UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Yang Lan

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Yang Lan


Dr. Yang Lan is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Nature-Inspired Chemical Engineering at UCL since June 2019. Prior to joining UCL, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania (2019) and the University of Cambridge (2017), where he focused on colloidal chemistry, physics, and interfaces. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2015, investigating supramolecular interactions-mediated self-assembly of colloids. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in chemistry (2010) from Nankai University and B.Eng. degree in Chemical Engineering (2007) from Tianjin University.

Teaching Summary 

I have been the workshop lead of Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II (ENGF0004) and have been involved in teaching Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering (CENG0029). Currently, I am teaching Process Dynamics and Control (CENG0017) and I am the module leader of MEng Research Project (CENG0038) and am the Programme Director for the MSc in Nature Inspired Solutions at UCL EAST.

Research Summary

My research focuses on developing nature-inspired adaptive materials & systems for innovative solutions to address grand challenges in health, environment and sustainability. Current research areas include: 1) nature-inspired functional materials (membranes, colloids) for CO2 capture, separation and utilisation (photocatalytic reduction of CO2); 2)nature-inspired membranes for water treatment; 3) nature-inspired advanced colloids for vaccine formulation, drug-delivery, and emulsification.



Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Cambridge


MSc. Chemistry, Nankai University, China


B.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China

Professional Affiliations  

  • MRSC - member of Royal Society of Chemistry


  • Yang et al., "Force-Reversible and Energetic Indole-Mg-Indole Cation-π Interaction for Designing Toughened and Multifunctional High-Performance Thermosets", Advanced Functional Materials, 2022, 32, 2111021

  • Liang et al., "Bioinspired 2D Isotropically Fatigue‐Resistant Hydrogels", Advanced Materials, 2022, 34, 2107106

  • Lan et al., "Janus particles with varying configurations for emulsion stabilization", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2019, 58, 20961-20968

  • Lan et al., "Unexpected stability of aqueous dispersions of raspberry-like colloids", Nature Communications, 2018, 9, 3614

  • Lan et al., "Photoresponsive Hybrid Raspberry‐Like Colloids Based on Cucurbit[8]uril Host–Guest Interactions", Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2014, 53, 2166-2169

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