Ir. Dr. Lee Chern Leing

School of Engineering
+603 5515 9699
Room 5-5-02

Personal statement

Dr Lee Chern Leing is a lecturer in the School of Engineering (chemical engineering discipline) at Monash University Malaysia. His primary research interest is on the stability and dynamics of colloid particles in aqueous or oil medium.

Academic degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2011
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical), The University of Adelaide, 2006

Professional affiliations

Member of Professional Bodies

  • Board of Engineers Malaysia, Member
  • The Institution of Engineers Malaysia, Member

Member of International Professional Bodies

  • Institution of Chemical Engineers, Charted Member
  • UK Engineering Council, Charted Engineer

Research Interests

  • Surface Modification of Coating
  • Stability study of colloid particles in oil/aqueous medium
  • Dynamic of Colloid particles or Polymer oil/aqueous medium

Research Projects

Title: Understanding the interaction of nanoparticles/amphiphilic polymers in a sprayed coated nanocomposite film and how it changes the film properties of the coating.

Our previous work has demonstrated that, amphiphilic polymers can be used to modify the surface property of a material. In this project our aim is to produce tunable surface properties (wettability and transparency) of a coating by using spray coating technique. This project will look at the interaction of the nanoparticles between amphiphilic polymers and how this interaction affects the properties of nanocomposite coating formed.

Title: The Embedment of Highly Conducting Microcapsules impregnated with Phase Change Materials as a natural thermal regulator in a moving vehicle.

This project aims to utilize the phase change material in order to absorb the heat energy that is conducting through the car roof.  The Microencapsulation of Phase Change Materials (MEPCM) that are installed at the interior part of the car roof will perhaps offer a feasible way to reduce the heat that is transmitting to the car interior via the car roof. The core of the microcapsule will made up of organic phase change materials (PCM), mixture of lauric and capric acid, which melts at approximately 25 °C. The core of the microcapsule will then be encapsulated by an inert and non-toxic shell which is made up of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrix which are enhanced by high thermal conductivity particles like the graphene particles.  The PMMA acts as a supporting material which prevents phase change material from leaking to the surrounding upon melting while graphene particles play the role of enhancing the thermal conductivity of the polymer shell. The idea of the project is to develop a self-controlled latent heat storage system which is suitable to be integrated into the body frame of a moving vehicle.


Units taught

CHE2167 - Process Material Selection

CHE3166 - Process Design


Soltanian, Salman; Lee, Chern Leing; Lam, Su Shiung; , 2020, A review on the role of hierarchical zeolites in the production of transportation fuels through catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass, Biofuel Research Journal, (1217-1234), Volume: 7, 10.18331/BRJ2020.7.3.5

Kong, Sih Ying; See, Ziu Hoe; Lee, Chern Leing; Yang, Xu; Wong, Leong Sing; Goh, Teck Shang; , 2019, Thermal and mechanical properties of mortar incorporated with paraffin/palm oil fuel ash composite, Journal of Building Engineering, Volume: 26, 10.1016/j.jobe.2019.100923

Yek, Peter Nai Yuh; Liew, Rock Keey; Osman, Mohammad Shahril; Lee, Chern Leing; Chuah, Joon Huang; Park, Young Kwon; Lam, Su Shiung (2019) Microwave steam activation, an innovative pyrolysis approach to convert waste palm shell into highly microporous activated carbon, Journal of Environmental Management, (245-253), Volume: 236, Issue Number: 03014797, 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.01.010

Wan Mahari, Wan Adibah; Chong, Cheng Tung; Cheng, Chin Kui; Lee, Chern Leing; Hendrata, Kristian; Yuh Yek, Peter Nai; Ma, Nyuk Ling; Lam, Su Shiung (2018) Production of value-added liquid fuel via microwave co-pyrolysis of used frying oil and plastic waste, Energy, (309-317), Volume: 162, Issue Number: 03605442, 10.1016/

Wan Mahari, Wan Adibah; Zainuddin, Nur Fatihah; Chong, Cheng Tung; Lee, Chern Leing; Lam, Wei Haur; Poh, Seng Chee; Lam, Su Shiung (2017) Conversion of waste shipping oil into diesel-like oil via microwave-assisted pyrolysis, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, (5836-5842), Volume: 5, 10.1016/j.jece.2017.11.005

Lam, Su Shiung; Liew, Rock Keey; Wong, Yee Mun; Yek, Peter Nai Yuh; Ma, Nyuk Ling; Lee, Chern Leing; Chase, Howard A. (2017) Microwave-assisted pyrolysis with chemical activation, an innovative method to convert orange peel into activated carbon with improved properties as dye adsorbent, Journal of Cleaner Production, (1376-1387), Volume: 162, Issue Number: 09596526, 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.131

Lam, Su Shiung; Wan Mahari, Wan Adibah; Jusoh, Ahmad; Chong, Cheng Tung; Lee, Chern Leing; Chase, Howard A. (2017) Pyrolysis using microwave absorbents as reaction bed: An improved approach to transform used frying oil into biofuel product with desirable properties, Journal of Cleaner Production, (263-272), Volume: 147, Issue Number: 09596526, 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.01.085

Lee, Chern Leing; Dowding, Peter J.; Doyle, Allyson R.; Bakker, Katrina M.; Lam, Su Shiung; Rogers, Sarah E.; Routh, Alexander F. (2013) The structures of salicylate surfactants with long alkyl chains in non-aqueous media, Langmuir, (14763-14771), Volume: 29, Issue Number: 07437463, 10.1021/la403486d

Lam, Su Shiung; Russell, Alan D.; Lee, Chern Leing; Lam, Su Ki; Chase, Howard A. (2012) Production of hydrogen and light hydrocarbons as a potential gaseous fuel from microwave-heated pyrolysis of waste automotive engine oil, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, (5011-5021), Volume: 37, Issue Number: 03603199, 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2011.12.016

Lam, Su Shiung; Russell, Alan D.; Lee, Chern Leing; Chase, Howard A. (2012) Microwave-heated pyrolysis of waste automotive engine oil: Influence of operation parameters on the yield, composition, and fuel properties of pyrolysis oil, Fuel, (327-339), Volume: 92, Issue Number: 00162361, 10.1016/j.fuel.2011.07.027


Yek, Peter Nai Yuh; Julaihi, Muhammad Rafiq Mirza; Osman, Mohammad Shahril; Tiong, Tung Chuan; Lee, Wak Ha; Lee, Chern Leing (2018) Submerged Glow-Discharge Plasma: An Economical Approach to Convert Construction Scrap Metal into Nanomaterials, E3S Web of Conferences, Volume: 34, 10.1051/e3sconf/20183401028

Local grant

  • Investigation into the interaction of silica nanoparticles and amphiphilic polymers in a sprayed coated nanocomposite film, Dr. Lee Chern Leing,  Prof. Chan Eng Seng, Prof Lam Su Shiung, Prof Alex Routh, Jan 2019-Dec 2021, Ministry of Higher Education, RM79,727

Current supervision

Kristian Hendrata

A Facile method to fabricate a superhydrophobic and transparent Coating


Monash University Malaysia

Cheng Yin Hui

Highly Conducting Core-Shell Phase change Materials (PCMs) with Cross-Linked Polymer Shell


Monash University Malaysia

Local Award/Recognition/Exhibition/Stewardship

  • Innovation Award - The International Conference and Exposition on Inventions By Institution of Higher Learning (Precipta 17), 2017