Yi Chen, PhD, Associate Professor


Yi Chen received his B.Eng. from East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in 2007, and M.Sci. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2010. In 2014, he earned his PhD from Monash Univeristy with Prof. Wenlong Cheng, and then joined Southeast University. He is currently an associate professor at School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering, Southeast University. His research interest lies at theSoft Plasmonic Nanoarchitechtures, particularly flexible plasmonic superlattices/assemblies for ultrasensitive detection/sensing, E-Skin-Based flexible and wearable electronics, and nanoparticle/polymer composites for anticancer theranostics.



(1).   Zhang, H.; Wang, R.; Sikdar, D.; Wu, L. Y.; Sun, J.; Gu, N.; Chen, Y.*,Plasmonic Superlattice Membranes Based on Bimetallic Nano-Sea Urchins as High-Performance Label-Free Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Platforms. ACS Sensors, 2022, DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.1c02556.

(2).   Chen, Y.*; Yin, H.; Sikdar, D.; Yan, L.; Zhou, Z.; Sun, J.*; Wang, C., Gold Nanopolyhedron-Based Superlattice Sheets as Flexible Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Sensors for Detection of 4-Aminothiophenol. ACS Applied Nano Materials 2021, 4, 12498-12505.

(3).   Chen, Y.; Yin, H.; Sikdar, D.; Liu, H.; Zhu, Q.; Yao, G.; Qi, H.; Gu, N.*, Multiscale Patterned Plasmonic Arrays for Highly Sensitive and Uniform SERS Detection. Advanced Materials Interfaces 2020, 7, 2000248

(4).   Chen, Y.; Liu, H.; Yin, H.; Zhu, Q.; Yao, G.; Gu, N.*, Hierarchical Fabrication of Plasmonic Superlattice Membrane by Aspect-Ratio Controllable Nanobricks for Label-Free Protein Detection. Frontiers in Chemistry 2020, 8:307

(5).   Si, K. J.; Chen, Y.; Shi, Q.; Cheng, W. L.*, Nanoparticle Superlattices: The Roles of Soft Ligands. Advanced Science 2018,5 (1), 1700179.

(6).   Si, K. J.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, W. L.* Plasmene Origami. Materials Today. 2016, 19 (6), 363-364.

(7).   Chen, Y.; Si, K. J.; Sikdar, D.; Tang, Y.; Premaratne, M.; Cheng, W. L.*, Ultrathin Plasmene Nanosheets as Soft and Surface-Attachable SERS Substrates with High Signal Uniformity. Advanced Optical Materials 2015, 3, 919-924.

(8).   Chen, Y.; Ouyang, Z.; Gu, M.; Cheng, W. L.*, Mechanically Strong, Optically Transparent, Giant Metal Superlattice Nanomembranes From Ultrathin Gold Nanowires. Advanced Materials 2013, 25, 80-85.

(9).   Chen, Y.; Cheng, W. L.*, DNA-based plasmonic nanoarchitectures: from structural design to emerging applications. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews - Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology 2012, 4, 587-604.

(10).Chen, Y.; Fu, J.; Ng, K. C.; Tang, Y.; Cheng, W. L.*, Free-Standing Polymer-Nanoparticle Superlattice Sheets Self-Assembled at the Air Liquid Interface. Crystal Growth & Design 2011, 11, 4742-4746.

(11).Chen, Y.; Ng, K. C.; Yan, W.; Tang, Y.; Cheng, W. L.*, Ultraflexible plasmonic nanocomposite aerogel. RSC Advances 2011, 1, 1265-1270.

(12).Chen, Y.; Pang, X.-H.; Dong, C.-M.*, Dual Stimuli-Responsive Supramolecular Polypeptide-Based Hydrogel and Reverse Micellar Hydrogel Mediated by HostGuest Chemistry. Advanced Functional Materials 2010, 20, 579-586.

