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Adam Lee

Professor of Sustainable Chemistry, Griffith University

Relocated to Australia from UK in 2018. Experienced Full Professor of Sustainable Chemistry at Griffith University with a demonstrated track record of research, teaching, and leadership within the higher education sector. Skilled in Catalysis, Sustainable Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Spectroscopy, and Renewable Energy. BA and PhD from the University of Cambridge. Co-direct the internationally leading Surfaces, Materials and Catalysis Group with Prof Karen Wilson.

Our research into sustainable catalytic processes and biorefinery technologies is underpinned by a suite of high pressure autoclaves and multi-position batch reactors for catalyst testing, in-situ spectroscopic and crystallographic techniques for catalyst characterisation (XPS, high pressure XRD, DRIFT, DRUV cells and ATR liquid flow cell), and adsorption techniques (porosimeters, pulse chemisorption) for surface area, porosity and active site analysis of porous catalysts. In addition the laboratory has a continuous catalytic flow reactor for vapour/gas phase reactions equipped with online GC and MS analysis, as well as several off line GC and HPLC instruments for monitoring catalytic reactions, large scale (5L) batch reactors and a suite of furnaces for catalyst synthesis.


  • 2018–present
    Professor of Sustainable Chemistry, RMIT University
  • 2014–2017
    Professor of Sustainable Chemistry, Aston University
  • 2013–2014
    Professor of Sustainable Chemical Synthesis, University of Warwick and Monash University
  • 2009–2013
    Professor of Physical Chemistry, Cardiff University
  • 2003–2009
    Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, University of York
  • 1997–2003
    Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, University of Hull
  • 1996–1997
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge


  • 1995 
    University of Cambridge, PhD
  • 1992 
    University of Cambridge, BA (Hons) Natural Sciences


Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry; Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute; Associate Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers