Dr Jixin Yang

Reader in Materials Chemistry

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Dr Jixin Yang received his BSc in Nanjing University (Nanjing, China) in 1996 and MSc in Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China) in 1999. He then came to the UK to study his PhD at the School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham. After graduating in 2003, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Nottingham for another 6 years, focusing on the area of materials chemistry.

Dr Yang took the lectureship position at Wrexham Glyndŵr University in 2009 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2011 and reader in materials chemistry in 2022. Now he is actively involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research in material chemistry. Dr Yang has published more than 40 research articles so far in peer-reviewed journals with more than 1,140 total citations. He 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 one of the academic subject leaders in the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology and involved in a number of academic committees at the university level.

Also, he is the panel assessor for Royal Society of Chemistry to evaluate the applications and revalidations of Charted Science Teacher (CSciTeach) and a member of RSC North Wales Local Section Committee representing Wrexham Glyndŵr University. In 2020, he was shortlisted in the Student Union Award of Best Lecturer of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology. In 2021, he was the winner of the same award.  In 2022, he has received the commendation in the volunteering category of university Above & Beyond Staff Award.

Research Interests

Metal nanoparticles, semiconductor materials, polymer nanocomposites, hydrocolloids, instrumental analysis, supercritical fluids and green chemistry.

Research Projects

Title Role Description From/To
Royal Society of Chemistry Context- and Problem-Based Learning project Co-investigator This is RSC-funded teaching and learning research project involving student participants to explore the efficiency of the context- and problem-based learning. 2011 -2012


