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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
    • PGCHET



    Mechanics of Materials (MEE1004)

    Research Methods & Data Analytics (MSc module)

    Materials Selection and Characterisation (MSc Module)

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Novel Nanohybrid Coatings for Controlling the Degradation Rate of Bioresorbable Medical Devices

    Frequent Journals

    • International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology

      ISSNs: 0268-3768

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1433-3015

      Springer London

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.04 SJR 0.987 SNIP 1.596


    • Wear

      ISSNs: 0043-1648

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 0043-1648

      Elsevier BV

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.35 SJR 1.321 SNIP 1.96


    • Tribology International

      ISSNs: 0301-679X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 0301-679X

      Elsevier Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.1 SJR 1.497 SNIP 2.161


    • ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

      ISSNs: 1944-8244

      American Chemical Society

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 8.69 SJR 2.596 SNIP 1.539


    • Nature Scientific Reports

      ISSNs: 2045-2322

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2045-2322

      Nature Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.29 SJR 1.414 SNIP 1.24


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