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Dr Yuen-Ki Cheong has joined the University of Hertfordshire since 2015. Yuen-Ki completed her PhD at Queen Mary University of London and was awarded Chartered status in 2012 by the RSC. Over the years, Yuen-Ki has worked on multiple cross-disciplinary research projects involving mechansitic studies and structure analyses for applied materials. 

Yuen-Ki’s current research is focused in the development of Antimicrobial nanoparticle filters for water, air and breathing systems. This work exploits antimicrobial nano-formulations, which are made suitable for facbrications into polymeric fibres and for various manufacturing processes. In order to validate the quality and efficacies of the antimicrobial fibre mats, a range of qualitative (i.e. SEM, TEM etc) and quantitative (i.e. ICP, NTA, leaching & Biological assays etc) techniqus are routinly used to analyse the applied materials. These techniques are also used to investigate the cellular interactions, physiochemistry and degradations of substances.

Yuen-Ki's reesearch extends to the applications of a novel class of medically related compound called ‘Trisphosphonate’, where their chemical structures and syntheses were first published in 2014 (Taylor & Francis). These newly developed compounds fall in to the same category of a type of drug called the ‘Bisphosphonate’, which is known as the first-line treatments for many bone diseases, skeletal complications involving excessive bone resorption and hypercalcimia associated with bone malignancy. Research papers published in Neurochemical Research (2015) and General Medicine Open (2017) had demonstrated that Trisphosphonates have great potential in both neuro- and osteo- protections.

Research interests

  • Antimicrobial Nanomaterials
  • Organic and organometallic Chemistry
  • Novel materials and biomedical engineerings
  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare sciences
  • Analytical spectroscopy particularly NMR
  • Idenfication of reactive intermediates and elucidation of novel materials

Teaching specialisms

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Standards, H&S and risk assessment
  • Biocompetibility of materials
  • Polymer chemisrty and degradation of polymers
  • Soft tissues engineering 
  • Spectroscopy theory
  • Principle and applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Fundamental material sciences
  • Research in Sciences

Education/Academic qualification

Chartered Chemist, The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Award Date: 1 Jun 2011

PhD, The reactions of trivalent phosphos spieces with carbonyl containing compounds, Queen Mary University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008


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