Imperial College London

Yunqing (Frank) Zhu 朱云卿

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Research Associate







G02ARoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Yunqing Zhu received his Master degree in material science in March 2013, at Tongji University in Shanghai under the supervision of Prof. Jianzhong Du. His master thesis dealt with the self-assembly behavior of amphiphilic polymers, their stimuli-responsive behaviour and the research of polymer vesicles with phase segregated membrane structure. After acquired his Master degree, he worked as a research assistant in the group of Prof. Jianzhong Du.


Awarded the Imperial-CSC scholarship, he started his PhD study in September 2013, under the supervision of Prof. Charlotte Williams at Imperial College London. His main research interest now focuses on the design and synthesis of functional/’smart’ block copolyesters using a combination of ring-opening polymerization and ring-opening copolymerization methods. This work builds upon previous research within the group and the discovery of the concept of ‘switch polymerization’, a new method which achieves precise control of the monomer sequence during polymerization.

Research ID: E-4861-2014 

Research Interest


Biodegradable amphiphilic polyesters for drug delivery and biosensing

Functionalized polyester for biomedical application

Sequence controlled ring-opening (co)polymerization for preparing renewable thermoplastic elastomer

Conferences and talks

Macro Group UK Young Researchers' Meeting, July 2014 in Durham UK, poster presentation

1st Symposium of the London Polymer Group, March 2015 in London UK, poster presentation

Materials Chemistry Symposium, July 2015 in London UK, oral presentation

250th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, August 2015 in Boston US, oral presentation

Frontiers in Green Materials symposium, December 2015 in London UK, oral presentation

Invited talk in Prof. Jianzhong Du's group, December 2015 in Shanghai China


Zhu Y., Williams C.K., Biodegradable thermoplastic elastomer from multi-block copolyester, UK Priority Patent Application Number 1514506.3

250th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Zhu Y, Yang B, Chen S, et al., 2017, Polymer vesicles: Mechanism, preparation, application, and responsive behavior, Progress in Polymer Science, Vol:64, ISSN:0079-6700, Pages:1-22

Zhu Y, Romain C, Williams CK, 2015, Selective Polymerization Catalysis: Controlling the Metal Chain End Group to Prepare Block Copolyesters, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:137, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:12179-12182

Zhu Y, Romain C, Poirier V, et al., 2015, Influences of a Dizinc Catalyst and Bifunctional Chain Transfer Agents on the Polymer Architecture in the Ring-Opening Polymerization of epsilon-Caprolactone, Macromolecules, Vol:48, ISSN:0024-9297, Pages:2407-2416

Paul S, Zhu Y, Romain C, et al., 2015, Ring-opening copolymerization (ROCOP): synthesis and properties of polyesters and polycarbonates, Chemical Communications, Vol:51, ISSN:1359-7345, Pages:6459-6479

Zhu Y, Wang F, Zhang C, et al., 2014, Preparation and Mechanism Insight of Nuclear Envelope-like Polymer Vesicles for Facile Loading of Biomacromolecules and Enhanced Biocatalytic Activity, ACS Nano, Vol:8, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:6644-6654

Zhu Y, Fan L, Yang B, et al., 2014, Multifunctional Homopolymer Vesicles for Facile Immobilization of Gold Nanoparticles and Effective Water Remediation, ACS Nano, Vol:8, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:5022-5031

Zhu Y, Liu L, Du J, 2013, Probing into Homopolymer Self-Assembly: How Does Hydrogen Bonding Influence Morphology?, Macromolecules, Vol:46, ISSN:0024-9297, Pages:194-203


Zhu Y, Romain C, Williams C, 2015, Chemoselective polymerization: From multicomponent feedstocks to sequence controlled block copolyesters, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, ISSN:0065-7727

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