Dr Charles Lee Chee Chow

Dr lee has more than 25 years' experience in environmental research, teaching and consulting in North America, and Asia-Pacific countries. His experience encompasses consulting at one of the top environmental consulting firms in the USA, R&D at the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*Star, Singapore), and academic teaching and research at UON. He is the Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (BEnvOHS) program. His research areas include environmental sustainability, environmental waste management, environmental health, and biotechnology solutions to industrial waste treatment.

Qualification:

  • 1987 PhD, Soil Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • 1982 MSc, Soil Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • 1980 BSc. Agricultural Science, Honors (Major: Soil Science. Minor: International Agriculture), University of Guelph, Canada

Specialization:

  • Environmental Remediation of Contaminated sites
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental Health Risk Assessment of Contaminants

Research Areas:

  • Bioremediation of wastes using plants and microbes
  • Remediation of contaminated sites
  • Human health risk assessment of toxic chemicals
  • Ecological toxicity of pollutants to receiving waters
  • Photocatalytic oxidation of industrial wastewater
  • Sustainability of the built environment

Topics Covered:

  • Biological degradation of phenols using bacteria (Pseudomonas)
  • Photocatalytic oxidation of bisphenol A in wastewater using titanium dioxide
  • Treatment of heavy metals in water and soils by hyperaccumulator plants (Sedum alfredii)
  • Remediation of contaminated soils (chlorinated pesticides) utilizing advanced thermal desorption and oxidation technologies
  • Biosensors using bioluminescence and fluorescence technologies
  • Performance of recycled organic and mineral materials as reactive filter materials

Ph.D. Supervision:

2004Zhao Bing. Proteome Analysis of the Gentisate-induced Response in Pseudomonas alcaligenes NCIB 9867.

PhD co-supervisor with ASTAR’s Environmental Technology Institute in conjunction with A/Prof Poh Chit Laa (Department of Microbiology, National University of Singapore, Singapore).

Patent:

2004Lee, CC, KKK Chiang, TM Lim, LTS Tsen. Method and System for the Degradation of Halogenated Compounds. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Ventures Pte Ltd, Singapore. International Application No: PCT/SG2004/000116.

Technical Workshops:

2018Lee, CC and QT Wu. 6 Hour workshop on “Harnessing Hyperaccumulator Plants to Phytoremediate Contaminated Sites” at the Global Cleanup Congress (GCC), Coimbatore, India. 21 October 2018.
2011Lee, CC. Invited technical expert to conduct a two-day technical workshop on “Risk-based Corrective Action (RBCA) and Bioremediation of Contaminated Sites” at the Department of Soil Pollution and Control, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES), Beijing, China.  29-30 November, 2011.