Dr Jixin Yang

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry/Analytical Chemistry


Dr Jixin Yang received his BSc in Nanjing University (China) in 1996 and MSc in Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing) in 1999. Since then he studied his PhD at the University of Nottingham on transient species in conventional and supercritical fluid solutions by time-resolved infrared spectroscopy. 

After graduating in 2003, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Nottingham, focusing on the area of materials chemistry.

Dr Yang took the academic position at Wrexham Glyndŵr University in 2009. Now he is actively involved in undergraduate/postgraduate teaching and research in material chemistry.

He has published 32 research papers so far in peer-reviewed journals. Dr Yang is Charted Chemist (CChem), Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach), Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).  

Dr Yang is currently the team leader in Applied Science under the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology. He is also involved in a number of academic committees at the university level.


BSc in Environmental Chemistry

MSc in Physical Chemistry

PhD in Inorganic Chemistry

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development in Higher Education

Postgraduate Certificate in E-Learning


Dr Yang’s principal research interests and expertise lie in the fields of metal nanoparticles, semiconductor materials, polymer nanocomposites, hydrocolloids, supercritical fluids and green chemistry.


Module leader for:

Introduction to Science

Introduction to Chemistry

Maths and Statistics for Science

Analytical Methods

Instrumental Analysis

Laboratory Instrumental Analysis

The Physical World

Topics in Nanotechnology

Structure and Synthesis


"Preparation and emulsifying properties of trace elements fortified gum arabic" Bing Hu, Lingyu Han, Huiling Kong, Katsuyoshi Nishinari, Glyn O. Phillips, Jixin Yang and Yapeng Fang, Food Hydrocolloids, 2019, 88, 43–49.


"Interfacial and Emulsifying Properties of the Electrostatic Complex of β-Lactoglobulin Fibril and Gum Arabic (Acacia Seyal)" Zhiming Gao, Ying Huang, Bing Hu, Ke Zhang, Xiaofei Xu, Yapeng Fang, Katsuyoshi Nishinari, Glyn O. Phillips and Jixin YangColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects2019, 562, 1-7.


"A combined time-resolved infrared and density functional theory study of the lowest excited states of 9-fluorenone and 2-naphthaldehyde" Magnus W.D. Hanson-Heine, James A. Calladine, Jixin Yang, Michael Towrie, Raphael Horvath, Nicholas A. Besley and Michael W. George, Chem. Phys.2018, 512, 44-52.


"Effects of temperature and solvent condition on phase separation induced molecular fractionation of gum arabic/hyaluronan aqueous mixtures" Bing Hu, Lingyu Han, Zhiming Gao, Ke Zhang, Saphwan Al-Assaf, Katsuyoshi Nishinari, Glyn O. Phillips, Jixin Yang and Yapeng Fang, Int. J. Biol.Macromol.2018, 116, 683-690.


"Visualisation of latent fingerprint on wild bird eggshells by alternate light sources following superglue fuming" Alison Darby, Christopher J. Rogers, Benjamin Greene, Eleri Parry, Elisabeth M. Wray and Jixin YangJ. Forensic Res.2015, 6(3), 1000286.


"Synthesis and antioxidant properties of gum arabic-stabilized selenium nanoparticles" Huiling Kong, Jixin Yang, Yifeng Zhang, Yapeng Fang, Katsuyoshi Nishinari and Glyn O. Phillips, Int. J. Biol. Macromol.2014, 65, 155-162.


"A route to diffusion embedding of CdSe/CdS quantum dots in fluoropolymer microparticles"  Vladimir K. Popov, Viktor N. Bagratashvili, Larisa I. Krotova, Aleksei O. Rybaltovskii, David C. Smith, Peter S. Timashev, Jixin Yang, Yurii .S. Zavorotnii and Steven M. Howdle, Green Chem.2011, 13(10), 2696-2700.


"Supercritical chemical fluid deposition of high quality compound semiconductors" Mohammad Afzaal, Gabriele Aksomaityte, Paul O'Brien, Fei Cheng, Michael W. George, Andrew L. Hector, Steven M. Howdle, Jason R. Hyde, William Levason, Mohamed A. Malik, KanadMallik, Chinh Q. Nguyen, Gillian Reid, Pier Sazio, David C. Smith, Michael Webster, James W. Wilson, Jixin Yang and Wenjian Zhang, ECS Trans.2009, 25(8), 1193-1197.


"Deposition in supercritical fluids: from silver to semiconductors" Jixin Yang, Tom Hasell, David C. Smith and Steven M. Howdle, J. Mater. Chem., 2009, 19(45), 8560-8570. (Featured review).


"Experimental and theoretical investigation into the formation and reactivity of M(Cp)(CO)2(CO2) (M = Mn or Re) in liquid and supercritical CO2 and the effect of different CO2 coordination modes on reaction rates with CO, H2 and N2"  Jixin Yang, Boka R. N'Guessan, Alain Dedieu, David C. Grills, Xue-Zhong Sun and Michael W. George, Organometallics2009, 28(11), 3113-3122.


"Continuous flow supercritical chemical fluid deposition of optoelectronic quality CdS" Jixin Yang, Jason R. Hyde, James W. Wilson, Kanad Mallik, Pier Sazio, Paul O’Brien, Mohamed A. Malik, Mohammad Afzaal, Chinh Q. Nguyen, Michael W. George, Steven M. Howdle and David C. Smith, Adv. Mater.2009, 21(41), 4115-4119.


