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.


  • 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


  • 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).


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.