Biologics Seminar Series September 2019

The Biologics Seminar series is a programme of seminars organised by the Vaccine Design and Delivery group at the Department of Pharmacy.


Dr. Yi Sun, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Technology, Technical University of Denmark will speak about Multifunctional Nanomaterials for Biosensing and Biomedical Applications.

Abstract: In the last decade, nanostructured materials are considered as revolutionary solutions to solve challenges in diagnostics, therapies, water purification, energy production, food security, environmental monitoring and remediation. By manipulation of matters at the nanoscale, new materials with unusual properties can be constructed. This fascinating research field provides endless possibilities, and creats new knowledge and exciting applications.

In this talk, I will present our recent work in designing and synthesizing hybrid nanomaterials with novel structures and functionalities. We have synthesized various multi-functional nanocomposites by combining different components, such as quantum dots, gold nanoparticles, polymers, Prussian blue, titania, etc.. The “all-in-one” nanocomposites can offer a set of magnetic, optical, molecular recognition and stimuli-responsive properties. These nanomaterials have been used as in vitro diagnostic biosensors to detect biomarkers in clinical samples. We have also developed nanohybrids as theranostic agents for in vivo imaging-guided cancer therapy. We can achieve photothermal therapy (PTT), photodynamic therapy (PDT), chemotherapy and cationic therapy at one time, which opens up new dimension for the design of synergistic treatment.

Brief biography: Dr. Yi Sun is currently an Associate Professor at Department of Health Technology, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). She got her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Nanyang Technical University, Singapore in 2008. After graduation, she joined Department of Micro- and Nanotechnolgy, DTU. Since 2017, she has been the leader of the Nanomaterials and Nanobiosensors Group. Dr. Her research focuses on creating cutting-edge nanomaterials and nanodevices with novel structures and functionalities, and exploring their applications in biosensing, life science and biomedical fields.

The seminars will last for 45 min + 15 min questions and are free of charge. Please contact Aneesh Thakur for further information.​