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Prof Richard Fu


Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Richard Fu (1)

He was a Reader in Thin Film Centre in University of West of Scotland, Glasgow, UK, and a lecturer in Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. He obtained his PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and then worked as a Research Fellow in Singapore-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance, and a Research Associate in University of Cambridge.


He has extensive experience in smart thin film/materials, biomedical microdevices, energy materials, lab-on-chip, micromechanics, MEMS, nanotechnology, sensors and microfluidics. He has established a worldwide reputation from his pioneer research work on shape memory films, piezoelectric thin films, nanostructured composite/films for applications in MEMS, sensing and renewable energy applications.

His research has been funded by Engineering and Physics Science Research Council (EPSRC), Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, Carnegie Trust, UK Fluidic Network, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scottish Government, Scottish Union Physics Alliance (SUPA), Nuffield Foundation, Innovate UK/Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), AWE-UK, EU-Erasmus, Scottish Sensor System Centre/CENSIS, Scottish Funding Council and National Science Foundation of China, etc.


He published over 350 science citation index (SCI) journal papers (including Nat. Comm., Prog. Mater Sci, Nano Energy, Nano Lett., Chem. Mater., J Mater Chem A, Advanced Drug Delivery Review, etc.) 2 books, 20 book chapters, and over 120 conference papers. His current SCI H-index is 42 with over 6900 citations (up to Oct 2018), and his Google scholar H-index is 53.

He has extensive teaching experience in three UK universities with the teaching modules covering Mechanical Engineering, Material Science/Engineering, Physics, Renewable Energy, and Electrical Engineering. He has actively involved in departmental/institutional development in the past 10 years, and served various duties in teaching, research, social and networking activities.


He is associate editor/editorial board members for seven international journals including Scientific Report. He is regular journal paper reviewers for more than 40 journals, and has co-organized 12 international conferences worldwide, and co-edited eight special issues for journals.

He is now served as the Regional President of International Thin Film Society, and Regional Secretary of Taiwan Thin Film Society, and Committee Member of Chinese Society of Heat Treatment and Metallurgy/Chinese Society of Surface Engineering.

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Richard Fu’s Researcher ID is D-2723-2009

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Campus Address

Room E409, Ellison Building
Faculty of Engineering and Environment
Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne


  • Technologies PhD June 30 1999
  • Member Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 2007
  • Member Institute of Physics (IOP) 2007

Key Publications

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  • 3D patterning/manipulating microparticles and yeast cells using ZnO/Si thin film surface acoustic waves, Tao, X., Dai Nguyen, T., Jin, H., Tao, R., Luo, J., Yang, X., Torun, H., Zhou, J., Huang, S., Shi, L., Gibson, D., Cooke, M., Du, H., Dong, S., Luo, J., Fu, Y. 17 Aug 2019, In: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical
  • A cooperative domain model for multiple phase transitions and complex conformational relaxations in polymers with shape memory effect, Lu, H., Wang, X., Xing, Z., Fu, R. 3 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
  • A coupling model for cooperative dynamics in shape memory polymer undergoing multiple glass transitions and complex stress relaxations, Wang, X., Liu, Y., Lu, H., Wu, N., Hui, D., Fu, Y. 7 Sep 2019, In: Polymer
  • A ‘cross-relaxation effects’ model for dynamic exchange of water in amorphous polymer with thermochemical shape memory effect, Liu, C., Lu, H., Li, G., Hui, D., Fu, Y. 21 Aug 2019, In: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
  • Advances in designs and mechanisms of semiconducting metal oxide nanostructures for high-precision gas sensors operated at room-temperature, Li, Z., Li, H., Wu, Z., Wang, M., Luo, J., Torun, H., Hu, P., Yang, C., Grundmann, M., Liu, X., Fu, Y. 1 Mar 2019, In: Materials Horizons
  • A Fully Integrated Biosensing Platform Combining Acoustofluidics and Electromagnetic Metamaterials, Zahertar, S., Wang, Y., Tao, R., Xie, J., Fu, R., Torun, H. 17 Sep 2019, In: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
  • A Strategy for Modelling Mechanochemically Induced Unzipping and Scission of Chemical Bonds in Double-Network Polymer Composite, Lu, H., Shi, X., Yu, K., Fu, Y. 15 May 2019, In: Composites Part B: Engineering
  • A thermodynamic model for tunable multi-shape memory effect and cooperative relaxation in amorphous polymers, Lu, H., Wang, X., Yu, K., Fu, Y., Leng, J. Feb 2019, In: Smart Materials and Structures
  • A thermomechanical model of multi-shape memory effect for amorphous polymer with tunable segment compositions, Wang, X., Lu, H., Shi, X., Yu, K., Fu, R. 1 Mar 2019, In: Composites Part B: Engineering
  • Colloidal quantum dot-based surface acoustic wave sensors for NO2-sensing behavior, Li, M., Kan, H., Chen, S., Feng, X., Li, H., Li, C., Fu, C., Quan, A., Sun, H., Luo, J., Liu, X., Wang, W., Liu, H., Wei, Q., Fu, Y. 15 May 2019, In: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical

PGR Supervision

  • Tiancheng Xia Start: 11/03/2019
  • Sameer Ahmad Hasan Flexible ZnO film based acoustic wave devices for environmental and biomedical sensing applications Start: 01/10/2015
  • Jethro Vernon Start: 01/10/2018
  • Manuel Bogner Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Thin Films using a Novel 3 Omega Method Start: 06/06/2015


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