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PhD projects

Potential PhD research topics: 1. Smart and multifunctional polymer nanocomposites; 2. Sustainable polymers and polymer nanocomposites; 3. Biomimetic materials for soft tissue reconstruction; 4. Biodegradable polymers or multifunctional nanomaterials for drug delivery; 5. Smart elastomer nanocomposites for stretchable devices. Candidates who are interested in other types of polymers, nanocomposites, biomaterials or energy materials are also welcome to make enquiries. One fully funded PhD scholarship currently available for a UK candidate.


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Personal profile

Research Interests

Biqiong Chen is a Professor of Polymer Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). She obtained her PhD from Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to joining QUB in 2017, she held academic posts at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Sheffield. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). 

Biqiong’s research interests are mainly focussed on polymer nanocomposites, aiming to gain a sound scientific understanding of their formation and reinforcement/toughening mechanisms, whilst also creating advanced polymer nanocomposites with controllable morphologies and properties for a variety of applications including healthcare, energy and general engineering.  To achieve these aims, her research takes a holistic approach, encompassing synthesis, functionalisation, processing, characterisation and application of polymers, nanoparticles and polymer nanocomposites.  Her current research activities cover the following topics:

  • Polymer-clay nanocomposites

  • Polymer-graphene nanocomposites

  • Polymer-cellulose nanocomposites

  • Stimuli-responsive polymer nanocomposites

  • Strong and tough polymer nanocomposite hydrogels

  • Biomimetic elastomers and elastomer nanocomposites for soft tissue engineering

  • Novel elastomer nanocomposites for stretchable electronics

  • Sustainable polymers and polymer nanocomposites

  • Multifunctional nanoparticles for various biomedical applications

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Research Output

  • 84 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Other chapter contribution

Microstructure and antibacterial efficacy of graphene oxide nanocomposite fibres

Matharu, R. K., Tabish, T. A., Trakoolwilaiwan, T., Mansfield, J., Moger, J., Wu, T., Lourenço, C., Chen, B., Ciric, L., Parkin, I. P. & Edirisinghe, M., 10 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 571, p. 239-252 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The effect of porous structure on the cell proliferation, tissue ingrowth and angiogenic properties of poly(glycerol sebacate urethane) scaffolds

    Samourides, A., Browning, L., Hearnden, V. & Chen, B., Mar 2020, In : Materials Science and Engineering C. 108, 10 p., 110384.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Preparation of poly(glycerol sebacate) fibers for tissue engineering applications

    Gultekinoglu, M., Öztürk, Ş., Chen, B., Edirisinghe, M. & Ulubayram, K., 01 Dec 2019, In : European Polymer Journal. 121, 9 p., 109297.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Superparamagnetic Graphene Quantum Dot as a Dual-Modality Contrast Agent for Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy and Magnetomotive OCT

    Li, W., Song, W., Chen, B. & Matcher, S. J., Feb 2019, In : Journal of Biophotonics. 12, 11 p., e201800219.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A self-healing, adaptive and conductive polymer composite ink for 3D printing of gas sensors

    Wu, T., Gray, E. & Chen, B., 21 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 6, p. 6200-6207 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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