Year Publication Type
2024 Formation, influencing factors, and applications of internal channels in starch: A review, Food Chemistry, 21. [DOI]
Zhu J, Han L, Wang M, Yang J, Fang Y, Zheng Q, Zhang X, Gao J and Hu B
Peer Reviewed Journal
2024 Impact of cod skin peptide-ι-carrageenan conjugates prepared via the Maillard reaction on the physical and oxidative stability of Antarctic krill oil emulsions, [DOI]
Han, Lingyu;Zhai, Ruiyi;Shi, Ruitao;Hu, Bing;Yang, Jixin;Xu, Zhe;Ma, Kun;Li, Yingmei;Li, Tingting
Peer Reviewed Journal
2023 Effects of Octenyl-Succinylated Chitosan—Whey Protein Isolated on Emulsion Properties, Astaxanthin Solubility, Stability, and Bioaccessibility, [DOI]
Han, Lingyu;Zhai, Ruiyi;Hu, Bing;Yang, Jixin;Li, Yaoyao;Xu, Zhe;Meng, Yueyue;Li, Tingting
Peer Reviewed Journal
2023 Preparation and characterization of gliadin-based core-shell microcapsules by three antisolvent approaches, [DOI]
Yang, Yisu;Han, Lingyu;Cao, Jijuan;Yang, Xi;Hu, Chuhuan;Yang, Jixin;Zheng, Qiuyue;Zhang, Xiaobo;Hu, Bing
Peer Reviewed Journal
2023 Calcium ion regulation of sodium alginate in pure buckwheat noodles shown by in vitro simulated digestion, Frontiers in nutrition, 9. [DOI]
Wang, Hongyan;Zhang, Jiukai;Han, Lingyu;Cao, Jijuan;Yang, Jixin;Zhang, Ying;Hu, Bing
Peer Reviewed Journal
2022 Composite oleogels formed by cellulose particles and sorbitan acid esters, FOOD STRUCTURE-NETHERLANDS, 31. [DOI]
Gao, Zhiming;Zhang, Chao;Wu, Yuehan;Chen, Fangfang;Hu, Bing;Wang, Ran;Yang, Jixin;Nishinari, Katsuyoshi
Peer Reviewed Journal
2022 Octenyl-succinylated inulins for the delivery of hydrophobic drug, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 221. [DOI]
Han, Lingyu;Sun, Jiao;Williams, Peter A.;Yang, Jixin;Zhang, Shubiao
Peer Reviewed Journal
2022 Investigation of rheological behaviors of aqueous gum Arabic in the presence of crystalline nanocellulose, CARBOHYDRATE POLYMER TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS, 4. [DOI]
Jones, Kevin L.;Hu, Bing;Li, Wei;Fang, Yapeng;Yang, Jixin
Peer Reviewed Journal
2022 Characterization of hydrophilic and hydrophobic core-shell microcapsules prepared using a range of antisolvent approaches, Food Hydrocolloids, 131. [DOI]
Hu, Bing;Yang, Yisu;Han, Lingyu;Yang, Jixin;Zheng, Wenjie;Cao, Jijuan
Peer Reviewed Journal
2022 Characterization of hydrophilic and hydrophobic core-shell microcapsules prepared using a range of antisolvent approaches, [DOI]
Hu, Bing;Yang, Yisu;Han, Lingyu;Yang, Jixin;Zheng, Wenjie;Cao, Jijuan
Peer Reviewed Journal
2021 Electrostatic Interaction-Based Fabrication of Calcium Alginate-Zein Core-Shell Microcapsules of Regulable Shapes and Sizes, Langmuir, 37. [DOI]
Zhang, Xun;Hu, Bing;Zhao, Yiguo;Yang, Yisu;Gao, Zhiming;Nishinari, Katsuyoshi;Yang, Jixin;Zhang, Yin;Fang, Yapeng
Peer Reviewed Journal
2021 Conformational transition and gelation of kappa-carrageenan in electrostatic complexation with beta-lactoglobulin aggregates, Food Hydrocolloids, 118. [DOI]
Hu, Bing;Hu, Jing;Han, Lingyu;Cao, Jijuan;Nishinari, Katsuyoshi;Yang, Jixin;Fang, Yapeng;Li, Dongmei
Peer Reviewed Journal
2020 Octenyl-succinylated inulin for the encapsulation and release of hydrophobic compounds, Carbohydrate Polymers, 238. [DOI]
Han, Lingyu;Hu, Bing;Ratcliffe, Ian;Senan, Chandra;Yang, Jixin;Williams, Peter A.
Peer Reviewed Journal
2020 Protein/polysaccharide intramolecular electrostatic complex as superior food-grade foaming agent, Food Hydrocolloids, 101. [DOI]
Xu, Yao;Yang, Nan;Yang, Jixin;Hu, Jing;Zhang, Ke;Nishinari, Katsuyoshi;Phillips, Glyn O.;Fang, Yapeng
Peer Reviewed Journal
2020 Pomegranate seed oil stabilized with ovalbumin glycated by inulin: Physicochemical stability and oxidative stability, Food Hydrocolloids, 102. [DOI]
Hu, Bing;Wang, Kangping;Han, Lingyu;Zhou, Bin;Yang, Jixin;Li, Shugang
Peer Reviewed Journal
2020 Prediction of high-quality reservoirs using the reservoir fluid mobility attribute computed from seismic data, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 190. [DOI]
Zhang, Yijiang;Wen, Xiaotao;Jiang, Lian;Liu, Jie;Yang, Jixin;Liu, Songming
Peer Reviewed Journal
2019 Comparative study on foaming and emulsifying properties of different beta-lactoglobulin aggregates, Food & function, 10. [DOI]
Hu, Jing;Yang, Jixin;Xu, Yao;Zhang, Ke;Nishinari, Katsuyoshi;Phillips, Glyn O.;Fang, Yapeng
Peer Reviewed Journal
2019 Effect of arabinogalactan protein complex content on emulsification performance of gum arabic, Carbohydrate Polymers, 224. [DOI]
Han, Lingyu;Hu, Bing;Ma, Ruixiang;Gao, Zhiming;Nishinari, Katsuyoshi;Phillips, Glyn O.;Yang, Jixin;Fang, Yapeng
Peer Reviewed Journal
2019 Interfacial and emulsifying properties of the electrostatic complex of beta-lactoglobulin fibril and gum Arabic (Acacia Seyal), Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 562. [DOI]
Gao, Zhiming;Huang, Ying;Hu, Bing;Zhang, Ke;Xu, Xiaofei;Fang, Yapeng;Nishinari, Katsuyoshi;Phillips, Glyn O.;Yang, Jixin
Peer Reviewed Journal
2019 Preparation and emulsifying properties of trace elements fortified gum arabic, Food Hydrocolloids, 88. [DOI]
Hu, Bing;Han, Lingyu;Kong, Huiling;Nishinari, Katsuyoshi;Phillips, Glyn O.;Yang, Jixin;Fang, Yapeng
Peer Reviewed Journal
2018 Effects of temperature and solvent condition on phase separation induced molecular fractionation of gum arabic/hyaluronan aqueous mixtures, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 116. [DOI]
