Job Title
Deuteration Facility Synthetic Chemist
Office Phone Number
+441235821900 (RAL Switchboard)
Office Location
RAL R80,2.05
Mobile Phone Number

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Job Role:

Synthesis of hydrogenated and deuterated long-chain cationic surfactants and phospholipids, and studying the self-assembly of surfactants and their interactions with biological model membranes by neutrons.​

​Previous Experience:​​

​Synthetic experience with cationic, anionic and non-ionic surfactants during the PhD.

Previous Studies:

  • PhD in Physical Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences – Research area: Interactions of anionic/cationic surfactant mixtures and oligomeric surfactant with zein protein and phospholipid vesicles​.

Research Interests: 

Surfactants, phospholipids and the biological membrane​.​


Rutherford International Fellowship Programme​.

Committee Memberships: 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow​

Selected Publications:​

Self-Assembly of Oleyl Bis(2-hydroxyethyl)methyl Ammonium Bromide with Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate and Their Interactions with Zein​​​ - Yao Chen, Xiulin Ji, Yuchun Han, Yilin Wang*, Langmuir 2016, 32, 8212-8221.​

Interactions of Cationic/Anionic Mixed Surfactant Aggregates with Phospholipid Vesicles and Their Skin Penetration Ability​ - Yao Chen, Fulin Qiao, Yaxun Fan, Yuchun Han, Yilin Wang*, Langmuir 2017 33 (11), 2760-2769.​

Interactions of Phospholipid Vesicles with Cationic and Anionic Oligomeric Surfactants​​ - Yao Chen, Fulin Qiao, Yaxun Fan, Yuchun Han, and Yilin Wang*, J. Phys. Chem. B. 2017. 121 (29), 7122-7132.​​

Uniform Spread of High‐Speed Drops on Superhydrophobic Surface by Live‐Oligomeric Surfactant Jamming​ - Luo, S., Chen, Z., Dong, Z., Fan, Y., Chen, Y., Liu, B., Yu, C., Li, C., Dai, H., Li, H., Wang, Y., Jiang, L.,  Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1904475.

The structure of alkyl ester sulfonate surfactant micelles: The impact of different valence electrolytes and surfactant structure on micelle growth​​ - Wang, Z.; Li, P.; Ma, K.; Chen, Y.; Penfold, J.; Thomas, R. K.; Roberts, D. W.; Xu, H.; Petkov, J. T.; Yan, Z.; Venero, D. A.,  J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2019, 557, 124-134.

Impact of molecular structure, headgroup and alkyl chain geometry, on the adsorption of the anionic ester sulfonate surfactants at the air-solution interface, in the presence and absence of electrolyte​​ - Wang, Z.; Li, P.; Ma, K.; Chen, Y.; Campana, M.; Penfold, J.*; Thomas, R. K.; Roberts, D. W.; Xu, H.; Petkov, J. T.; Yan, Z*., J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2019, 544, 293-302.

Self-aggregation, Antibacterial Activity and Mildness of Cyclodextrin/Cationic Trimeric Surfactant Complexes​​ - Chengcheng Zhou, Dong Wang, Meiwen Cao, Yao Chen, Zhang Liu, Chunxian Wu, Hai Xu, Shu Wang, Yilin Wang*, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2016, 8 (45), 30811-30823​