Huayang Yu

Huayang Yu


I started my undergraduate BSc in Chemistry at The University of Warwick in 2013 and graduated in July 2016.  I had one month internship in Qianhai Green Society Built Systems Shenzhen China during summer holiday in 2015 . My responsibility was to calculate the grams of nitrates that one single needs per day and how many koi can produce that amount of nitrates per day. Also I researched and calculated soil or water temperature, air temperature, weight of plant, how much fish food that a fish needs per day, nitrates per day and nitrates for life of plant.

I started my master MSc in Polymers, Colourants and Fine Chemicals in The University of Leeds in 2016 and graduated in December 2017 with distinction. During my Masters studies, I found my interest was in the area of polymer chemistry. I got an opportunity to do my PhD under Dr Paul Thornton’s supervision and started in October 2017.

I am also an associate member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).

Research interests

I am interested in Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerisation and Polymer induced self-assembly (PISA) which can be utilised to produce a large range of nanoparticles and can be used in drug delivery potentially. I am also interested in controlled Ring-Opening Polymerisation of N-carboxyanhydrides.

Link to Dr. Paul Thornton's page

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  • M.Sc.
  • B.Sc. (Hons)

Research groups and institutes

  • Colour and Polymer Science