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    Research Interests


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



    Microplasma processing & Nanomaterials

    • Atmospheric pressure microplasma processing 
    • Materials surface functionalization
    • Synthesis of nanoparticles and nanocomposites

    Manufacturing and characterization of materials

    • Melt processing of polymer nanocomposites
    • Machining of CFRP and aircraft alloys
    • Hydrogel materials
    • Bioceramics
    • Tribology and tribo-corrosion
    • Corrosion monitoring
    • Electrical and thermal applications of functional materials

    Microfluidics & sensors

    • Design (CAD) and fabrication of microfluidic sensors
    • Micromachining
    • Microfluidic manipulation
    • Membrane fabrication and characterization
    • Polymer bonding and metal deposition




    Dr Dan Sun is currently a lecturer within the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's. Her present research mainly focuses on plasma assisted surface functionalization of nanoparticles and direct synthesis of multifunctional nanocomposites for biomedical and engery applications.

    Dr Sun obtained her B.Eng (Materials Engineering) and MSc (Mechanical Engineering) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2003 and 2005 respectively. She then studied for her PhD at University of Southampton during 2005-2009, 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 Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Qatar University, University of Cabria, Italy, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, University of Southampton, University of Ulster, Leeds University, Nanjing University, Zhejiang 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
    • IMechE Chartered Engineer
    • PGCHET



    Math2 for Product design

    Research Methods

    Strength of Materials

    Frequent Journals

    • International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology

      ISSNs: 0268-3768

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1433-3015

      Springer London

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.8 SJR 0.994 SNIP 1.697


    • Wear

      ISSNs: 0043-1648

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 0043-1648

      Elsevier BV

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.31 SJR 1.386 SNIP 2.177


    • Tribology International

      ISSNs: 0301-679X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 0301-679X

      Elsevier Inc.

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 3.55 SJR 1.52 SNIP 2.013


    • Nature Scientific Reports

      ISSNs: 2045-2322

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2045-2322

      Nature Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 4.36 SJR 1.533 SNIP 1.245


    • Plasma Processes and Polymers

      ISSNs: 1612-8850

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1612-8869

      Wiley-VCH Verlag

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.57 SJR 0.611 SNIP 1.061


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