"Loss measurements of microstructured optical fibres with metal-nanoparticle inclusions" Adrian Amezcua-Correa, Anna C. Peacock, Jixin Yang, Pier J. A. Sazio and Steven M. Howdle, Electron. Lett.2008, 44(13), 795-796.


"A novel synthetic route to metal-polymer nanocomposites by in situ suspension and bulk polymerizations" Jixin Yang, Tom Hasell, Wenxin Wang and Steven M. Howdle, Eur. Polym. J.2008, 44(5), 1331-1336.


"Highly efficient SERS inside microstructured optical fibres with enhanced plasmonic interactions" Anna C. Peacock, Adrian Amezcua-Correa, Jixin Yang, Pier J.A. Sazio and Steven M. Howdle, Appl. Phys. Lett.2008, 92(14), 141113.


"Preparation of hybrid polymer nanocomposite microparticles by a nanoparticle stabilised dispersion polymerisation" Jixin Yang, Tom Hasell, Wenxin Wang, Jun Li, Paul Brown, Martyn Poliakoff, Edward Lester and Steven M. Howdle, J. Mater. Chem.2008, 18(9), 998-1001.


"Preparation of polymer–nanoparticle composite beads by a nanoparticle-stabilised suspension polymerisation" Tom Hasell, Jixin Yang, Wenxin Wang, Jun Li, Paul Brown, Martyn Poliakoff, Edward Lester and Steven M. Howdle, J. Mater. Chem.2007, 17(41), 4382-4386.


"A synthetic route to an aqueous solution of silver nanoparticles from organometallic precursor" Tom Hasell, Jixin Yang, Wenxin Wang, Paul Brown and Steven M. Howdle, Mater. Lett.2007, 61(27), 4906-4910.


"Microstructured optical fibre based metamaterials for surface-enhanced Raman scattering applications" Adrian Amezcua-Correa, Jixin Yang, Christopher E. Finlayson, Anna C. Peacock, Pier J.A. Sazio, Steven M. Howdle and James J. Baumberg, Adv. Func. Mater., 2007, 17(13), 2024-2030.


"Microscopic spacial effect on the dispersion polymerization in scCO2Jixin Yang, Wenxin Wang, Pier J.A. Sazio and Steven M. Howdle, Eur. Polym. J., 2007, 43(2), 663-667.


"Surface enhanced Raman scattering using metal modified microstructured optical fibre substrates" Adrian Amezcua-Correa, Anna C. Peacock, Chris E. Finlayson, Jeremy J. Baumberg, Jixin Yang, Steven M. Howdle and Pier. J. A. Sazio, Optical Comm.2006, 4801108.


"Surface enhanced Raman scattering using metal modified microstructured optical fiber substrates" Jixin Yang, Adrian Amezcua-Correa, Anna C. Peacock, Chris E. Finlayson, Jeremy J. Baumberg, Steven M. Howdle and Pier J.A. Sazio, Proc. of SPIE, 2006, 6369, 636906/1-636906/8. (Invited paper).


"Unraveling the photochemistry of Fe(CO)5 in solution: observation of Fe(CO)3 and the conversion between 3Fe(CO)4 and 1Fe(CO)4(solvent)" Peter Portius, Jixin Yang, Xue-Zhong Sun, David C. Grills, Pavel Matousek, Anthony W. Parker, Michael Towrie and Michael W. George, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2004, 126(34), 10713-10720.


"Characterization by time-resolved UV-Vis and infrared absorption spectroscopy of an intramolecular charge-transfer state in an organic electron-donor–bridge–acceptor system" Lene Hviid, Jan W. Verhoeven, Albert M. Brouwer, Michael N. Paddon-Rowand Jixin Yang, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2004, 3(3), 246-251.


"Using picosecond and nanosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy for excited states and reaction intermediates"  Marina K. Kuimova, Wassim Alsindi, David C. Grills, Omar Jina, Pavel Matousek, Anthony W. Parker, Peter Portius, XueZhong Sun, Michael Towrie, Claire Wilson, Jixin Yang and Michael W. George, J. Chem. Soc. Dalton Trans., 2003, 21, 3996-4006.


"Nanosecond time-resolved step-scan FT-IR spectroscopy in conventional and supercritical fluids using a four-window infrared cell" Xue-Zhong Sun, Sergei M. Nikiforov, Jixin Yang, Christopher S. Colley and Michael W. George, Appl. Spectrosc.2002, 56(1), 31-39.


"Investigation into the reactivity of M(h5-C5R5)(CO)2(alkane) (M = Mn or Re; R = H, Me or Ph; alkane = n-heptane or cyclopentane) and Re(h5-C5H5)(CO)2(Xe) in solution at cryogenic and room temperature" Gavin I. Childs, Christopher S. Colley, Joanne Dyer, David C. Grills, Xue-Zhong Sun, Jixin Yang and Michael W. George, J. Chem. Soc. Dalton Trans. 2000, 12, 1901-1906.


"Reaction of C2H with NO and O2 studied by TR-FTIR emission spectroscopy" Hongmei Su, Jixin Yang, Yihong Ding, Wenhui Feng and Fanao Kong, Chem. Phys. Lett.2000, 326(1,2), 73-79.


"The reaction of CH2(3B1) + N2O studied by time-resolved Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy" Hongmei Su, Jixin Yang, Jinxian Zhong and Fanao Kong, Chem. Phys. Lett., 1999, 303(5,6), 526-530.