Kaiyu Fu


Stanford University

Department of Electrical Engineering and Radiology

Postdoc Research Associate (2018- now)

University of Notre Dame

Ph.D. in Chemistry (2014-2018)

Fudan University

M.S. in Chemistry and Physics of Polymers (2011-2014)

Sichuan University

B.E. in Polymer Materials and Engineering (2007-2011)

I started my research training in material science and chose polymer-based nanomaterials as the anchor point to explore the self-assembly of polymeric nanoparticles and to modulate the stimuli-responsive behaviors through well-designed molecular interaction. Afterward, I got intense Ph.D. training under the guidance of Professor Paul W. Bohn in analytical and physical chemistry at Notre Dame over four years. My focus at that time was on nanostructures that can interrogate the coupling of mass transport and electron transfer reactions. I was particularly interested in the electrochemical measurements conducted in confined volume, where its physical size is commensurate with physical scaling lengths. Bridging the advanced nanofabrication process and electroanalytical methods, I addressed some fundamental questions in electrochemistry, like how electron transfer and ion transport are confined in an ultrasmall volume that would impact the electrochemical detection. Using artificial nanopore structures designed and fabricated by me, I can illuminate phenomena relevant to biomolecule transport, charge transfer through proteins, and the redox behavior of biomacromolecules in confined environments.

Subsequently, my postdoctoral training further extends my knowledge base in chemistry to a more practical perspective in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection at Stanford. At Professor H. Tom Soh's lab, my research interests are rooted in the frontier area that integrates the emerging technologies of bioelectronics design and the direction evolution of nucleic acids and antibodies to develop personalized biomedical devices. So far, most commercial biosensors lack the capability to real-time monitor biomarkers from the body with large sensitivity and high specificity. The bioaffinity reagents and electrochemical biosensors developed in my current works are capable of highly specific recognition and efficient signal transduction in a regeneration mode for next-generation sensing technology.

Awards and Honors

  • Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, China Scholarship Council (2019)

  • ACS-DAC Graduate Fellowship, ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry (2018)

  • J. Peter Grace Fellowship, University of Notre Dame (2014-2015)

  • Student Scholarship, Fudan University (2013-2014)

  • Student Scholarship, Fudan University (2011-2012)

  • Excellent Bachelor Thesis, Sichuan University (2010-2011)

  • National Scholarship, Top 1% of Students, Ministry of Education of China (2009-2010)

  • Innovative Talents Award, Sichuan University (2009-2010)

  • Student Scholarship, Sichuan University (2007-2010)

Professional service

Conference organization

  • Co-Chair of “Synthesis and Applications of Electrochemically Active Materials” Symposium 11 at 68th International Society of Electrochemistry (08/2017)

Scientific journal service

  • Peer review service: ACS Sensors (1), Lab on a Chip (2), Analytica Chimica Acta (19), Results in Chemistry (1), Materials (1), Biosensors (1), Micromachines (2), Chemosensors (2), Membranes (1), Electronics (1).

  • Reviewer Board: Biosensors

  • Special Issue Editor: Micromachines, “Recent Advances of Porous Material for Biological and Energy Applications”.

Society membership

  • Member of Electrochemical Society (ECS) (2020-now)

  • Member of American Chemical Society (ACS) (2016-now)

  • Member of International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) (2016-now)

  • Member of Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) (2015-2018)