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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. 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, energy storage 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 lithiun-ion batteries and 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) and ISIS muon source in the UK, PSI in Switzerland, 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


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