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    Research Interests

    Biqiong Chen is a Professor of Polymer Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). She obtained her PhD from Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to joining QUB in 2017, she held academic posts at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Sheffield. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). 

    Biqiong’s research interests are mainly focussed on polymer nanocomposites, aiming to gain a sound scientific understanding of their formation and reinforcement/toughening mechanisms, whilst also creating advanced polymer nanocomposites with controllable morphologies and properties for a variety of applications including healthcare, energy and general engineering.  To achieve these aims, her research takes a holistic approach, encompassing synthesis, functionalisation, processing, characterisation and application of polymers, nanoparticles and polymer nanocomposites.  Her current research activities cover the following topics:

    • Polymer-clay nanocomposites

    • Polymer-graphene nanocomposites

    • Polymer-cellulose nanocomposites

    • Stimuli-responsive polymer nanocomposites

    • Strong and tough polymer nanocomposite hydrogels

    • Biomimetic elastomers and elastomer nanocomposites for soft tissue engineering

    • Novel elastomer nanocomposites for stretchable electronics

    • Sustainable polymers and polymer nanocomposites

    • Multifunctional nanoparticles for various biomedical applications

    Willingness to take PhD students

    Yes

    PhD projects

    PhD research projects currently available for applications:
    1. Multifunctional elastomer nanocomposites for stretchable conductors
    2. Bioactive polymer nanocomposites for tissue regeneration
    Candidates who are interested in other types of polymers and nanocomposites are also welcome to make enquiries.

    Frequent Journals

    • JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART B-POLYMER PHYSICS

      ISSNs: 0887-6266

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1099-0488

      John Wiley and Sons Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.819 SNIP 0.83

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    • Journal of Applied Polymer Science

      ISSNs: 0021-8995

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1097-4628

      John Wiley and Sons Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.554 SNIP 0.814

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    • Soft Matter

      ISSNs: 1744-683X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1744-6848

      Royal Society of Chemistry

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.171 SNIP 1.034

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    • Carbohydrate Polymers

      ISSNs: 0144-8617

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.377 SNIP 1.72

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    • RSC Advances

      ISSNs: 2046-2069

      Royal Society of Chemistry

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.807 SNIP 0.785

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