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.


Compact and robust deep learning architecture for fluorescence lifetime imaging and FPGA implementation
Zang Zhenya, Xiao Dong, Wang Quan, Jiao Ziao, Chen Yu, Li David Day Uei
Methods and Applications in Fluorescence Vol 11 (2023)
Investigation on guanidinium bromide incorporation in methylammonium lead iodide for enhanced efficiency and stability of perovskite solar cells
Gandhi Mano Balaji, Valluvar Oli Arivazhagan, Nicholson Stefan, Adelt Milan, Martin Robert, Chen Yu, Sridharan Moorthy Babu, Ivaturi Aruna
Solar Energy Vol 253, pp. 1-8 (2023)
PAIM (πM) : portable AI-enhanced fluorescence microscope for real-time target detection
Jiao Ziao, Zang Zhenya, Wang Quan, Chen Yu, Xiao Dong, Li David Day Uei
Optics and Laser Technology Vol 163 (2023)
Photothermal effects of gold nanorods in aqueous solution and gel media : influence of particle size and excitation wavelength
Mbalaha Zendesha S, Birch David J S, Chen Yu
IET Nanobiotechnology (2022)
Near-ultraviolet 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)

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Professional activities

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

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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
Efficient optical spectroscopy techniques for biosensing
Li, David (Principal Investigator) Chen, Xi (Researcher) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Doveiko, Daniel
Chen, Yu (Principal Investigator) Rolinski, Olaf (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Doveiko, Daniel (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Doveiko, Daniel
Chen, Yu (Principal Investigator) 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 - 31-Jan-2023
A new tool for rapid RNA detection in single cells_pathfinder
Chen, Yu (Principal Investigator)
08-Jan-2019 - 07-Jan-2019

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