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Dr Yunhong Jiang is a Research Associate in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, working for the research project ISOBIO: Development and Demonstration of Highly Insulating, Construction Materials from Bio-derived Aggregates.

The project focuses on scientific characterisation and development of selected bio-aggregates to provide the basis for creation of new products, resulting in improved insulation properties. The aim of the ISOBIO project is to create construction materials that meet all of the criteria required from an eco-material for use in the construction sector and to understand these environmental effects on low energy sustainable materials.

Before joining the Department Dr Jiang was a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds between 2011 and 2015.

He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds in 2011.


In 2011, Dr Jiang attended the EU Quality Nano and Marina Projects, which were funded by European Commission Framework7 Project. The main duties are to develop validated methods for characterising the physic-chemical properties of Nanomaterials as pristine materials, in biological matrices.

Dr Jiang has extensive experience using compositional analysis, surface structural and compositional techniques (SEM, TEM, XRD, BET, AAS, ICP-MS, DLS and TGA), but extending far beyond into the use of characterisation methods to understand the properties, interaction, exposure, and fate of Nanomaterials in relation to human health and the quality of the environment.

His research interests include:

  • synthesis, characterization and application of nanomaterials
  • advanced composite materials
  • nano-enhanced composite materials
  • smart materials & structures
  • bio-based thermal insulation materials.

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Research Output 2005 2019

Development of novel building composites based on hemp and multi-functional silica matrix

Hussain, A., Calabria-Holley, J., Lawrence, M., Ansell, M. P., Jiang, Y., Schorr, D. & Blanchet, P., 1 Jan 2019, In : Composites Part B: Engineering. 156, p. 266-273 8 p.

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Silicon Dioxide
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Characterization of nanoparticle batch-to-batch variability

Mülhopt, S., Diabaté, S., Dilger, M., Adelhelm, C., Anderlohr, C., Bergfeldt, T., de la Torre, J. G., Jiang, Y., Valsami-Jones, E., Langevin, D., Lynch, I., Mahon, E., Nelissen, I., Piella, J., Puntes, V., Ray, S., Schneider, R., Wilkins, T., Weiss, C. & Paur, H. R., 8 May 2018, In : Nanomaterials. 8, 5, 311.

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Comparative moisture and heat sorption properties of fibre and shiv derived from hemp and flax

Jiang, Y., Lawrence, R., Hussain, A., Ansell, M. & Walker, P., 25 Nov 2018, In : Cellulose. p. 1-21

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Hydrophobicity of Hemp Shiv treated with Sol-gel Coatings

Hussain, A., Calabria-Holley, J., Schorr, D., Jiang, Y., Lawrence, M. & Blanchet, P., 15 Mar 2018, In : Applied Surface Science. 434, p. 850-860 10 p.

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