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.



Herrera N, Li J, Lee K-Y, 2022, <p>Tough poly(ethylene glycol)-sized bacterial cellulose sheet for high impact strength laminated acrylic composites & nbsp;</p>, Composites Part A-applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol:156, ISSN:1359-835X

Gaduan A, Singkronart K, Bell C, et al., 2022, Mechanical upcycling immiscible polyethylene terephthalate-polypropylene blends with carbon fibre reinforcement, Acs Applied Polymer Materials, ISSN:2637-6105

Eichhorn SJ, Etale A, Wang J, et al., 2022, Current international research into cellulose as a functional nanomaterial for advanced applications, Journal of Materials Science, Vol:57, ISSN:0022-2461, Pages:5697-5767

Goosens V, Walker K, aragon S, et al., 2021, Komagataeibacter tool kit (KTK): a modular cloning system for multigene constructs and programmed protein secretion from cellulose producing bacteria, Acs Synthetic Biology, Vol:10, ISSN:2161-5063, Pages:3422-3434

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, Vol:3, ISSN:2673-2718, Pages:1-12

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