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Research Interests


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


  • Design and fabrication of functional materials including hydrogels, low dimentional materials, nanocomposites, hybrid materials, and functional coatings
  • Atmospheric pressure plasma for advanced materials synthesis
  • Processing of polymers/polymer based composites
  • Aircraft materials (alloys, CFRP) manufacturing
  • Surface engineering and tribology
  • Microfluidics & sensors



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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Projects 2012 2018

Research Output 2004 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

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

photothermal conversion
Carbon Nanotubes
Atmospheric pressure
Carbon nanotubes

Cooling Process of Reverse Air Suctioning for Damage Suppression in Drilling CFRP Composites

Fu, R., Jia, Z., Wang, F., Jin, Y., Sun, D., Cheng, D. & Yang, L., 10 Oct 2019, (Accepted) In : Procedia CIRP. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Carbon fiber reinforced plastics
Composite materials

DC atmospheric pressure microplasma for the synthesis of gold nanoparticle/graphene oxide nanocomposites

Sun, D., Tang, M., Zhang, L., Falzon, B., Babu, D., Mariotti, D., Maguire, P., Chen, M. & Sun, D., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Exploring the mechanism behind improved osteointegration of phosphorylated titanium implants with hierarchically structured topography

Jiang, N., Guo, Z., Sun, D., Ay, B., Li, Y., Yang, Y., Tan, P., Zhang, L. & Zhu, S., 01 Dec 2019, In : COLLOIDS AND SURFACES B-BIOINTERFACES. 184, 9 p., 110520.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

bone marrow
1 Citation (Scopus)

Long-term hydrolytically stable bond formation for future membrane-based deep ocean microfluidic chemical sensors

Tweedie, M., Sun, D., Ward, B. & Maguire, P. D., 2019, In : Lab on a Chip. 19, 7, p. 1287-1295 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Chemical sensors
Oceans and Seas
Polymethyl Methacrylate


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



Activities 2014 2020

International Conference on Theoretical Physics and Applied Physics

Dan Sun (Member of scientific committee)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Polymer (Journal)

Dan Sun (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Microplasma synthesized silver nanoparticle/chitosan nanocomposite for antimicrobial applications

Dan Sun (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international 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