Dr Biqiong ChenDr Biqiong Chen

BSc, MSc, PhD 
Senior Lecturer in Functional Polymers

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5958
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5943
Email: biqiong.chen@sheffield.ac.uk

Address: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Biqiong Chen joined the Department in 2012 from Trinity College Dublin where she was a Lecturer for four years. Before that, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Queen Mary, University of London and Imperial College London. Biqiong obtained her PhD from the University of London in 2005 with a thesis entitled ‘Polymer-clay Nanocomposites’.

Research interests

Dr Chen's research centres on the scientific understanding of polymer nanocomposites and the development of high-performance polymer nanocomposites for engineering, energy and biomedical applications.

The following types of nanocomposites in different forms (including bulk material, foam, hydrogel, nanofibre and nanosheet) are mainly investigated.

  • Polymer-graphene nanocomposites
  • Polymer-clay nanocomposites
  • Polymer-cellulose nanocomposites

Research centres

Current research projects
  • Processing-structure-property relationships of polymer nanocomposites
  • Polymer nanocomposites for engineering (e.g., aerospace, automotive, coating, packaging), energy and healthcare applications
  • Tough healable polymer nanocomposite hydrogels
  • Stimuli-responsive polymer nanocomposites
  • Hybrid nanoparticles for cancer imaging and therapy
  • Biomimetic elastomeric polymer scaffolds for soft tissue engineering
Research group

Research Fellows/PDRA's

  • Dr Tongfei Wu
  • Dr Yasemin Tamer

PhD students

  • Martin Frydrych
  • Yongzhe Piao
  • Xing Su
  • Xiangshuai Geng
  • Zaid Mohammadsalih
  • Ehssan Al-Bermany
  • Yahui Wen
  • Andreas Samourides
  • Ahmed Alzahrany
  • Sungkwon Yoon
  • Xuefeng Qi
  • Adriana Sierra Romero
  • Xiaoliang Fang
  • Yeyen Nurhamiyah (MPhil)
  • Wei Luo (visiting)

MSc project students

  • Tanapat Luanwuthi
  • Nawal Amalin Mohammad
  • Frederic Rendell-Bhatti

Undergraduate project students

  • Amit Samuel
  • Yu MM Fong
  • Aishah Khan
  • Nadège Siegel (Erasmus)
Selected publications
  • R. Justin, K. Tao, S. Roman, D. Chen, Y. Xu, X. Geng, I.M. Ross, R.T. Grant, A. Pearson, G. Zhou, S. MacNeil, K. Sun, B. Chen: Photoluminescent and superparamagnetic reduced graphene oxide–iron oxide quantum dots for dual-modality imaging, drug delivery and photothermal therapy. Carbon, 2016, 97, 54-70.
  • M. Frydrych, S. Roman, N.H. Green, S. MacNeil, B. Chen: Thermoresponsive, stretchable, biodegradable and biocompatible poly(glycerol sebacate)-based polyurethane hydrogels. Polymer Chemistry, 2015, 6, 7974-7987.
  • M. Frydrych, S. Roman, S. MacNeil, B. Chen: Biomimetic poly(glycerol sebacate)/poly(L-lactic acid) blend scaffolds for adipose tissue engineering. Acta Biomaterialia, 2015, 18, 40-49.
  • Y. Piao, B. Chen: Self-assembled graphene oxide-gelatin nanocomposite hydrogels: characterisation, formation mechanisms and pH-sensitive drug release behaviour. Journal of Polymer Science Part B Polymer Physics, 2015, 53, 356-367.
  • T. Wu, M. Frydrych, K. O’Kelly, B. Chen: Poly(glycerol sebacate urethane)-cellulose nanocomposites with water-active shape-memory effects. Biomacromolecules, 2014, 15, 2663-2671.
  • R. Justin, B. Chen: Strong and conductive chitosan-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for transdermal drug delivery. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2014, 2, 3759-3770.
  • M. Frydrych, B. Chen: Large three-dimensional poly(glycerol sebacate)-based scaffolds – a freeze-drying preparation approach. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2013, 1, 6650-6661.
  • T. Wu, K. O’Kelly, B. Chen: Poly(methacrylic acid)-grafted clay–thermoplastic elastomer composite with water-induced shape-memory effects. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 2013, 51, 1513-1522.
  • C. Wan, B. Chen: Reinforcement and interface of polymer/graphene oxide nanocomposites. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2012, 22, 3637-3646.
  • M. Frydrych, C. Wan, R. Stengler, K.U. O'Kelly, B. Chen: Structure and mechanical properties of gelatin/sepiolite nanocomposite foams. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2011, 21, 9103-9111.
  • C. Wan, M. Frydrych, B. Chen: Strong and bioactive gelatin/graphene oxide nanocomposites. Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 6159-6166.
  • O.M. Istrate, B. Chen: Relative modulus-relative density relationships in low density polymer-clay nanocomposite foams. Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 1840-1848.
  • B. Chen, J.R.G. Evans, H.C. Greenwell, P. Boulet, P.V. Coveney, A.A. Bowden, A. Whiting: A critical appraisal of polymer-clay nanocomposites. Chemical Society Reviews, 2008, 37, 568-594.

Full list of journal publications.