Yitong (Erica) Duan
Erica obtained her BSc in Horticulture from the China Agricutural University (2017) and her MSc in Genetics from Fudan University (2020). In 2021, she joined the Biological Physics Across Scales Centre for Doctoral Training (BiPAS CDT) at King's College London as a PhD student in physics.
Her research focuses on the biosynthesis of 2D nanomaterials used in the semiconductor industry. The high quality of such materials prepared by solution techniques comes with a significant production cost that often prohibits their utilisation in real life applications. One method that circumvents this limitation is biosynthesis – where a natural biological process is exploited to yield nanomaterials as a by-product after the introduction of two metallic salts that could result in a remedial toxic impact.
The main focus of Erica's research is to explore the synthesis of advanced nanoparticles, using bacteria as the reaction medium, providing a cheap and efficient route utilising biological processes rather than expensive high temperature chemical routes. Her work seeks to make contributions to fully exploiting nature's toolkit to make related industry more sustainable and more environmentally friendly.
Biosynthesis of 2D nanomaterials in bacteria
- Nanoparticle synthesis
- High resolution ultrastructural study
- Functional nanoparticles
Principal supervisor: Professor Mark Green