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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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  • 30 GHz Surface Acoustic Wave Transducers with Extremely High Mass Sensitivity, Zheng, J., Zhou, J., Zeng, P., Liu, Y., Shen, Y., Yao, W., Chen, Z., Wu, J., Xiong, S., Chen, Y., Shi, X., Liu, J., Fu, R., Duan, H. 23 Mar 2020, In: Applied Physics Letters
  • Acoustic waves for active reduction of droplet impact contact time, Hosseini Biroun, S., Li, J., Tao, R., Rahmati, M., McHale, G., Dong, L., Jangi, M., Torun, H., Fu, R. 12 Aug 2020, In: Physical Review Applied
  • Acoustofluidic closed-loop control of microparticles and cells using standing surface acoustic waves, Nguyen, T., Fu, R., Tran, V., Gautam, A., Pudasaini, S., Du, H. 1 Sep 2020, In: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical
  • Acoustofluidics along inclined surfaces based on AlN/Si Rayleigh surface acoustic waves, Wang, Y., Tao, X., Tao, R., Zhou, J., Zhang, Q., Chen, D., Jin, H., Dong, S., Xie, J., Fu, R. 1 May 2020, In: Sensors and Actuators A: Physical
  • Advances in design engineering and merits of electron transporting layers in perovskite solar cells, Pan, H., Zhao, X., Gong, X., Li, H., Ladi, N., Zhang, X., Huang, W., Ahmad , S., Ding, L., Shen, Y., Wang, M., Fu, R. 1 Sep 2020, In: Materials Horizons
  • Advances in nanostructured homojunction solar cells and photovoltaic materials, Ali, N., Ahmed, R., Luo, J., Wang, M., Kalam, A., Al-Sehemi, A., Fu, Y. 1 Mar 2020, In: Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing
  • A high performance surface acoustic wave visible light sensor using novel materials: Bi2S3 nanobelts, Li, C., Kan, H., Luo, J., Fu, C., Zhou, J., Liu, X., Wang, W., Wei, Q., Fu, R. 2 Mar 2020, In: RSC Advances
  • A methodology of hydrodynamic complexity in topologically hyper-branched polymers undergoing hierarchical multiple relaxations, Lu, H., Wang, X., Hossain, M., Fu, R. 1 Jul 2020, In: Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
  • Arc Ablation Behavior and Microstructure Evolution of Plastically Deformed and Micro-alloyed Cu-Cr-Zr Alloys, Zhou, K., Chen, W., Feng, P., Yan, F., Fu, R. 15 Apr 2020, In: Journal of Alloys and Compounds
  • A stimuli-responsive gel impregnated surface with switchable lipophilic/oleophobic properties, Li, Z., Liu, Y., Lei, M., Sun, A., Sridhar, S., Li, Y., Liu, X., Lu, H., Fu, R., Xu, B. 14 Feb 2020, In: Soft Matter

PGR Supervision

  • Mumtahina Rahman Start: 18/05/2020
  • Sameer Ahmad Hasan Flexible ZnO thin film-based surface acoustic wave devices for environmental and biomedical sensing applications Start: 01/10/2015
  • Jethro Vernon Start: 01/10/2018
  • Tiancheng Xia Start: 11/03/2019
  • Manuel Bogner Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Thin Films using a Novel 3 Omega Method Start: 06/06/2015


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