Dr Fuqiang Chang


In 2011, Fuqiang started his scientific career at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China. In 2014 Fuqiang received his Master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering. He worked on the project of “Synthesis of organic–inorganic hybrid polyphosphazene materials and their application in drug release”.

In the same year he moved to the Utrecht University (UU), the Netherlands, to pursue his doctorate. He performed his research at the at the Van `t Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry group supervised by Prof. Dr. Willem Kegel. His Ph.D. research focused on the synthesis of uniform anisotropic colloids as model systems for self-assembly studies and led to the development of a variety of patch colloidal particles with orthogonal functionalities.

In 2018, 3 Months before defending his thesis, Patchy colloids with orthogonal functionality, he started his postdoc at the Organic Chemistry & Catalysis in the groups of Prof. Dr. Pieter Bruijnincx on “the application of Pickering emulsion in tandem catalysis”. He prepared a series of colloidal particles as both stabilizers for Pickering emulsion stabilization and catalysts for biphasic interfacial tandem reactions.

As of June 2021, he is working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Davis Functional Nanomaterials group at the University College London (UCL). He is investigating on the project of ‘’High Throughput Preparation of Tunable Magnetically Assembled 1D Nanostructures’’.

Research Interests

Fuqiang is interested in the synthesis of colloidal systems for the formation of new materials via a bottom-up approach. His research focuses on the combining synthetic polymer chemistry and physical chemistry for the development of engineered building blocks. By systematically tuning shape and interplay of the colloids, he aims to design new and unique materials with interesting structural, optical, mechanical and /or electronic properties. In his work with the Davies group, Fuqiang will use his knowledge of colloid synthesis and surface modification to prepare 1D MRI contrast agents.


Fuqiang Chang, Bas G. P. van Ravensteijn, Kanvaly S. Lacina and Willem K. Kegel*, Bi-functional Janus spheres with chemically orthogonal patches, ACS Macro Letters 8.6 (2019): 714-718.

Fuqiang Chang, Samia Ouhajji, Alice townsend, Kanvaly S. Lacina, Bas G. P. van Ravensteijn and Willem K. Kegel*, Controllable synthesis of patchy particles with tunable geometry and orthogonal chemistry, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 582 (2020): 333-341.

Carmine Anzivino, Fuqiang Chang, Giuseppe Soligno, René van Roij, Willem K. Kegel, and Marjolein Dijkstra*, Equilibrium Congurations and Capillary Interactions of Janus Dumbbells and Spherocylinders at Fluid-Fluid Interfaces, Soft matter 15.12 (2019): 2638-2647.

Fuqiang Chang, Patchy colloids with orthogonal functionality, (2019). Doctoral dissertation, Utrecht University.

Fuqiang Chang, Carolien M. Vis, Wirawan Ciptonugroho and Pieter C. A. Bruijnincx*, Recent Developments in Catalysis with Pickering Emulsions, Green Chemistry, 23.7 (2021): 2575-2594.

Fuqiang Chang, Xiaobin Huang*, Hao Wei, Kuiyong Chen, Congcong Shan, XiaozhenTang, Intrinsically fluorescent hollow spheres based on organic–inorganic hybrid polyphosphazene material: Synthesis and application in drug release, Materials Letters 125 (2014): 128-131.

Fuqiang Chang, Carolien M. Vis and Pieter C. A. Bruijnincx*, Bifunctional Janus silica spheres for Pickering interfacial tandem catalysis, under revision.