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.



Mautner A, Nawawi WMFW, Lee KY, 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

Nawawi WMFW, Lee K-Y, Kontturi E, et al., 2020, Surface properties of chitin-glucan nanopapers from Agaricus bisporus, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, Vol:148, ISSN:0141-8130, Pages:677-687

Sulley GS, Gregory GL, Chen TTD, et al., 2020, Switchable Catalysis Improves the Properties of CO2-Derived Polymers: Poly(cyclohexene carbonate-b-epsilon-decalactone-b-cyclohexene carbonate) Adhesives, Elastomers, and Toughened Plastics, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:142, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:4367-4378

Santmarti A, Zhang H, Lappalainen T, et al., 2020, Cellulose nanocomposites reinforced with bacterial cellulose sheets prepared from pristine and disintegrated pellicle, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:130, ISSN:1359-835X, Pages:1-9

Nawawi WMFBW, Jones M, Murphy RJ, et al., 2020, Nanomaterials derived from fungal sources-is It the new hype?, Biomacromolecules, Vol:21, ISSN:1525-7797, Pages:30-55

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