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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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  • Highly sensitive ultraviolet sensor based on ZnO nanorod film deposited on ST-cut quartz surface acoustic wave devices, Li, W., Guo, Y., Tang, Q., Zu, X., Ma, J., Wang, L., Tao, K., Torun, H., Fu, Y. 15 Apr 2019, In: Surface and Coatings Technology
  • A cooperative domain model for multiple phase transitions and complex conformational relaxations in polymer with shape memory effect, Lu, H., Wang, X., Xing, Z., Fu, R. 3 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
  • Ultrafast Response/Recovery and High Selectivity of H2S Gas Sensor Based on α-Fe2O3 Nano-Ellipsoids from One-Step Hydrothermal Synthesis, Wu, Z., Li, Z., Li, H., Sun, M., Han, S., Cai, C., Shen, W., Fu, R. 3 Apr 2019, In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • W-Cu Composites Reinforced by Copper Coated Graphene Prepared using Infiltration Sintering and Spark Plasma Sintering: a comparative study, Zhou, K., Chen, W., Wang, J., Yan, G., Fu, Y. 1 Apr 2019, In: International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials
  • Improved laser induced damage thresholds of Ar ion implanted fused silica at different ion fluences, Li, B., Xiang, X., Liao, W., Han, S., Yu, J., Jiang, X., Wang, H., Mushtaq, M., Yuan, X., Zu, X., Fu, Y. 31 Mar 2019, In: Applied Surface Science
  • Nebulization using ZnO/Si surface acoustic wave devices with focused interdigitated transducers, Zhou, J., Tao, X., Luo, J., Li, Y., Jin, H., Dong, S., Luo, J., Duan, H., Fu, Y. 30 Mar 2019, In: Surface and Coatings Technology
  • Nanocomposites of cobalt sulfide embedded carbon nanotubes with enhanced supercapacitor performance, Li, H., Li, Z., Wu, Z., Sun, M., Han, S., Cai, C., Shen, W., Fu, Y. 29 Mar 2019, In: Journal of the Electrochemical Society
  • Graphene based fully transparent thin film surface acoustic wave devices for sensing and lab-on-chip applications, Zhou, J., Zheng, J., Shi, X., Chen, Z., Wu, J., Xiong, S., Luo, J., Dong, S., Jin, H., Duan, H., Fu, Y. 26 Mar 2019, In: Journal of the Electrochemical Society
  • Significantly Enhanced Performance of Triboelectric Nanogenerator by Incorporating BaTiO3 Nanoparticles in Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Film, Tao, X., Jin, H., Ma, M., Quan, L., Chen, J., Dong, S., Zhang, H., Lv, C., Fu, R., Luo, J. 26 Mar 2019, In: Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science
  • Surface acoustic wave NO2 sensors utilizing colloidal SnS quantum dot thin films, Li, H., Li, M., Kan, H., Li, C., Quan, A., Fu, C., Luo, J., Liu, X., Wang, W., Yang, Z., Wei, Q., Fu, Y. 25 Mar 2019, In: Surface and Coatings Technology

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
  • Manuel Bogner Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Thin Films using a Novel 3 Omega Method Start: 06/06/2015
  • Jethro Vernon Start: 01/10/2018


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