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.



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

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

Santmarti A, Tammelin T, Lee K-Y, 2020, Prevention of interfibril hornification by replacing water in nanocellulose gel with low molecular weight liquid poly(ethylene glycol), Carbohydrate Polymers, Vol:250, ISSN:0144-8617, Pages:1-9

Vilchez V, Dieckmann E, Tammelin T, et al., 2020, Upcycling Poultry Feathers with (Nano)cellulose: Sustainable Composites Derived from Nonwoven Whole Feather Preforms, Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Vol:8, ISSN:2168-0485, Pages:14263-14267

Santmarti A, Liu HW, Herrera N, et al., 2020, Anomalous tensile response of bacterial cellulose nanopaper at intermediate strain rates, Scientific Reports, Vol:10, ISSN:2045-2322

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