Hu, Bing;Han, Lingyu;Gao, Zhiming;Zhang, Ke;Al-Assaf, Saphwan;Nishinari, Katsuyoshi;Phillips, Glyn O.;Yang, Jixin;Fang, Yapeng
Peer Reviewed Journal
2018 A combined time-resolved infrared and density functional theory study of the lowest excited states of 9-fluorenone and 2-naphthaldehyde, CHEMICAL PHYSICS. [DOI] Peer Reviewed Journal
2014 Synthesis and antioxidant properties of gum arabic-stabilized selenium nanoparticles, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 65. [DOI]
Kong, Huiling;Yang, Jixin;Zhang, Yifeng;Fang, Yapeng;Nishinari, Katsuyoshi;Phillips, Glyn O.
Peer Reviewed Journal
2011 A route to diffusion embedding of CdSe/CdS quantum dots in fluoropolymer microparticles, GREEN CHEMISTRY, 13. [DOI]
Popov, Vladimir K.;Bagratashvili, Viktor N.;Krotova, Larisa I.;Rybaltovskii, Aleksei O.;Smith, David C.;Timashev, Peter S.;Yang, Jixin;Zavorotnii, Yurii. S.;Howdle, Steven M.
Peer Reviewed Journal
2009 Continuous flow supercritical chemical fluid deposition of optoelectronic quality CdS, 
Yang, Jixin;Hyde, Jason R;Wilson, James W;Mallik, Kanad;Sazio, Pier;Brien, Paul;Malik, Mohamed A;Afzaal, Mohammad;Nguyen, Chinh Q;George, Michael W;Howdle, Steven M;Smith, David C
Other Journal
2009 Supercritical chemical fluid deposition of high quality compound semiconductors, 
Afzaal, Mohammad;Aksomaityte, Gabriele;Brien, Paul;Cheng, Fei;George, Michael W;Hector, Andrew L;Howdle, Steven M;Hyde, Jason R;Levason, William;Malik, Mohamed A;Mallik, Kanad;Nguyen, Chinh Q;Reid, Gillian;Sazio, Pier;Smith, David C;Webster, Michael;Wilson, James W;Yang, Jixin;Zhang, Wenjian
Other Journal
2009 Deposition in supercritical fluids: from silver to semiconductors, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY. [DOI] Peer Reviewed Journal
2008 A novel synthetic route to metal-polymer nanocomposites by in situ suspension and bulk polymerizations, European Polymer Journal, 44. [DOI]
Yang, Jixin;Hasell, Tom;Wang, Wenxin;Howdle, Steven M.
Peer Reviewed Journal
2008 Highly efficient surface enhanced Raman scattering using microstructured optical fibers with enhanced plasmonic interactions, Applied Physics Letters, 92. [DOI]
Peacock, Anna C.;Amezcua-Correa, Adrian;Yang, Jixin;Sazio, Pier J. A.;Howdle, Steven M.
Peer Reviewed Journal
2008 Preparation of hybrid polymer nanocomposite microparticles by a nanoparticle stabilised dispersion polymerisation, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, 18. [DOI]
Yang, Jixin;Hasell, Tom;Wang, Wenxin;Li, Jun;Brown, Paul D.;Poliakoff, Martyn;Lester, Edward;Howdle, Steven M.
Peer Reviewed Journal
2007 A facile synthetic route to aqueous dispersions of silver nanoparticles, Materials Letters, 61. [DOI]
Hasell, Tom;Yang, Jixin;Wang, Wenxin;Brown, Paul D.;Howdle, Steven M.
Peer Reviewed Journal
2007 Surface-enhanced Raman scattering using microstructured optical fiber substrates, Advanced Functional Materials, 17. [DOI]
Amezcua-Correa, Adrian;Yang, Jixin;Finlayson, Chris E.;Peacock, Anna C.;Hayes, John R.;Sazio, Pier J. A.;Baumberg, Jeremy J.;Howdle, Steven M.
Peer Reviewed Journal
2007 Microscopic spacial effect on the dispersion polymerization in ScCO2, European Polymer Journal, 43. [DOI]
Yang, Jixin;Wang, Wenxin;Sazio, Pier J. A.;Howdle, Steven M.
Peer Reviewed Journal
2007 Preparation of polymer-nanoparticle composite beads by a nanoparticle-stabilised suspension polymerisation, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, 17. [DOI]
Hasell, Tom;Yang, Jixin;Wang, Wenxin;Li, Jun;Brown, Paul D.;Poliakoff, Martyn;Lester, Edward;Howdle, Steven M.
Peer Reviewed Journal
2004 Unraveling the photochemistry of Fe(CO)(5) in solution: Observation of Fe(CO)(3) and the conversion between Fe-3(CO)(4) and Fe-1(CO)(4)(solvent), Journal of the American Chemical Society, 126. [DOI]
Portius, P;Yang, JX;Sun, XZ;Grills, DC;Matousek, P;Parker, AW;Towrie, M;George, MW
Peer Reviewed Journal
2004 Characterization by time-resolved UV-Vis and infrared absorption spectroscopy of an intramolecular charge-transfer state in an organic electron-donor-bridge-acceptor system, PHOTOCHEMICAL & PHOTOBIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 3. [DOI]
Hviid, L;Verhoeven, JW;Brouwer, AM;Paddon-Row, MN;Yang, JX
Peer Reviewed Journal
2003 Using picosecond and nanosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy for the investigation of excited states and reaction intermediates of inorganic systems, Dalton Transactions. [DOI]
Kuimova, MK;Alsindi, WZ;Dyer, J;Grills, DC;Jina, OS;Matousek, P;Parker, AW;Portius, P;Sun, XZ;Towrie, M;Wilson, C;Yang, JX;George, MW
Peer Reviewed Journal
2000 Reaction of C2H with NO and O-2 studied by TR-FTIR emission spectroscopy, CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS, 326. 
Su, HM;Yang, JX;Ding, YH;Feng, WH;Kong, FN
Peer Reviewed Journal
2000 Investigation into the reactivity of M(eta(5)-C5R5)(CO)(2)(alkane) (M = Mn or Re; R = H, Me or Ph; alkane = n-heptane or cyclopentane) and Re(eta(5)-C5H5)(CO)(2)(Xe) in solution at cryogenic and room temperature, JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-DALTON TRANSACTIONS. 
Childs, GI;Colley, CS;Dyer, J;Grills, DC;Sun, XZ;Yang, JX;George, MW
Peer Reviewed Journal
1999 The reaction of CH2(B-3(1))+N2O studied by time-resolved Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS, 303. 
Su, HM;Yang, JX;Zhong, JX;Kong, FN
Peer Reviewed Journal

