Patrick C. Lee


Assistant 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 C. Lee 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, where Dr. Lee was a Research Associate of Prof. Chris Macosko. 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, leading multiple cross-functional global project teams. 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 has 38 research journal papers, 71 refereed conference papers, 2 book chapters, and 13 filed or issued patent applications in the field of polymer foam processing and characterization, and processing-structure-property relationships of nano-composites. 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 National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Development Award (CAREER) in 2018, the PPS Morand Lambla award in 2018, the Hanwha Advanced Materials Non-Tenured Faculty Award in 2017, 3 “best paper” awards from the Society of Plastics Engineer (2005, 2 in 2011), 1 “best poster” award from the International Polymer Processing Society in 2015.

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