Dr Hongyun Tai


Bangor University

Research Interest

• Organic synthesis: Design and synthesis of reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer agents, new functional (macro)monomers, and other functionalized macromolecules
• Polymer synthesis via chemical or enzyme catalyzed ring opening polymerisation, condensation polymerisation, living/controlled free radical polymerisations (for example atom transfer free radical polymerisation (ATRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerisation (RAFT))
• Functionalisation of polymers by click chemistry and bioconjugate techniques
• Development and engineering of synthetic and natural polymers for biological and environmental applications, such as polysaccharides, polyesters, PEG based polymers and hybrid hydrogels for wound healing and drug delivery
• Development of biodegradable polymers, functional polymeric biomaterials, stimuli responsive polymers, dendritic/hyperbranched polymers, photocrosslinked or chemical crosslinked hydrogels for biological and biomedical applications.

Service offered by Dr Tai’s lab at Bangor University

• Isolation of biopolymers from natural resources, such as plants and algae
• Polymer synthesis and polymer modifications by functionalization/grafting/blending
• Characterisation and analysis of synthetic and natural polymers by GPC, NMR, FTIR, DSC and TGA


Agilent PL-50 GPC, NMR, FTIR, DSC and TGA


2005 Ph.D. in Chemistry, the University of Nottingham, UK

Recent Academic Positions

2009-present: Lecturer, School of Chemistry, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, UK.


Number of citations: 720; h-index: 16
Journal papers 36; Book chapters 2; Presentations (Poster and Oral) at Meetings/Conferences: 45

Awards and Honours

EPSRC Research Fellowship (2007-2011)


Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (MSRC)
Fellow of High Education Academy (FHEA)

BEACON Activities

• Provide analytical services on synthetic and natural polymers to SMEs in the region
• Develop collaborating R&D projects to assist SME on innovation and new product development
• Seek further funding opportunities
• Disseminate research findings by publishing papers and presenting at meetings/conferences