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
2021 Wrexham Glyndwr University Student Union Annual Award Best Lecturer in Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology Wrexham Glyndwr University
2022 Wrexham Glyndwr University Above & Beyond Staff Award --- commendation for the “Award for Volunteering” Wrexham Glyndwr University

Professional Associations

Association Function From/To
Royal Society of Chemistry Chartered Chemist 2011
Royal Society of Chemistry Chartered Science Teacher 2017
Royal Society of Chemistry Full member 2009
Advance HE Senior Fellowship 2018


Name From/To
Research Committee 2022


Employer Position From/To
Wrexham Glyndwr University Senior Lecturer in Chemistry 2011 - 2022
Wrexham Glyndwr University Lecturer in Chemistry 2009 - 2011
University of Nottingham Research Fellow 2003 - 2009


Institution Qualification Subject From/To
University of Nottingham PhD Inorganic Chemistry 1999 - 2003
Nanjing University BSc Environmental Chemistry 1992 - 1996
Wrexham Glyndŵr University Postgraduate Certificate in E-Learning Education 2011 - 2013
Wrexham Glyndŵr University Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development in Higher Education Education 2009 - 2010
Chinese Academy of Sciences MSc Physical Chemistry 1996 - 1999


Language Reading Writing Speaking
Chinese Native / Bilingual Proficiency Native / Bilingual Proficiency Native / Bilingual Proficiency
English Full Professional Proficiency Full Professional Proficiency Full Professional Proficiency

Journal Reviewer or Editor

Journal Name Activity From/To
Food Hydrocolloids Peer Reviewer 2020 - 2023
Journal of Materials Chemistry Peer Reviewer 2009 - 2020
Green Chemistry Peer Reviewer 2010 - 2020
RSC Advance Peer Reviewer 2015 - 2020
Chemical Communications Peer Reviewer 2015 - 2020

Consultancy & Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Client Description From/To
Dyesol Ltd Shorter KTP on "Titania semiconductor layers" funded by Wales Assembly Government (£42320, Academic Lead) 2010 - 2011

Programs/ Modules Coordinated

Title Subject
Maths and Statistics for Science SCI442
Laboratory Instrumental Analysis SCI527
Analytical Methods in Applied Science SCI545
Instrumental Analysis SCI526
Forensic Analytical Chemistry SCI722
Introduction to Science LND309
Introduction to Chemistry SCI443
Nanomedicine and Biochemistry Futures SCI640

Current Postgraduates

Name Degree
Kevin Jones PH