Lei, Yu

Yu Lei, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Biosensors/Bioanalysis/Nanosensors, High Temperature Nanomaterials and Sensing, Bionanotechnology, Nanofibers, Environmental Biotechnology, Biocatalyst
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department University of Connecticut 191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3222 Storrs, CT  06269-3222
Office Phone: (860) 486-4554
Fax: (860) 486-2959
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, China
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, China
Ph.D. Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University of California-Riverside

Research Summary:

Dr. Lei’s research concentrates on the development of various (bio)sensors. Many areas of medicine, the environment, and food and agriculture – ranging from the diagnosis of disease to new drug discovery, screening and food safety, as well as pollutant monitoring – involve the detection of biological and chemical species. Dr. Lei aims at development of novel, simple, ultrasensitive and universal biosensor platforms for the detection of biological and chemical species. Dr. Lei also involves the synthesis of nanostructured materials and their application. Nanotechnology is a strategic technology that holds the potential for great commercial rewards in the areas of electronics, medicine, environment, food and agriculture. Dr. Lei seeks to develop novel nanomaterials and apply them in sensing and biosensing.

Information on current projects can be found on my webpage.

Honors and Awards: Top Cited Author Award 2010-2011, Biosensors and Bioeelctronics Top Cited Award 2008-2009, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry NSF Grant DHS Grant DOE Grant USGS Grant UConn Large Research Grant NanoCluster/NTU seed fund 2005 University of California-Riverside Graduate Research Award 2004 University of California-Riverside Dissertation Research Grant 2004 University of California-Riverside Mini-Travel Grant 2003, 2004 The Best Presentation of the Third Annual Graduate Student Seminar, Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of California-Riverside 2003 Distinguished Chancellor Fellowship, University of California-Riverside 2000-2002 Excellent Graduate Student of Sichuan Province, China 1996 Guanghua scholarship, China 1993-1996 Undergraduate Scholarships, China 1990-1993

Selected Publications:
  1. Parisi, J, Dong, Q.C., Yu Lei. In-situ Microfluidic Fabrication of SERS Nanostructures for Highly Sensitive Fingerprint Microfluidic-SERS Sensing, 2015. RSC Adv. Accepted.
  2. B.C. Liu, Yu Lei, B.K Li. A batch-mode cube microbial fuel cell based “shock” biosensor for wastewater quality monitoring. 2014. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Accepted
  3. X.C. Sun, X. Y. Ma, V. Kumar, Y. Lei. Protein-based Sensitive, Selective and Rapid Fluorescence Detection of Picric Acid in Aqueous Media. 2014. Analytical Methods, Accepted.
  4. Y.X. Liu, X.C. Sun, Z.Q. Zhou, Yu Lei. Electrospun Ce-Ni-O Composite Nanofibers for Highly Selective Propane Detection at High Temperature Based on Its Rapid Reaction Kinetics. 2014. J. Mater. Chem A. 2 (34), 14038-14047.
  5. Y.X. Liu, X.C. Sun, B.K. Li, Yu Lei. Tunable p-n Transition Behaviour of p-La0.67Sr0.33MnO3/n-CeO2 Nanofibers Heterojunction for the Development of Selective High Temperature Propane Sensor. 2014. J. Mater. Chem A. 2(30), 11651-11659