College Introduction

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has been established at Shenzhen University to provide both undergraduate and postgraduate education, focusing on interdisciplinary teaching and research. As a special platform at Shenzhen University, IAS seeks to


​Sheng Yan

Ph.D., Assistant Professor


Address: Room 429 IAS Building, Southern Campus, Shenzhen University, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518060


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2017.7: University of Wollongong (UOW), Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

Supervisor: Prof. Weihua Li

2012.6: China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

Working Experience:

2020.1-, IAS, Shenzhen University, Assistant Professor

2018.8-2020.1, University of Tokyo, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow

2018.2-2018.8, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Research Fellow

2017.1-2017.12, University of Wollongong, Associate Research Fellow

Research Interests:

Dr. Yan’s research interests are lab on a chip, microfabrication, cell separation, imaging flow cytometry, deep learning and nanophotonics. His methodological and theoretical research mainly focusses on 1) the development of biomedical micro-devices for cell separation, 2) liquid metal-enable 3D microfluidics, and 3) liquid metal-based soft electronics.

Publication summary:

Dr. Yan has published 60 peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals, including Nature Communications, Advanced Functional Materials, Small, Lab on a Chip, Analytical Chemistry, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Scientific Reports, Applied Physics Letters etc.

H-index = 26 (i.e., 10 publications each with 10 or more citations);

Total citations = 2500.


2018 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship

2018 Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship

2017 UOW- Faculty of Information Science and Engineering best PhD thesis prize

2013 University of Wollongong –International Postgraduate Tuition Award

2013 CSIRO Office of Chief Executive (OCE) Postgraduate Scholarship

2012 CUMT Outstanding Graduate

2011 The National Scholarship

2010 The National Scholarship

Academic Affiliations:

Member of the SPIE and JSAP;

Reviewer of Anal. Chem., Lab Chip, Nat. Commun., Sens. Actuators B, etc.

Selected Publications:

1. Danyang Liu, Chuanyu Liu, Yuan Yuan, Xin Zhang, Yingzhou Huang, Sheng Yan*, Microfluidic Transport of Hybrid Optoplasmonic Particles for Repeatable SERS Detection, Analytical Chemistry, 93, 10672-10678, 2021. JCR: Q1; IF:6.98

2. Dan Yuan, Sheng Yan*, Jun Zhang, Rosanne Guijt, and Weihua Li, Sheathless Separation of Cyanobacterial Anabaena by Shape Using Viscoelastic Microfluidics, Analytical Chemistry, 93, 12648-12654, 2021. JCR: Q1; IF:6.98

3. Weiping Hu, Yuxing Li, Shi-Yang Tang, Ling Li, Q. Jason Niu, Sheng Yan*, Amalgamation‐Assisted Control of Profile of Liquid Metal for the Fabrication of Microfluidic Mixer and Wearable Pressure Sensor, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2100038, 2021. JCR: Q1; IF:6.1

4.Sheng Yan, Dan Yuan, Continuous microfluidic 3D focusing enabling microflow cytometry for single-cell analysis, Talanta, 121401, 2020. JCR: Q1; IF:5.3

5. Haochen Yan, Yunzhao Wu, Yuqi Zhou, Muzhen Xu, Petra Paiè, Cheng Lei, Sheng Yan*, and Keisuke Goda, Virtual optofluidic time-stretch quantitative phase imaging, APL Photonics, 5, 046103, 2020 (*Corresponding author). JCR: Q1; IF:4. 38

6.Sheng Yan, Fangjia Chu, Haiyan Zhang, Yingzhou Huang, Shuxia Wang, Weihua Li, Shunbo Li, and Weijia Wen, Rapid, one-step preparation of SERS substrate in microfluidic channel via electroless galvanic replacement reaction, Spectrochimica Acta Part A, 220, 117113, 2019. JCR: Q1; IF: 2.88;

7. Tingting Ge†, Sheng Yan†, Lingjun Zhang, Hong He, Li Wang, Shunbo Li, Guo Chen, Yuan Yuan, and Yingzhou Huang, Nanowire Assisted Repeatable DEP-SERS Detection in Microfluidics, Nanotechnology, 30, 475202, 2019. (†contribute equally). JCR: Q1; IF: 3.63;

8. Haiyan Zhang, Yuan Yuan, Sheng Yan*, Kai Lou, Yibo Gao, Shuxia Wang, Yingzhou Huang, On-chip 3D SERS Materials Produced by Self-assemble of Copper Microparticle and Galvanic Replacement Reaction, Applied optics, 58, 4720-4725, 2019. (*Corresponding author). JCR: Q3; IF: 1.79;

9.Sheng Yan, Yuxing Li, Yuanqing Zhu, Minsu Liu, Qianbin Zhao, Dan Yuan, Guolin Yun, Shiwu Zhang, Weijia Wen, Shi-Yang Tang, and Weihua Li, Simple, low-cost fabrication of semi-circular channel using the surface tension of solder paste and its application to microfluidic valves, Electrophoresis, 39, 1460-1465, 2018. JCR: Q2; IF: 2.57;

