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Yu Lei

lei_yu_profileYu Lei
Castleman Professor
Chair, CBE Graduate Committee

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3222
Storrs, CT 06269-3222
Office: UTEB-274
Phone: (860) 486-4554
Email:   Web:



Ph.D., University of California-Riverside, 2004


Research Focus

  • Biosensor
  • Gas Sensor
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • High Temperature Nanomaterials based Sensing
  • Microfluidic-based Biosensor



  • Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry Top Cited Article Awards, 2011
  • University of California-Riverside Graduate Research Award, 2004
  • Distinguished Chancellor Fellowship, University of California-Riverside, 2000-2002
  • Excellent Graduate Student of Sichuan Province, China, 1996


Current Publications

Wang, X., Santoro, C., Cristiani, P., Squadrito, G., Lei, Y., Agrios, A. G., Pasaogullari, U., Li, B.. Influence of electrode characteristics on coulombic efficiency (CE) in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) treating wastewater. 2013. Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 160 (7), G3117-G3122.

Lei, Y.. In situ synthesis of silver nanoparticle decorated vertical nanowalls in a microfluidic device for ultrasensitive in-channel SERS sensing. 2013. Lab on a Chip. 13 (8), 1501-1508.

Jang, H.-S., Wang, Y., Lei, Y., Nieh, M.-p.. Controllable formation of pyrene (C16H10) excimers in polystyrene/tetrabutylammonium hexafluorophosphate films through solvent vapor and temperature annealing. 2012. Journal of Physical Chemistry. C117 (3), 1428-1435.

Wang, Y., la, A., Ding, Y., Liu, Y., Lei, Y.. Novel Signal-Amplifying Fluorescent Nanofibers for Naked Eye-Based Ultrasensitive Detection of Buried Explosives and Explosive Vapors. 2012. Advanced Functional Materials. 22 (17), 3547-3555.

Zhang, Y., Su, L., Lubonja, K., Cong, Y., Liu, Y., Huo, D., Hou, C., Lei, Y.. Copper nanowires-SWCNTs hybrid composite for enhanced glucose electrooxidation and detection in alkaline medium (Invited). 2012. Science of Advanced Materials. 4 (8), 825-831.

Liu, Y., Ding, Y., Zhang, Y., Lei, Y.. Pt-Au nanocorals, Pt nanofibers and Au microparticles prepared by electrospinning and calcination for nonenzymatic glucose sensing in neutral and alkaline environment. 2012. Sensors and Actuators B. 171-172. 954-961.

Wang, Y., La, A., Brueckner, C., Lei, Y.. FRET- and PET-based sensing in a single material: expanding the dynamic range of an ultra-sensitive nitroaromatic explosives assay. 2012. Chemical Communications. 48 (79), 9903-9905.

Zhao, J., Luo, T., Zhang, X., Lei, Y., Yan, Y.. Highly Selective Zeolite Membranes as Explosive Pre-concentrators. 2012. Analytical Chemistry. 84 (15), 6303-6307.

Y. Ding, Y. Wang, Yu Lei. Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of novel single-walled carbon nanotubes-hemoglobin composite microbelts – Towards the development of sensitive and mediator-free biosensor. 2010. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 26, 390-397.

W. Chen, Y. Ding, J. Akhigbe, C. Brückner, C.M. Li, Yu Lei. Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of glucose oxidase on nanodentrite poly{[meso-tetrakis(2-thienyl)porphyrin]Co(II)}-SWNTs composites. 2010. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 26, 504-510.