Physical Chemistry

Physical chemistry is the study of macroscopic, atomic, subatomic, and particulate phenomena in chemical systems in terms of physical laws and concepts.

Shengfu Yang

Editorial Board Member of Physical Chemistry

Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Leicester, UK

Research Areas

Physical Chemistry, Laser Spectroscopy, Mass Spectrometry, Helium Droplets, Nanoparticles


2004PG certificateUK
1997PhDUniverisity of Science and Technology of China
1995MScDalian Instititue of Chemical Physics
1992BScTsinghua University


2006-presentUniversity of Leicester
1998Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2000University of Leicester

Academic Achievement

EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow (2006 - 2011)
Nanoscience Award (2015)


Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Member of ACS

Publications: Journals

[1]  Shengfu Yang*, Cheng Feng, Daniel Spence, Aula M. A. A. Al Hindawi, Elspeth Latimer, Andrew M. Ellis, Chris Binns, Davide Peddis, Sarnjeet S. Dhesi, Liying Zhang, Yafei Zhang, Kalliopi N. Trohidou*, Marianna Vasilakaki, Nikolaos Ntallis, Ian MacLaren, and Frank M. F. de Groot, “Robust ferromagnetism of chromium nanoparticles formed in superfluid helium”, Adv. Mater. (2016) doi: 10.1002/adma.201604277.
[2]  Ahmed Sadoon, Gautam Sarma, Ethan Cunningham, Jon Tandy, Magnus Hanson-Heine, Nicholas Besley, Shengfu Yang, Andrew Ellis. “Infrared Spectroscopy of NaCl(CH3OH)n Complexes in Helium Nanodroplets”, J. Phys. Chem. A 120, 8085-8092 (2016).
[3]  Jon Tandy, Cheng Feng, Adrian Boatwright, Gautam Sarma, Ahmed M. Sadoon, Andrew Shirley, Natercia Das Neves Rodrigues, Ethan M. Cunningham, Shengfu Yang* and Andrew M. Ellis*, “Infrared spectroscopy of salt-water complexes”, J. Chem. Phys. 144, 121103 (2016).
[4]  Jay Jeffs, Nicholas A. Besley, Anthony J. Stace,* Gautam Sarma, Ethan M. Cunningham, Adrian Boatwright, Shengfu Yang and Andrew M. Ellis, “Metastable aluminium atoms floating on the surface of helium nanodroplets”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 233401 (2015).
[5]  Cheng Feng, Elspeth Latimer, Daniel Spence, Aula M. A. A. Al Hindawi, Shem Bullen, Adrian Boatwright, Andrew M. Ellis* and Shengfu Yang*, “Formation of Au and tetrapyridyl porphyrin complexes in superfluid helium”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 16699-16704 (2015).
[6]  Daniel Spence, Elspeth Latimer, William York, Adrian Boatwright, Cheng Feng, Shengfu Yang∗, Andrew M. Ellis,* “Formation of aluminium clusters in helium nanodroplets”, Inl. J. Mass Spectrom. 365-366, 86-88 (2014).
[7]  Elspeth Latimer, Daniel Spence, Cheng Feng, Adrian Boatwright, Andrew M. Ellis* and Shengfu Yang*, “Preparation of ultrathin nanowires using superfluid helium droplets”, Nano Lett. 14, 2902-2906 (2014).
[8]  Daniel Spence, Elspeth Latimer, Cheng Feng, Adrian Boatwright, Andrew M. Ellis* and Shengfu Yang*, “Vortex-induced aggregation in superfluid helium droplets”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16, 6903-6906 (2014).
[9]  Benjamin Shepperson, Jon Tandy, Adrian Boatwright, Cheng Feng, Daniel Spence, Andrew Shirley, Shengfu Yang,* and Andrew M. Ellis*, “Electronic Spectroscopy of Toluene in Helium Nanodroplets: Evidence for a Long-Lived Excited State”, J. Phys. Chem. A 117, 13591 (2013).
[10]  Shengfu Yang,* Andrew M. Ellis,* Daniel Spence, Cheng Feng, Adrian Boatwright, Elspeth Latimer, Chris Binns, “Growing metal nanoparticles in superfluid helium”, Nanoscale 5, 11545-11553 (2013).
[11]  Adrian Boatwright, Cheng Feng, Daniel Spence, Elspeth Latimer, Chris Binns, Andrew M. Ellis* and Shengfu Yang,* “Helium droplets: a new route to nanoparticles”, Faraday Disc. 162, 113-124 (2013).
[12]  Shengfu Yang and Andrew M. Ellis,* “Helium droplets: a chemistry perspective”, Chem. Soc. Rev. 42, 472-484 (2013).