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Cuifeng Ying

Cuifeng Ying

Senior Lecturer


Staff Group(s)


Cuifeng Ying is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at the Department of Engineering in the School of Science and Technology.

Career overview

Dr. Cuifeng Ying received her Ph.D. in Physics in the research group of Prof. Jian-Guo Tian in 2013 from Nankai University, where she used photonic crystals and plasmonic nanocavities to enhance fluorescent signals for biosensing applications. She followed up her doctoral studies during a first postdoctoral appointment with Prof. Yongsheng Chen in Nankai University's Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology, where she began performing single-molecule sensing using nanopores. In 2016, she joined the Biophysics group of Prof. Michael Mayer as a postdoctoral researcher at the Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg. Her research focused on characterizing single proteins using nanoplasmonic optical measurements and nanopore technology.

Research areas

Nanopore technology: Single-molecule DNA and protein characterization by nanopore sensing; fabrication, characterization of solid-state nanopores; surface functionalization of synthetic nanopores.

Nanophotonic biosensing: plasmonic nano-tweezers for interrogation of single-protein conformational dynamics; photonic nanocavities to enhance fluorescent signals for biosensing applications.

External activity

Co-guest Editor of the journal Nanomaterials (2020-2021)

Reviewer of journals: ACS Sensor, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, ACS applied nano materials, Chemistry Communications.


A. Saurabh, P. Sriboonpeng, C. Ying, J. Houghtaling, I. Shorubalko, S. Marion, S. J. Davis, L. Sola, M. Chiari, A. Radenovic, M.Mayer, Polymer Coatings to Minimize Protein Adsorption in Solid-State Nanopores. Small Methods 2000177 (2020)

D. Schrecongost, Y. Xiang, J. Chen, C. Ying, H. Zhang, M. Yang, P. Gajurel, W. Dai, R. Engel-Herbert, C. Cen, Rewritable Nanoplasmonics through Room-Temperature Phase Manipulations of Vanadium Dioxide, Nano Lett. 20, 7760 (2020)

J. Houghtaling, C. Ying, O. Eggenberger, A. Fennouri, S. Nanivida, M. Acharjee, J. Li; A. Hall, M. Mayer, Estimation of Shape, Volume, and Dipole Moment of Individual Proteins Freely Transiting a Synthetic Nanopore, ACS Nano 13, 5231-5242(2019)

L. de Vreede, C. Ying, J. Houghtaling, J. Figueiredo Da Silva, A. Hall, A. Lovera, M. Mayer, Wafer Scale Fabrication of Fused Silica Chips for Low-Noise Recording of Resistive Pulses Through Nanopores, Nanotechnology 30, 26 (2019)

O.M. Eggenberger, C Ying, M. Mayer, Surface Coatings for Solid-State Nanopores, Nanoscale 11, 19636-19657 (2019)

M. Eggenberger, G. Leriche, T. Koyanagi, C. Ying, J. Houghtaling, T. BH Schroeder, J. Yang, J. Li, A. Hall, M. Mayer, Fluid Surface Coatings for Solid-State Nanopores: Comparison of Phospholipid Bilayers and Archaea-Inspired Lipid Monolayers Nanotechnology 30, 325504 (2019)

C. Ying, J. Houghtaling, O. M. Eggenberger, A. Guha, P. Nirmalraj, S. Awasthi, J. Tian, M. Mayer, Formation of Single Nanopores with Diameters of 20-50 nm in Silicon Nitride Membranes Using Laser-Assisted Controlled Breakdown, ACS Nano 12, 11458 (2018)

Y. Wang, C. Ying*, W. Zhou, L. de Vreede, Z. Liu, J. Tian Fabrication of Multiple Nanopores in a SiNx Membrane via Controlled Breakdown, Sci. Rep., 8, 1234 (2018)

S. Jin, W. Hui, Y. Wang, K. Huang, Q. Shi, C Ying, D Liu, Q Ye, W Zhou, J. Tian, Hyperspectral Imaging Using the Single-Pixel Fourier Transform Technique Sci. Rep., 7, 45209 (2017)

Y. Zhao, C. Ying, Q. Huang, Y. Deng, D. Zhou, D. Wang, W. Lu, H. Cui, Fabrication of Controllable Mesh Layers Above SiNx Micro Pores with ZnO Nanostructures Microelectron Eng. 169, 43 (2017)

C. Ying, Y. Zhang, Y. Feng, D. Zhou, Y. Chen, C. Du, D. Wang, J. Tian, 3D Nanopore Shape Control by Current-Stimulus Dielectric Breakdown, Appl. Phys. Lett. 109, 063105 (2016)

Y. Zhang, Y. Chen, Y. Fu, C. Ying, Y. Feng, Q. Huang, C. Wang, D. Pei, D. Wang, Monitoring Tetracycline through a Solid-State Nanopore Sensor Sci. Rep. 6, 27959 (2016)

S. Jin, W. Hui, B. Liu, C. Ying, D. Liu, Q. Ye, W. Zhou, J. Tian. Extended-Field Coverage Hyperspectral Camera Based on a Single-Pixel Technique. Applied Optics 55, 18 (2016)

Y. Deng, Q. Huang, Y. Zhao, D. Zhou, C. Ying, D. Wang, Precise Fabrication of a 5 nm Graphene Nanopore with a Helium Ion Microscope for Biomolecule Detection, Nanotechnology 28, 045302 (2016)

Zhou, Y. Deng, C. Ying, Y. Zhang, Y. Feng, Q. Huang, L. Liang, D. Wang, Rectification of Ion Current Determined by the Nanopore Geometry: Experiments and Modelling D. Chin. Phys. Lett., 33, 108501 (2016)

Y. Xiang, W. Luo, W. Cai, C. Ying, X. Yu, X. Zhang, H. Liu, J. Xu, Ultra-Strong Enhancement of Electromagnetic Fields in an L-shaped Plasmonic Nanocavity Opt. Exp. 24 (4), 3849-3857 (2016)

Y. Feng, Y. Zhang, C. Ying, D. Wang, C. Du, Nanopore Based Fourth-Generation Sequencing Techniques, Genomics, proteomics & bioinformatics, 13, 4-16. (2015)

Y. Li, W. Zhou, C. Ying, N. