Bioelectrochemical Systems
  and Engineering
Research Group


Enzymatic Fuel Cells Bioelectrochemical Systems Biosensors  Nanomaterials  
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                         Dr. Eileen Hao Yu

is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. Her PhD study worked on the development of direct methanol alkaline fuel cells, which was considered a pioneering study in the area. After her PhD, she worked as a research fellow at Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Germany, before returned to Newcastle to take a prestigious EPSRC Research Fellowship (Life Science Interface) in 2006.

Dr Yus current research focuses on novel bioelectrochemical systems for energy and environmental solutions, and bioelectronics including biosensors; enzymatic biofuel cells for biomedical applications. She is a part of EPSRC Supergen Biological fuel cell consortium, and Co-PI of NERC consortium of Resource recovery from wastewater using bioelectrochemical systems. She also involves in the research on alkaline polymer membrane fuel cells. She is currently the PI leading 2m EPSRC Liquid fuel and bioenergy supply from CO2 reduction (LifesCO2R).



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Research Interests
  • Fuel cells and Biological fuel cells,
  • Bioelectrochemical systems: MFC, MEC
  • Biosensors for healthcare devices, biocompatible materials
  • Protein modification, functionalisation and immobilisation
  • Electrochemical and bioelectrochemical catalysis
  • Electrochemical cell configuration and design
  • Waste treatment and remediation
  • Resource recovery from wastes
  • Bioremediation
  • CO2 utlization and conversion
  • Energy materials and nanomaterials
Research Funding

2006-2009 EPSRC Research Fellowship (Life Science Interface), Grant EP/C535456/1, Development of Biofuel Cells for Implantable Devices
Project leader: Eileen Yu

2005-2009   EU Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Networks on Biological Fuel Cells,
Project leader: Keith Scott

2010-2014     EPSRC Supergen Biological Fuel Cells,
Project leader: Fraser Armstrong (Oxford), Keith Scott

2011-2012    EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Awards: Development of Electrochemical Based NEFA Biosensors for Diabetes Management
Project leader: Eileen Yu

2011-2012 EPSRC KTA: Next Generation Immunoassay with Magnetic Nanoparticles
Project leader: Eileen Yu

2014-2019 NERC RRfW: Resource recovery from wastewater using bioelectrochemical systems
Project leader: Ian Head and Eileen Yu


2014-2015 EPSRC IAA: Development of Biosensors for Dementia Biomarkers

Project leader: Eileen Yu


2016-2017 EPSRC IAA: Development of 3D Carbon nanocomposite for Biosensing Applications


Project leader: Eileen Yu

2016-2020 EPSRC Liquid fuels and Bioenergy Supply from CO2 Reduction (LifesCO2R)
Project leader: Eileen Yu


Professional Activities

Member of International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE)
Member of SCI

Awards and Prizes

05/2006    1st Prize in the Connections and Creativity competition, Challenge Engineering 2006, EPSRC
04/2005    EPSRC Research Fellowship (Life Science Interface), Grant EP/C535456/1


Teaching Activity
  • Undergraduate
CME2031 Safety & Engineering Practice: Heat Exchange Networks;
CME 2030 Stage 2 Chemical Engineering Lab Practice
CME3039 Plant Design
  • Postgraduate
CME8044 Fuel Cell Systems
CME8118 Material Sustainability
SPG8007 Renewable Energy: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology


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Last updated in March 2018