Biography

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Yimin Chao obtained his PhD in Nanosciences from Newcastle University in 2004 with a thesis titled Electronic and optical properties of nanostructured materials. He held postdoctoral research fellowship at the Wolfson Chemical Nanosciences Centre at Newcastle between 2004 and 2007 on Nanoscale sensors for genomic and proteomic analysis inside the living cell. He joined UEA in 2007.

Yimin Chao’s research interest is in investigating nanostructured systems, from the basic physical and chemical mechanisms of synthesis, through their optical and electronic properties to energy conversion and biomedical applications. Current research themes include functionalization and characterization of Si quantum dots (Si-QDs); biomedical applications of QDs in targeted and monitored drug delivery; and applications in thermoelectric modules. His research is carried out both at his laboratories at the University of East Anglia and in central facilities in Europe. These include Diamond Light Source (DLS) in the UK, Max-lab in Sweden and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France. 

Research opportunities

I always welcome enquiries from potential PhD students. I would be particularly keen to recruit someone to work on semiconductor nanoparticles, but will seriously consider applicants wanting to work on one of my other areas of interest. 

Selected Publications

Wenyu Zhao, Zhiyuan Liu, Ping Wei, Qingjie Zhang, Wanting Zhu, Xianli Su, Xinfeng Tang, Jihui Yang, Yong Liu, Jing Shi, Yimin Chao, Siqi Lin, and Yanzhong Pei.
Magnetoelectric interaction and transport behaviors in magnetic nanocomposite thermoelectric materials under the intrinsic excitation
Nature Nanotechnology, 2017, 12, 55-60.
DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.182

Ting Wang, Hangang Li, Shaojun Shi, Ting Liu, Gang Yang, Yimin Chao, and Fan Yin.

2D Film of Carbon Nanofibers Elastically Astricted MnO microparticles: A Flexible Binder-Free Anode for Highly Reversible Lithium Ion Storage. 
Small, 2017
DOI: 10.1002/smll.201604182

Jayshree H. Ahire, Qi Wang, Paul R. Coxon, Girish Malhotra, Rik Brydson, Rongjun Chen, and Yimin Chao.
Highly Luminescent and Nontoxic Amine-Capped Nanoparticles from Porous Silicon: Synthesis and Their Use in Biomedical Imaging.
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2012, 4, 3285-3292
DOI: 10.1021/am300642m


Qi Wang, Yongping Bao, Xiaohong Zhang, Paul R. Coxon, Upali A. Jayasooriya, and Yimin Chao.
Uptake and toxicity of poly-acrylic acid functionalized silicon nanoparticles in cultured mammalian cells
Advanced Healthcare Materials. 2012, 1. 189-198
DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201100010

Naif H. Alsharif, Christine E. Berger, Satya S. Varanasi, Yimin Chao, Benjamin R. Horrocks, and Harish K. Dattai.
Alkyl-Capped Nanocrystals Lack Cytotoxicity and Have Enhanced Intracellular Accumulation in Malignant Cells via Cholesterol-Dependent Endocytosis
Small, 2009, 5, 221,
DOI: 10.1002/smll.200800903

Yimin Chao, Lidija iller, Satheesh Krishnamurthy, Paul R. Coxon, Ursel Bangert, Mhairi Gass, Lisbeth Kjeldgaard, Samson N. Patole, Lars H. Lie, Norah O'Farrell, Thomas A. Alsop, Andrew Houlton & Benjamin R. Horrocks.
Evaporation and deposition of alkyl-capped silicon nanocrystals in ultrahigh vacuum
Nature Nanotechnology. 2007, 2, 486.
DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2007.224

 

Career History

  • 2004-07 Research Associate, Newcastle University
  • 2007-12 RCUK Academic Fellow in Nanosciences, University of East Anglia
  • 2012-13 Lecturer in Nanosciences, University of East Anglia
  • 2013- Senior Lecturer in Nanosciences, University of East Anglia

All Publications

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Zhao, W., Liu, Z., Wei, P., Zhang, Q., Zhu, W., Su, X., Tang, X., Yang, J., Liu, Y., Shi, J., Chao, Y., Lin, S., Pei, Y.

(2017)

Magnetoelectric interaction and transport behaviours in magnetic nanocomposite thermoelectric materials,

in Nature Nanotechnology

12

pp. 55-60

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Bian, T., Peck, J. N., Cottrell, S. P., Jayasooriya, U. A., Chao, Y.

(2017)

Hybrid silicon nanostructures with conductive ligands and their microscopic conductivities,

in Journal of Electronic Materials

46

(5)

pp. 3221–3226

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Cui, J., Liu, X., Du, Z., Chao, Y.

(2017)

Enhanced thermoelectric performance via the solid solution formation: The case of pseudobinary alloy (Cu2Te)(Ga2Te3)3 upon Sb substitution for Cu,

in Materials and Design

115

pp. 325-331

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Lu, Y., Chen, S., Wu, W., Du, Z., Chao, Y., Cui, J.

