Patrick C. Lee


Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Tel: 416-946-5407
Office: MC311
Research Group: Multifunctional Composites Manufacturing Laboratory (MCML)

Research Areas


Research Interests

Multiphase nano-structured lightweight and smart hybrid polymer foam materials; Micro-/nano-layer coextrusion foam manufacturing; fundamental understanding of foaming phenomena; computational modelling of foaming; super high R value foams; conductive foams; sound insulation foams.


Dr. Patrick Lee, PhD, PEng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE) at the University of Toronto. He received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and then obtained his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2001 and 2006, respectively.  Then he pursued Postdoctoral study in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Lee began his professional career at The Dow Chemical Company in 2008.  He was a Research Scientist and Project Leader in Dow’s Research and Development organization. Dr. Lee joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Vermont as an assistant professor in 2014. Since joining UVM, he created his own research platform on the lightweight and smart composite structures.  He joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at The University of Toronto starting July 1st, 2018.

Dr. Lee’s research areas focus on polymer foam processing and characterization, and processing-structure-property relationships of nano-composites.  He has 61 journal papers, over 100 refereed conference abstracts/papers, 2 book chapters, and 20 filed/issued patent applications. He is the PI or co-PI on domestically and internationally awarded grants from various government agencies and industries. Among his honors, Dr. Lee received the G.H. Duggan Medal from Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) in 2020, the AKCSE Early Achievement Award in 2019, the US National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Development Award (NSF CAREER) in 2018, the Polymer Processing Society (PPS) Morand Lambla award in 2018, the Hanwha Advanced Materials Non-Tenured Faculty Award in 2017, and 3 best paper awards from the Society of Plastics Engineer (2005, 2 in 2011).

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