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Research Statement

Dr Yikai Xu is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (PI) based at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). He obtained his BSc. in Applied Chemistry at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) and completed his PhD research at QUB. 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. He is recognized as an “Emerging Investigator” by the Journal of Materials Chemistry C and Analyst published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and serves as a Community Advisor for Nanoscale Horizons (RSC). He currently acts as an Associate Editor for Carbon Capture Science & Technology (Elsevier). His research interests lie in the preparation and applications of plasmonic nanomaterials. Dr Xu has co-authored 27 peer-reviewed articles with +1100 citations (Google Scholar).

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

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