(2017)

Enhanced thermoelectric performance of a chalcopyrite compound CuIn3Se5-xTex (x=0~0.5) through crystal structure engineering,

in Scientific Reports

7

article no. 40224

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Wang, Z., Wang, S., Jiao, S., Weng, W., Cheng, K., Qian, B., Yu, H., Chao, Y.

(2017)

A hierarchical porous microstructure for improving long-term stability of Ni1-xCux/SDC anode-supported IT-SOFCs fueled with dry methane,

in Journal of Alloys and Compounds

702

pp. 186–192

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Wang, T., Li, H., Shi, S., Liu, T., Yang, G., Chao, Y., Yin, F.

(2017)

2D film of carbon nanofibers elastically astricted MnO microparticles: A flexible binder-free anode for highly reversible lithium ion storage,

in Small

13

(20)

article no. 1604182

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Wang, Q., Chao, Y.

(2017)

Multifunctional quantum dots and liposome complexes in drug delivery,

in Journal of Biomedical Research

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Li, Q., Huang, Z., Guan, P., Su, R., Cao, Q., Chao, Y., Shen, W., Guo, J., Xu, H., Che, R.

(2017)

Simultaneous Ni Doping at Atom Scale in Ceria and Assembling into Well-Defined Lotuslike Structure for Enhanced Catalytic Performance,

in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

9

(19)

pp. 16243-16251

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He, T., Lin, N., Du, Z., Chao, Y., Cui, J.

(2017)

The role of excess Sn in Cu4Sn7S16 for modification of the band structure and a reduction in lattice thermal conductivity,

in Journal of Materials Chemistry C

5

(17)

pp. 4206-4213

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Lu, Z., Liu, Y., Lu, X., Wang, H., Yang, G., Chao, Y., Li, W., Yin, F.

(2017)

An active core-shell nanoscale design for high voltage cathode of lithium storage devices,

in Journal of Power Sources

360

pp. 409-418

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Wang, Q., Alshaker, H., Böhler, T., Srivats, S., Chao, Y., Cooper, C., Pchejetski, D.

(2017)

Core shell lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticles with combined docetaxel and molecular targeted therapy for the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer,

in Scientific Reports

7

article no. 5901

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Alshaker, H., Wang, Q., Srivats, S., Chao, Y., Cooper, C., Pchejetski, D.

(2017)

New FTY720-docetaxel nanoparticle therapy overcomes FTY720-induced lymphopenia and inhibits metastatic breast tumour growth,

in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

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Cui, J., Peng, H., Song, Z., Du, Z., Chao, Y., Chen, G.

(2017)

Significantly Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance of γ-In2Se3 through Lithiation via Chemical Diffusion,

in Chemistry of Materials

29

(17)

pp. 7467–7474

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Yang, Y., Ying, P., Wang, J., Liu, X., Du, Z., Chao, Y., Cui, J.

(2017)

Enhancing thermoelectric performance of Cu3SnS4-based solid solutions through coordination of the Seebeck coefficient and carrier concentration,

in Journal of Materials Chemistry A

5

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pp. 18808-18815

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Ashby, S. P., Bian, T., Guélou, G., Powell, A. V., Chao, Y.

(2016)

Ligand doping on the hybrid thermoelectric materials based on terthiophene-capped silicon nanoparticles,

in Journal of Electronic Materials

45

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pp. 1260-1265

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Zheng, G., Zhang, W., Shen, R., Ye, J., Qin, Z., Chao, Y.

(2016)

Three-dimensionally Ordered Macroporous Structure Enabled Nanothermite Membrane of Mn2O3/Al,

in Scientific Reports

6

article no. 22588

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Behray, M., Webster, C. A., Pereira, S., Ghosh, P., Krishnamurthy, S., Al-Jamal, W. T., Chao, Y.

(2016)

Synthesis of diagnostic silicon nanoparticles for targeted delivery of thiourea to epidermal growth factor receptor-expressing cancer cells,

in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

8

(14)

pp. 8908–8917

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Huang, Z., Pan, Y., Guo, J., Chao, Y., Shen, W., Wang, C., Xu, H.

(2016)

Electron-withdrawing ability tunable polyphosphazene frameworks as novel heterogeneous catalysts for efficient biomass upgrading,

in RSC Advances

6

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pp. 48694-48698

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Li, T., Li, J., Zhang, Q., Blazeby, E., Shang, C., Xu, H., Zhang, X., Chao, Y.

(2016)

Hydrogen-terminated mesoporous silicon monoliths with huge surface area as alternative Si-based visible light-active photocatalysts,

in RSC Advances

75

pp. 71092-71099

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Yu, C., Zhang, W., Shen, R., Xu, X., Cheng, J., Ye, J., Qin, Z., Chao, Y.

