Dr Huayang Yu

Dr Huayang Yu


I started my undergraduate BSc in Chemistry at The University of Warwick in 2013 and graduated in July 2016. I had a one month internship in Qianhai Green Society Built Systems Shenzhen China during the summer in 2015. My responsibility was to calculate the grams of nitrates that one single needs per day and how many koi can produce that amount of nitrates per day. I also researched and calculated soil or water temperature, air temperature, weight of plants, how much fish food that a fish needs per day, nitrates per day and nitrates for the life of plants.

I started my master MSc in Polymers, Colourants and Fine Chemicals in The University of Leeds in 2016 and graduated in December 2017 with a distinction. During my Masters studies, I found my interest was in the area of polymer chemistry. I got an opportunity to do my PhD under Dr Paul Thornton’s supervision from October 2017 to November 2020.

I started as a research technician in school of design under Prof. Ningtao’s supervision in November 2020.

Research interests

I am interested in bacteria cellulose and natural polymers. I am also interested in reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerisation, controlled ring-opening polymerisation of N-carboxyanhydrides (NCA ROP) and polymer induced self-assembly (PISA) which can be utilised to produce a large range of nanoparticles and can be used in drug delivery in human bodies potentially.

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  • PhD Chemistry
  • M.Sc. Polymers, Colourants and Fine Chemicals
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry

Professional memberships

  • AMRSC Royal Society of Chemistry