Imperial College London

Dr Koon-Yang Lee

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Professor in Polymer Engineering



+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.



Wloch D, Herrera N, Lee KY, 2023, Optically transparent laminated acrylic composites reinforced with mercerised bacterial cellulose nanopaper, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:172, ISSN:1359-835X

Mohammed A, Gaduan A, Chaitram P, et al., 2023, Sargassum inspired, optimized calcium alginate bioplastic composites for food packaging, Food Hydrocolloids, Vol:135, ISSN:0268-005X, Pages:1-12

Gaduan AN, Li J, Hill G, et al., 2023, Simulating the recycling of milk bottles in the UK: Influence of blending virgin and repeatedly melt-extruded high-density polyethylene, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Vol:189, ISSN:0921-3449, Pages:1-8

Caro-Astorga J, Lee K, Ellis T, 2022, Increasing bacterial cellulose compression resilience with glycerol or PEG400 as a route to more robust engineered living materials, Carbohydrate Polymer Technologies and Applications, Vol:4, ISSN:2666-8939, Pages:1-6

von Goetze R, Aljaber A, Lee K-Y, et al., 2022, Towards degradable polyethylene: end-functionalised polyethylene (PE-X) and PE-I/LDPE blends from iron-catalysed chain growth of ZnEt2 with ethylene, Polymer Chemistry, Vol:13, ISSN:1759-9954, Pages:6377-6385

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