Dr Yu Chen



Personal statement

Dr. Yu Chen received her PhD from Birmingham University in nanoscale physics in 2000 and subsequently was appointed to a lectureship in molecular nanometrology at Strathclyde University in 2007 funded by an EPSRC Science and Innovation Award. She is a fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, a member of the European Microscopy Society, the Institute of Physics, the American Chemical Society, and the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network. She serves as an expert panel member for the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, a referee for top international journals, an invited speaker and a committee member for a number of international conferences and workshops.

Dr Chen’s main research activities lie in the creation and characterization of nanoscale structures for their unique physical and chemical properties, utilizing both optical and electron microscopy and spectroscopy. Her recent research in Photophysics Group focuses on surface plasmon enhanced effect, including two-photon luminescence, energy transfer and SERRS from noble metal nanoparticles, arrays and porous media, with strong links to biomedical imaging and sensing, as well as nanoparticle-cell interaction and cytotoxicity. Other work includes 3D visualization of nanoparticles, stability of Au nanoparticles, and creating nanostructures using chemical lithography and direct writing.


Near-UV indoor black light harvesting perovskite solar cells
Valluvar Oli Arivazhagan, Li Zinuo, Chen Yu, Ivaturi Aruna
ACS Applied Energy Materials (2022)
Simple and robust deep learning approach for fast fluorescence lifetime imaging
Wang Quan, Li Yahui, Xiao Dong, Zang Zhenya, Jiao Zi'ao, Chen Yu, Li David Day Uei
Sensors Vol 22 (2022)
Plasmon-driven methanol oxidation on PtAg nanoalloys prepared by improved pulsed laser deposition
Wang Junpeng, Guo Longfei, Pan Bowei, Jin Tao, Li Zhen, Tang Quan, Andreazza Pascal, Chen Yu, An Liang, Chen Fuyi
Faraday Discussions (2022)
Hardware inspired neural network for efficient time-resolved biomedical imaging
Zang Zhenya, Xiao Dong, Wang Quan, Jiao Ziao, Li Zinuo, Chen Yu, Li David Day-Uei
2022 44th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC) 44th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'22) Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual International Conference, pp. 1883-1886 (2022)
Indoor light harvesting lead-free 2-aminothiazolium bismuth iodide solar cells
Arivazhagan V, Gun Fraser, Reddy R Kiran Kumar, Li Tianyue, Adelt Milan, Robertson Neil, Chen Yu, Ivaturi Aruna
Sustainable Energy and Fuels Vol 6, pp. 3179-3186 (2022)
Fast analysis of time‐domain fluorescence lifetime imaging via extreme learning machine
Zang Zhenya, Xiao Dong, Wang Quan, LI Zinuo, Xie Wujun, Chen Yu, Li David Day Uei
Sensors Vol 22 (2022)

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Professional activities

5th international conference on bioinformatics and miomedical engineering
Invited editor for a book to the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Book Series published by the Royal Society of Chemistry
Guest editor
Invited speaker
Expert in Round Table Group, Washington, DC, USA
International Communication Association Annual Conference 2014
Invited speaker
European Cooperation in Science and Technology (External organisation)

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Lysozyme encapsulated gold nanoclusters – a new therapeutic agent for Alzheimer’s disease
Jiang, Hui-Rong (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Sakata, Shuzo (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Doveiko, Daniel
Rolinski, Olaf (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Doveiko, Daniel (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
SPRINT: A SuPer-Resolution time-resolved ImagiNg and specTroscopy facility for rapid biomolecular analysis
Li, David (Principal Investigator) Chamberlain, Luke (Co-investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Cunningham, Margaret Rose (Co-investigator) Gould, Gwyn (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) McConnell, Gail (Co-investigator) Rattray, Zahra (Co-investigator) Van de Linde, Sebastian (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 28-Jan-2023
A new tool for rapid RNA detection in single cells_pathfinder
Chen, Yu (Principal Investigator)
08-Jan-2019 - 07-Jan-2019
Smart flow cytometry for cancer diagnosis using silicon single-photon sensors and nanoprobes
Li, David (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Research Co-investigator) Xiao, Dong (Researcher)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Adelt, Milan
Chen, Yu (Principal Investigator) Birch, David (Co-investigator) Adelt, Milan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021

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