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 one month internship in Qianhai Green Society Built Systems Shenzhen China during summer holiday 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. Also I researched and calculated soil or water temperature, air temperature, weight of plant, how much fish food that a fish needs per day, nitrates per day and nitrates for life of plant.

I started my master MSc in Polymers, Colourants and Fine Chemicals in The University of Leeds in 2016 and graduated in December 2017 with 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