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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

(1) Plasma assisted synthesis of functional nanomaterials (2) Aircraft materials manufacturing There is no studentship at the moment, however self-funded students will be considered.


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Personal profile

Research Interests


Dan has broad research interests and a wide spectrum of expertise in the following areas:


  • Biomaterials
  • Nanomaterials (nanocomposites, hybrid materials, and functional coatings)
  • Plasma processing 
  • Aircraft materials (alloys, CFRP) manufacturing



Dr Dan Sun is currently a lecturer within the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's. Her research themes include plasma processing, nanotechnology, biomaterials and aerospace manufacturing.

Dr Sun obtained her B.Eng (Materials Engineering) and MSc (Mechanical Engineering) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and her PhD from University of Southampton specializing in Biotribology and corrosion of orthopaedic implants.

Between 2009 and 2014, Dr Sun worked as a postdoct researcher at the Nanomaterials and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC), University of Ulster. Her work during this period covered a wide range of topics including nanoparticle dispersion for enhanced microelectronic devices performance, ocean sensor design/ fabrication and microplasma processing of nanomaterials. 

Dr Sun 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.



  • 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)

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Research Output

A Fast UV-Curable PU-PAAm Hydrogel with Mechanical Flexibility and Self-Adhesion for Wound Healing

Hou, Y., Jiang, N., Sun, D., Wang, Y., Chen, X., Zhu, S. & Zhang, L., 29 Jan 2020, In : RSC Advances. 10, 9, p. 4907-4915

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 16 Downloads (Pure)

    Atmospheric pressure microplasma for antibacterial silver nanoparticle/chitosan nanocomposites with tailored properties

    Sun, D., Turner, J., Jiang, N., Zhu, S., Zhang, L., Falzon, B., McCoy, C., Maguire, P., Mariotti, D. & Sun, D., 20 Jan 2020, In : Composites Science and Technology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Modelling and experimental validation on drilling delamination of aramid fiber reinforced plastic composites

    Liu, S., Tao, Y., Liu, C., Jin, Y., Sun, D. & Shen, Y., 10 Jan 2020, In : Composite Structures.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Multifunctional load-bearing hybrid hydrogel with combined drug release and photothermal conversion functions

    Jiang, Y., Yang, Y., Zheng, X., Yi, Y., Chen, X., Li, Y., Sun, D. & Zhang, L., 21 Feb 2020, In : NPG Asia Materials.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 8 Downloads (Pure)

    Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Synthesized Gold Nanoparticle/Carbon Nanotube Hybrids for Photo-thermal Conversion

    Sun, D., McLaughlan, J. R., Zhang, L., Falzon, B., Mariotti, D., Maguire, P. & Sun, D., 02 Apr 2019, In : Langmuir. 35, 13, p. 4577-4588 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)


    Dataset for Microplasma assisted synthesis of gold nanoparticle/graphene oxide nanocomposites and their potential application in SERS sensing

    Tang, M. (Creator), Zhang, L. (Creator), Falzon, B. (Creator), Padmanaban, D. B. (Creator), Mariotti, D. (Creator), Maguire, P. (Creator), Xu, H. (Creator), Chen, M. (Creator), Queen's University Belfast, 04 Jul 2019



    Thermoresponsive nanocomposites incorporating microplasma synthesized magnetic nanoparticles - synthesis and potential applications

    Nolan, H. (Creator), Sun, D. (Creator), Falzon, B. (Creator), Maguire, P. (Creator), Mariotti, D. (Creator), Sun, D. (Creator), Queen's University Belfast, 2019



    Dataset for Nanoscale Hybrid Coating Enables Multifunctional Tissue Scaffold for Potential Multimodal Therapeutic Applications

    Guo, Z. (Creator), Jiang, N. (Creator), Moore, J. (Creator), McCoy, C. (Creator), Ziminska, M. (Creator), Rafferty, C. (Creator), Sarri, G. (Creator), Hamilton, A. (Creator), Li, Y. (Creator), Zhang, L. (Creator), Zhu, S. (Creator), Sun, D. (Creator), Queen's University Belfast, 2019




    11th International Conference on Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (ICMMT 2020)

    Dan Sun (Member of scientific committee)
    2020 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    International Conference on Theoretical Physics and Applied Physics

    Dan Sun (Member of scientific committee)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Xingfeng Cao

    Dan Sun (Host)

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    4th International Conference on Advanced Materials Research and Manufacturing (AMRMT)

    Dan Sun (Member of scientific committee)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Nanomaterials for healthcare technology

    Dan Sun (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar