages:421-429

Kontturi KS, Biegaj K, Mautner A, et al., 2017, Noncovalent Surface Modification of Cellulose Nanopapers by Adsorption of Polymers from Aprotic Solvents, Langmuir, Vol:33, ISSN:0743-7463, Pages:5707-5712

Song W, Barber K, Lee KY, 2017, Heat-induced bubble expansion as a route to increase the porosity of foam-templated bio-based macroporous polymers, Polymer (united Kingdom), Vol:118, ISSN:0032-3861, Pages:97-106

Song Y, Li Y, Song W, et al., 2017, Measurements of the mechanical response of unidirectional 3D-printed PLA, Materials & Design, Vol:123, ISSN:0264-1275, Pages:154-164

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