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Dr Lawrence Yoon Suk Lee
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Dr Lawrence Yoon Suk Lee

Associate Professor

Research Overview

Our research focuses on the development of new nanomaterials and nanocomposites for the applications in clean and renewable energy, including solar cell, water splitting, CO2 reduction, and batteries.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, McGill University

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Associate Member (AMRSC) of Royal Society of Chemistry
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

Research Interests

  • Nanochemistry
  • Photovoltaics
  • Photocatalysis
  • Electrochemistry
  • Batteries


  1. W. Zheng, M. Liu, L. Y. S. Lee*, Best practices in using foam-type electrodes for electrocatalytic performance benchmark, ACS Energy Letters, 2020, 3260-3264.
  2. W. Zheng, J. Lee, Z.-W. Gao, Y. Li, S. Lin, S. P. Lau, L. Y. S. Lee*, Laser-assisted Ultrafast Exfoliation of Black Phosphorus in Liquid with Tunable Thickness for Li-ion Batteries, Advanced Energy Materials, 2020, 10, 1903490.
  3. W. Zheng, M. Liu, L. Y. S. Lee*, Electrochemical Instability of Metal–Organic Frameworks: In Situ Spectroelectrochemical Investigation of the Real Active Sites, ACS Catalysis, 2020, 10, 81-92.
  4. J. Zhu, L. Hu, P. Zhao, L. Y. S. Lee, K.-Y. Wong, Recent Advances in Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution Using Nanoparticles, Chemical Reviews, 2020, 120, 851-918.
  5. L. Wang, C.-S. Tsang, W. Liu, X. Zhang, L. Y. S. Lee*, K.-Y. Wong, Disordered Layers on WO3 Nanoparticles Enable Photochemical Generation of Hydrogen from Water, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2019, 7, 221-227
  6. X. Zhang, W. Hao, C.-S. Tsang, M. Liu, G. S. Hwang, L. Y. S. Lee*, Pseudocubic Phase Tungsten Oxide as a Photocatalyst for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction, ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2019, 2, 8792-8800.
  7. Y. Li, L, Hu, W. Zheng, X. Peng, M. Liu, P. K. Chu, L. Y. S. Lee*, Ni/Co-based Nanosheet Arrays for Efficient Oxygen Evolution Reaction, Nano Energy, 2018, 52, 360-368.
  8. G. Zheng, Z. Bao, J. P. Juste, R. Du, W. Liu, J. Dai, W. Zhang, L. Y. S. Lee*, K.-Y. Wong, Tuning the Morphology and Chiroptical Properties of Discrete Gold Nanorods with Amino Acids, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2018, 57, 16452-16457.
  9. H.-W. Man, C.-S. Tsang, M. Li, J. Mo, B. Huang, L. Y. S. Lee*, Y.-C. Leung, K.-Y. Wong, S. C. E. Tsang, Tailored Transition Metal-doped Nickel Phosphide Nanoparticles for Electrochemical Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER), Chemical Communications, 2018, 54, 8630-8633.
  10. E. Ha, L. Y. S. Lee*, J. Wang, F. Li, K.-Y. Wong, S. C. E. Tsang, Significant Enhancement in Photocatalytic Reduction of Water to Hydrogen by Au/Cu2ZnSnS4 Nanostructure. Advanced Materials, 2014, 26, 3496-3500.
  • Zhang, C.-S. Tsang, and L. Y. S. Lee*, Nanostructured Semiconductors for Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction. Chapter in Handbook of Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites for Energy and Environmental Applications. (Ed. O. V. Kharissova, L. M. T. Martínez, B. I. Kharisov), Springer, 2020, 1-36.
  • Liu, W. Zheng, L. Y. S. Lee*, and K.-Y. Wong, Highly-Efficient Electrocatalytic Water Splitting: Rational Design of Catalyst and Research Progress. Chapter in Handbook of Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites for Energy and Environmental Applications. (Ed. O. V. Kharissova, L. M. T. Martínez, B. I. Kharisov), Springer, 2020, 1-33.
  • L. Y. S. Lee* and K.-Y. Wong, Recent Development in Water Oxidation Catalysts Based on Manganese and Cobalt Complexes. Chapter 13 in Organometallics and Related Molecules for Energy Conversion (Ed. W.-Y. Wong), Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2015, 365-394.

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