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My research interests in Materials Chemistry focus on the design of nanomaterials for biomedicines, catalysis and the environment. There are four types of nanomaterials have been developed in my research programme; functionalized magnetic nanoparticles, nanoporous inorganic-organic hybrids, nanostructured inorganic oxides and natural polymer nanomaterials. Areas of application include carbon capture and storage, enzyme immobilization, heterogeneous catalysis, environmental remediation, gene delivery, imaging, drug storage, antibacteria and hyperthermia. Current research projects: 1. Nanomaterials for Carbon Capture and Storage (funded by EPSRC/SFC) – two PhD students have been appointed to carry out two 3½ years project on developing (i) inorganic-organic hybrid nanoporous materials and (ii) natural polymer nanomaterials for carbon dioxide adsorption, separation and storage. This is part of the nation-wide Carbon Capture and Storage Consortium. 2. Fluorescent Magnetic Nanoparticles for Tissue Engineering (collaboration with Edinburgh) – a collaboration work between School of Medicine, Edinburgh (Grigore Richitor) and Engineering (Pierre Bagnaninchi) to study the use of fluorescent magnetic nanoparticle in tissue engineering and bone regeneration. 3. Multifunctional Magnetic Nanoparticles for Imaging and Gene Delivery (collaboration with Liverpool/Keele) – an ongoing research collaboration with Matt Rosseinsky FRS and Divya Chari to study nervous system regeneration will continue. The research work is based on a multifunctional magnetic nanoparticle system with a combined bimodal imaging and gene delivery property. 4. Nanoporous Gold Particles as a New Material for Electrochemistry (collaboration with CNSR, Bordeaux) – a collaboration with the Analytical Chemistry group in Bordeaux for the development of nanoporous gold particles as a coating materials for electrode. Application is on the detection of biomolecules of low concentration in complex matrices. 5. Nanoparticles Formation using Ultra Mixing (collaboration with Liverpool) – this is to utilize the UMPF facilities at Liverpool for the large-scale production of nanoparticles. Originally a Master project, nanoparticles of natural polymers have been prepared by several mixing method including the use of UMPF.


2010 to date: Lecturer, Chemical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University 2008-2010: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept of Chemistry, University of Liverpool 2004-2007: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Inst of Science and Technology in Medicine, Keele University 2002-2003: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Greenwich 1999-2002: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews 1995-1998: PhD, University of Huddersfield 1994-1995: MSc, University of Salford 1990-1993: BSc, University of Hong Kong

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Silicon Dioxide Chemical Compounds
Nanoparticles Chemical Compounds
Ferrosoferric Oxide Chemical Compounds
Polyethyleneimine Chemical Compounds
Nanocomposites Chemical Compounds
DNA Chemical Compounds
Composite materials Chemical Compounds
Stem cells Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1998 2017

  • 28 Article
  • 3 Literature review
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article

Aminated poly(vinyl chloride) solid state adsorbents with hydrophobic function for post-combustion CO2 capture

Sneddon, G., McGlynn, J. C., Neumann, M. S., Aydin, H. M., Yiu, H. H. P. & Ganin, A. Y., 21 Jun 2017, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 5, 23, p. 11864-11872 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Vinyl Chloride
Polyvinyl Chloride
Polyvinyl chlorides

Cofactor NAD(P)H Regeneration Inspired by Heterogeneous Pathways

Wang, X., Saba, T., Yiu, H. H. P., Howe, R. F., Anderson, J. A. & Shi, J., 11 May 2017, In : Chem. 2, 5, p. 621-654 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Drug products

Heterogeneous Catalysis Mediated Cofactor NADH Regeneration for Enzymatic Reduction

Wang, X. & Yiu, H. H. P., 4 Mar 2016, In : ACS Catalysis. 6, 3, p. 1880–1886 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Catalyst selectivity

‘Stealth’ nanoparticles evade neural immune cells but also evade all major brain cell populations: Implications for PEG-based neurotherapeutics

Jenkins, S. I., Weinberg, D., Al-Shakli, A. F., Fernandes, A. R., Yiu, H. H. P., Telling, N. D., Roach, P. & Chari, D. M., 28 Feb 2016, In : Journal of Controlled Release. 224, p. 136-145 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Behavior Control

''Hydrogen-free'' hydrogenation of nitrobenzene over Cu/SiO2 via coupling with 2-butanol dehydrogenation

Li, M., Hao, Y., Cardenas-Lizana, F., Yiu, H. H. P. & Keane, M. A., Mar 2015, In : Topics in Catalysis. 58, 2-3, p. 149-158 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Newton Advanced Fellowship

Humphrey Hak Ping Yiu (Recipient), 1 Mar 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Turkey (country)

Activities 2011 2013

  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Publication peer-review

Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology (Journal)

Humphrey Hak Ping Yiu (Editorial board member)
1 Oct 201331 Dec 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Nanomedicine (Journal)

Humphrey Hak Ping Yiu (Peer reviewer)
2011 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review