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.


Sudlow site II of human serum albumin remains functional after gold nanocluster encapsulation : a fluorescence-based drug binding study of L-Dopa
Russell Ben A, Garton Ashley, Alshammari Abeer Saeed, Birch David J S, Chen Yu
Methods and Applications in Fluorescence Vol 6 (2018)
Plasmon-promoted electrochemical oxygen evolution catalysis from gold decorated MnO2 nanosheets under green light
Xu Jing, Gu Peng, Birch David J S, Chen Yu
Advanced Functional Materials (2018)
Formation of microcapsules by ultrasound stimulation for use in remote-controlled drug-eluting stents
Yao Wei, BAO Yan, Chen Yu
Medical Engineering and Physics Vol 56, pp. 42-47 (2018)
Comparative analysis of the toxicity of gold nanoparticles in zebrafish
Patibandla Srinath, Zhang Yinan, Tohari Ali Mohammad, Gu Peng, Reilly James, Chen Yu, Shu Xinhua
Journal of Applied Toxicology (2018)
Polyallylamine hydrochloride coating enhances the fluorescence emission of human serum albumin encapsulated gold nanoclusters
Russell Ben Allan, Jachimska Barbara, Chen Yu
Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology Vol 187, pp. 131-135 (2018)
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)

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

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A new tool for rapid RNA detection in single cells_pathfinder
Chen, Yu (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-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
New Application of a DNA-nanorod Platform for Vaccine Development
Yu, Jun (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Roberts, Craig (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018
Impact Acceleration Account - University of Strathclyde 2017 / R170483-129
Chen, Yu (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2020
Nanoprobes for melanin and melanoma (support for CDT in Medical Imaging)
Birch, David (Principal Investigator) Chen, Yu (Co-investigator) Sutter, Jens (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2018

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