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Dr Yu Chen

Senior Lecturer


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 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.


A surface plasmon enhanced FLIM-FRET imaging approach based on Au nanoparticles
Zhang Yinan, Chen Yu, Yu Jun, Birch David JS
Medical Devices and Diagnostic Engineering Vol 2, pp. 78-82, (2017)
Lysozyme encapsulated gold nanoclusters : effects of cluster synthesis on natural protein characteristics
Russell Ben Allan, Jachimska Barbara, Komorek Paulina, Mulheran Paul, Chen Yu
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, pp. 1-8, (2017)
Towards unsupervised fluorescence lifetime imaging using low dimensional variable projection
Zhang Yongliang, Cuyt Annie, Lee Wen-shin, Lo Bianco Giovanni, Wu Gang, Chen Yu, Li David Day-Uei
AMB Express Vol 24, pp. 26777-26791, (2016)
Human serum albumin encapsulated gold nanoclusters : effects of cluster synthesis on natural protein characteristics
Russell B. A., Jachimska B., Kralka I., Mulheran P. A., Chen Y.
Journal of Materials Chemistry B, (2016)
Hairpin DNA functionalized gold nanorods for mRNA detection in homogenous solution
Wei Guoke, Yu Jun, Wang Jinliang, Gu Peng, Birch David J.S., Chen Yu
Journal of Biomedical Optics Vol 21, (2016)
Probing the sudlow binding site with warfarin : how does gold nanocluster growth alter human serum albumin?
Russell B. A., Mulheran P. A., Birch D. J. S., Chen Y.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics Vol 18, pp. 22874-22878, (2016)

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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
International Communication Association Annual Conference 2014
Invited speaker
Expert in Round Table Group, Washington, DC, USA
European Cooperation in Science and Technology (External organisation)

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Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Adelt, Milan
Chen, Yu (Principal Investigator) Birch, David (Co-investigator) Adelt, Milan (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging (Quantic) / R140296-202
Birch, David (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Li, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Sep-2019
UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging (Quantic) / R140296-106
Birch, David (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Li, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Sep-2019
New Application of a DNA-nanorod Platform for Vaccine Development
Yu, Jun (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Roberts, Craig (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2017 - 30-Apr-2018
EPSRC Science and Innovation Nanometrology for Molecular Science, Medicine and Manufacture | Yip, Philip
Birch, David (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Yip, Philip (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 08-Apr-2016
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant | Campbell, Scott
Ackemann, Thorsten (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Campbell, Scott (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2007 - 01-Dec-2011

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