10. Fangjia Chu†, Sheng Yan†, Jiangen Zheng, Lingjun Zhang, Haiyan Zhang, Keke Yu, Xiaonan Sun, Anping Liu and Yingzhou Huang, A Simple Laser Ablation-Assisted Method for Fabrication of Superhydrophobic SERS Substrate on Teflon Film, Nanoscale Research Letters, 13, 244, 2018. (†contribute equally). JCR: Q1; IF: 3.13;

11.Sheng Yan, Yuxing Li, Qianbin Zhao, Dan Yuan, Guolin Yun, Shi-Yang Tang, and Weihua Li, Enhanced particle self-ordering in a double-layer channel, Biomedical Microdevices, 20, 23, 2018. JCR: Q2; IF: 2.08;

12.Sheng Yan, Yuxing Li, Qianbin Zhao, Dan Yuan, Guolin Yun, Jun Zhang, Weijia Wen, Shi-Yang Tang, and Weihua Li, A Liquid metal based amalgamation-assisted lithography for fabrication of complex channels with diverse structures and configurations, Lab on a Chip, 18, 785-792, 2018. JCR: Q1; IF: 6.91;

13.Sheng Yan, Yuanqing Zhu, Shi-Yang Tang, Yuxing Li, Qianbin Zhao, Dan Yuan, Guolin Yun, Jun Zhang, Shiwu Zhang, and Weihua Li, A rapid, maskless 3D prototyping for fabricating capillary circuits: towards urinary protein detection, Electrophoresis, 39, 957-964, 2018. JCR: Q2; IF: 2.57;

14.Sheng Yan, Say Hwa Tan, Yuxing Li, Shiyang Tang, Adrian J.T. Teo, Jun Zhang, Qianbin Zhao, Dan Yuan, Ronald Sluyter, N. T. Nguyen, and Weihua Li, A portable, hand-powered microfluidic device for sorting of biological particles, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 2018, 22, 8. JCR: Q2; IF: 2.38;

15.Sheng Yan, Dan Yuan, Qianbin Zhao, Jun Zhang, and Weihua Li, The Continuous Concentration of Particles and Cancer Cell Line Using Cell Margination in a Groove-Based Channel, Micromachines, 8, 315, 2017. JCR: Q2; IF: 2.22;

16.Sheng Yan, Jun Zhang, Weihua Li, Hybrid microfluidics combined with active and passive approaches for continuous cell separation, Electrophoresis, 38, 238-249, 2017. JCR: Q2; IF: 2.57;

17.Sheng Yan, Jun Zhang, Dan Yuan, Qianbin Zhao, Junqi Ma, Weihua Li, High-throughput, sheathless, magnetophoretic separation of magnetic and non-magnetic particles with a groove-based channel, Applied Physics Letters, 109, 214101, 2016. JCR: Q1; IF: 3.50;

18.Sheng Yan, Jun Zhang, Huaying Chen, Dan Yuan, Gursel Alici, Haiping Du, Yonggang Zhu, Weihua Li, Development of a novel magnetophoresis-assisted hydrophoresis microdevice for rapid particle ordering. Biomedical Microdevices, 18, 1-9, 2016. JCR: Q2; IF: 2.08;

19. Tiantian Jin†, Sheng Yan†, Jun Zhang†, Dan Yuan, Xu-Feng Huang, Weihua Li, A label-free and high-throughput separation of neuron and glial cells using an inertial microfluidic platform. Biomicrofluidics, 10, 034104, 2016 (†contribute equally). JCR: Q2; IF: 2.57;

20.Sheng Yan, Jun Zhang, Chao Pan, Dan Yuan, Gursel Alici, Haiping Du, Yonggang Zhu, Weihua Li, An integrated dielectrophoresis-active hydrophoretic microchip for continuous particle filtration and separation. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 25, 084010, 2015. JCR: Q2; IF: 1.88;

21.Sheng Yan, Jun Zhang, Yuan Yuan, George Lovrecz, Gursel Alici, Haiping Du, Yonggang Zhu, Weihua Li, A hybrid dielectrophoretic and hydrophoretic microchip for particle sorting using integrated prefocusing and sorting steps. Electrophoresis, 36, 284-291, 2015. JCR: Q2; IF: 2.57;

22.Sheng Yan, Jun Zhang, Huaying Chen, Gursel Alici, Haiping Du, Yonggang Zhu, Weihua Li, Making a hydrophoretic focuser tunable using a diaphragm. Biomicrofluidics, 8, 064115, 2014. JCR: Q2; IF: 2.57;

23.Sheng Yan, Jun Zhang, Gursel Alici, Haiping Du, Yonggang Zhu, Weihua Li, Isolating plasma from blood using a dielectrophoresis-active hydrophoretic device. Lab on a Chip, 14, 2993-3003, 2014. JCR: Q1; IF: 6.91;

24.Sheng Yan, Jun Zhang, Ming Li, Gursel Alici, Haiping Du, Ronald Sluyter, Weihua Li, On-chip high-throughput manipulation of particles in a dielectrophoresis-active hydrophoretic focuser. Scientific Reports, 4, 5060, 2014. JCR: Q1; IF: 4.12;