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(1) Nanocomposites for functional applications (2) Aircraft materials manufacturing There is no studentship at the moment, however self-funded students will be considered.


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Dr Dan Sun is currently a lecturer within the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's. Her research interests include:  synthesis / processing of nanocomposites for functional applications, biomaterials and aerospace materials manufacturing.

Dr Sun obtained her B.Eng (Materials Engineering) and MSc (Materials Manufacturingn and Processing) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and her PhD (Mechanical Engineering -Tribology) from University of Southampton. Between 2009 and 2014, Dr Sun worked as a postdoct researcher at the Nanomaterials and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC), University of Ulster. 

 She has established broad academic collaborations nationally and internationally, including Qatar University, University of Cabria, Italy, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Southampton University, Leeds University, Ulster University, Nanjing University, Sichuan University, Tianjin University, Dalian University of Technology and Chongqing University in China.


Research Interests



  • Nanocomposites for functional applications
  • Biomaterials
  • Plasma processing 
  • Aerospace composites manufacturing



  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College
  • Editorial board member: Scientific Reports
  • Peer reviewer: Journal of Composite materials, Biomedical Research International,  Composite A, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine



Mechanics of Materials (MEE1004)

Research Methods & Data Analytics (MSc module)

Materials Selection and Characterisation (MSc Module)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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