(2016)

3D ordered macroporous NiO/Al nanothermite film with significantly improved higher heat output, lower ignition temperature and less gas production,

in Materials and Design

110

pp. 304–310

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Key Research Interests

We have developed both top down and bottom up routes to generate silicon nanoparticles in the past decade. The research in the group has been naturally emerged into two competitive arenas: energy materials and nanomedicine. In particular, cross linked with conductive ligands, functionalized silicon nanoparticles possess the potential to become the next generation of thermoelectric materials, and energy storage materials. In other hand, functionalized with carbohydrates, and co-encapsulated with anti-cancer drugs, silicon nanoparticles should play important roles in targeted and monitored drug delivery.

Current research interests include the following themes:

  • developing functionalization methods further for silicon nanoparticles and exploring the applications in nanomedicine;
  • cross linked silicon nanoparticles for thermoelectrics: materials generating and processing;
  • 3D ordered silicon micro-channel structures for catalysts in biomass conversion;
  • Nanoparticles as a scaffold for light harvesting molecules and catalysts in aqueous media
  • Nanostructured silicon as anodes in batteries

Research Group Membership

Photo of Yimin with his students
Current group members

  • Dr Qi Wang, PDRA
  • Miss Ting Li, 3rd year PhD
  • Mr Tiezheng Bian, 3rd year PhD
  • Mr Ashley Marsh, 1st year PhD

Former group members

  • Dr Paul Coxon, PDRA, June 2010 - June 2012
  • Dr Ke Wang, PDRA, May 2009 - May 2010
  • Dr Qi Wang, PhD, October 2008 - September 2012
  • Dr Jayshree Ahire, PhD, October 2010 - July 2014
  • Dr Shane Ashby, PhD, July 2011 - July 2015
  • Dr Mehrnaz Behray, January 2013 - July 2016
  • Miss Ruoxi Liu, MSc by research, January 2012 - February 2014
  • Mr Guodong Yu, MSc by research, January 2010 - May 2012
  • Mr Jason Thomas, 3rd year Nat Sci student, 2012; MSc by research 2012 - 2014
  • Mr Fred Huld, MSc by research April 2013 - 2015
  • Miss Chun Li, Nuffield Foundation science scheme, 2009
  • Mr Finlay Reid, Nuffield Foundation science scheme, 2011
  • Miss Jenna Howlett, 3rd year BSc Chem student, 2010
  • Mr Ashley Senior, 3rd year BSc Chem student, 2011
  • Miss Steph Gooby, 3rd year BSc Chem student, 2012
  • Miss Tasha Newby, 3rd year BSc Chem student, 2013
  • Miss Naduni Paranagama, 4th year MChem student, 2014
  • Miss Jalpa Patel, 4th year MChem student, 2014
  • Mr Andreas Koulovasilopoulos, 4th year MChem student, 2015
  • Mr Oliver Small, 3rd year BSc student, 2015
  • Mr Pete Finn, 4th year MChem student, 2015
  • Mr Anton Avakia, 4th year MNat student, 2016
  • Miss Emma Blazeby, 4th year MChem student, 2016
  • Miss Xanthia George, 3rd year BSc student, 2017
  • Mr Kitson Lee, 3rd year BSc student, 2017,
  • Miss Karis So, 3rd year BSc student, 2017

Academic visitors:

  • Prof Yinghua Ye, Nanjing University of Science & Technology, July- August 2014
  • Dr Zhen Huang, Fudan University, July-September 2014
  • Prof Hualong Xu, Fudan University, June - September 2013
  • Prof Wenchao Zhang, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, April 2012 - April 2013
  • Mr Xiuzhong Yuan, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, February - June 2009
  • Prof Hongjun Ni, Nantong University, May - September 2008 

Teaching Interests

I teach Chemistry and Physics in the following modules:

CHE-4801 Topics in Physics 

CHE-4001 Chemistry laboratory

CHE-5201Y Physical Chemistry

CHE-5250Y Quantum theory and symmetry

CHE-6003Y Advanced Laboratory

CHE-7201Y Advanced Topics in Physcial and Nanochemistry

CHE-6350Y Energy Materials

CHE-M40Y Year long research project

SCI7RD6Y Nano-scale synthesis and characterisation

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • EPSRC Peer Review College member 2013 -
  • Fellow of RSC 2016 -
  • Treasurer, Chemical Nanoscience and Technology group, RSC 2016 - 
  • IOP member 1999 -
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy 2011 - 
  • Science Board member, EPSRC Energy SuperStore Hub 2016 - 
  • Solar Fuels Network member 2013 -
  • EPSRC Thermoelectric Network member 2013 - 
  • PhD thesis examiner, Newcastle University 2014, 2015
  • PhD thesis examiner, Imperial College London 2017

Enterprise and Engagement activities

Industry CASE study with European Thermodynamics Ltd - 01 July 2011 to 31 December 2014

Administrative Posts

  • Associate Director, Energy Materials Laboratory
  • Wolfson Materials & Catalyst Centre member
  • UEA China Strategy Board member
  • Examinations Board member