Newcastle University in Singapore

Staff Profile

Dr Chun Yang Yin

Reader in Adv Materials & Sustainability (Associate Professor) & Director of Internationalisation


Dr Yin received his PhD in chemical engineering (Malaya) and was appointed visiting scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York (Dec 2008 - March 2009) and Harvard University (Nov - Dec 2009) where he conducted research on liquid infiltration in nanoporous materials and microfluidics, respectively. His brief stint at Harvard was focused on hands-on PDMS microfluidic device fabrication for pharmaceutical and cell capture applications.

As the Director of Internationalisation, he is responsible for the international presence of Newcastle University in Singapore (NUiS) and Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute (NewRIIS). 

Dr Yin is an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, United Kingdom (AMIChemE), Member of Engineers Australia (MIEAust) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK. His research and lecturing experience spans more than 18 years in which he has held various academic positions (Lecturer, Senior LecturerReader, Associate Professor) at universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. He is currently a Reader in Adv Materials & Sustainability at Newcastle University in Singapore. He was involved as a contributing/supervising Murdoch University academic in Western Australia for a capstone metallurgical engineering design course for final year students under the banner of the Metallurgical Education Partnership (MEP) (2011-2012).

Dr Yin regularly gets invited as speaker/guest lecturer and has delivered several keynote/plenary lectures at several international conferences. He has acted as reviewer for many prominent Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons and American Chemical Society journals and examiner for 6 PhD theses. He is also a proposal reviewer/assessor for the British Council, Leverhulme Trust, Australian Research Council, CONACYT and Kazakhstan National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation. He is currently serving as a Member of the British Council-Newton Fund Engineering and Physical Sciences Review Panel (2015 - present) and has previously served as a UK Management Committee Member for EU COST Action ES1205.

Postgraduate/postdoc supervision forms an integral component of his academic career in which he has supervised 5 successful PhD project and is currently co-supervising PhD students with his UK and Australian collaborators. In recognition of his research accomplishments, he was awarded the 2013 Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research (Early Career Development and Achievement) and included in the Stanford list of "Top 2% of scientists of their main subfield discipline". By working closely with UK, Australian and international collaborators, he has (jointly) procured more than £1.2 million-equivalent in competitive research, travel and infrastructure-based grants. Recent successfully obtained grants include:

  • 2017-2018 British Council Institutional Links – Newton Fund grant (UK Principal Investigator)
  • 2016 - 2017 Royal Academy of Engineering, UK - Newton Research Collaboration Programme (Principal Investigator)
  • 2015 - 2017 Innovative Research Universities (Australia) - IRU-MRUN Collaborative Research Programme (Joint Chief Investigator)
  • 2014 - 2015 Teesside University Research Fund (Principal Investigator)
  • 2014 - 2015 Teesside International Visiting Academics Scheme (Principal Investigator)
  • 2013 Australian Research Council - Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grants (Murdoch University Chief Investigator)
  • 2012 - 2014 Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Collaborator Program (Chief Investigator)

Dr Yin has published more than 85 indexed journal articles mostly as first/corresponding/joint corresponding author ( Recent representative journal publications include:

  • Ha, N.N., Cam, L.M., Thi Thu Ha, N., Jiang, Z.T., El-Harbawi, M. and Yin, C.Y.# (2018). Integrated QMMM and Monte Carlo methods for analysis of adsorptive interactions between goethite cluster, carbon nanotubes and arsenate. International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 118, e25653 (selected as journal cover image - please see below).
  • Ha, N.N., Ha, N.T.T., Goh, B.M., Saunders, M., Jiang, Z.T., Altarawneh, M., Dlugogorski, B.Z., El-Harbawi, M. and Yin, C.Y.# (2017). Understanding the adsorptive interactions of arsenate-iron nanoparticles with curved fullerene-like sheets in activated carbon using a quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics computational approach. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 19, 14262-14268 (highlighted by Editors as a HOT manuscript in 2017).
  • Yin, C.Y.#, Ng, M.F., Goh, B.M., Saunders, M., Hill, N., Jiang, Z.T., Balach, J. and El-Harbawi, M., (2016). Probing the interactions of phenol with oxygenated functional groups on curved fullerene-like sheets in activated carbon. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, 3700-3705.
  • Yin, C.Y.#, Ng, M.F., Saunders, M., Goh, B.M., Senanayake, G., Sherwood, A., Hampton, M. (2014). New insights into the adsorption of aurocyanide ion on activated carbon surface: electron microscopy analysis and computational studies using fullerene-like models. Langmuir 30 (26), 7703-7709.
  • Rahman, M.M., Jiang, Z.T., Xie, Z., Duan, X., Wo, P.C., Yin, C.Y., Mondinos, N., Gu, Q., Widjaja, H., Jack, K., Yago, A., Amri, A. (2014). Understanding local bonding structures of Ni-doped chromium nitride coatings through synchrotron radiation NEXAFS spectroscopy. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118 (32), 18573-18579.
  • Amri, A., Jiang, Z.T., Bahri, P., Yin, C.Y.#, Zhao, X., Xie, Z., Duan X., Widjaja, H., Rahman, M.M., Pryor, T. (2013). Surface electronic structure and mechanical characteristics of copper cobalt oxide thin film coatings: Soft X-ray synchrotron radiation spectroscopic analyses and modeling. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117 (32), 16457–16467.
  • Golsheikh, A.M., Huang, N.M., Lim, H.N., Zakaria, R., Yin, C.Y. (2013). One-step electrodeposition synthesis of silver-nanoparticle-decorated graphene on indium-tin-oxide for enzymeless hydrogen peroxide detection. Carbon 62, 405-412.
  • Yin, C.-Y.#, Nikoloski, A.N., Wang, W. (2013). Microfluidic solvent extraction of platinum and palladium from a chloride leach solution using Alamine 336. Minerals Engineering 45, 18 – 21.


Theme 1: Adsorption of Metal Ions onto Activated Carbon Surface: Electron Microscopy Analyses and Computational Studies
Though the use of activated carbon (AC) as an industrial wastewater "polisher" to remove pollutants as well as gold extractant in the carbon-in-pulp process are ubiquitous, the exact adsorption mechanisms in terms of metal ions affinity to the AC surface are still poorly understood. Computational and electron microscopy studies could potentially shed light on such fundamental aspects. 

Theme 2: Microfluidic Solvent Extraction of Metal Ions from Mineral-Based Leach Solutions
Microfluidics for solvent extraction (μSX) of metal ions from mineral based leach solution is a new metallurgical technique in the field of recovering precious (high-value) metals present in low concentrations which are otherwise not technically amenable (or economically viable) to extraction using conventional 2-stage mixer-settler.

Theme 3: Selective Mixed Metal Oxides Coatings for Solar Thermal Collection 
Using an integrative approach combining experimental, modelling and optimisation studies, this project establishes the fundamental links between the doped carbon-based elements and solar absorbancy of metal oxides coatings. The metal oxidation states and their local coordination on the surface and interface of thin film coatings will be discussed and elucidated based on X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), in combination with the synchrotron-based near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. 

Theme 4: Life Cycle Assessment and Industrial Ecology as Applied for Localised Chemical Industries
Life Cycle Assessment is a technique that provides quantitative assessment of the environmental impact of processes over their specified life cycles. Such technique could be used to aid improved plant designs in relation to environmental sustainability. 


  • CME2122: Separation Processes 1
  • CME3112: Sustainable Industry, Design and Manufacture