(13).Chen, Y.; Dong, C.-M.*, pH-Sensitive Supramolecular Polypeptide -Based Micelles and Reverse Micelles Mediated by Hydrogen-Bonding Interactions or Host−Guest Chemistry: Characterization and In Vitro Controlled Drug Release. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2010, 114, 7461-7468.

(14).Si, K. J.#; Sikdar, D.#; Chen, Y.; Xu, Z.; Tang, Y.; Xiong, W.; Guo, P.; Zhang, S.; Lu, Y.; Bao, Q.; Zhu, W.; Premaratne, M.; Cheng, W. L.*, Giant Plasmene Nanosheets, Nanoribbons, and Origami. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 11086-11093.

(15).Su, B.; Wu, Y.; Tang, Y.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, W. L.*; Jiang, L., Free-Standing 1D Assemblies of Plasmonic Nanoparticles. Advanced Materials 2013, 25, 3968-3972.

(16).Tang, Y.; Gong, S.; Chen, Y.; Yap, L. W.; Cheng, W. L.*, Manufacturable Conducting Rubber Ambers and Stretchable Conductors from Copper Nanowire Aerogel Monoliths. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 5707-5714.

(17).Gong, S.; Schwalb, W; Wang, Y. W.; Chen, Y.; Tang, Y.; Si, J.; Shirinzadeh, B.; Cheng, W. L.*, A wearable and highly sensitive pressure sensor with ultrathin gold nanowires. Nature Communications 2014, 5:3132.

(18).Xie, S. Y., Chen, Y., Ouyang, Z., Jia, B. H., Cheng, W. L.*, Gu, M., Transparent gold nano-membranes for the enhanced light trapping of the indium tin oxide films. Optical Materials Express 2014, 4, 321-328.

(19).Ng, K. C.; Udagedara, I. B.; Rukhlenko, I. D.; Chen, Y.; Tang, Y.; Premaratne, M.; Cheng, W. L.*, Free-Standing Plasmonic-Nanorod Superlattice Sheets. ACS Nano 2011, 6, 925-934.

(20).Campolongo, M. J.; Tan, S. J.; Smilgies, D.-M.; Zhao, M.; Chen, Y.; Xhangolli, I.; Cheng, W. L.*; Luo, D., Crystalline Gibbs Monolayers of DNA-Capped Nanoparticles at the Air-Liquid Interface. ACS Nano 2011, 5, 7978-7985.

(21).You, Y.; Chen, Y.; Hua, C.; Dong, C.-M.*, Synthesis and thermoreversible gelation of dendron-like polypeptide/linear poly(ε-caprolactone)/dendron-like polypeptide triblock copolymers. Journal of Polymer Science Part A-Polymer Chemistry. 2010, 48, 709-718.

(22).Peng, S.-M.; Chen, Y.; Hua, C.; Dong, C.-M.*, Dendron-like Polypeptide/Linear Poly(ethylene oxide) Biohybrids with Both Asymmetrical and Symmetrical Topologies Synthesized via the Combination of Click Chemistry and Ring-Opening Polymerization. Macromolecules 2008, 42, 104-113.

(23).Yang, W. J.; Chen, Y.; Cheng, W. L., Book chapter in Handbook of Nanomaterials Properties, Springer, 3879 words, ISBN 978-3-642-31107-9, 2014.


²  Positions for postgraduate students (Master and PhD) and Postdoc are available in our group. We are looking for highly-motivated Master/PhD candidates to join us. The positions are open for students with background in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials science or Biological Engineering. Please send inquiries along with a detailed CV to Prof. Yi Chen (yichen@seu.edu.cn). Experiences in Nanomaterials, Polymer science and engineering, Self-assembled Nanomaterials, Theranostics, Surface chemistry, Nanofabrication, Biology, Bioelectronics is a plus.


School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering

Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Biomaterials and Devices

SEU-MONASH Joint Research Institute (Suzhou)

Southeast University, Nanjing China

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