Dr Charles Lee Chee Chow

Dr. Lee obtained his BSc from the University of Guelph, Canada, and his MSc and PhD from the University of Hawaii, USA. He 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), and academic teaching and research at UON. He is active in teaching and managing 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 science
  • environmental remediation
  • health, environmental sustainability

Research Areas:

  • bioremediation of wastes using plants and microbes
  • remediation of contaminated sites
  • human health risk assessment of contaminants
  • sustainability of the built environment
  • photocatalytic oxidation of organic industrial wastewater

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