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.



Kondor A, Santmarti A, Mautner A, et al., 2021, On the BET surface area of nanocellulose determined using volumetric, gravimetric and chromatographic adsorption methods, Frontiers in Chemical Engineering, ISSN:2673-2718

Caro-Astorga J, Walker KT, Herrera N, et al., 2021, Bacterial cellulose spheroids as building blocks for 3D and patterned living materials and for regeneration., Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-9

Yang Y, Wloch D, Lee K-Y, 2021, TEMPO-oxidised nanocellulose hydrogels and self-standing films derived from bacterial cellulose nanopaper, Rsc Advances: an International Journal to Further the Chemical Sciences, ISSN:2046-2069

Kontturi KS, Lee K-Y, Jones MP, et al., 2021, Influence of biological origin on the tensile properties of cellulose nanopapers, Cellulose, Vol:28, ISSN:0969-0239, Pages:6619-6628

Gaduan AN, Solhi L, Kontturi E, et al., 2021, From micro to nano: polypropylene composites reinforced with TEMPO-oxidised cellulose of different fibre widths, Cellulose, Vol:28, ISSN:0969-0239, Pages:2947-2963

More Publications