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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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 3D Printing of Auxetic Shape-Memory Metamaterial Towards Designable Buckling, Li, Z., Liu, Y., Wang, Y., Lu, H., Lei, M., Fu, Y. 2021, In: International Journal of Applied Mechanics
  • A dynamic model of complexly mechanoresponsive chain-poly[n]-catenations in double-network polyampholyte hydrogels, Xing, Z., Lu, H., Fu, R. Jan 2021, In: Smart Materials and Structures
  • Anchoring-mediated topology signature of self-assembled elastomer undergoing mechanochromic coupling/decoupling, Xing, Z., Lu, H., Fu, R. 11 May 2021, In: Soft Matter
  • An Enhanced Tilted-Angle Acoustofluidic Chip for Cancer Cell Manipulation, Wu, F., Shen, M., Yang, J., Wang, H., Mikhaylov, R., Clayton, A., Qin, X., Sun, C., Xie, Z., Cai, M., Wei, J., Liang, D., Yuan, F., Wu, Z., Fu, R., Yang, Z., Sun, X., Tian, L., Yang, X. 1 Apr 2021, In: IEEE Electron Device Letters
  • A rapid and controllable acoustothermal microheater using thin film surface acoustic waves, Wang, Y., Zhang, Q., Tao, R., Chen, D., Xie, J., Torun, H., Dodd, L., Luo, J., Fu, C., Vernon, J., Canyelles-Pericas, P., Binns, R., Fu, R. 1 Feb 2021, In: Sensors and Actuators A: Physical
  • A Reconfigurable and Portable Acoustofluidic System Based on Flexible Printed Circuit Board for the Manipulation of Microspheres, Mikhaylov, R., Stringer Martin, M., Dumcius, P., Wang, H., Wu, F., Zhang, X., Alghamdi, F., Akhimien, V., Sun, C., Clayton, A., Fu, R., Ye, L., Dong, Z., Yang, X. 1 Jul 2021, In: Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
  • Bending behaviors of flexible acoustic wave devices under non-uniform elasto-plastic deformation, Zhang, Q., Wang, Y., Li, D., Yang, X., Xie, J., Fu, R. 22 Mar 2021, In: Applied Physics Letters
  • Cascaded Sagnac loops embedded with two polarization maintaining photonic crystal fibers for highly-sensitive strain measurement, Liu, Q., Xing, L., Wu, Z., Fu, R., Li, S., Xue, P., Ng, W., Wu, Q., Binns, R. 3 Feb 2021, In: IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Controlled Interfacial Reactions and Superior Mechanical Properties of High Energy Ball Milled/Spark Plasma Sintered Ti–6Al–4V–Graphene Composite, Zhou, Y., Dong, L., Yang, Q., Huo, W., Fu, Y., Yu, J., Liu, Y., Zhang, Y. 17 Mar 2021, In: Advanced Engineering Materials
  • Effect of reduced graphene oxides decorated by Ag and Ce on mechanical properties and electrical conductivity of copper matrix composites, Yang, T., Chen, W., Yan, F., Lu, H., Fu, R. 1 Jan 2021, In: Vacuum

PGR Supervision

  • Chao Zhao Low Temperature Synthesis of Nanostructured Oxides for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Start Date: 01/06/2015 End Date: 03/01/2017
  • Luke Haworth Thin film acoustic wave strategies for ice protection: Integrated active surfaces for efficient anti-icing and de-icing Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Mumtahina Rahman Manipulating of Droplets on Elastomer Substrates Start Date: 18/05/2020
  • Sameer Ahmad Hasan Flexible ZnO thin film-based surface acoustic wave devices for environmental and biomedical sensing applications Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 20/01/2020
  • Jethro Vernon Biosensing and acoustofluidic applications of piezoelectric thin film surface acoustic waves Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Tiancheng Xia Start Date: 11/03/2019
  • Manuel Bogner Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Thin Films using a Novel 3 Omega Method Start Date: 06/06/2015 End Date: 14/12/2017


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

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