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Northumbria Public Lecture Series: Professor Richard Fu

Lecture Theatre 002


Professor Richard Fu, Professor in Smart Materials and Microsystems, Engineering and Environment

Title: Smart Materials, Smart Microsystems, for a Smart World

Refreshments will be available from 6pm


In his lecture, Professor Richard Fu will discuss smart thin film materials which are known to respond to external stimuli such as temperature, electricity or light. He will show how these materials working together form microsystems, which have an abundance of practical applications in the real world.

Professor Fu’s innovative ideas have contributed to advances in biosensing and diagnostic tools, cell patterning and manipulation. He has an international reputation for his work around advancement of shape memory thin films and polymers used in microsurgery and drug delivery. He has developed nano-structured smart materials for gas sensing and renewable energy applications.

About the Speaker

Professor Fu obtained his PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and then worked as a Research Fellow in Singapore-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance, and as a Research Associate in University of Cambridge. He has extensive experience in smart thin film/materials, biomedical microdevices, 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 energy applications. He is 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. He sits on the editorial board of seven international journals including the Scientific Report.  He has published over 320 science citation index (SCI) journal papers with over 7800 citations, and has co-organised 12 international conferences worldwide.

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Lecture Theatre 002
Business and Law Building, City Campus East
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


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