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Research Statement

Dr Yikai Xu is currently an independent Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. He obtained his BSc degree in Applied Chemistry at East China University of Science and Technology and completed his PhD research at QUB under the supervision of Prof Steven E.J. Bell. Dr Xu is the recipient of the 2019 Kathleen Lonsdale Royal Irish Academy Prize for the most outstanding PhD research in chemical science in Ireland. His research interests are in the preparation and applications of plasmonic nanomaterials, particularly the preparation of hybrid materials containing plasmonic nanoparticle assemblies for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and catalysts. He has been recognized as an Emerging Investigator by the materials and analytical community and has been invited to contribute to special issues dedicated to emerging investigators by the Journal of Materials Chemistry C and Analyst published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr Yikai Xu also serves as a Community Advisor for Nanoscale Horizons published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.   

Research Focus

Colloidal Synthesis; Interfacial Self-Assembly; Surface Chemistry; SERS; Catalysts

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