Imperial College London

Dr Koon-Yang Lee

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Senior Lecturer



+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.



Narducci F, Lee KY, Pinho ST, 2018, Realising damage-tolerant nacre-inspired CFRP, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:116, ISSN:0022-5096, Pages:391-402

Narducci F, Lee K-Y, Pinho ST, 2018, Interface micro-texturing for interlaminar toughness tailoring: a film-casting technique, Composites Science and Technology, Vol:156, ISSN:0266-3538, Pages:203-214

Mautner A, Mayer F, Hervy M, et al., 2018, Better together: synergy in nanocellulose blends, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A-mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol:376, ISSN:1364-503X

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


Lee K-Y, 2018, Nanocellulose and Sustainability: Production, Properties, Applications, and Case Studies, CRC Press/Taylor Francis, ISBN:9781498761031

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