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Dr Tung Chun Lee
Christopher Ingold Building
20 Gordon Street
  • Lecturer
  • Institute for Materials Discovery
  • MAPS Faculty Office
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Tung Chun Lee is an early-career academic (h-index: 18, total citation: 1400+). He received his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Hong Kong in 2005 and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2012. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems from 2011 to 2014. In 2014 he joined University College London as a Lecturer and started his independent academic career. His research interests include exotic nanoparticles, nanofabrication, nanochemistry, active matter and supramolecular chemistry.

He has 30 publications in high-impact journals, featuring Nat. Chem., Nat. Mater., Nat. Commun., Nano Lett., ACS Nano and Angew. Chem. Other academic achievements include 2 patents (1 licensed by industry), 1 book chapter and 4 journal covers. He is a regular reviewer of journals such as Nat. Commun., Small and Nanoscale.

Research Summary

My interdisciplinary research group focuses on the (1) design and discovery, (2) fabrication, synthesis and self-assembly and (3) characterisation of exotic nanomaterials and nanodevices for potential applications in photonics, catalysis, sensing, biomedicines, nanomachines and nanotechnology. We are motivated and equipped to tackle challenges in a broad realm ranging from fundamental science to real-life applications. Ongoing research topics include self-assembly (molecules, polymers and nanoparticles), surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, nanomotors and metamaterials.

My research interest includes (but not limited to):
Design and fabrication of programmable hybrid nanostructures by physical and/or chemical methods.
Smart nanocolloids that can automatically assemble, recognise, adapt, and sort.
Active nanomachines, e.g. swimmers, actuators and motors.
Switchable metamaterials, e.g. chiral nanoparticles, for optical, sensing, catalysis, security and energy applications.
Functional molecular systems, e.g. host-guest complexes, molecular containers and molecular switches.
In situ characterisation techniques, e.g. dynamic light scattering, dark field optical microscopy and liquid-cell transmission electron microscopy.

*Informal inquiries are welcome.

Teaching Summary

  • TMSAMSSING01 MSc Advanced Materials Science (Programme Developer and Tutor)
  • INMDG001 Materials Design, Selection and Discovery (Module Designer, Tutor and Lecturer)
  • INMDG002 Advanced Materials Characterisation (Lecturer)
  • INMDG004 Research Methodology (Module Designer and Lecturer)

Academic Background
2016 FHEA Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – Academic studies in Higher Education Higher Education Academy
2012 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Chemistry University of Cambridge
2005 BSc Bachelor of Science – Chemistry The University of Hong Kong
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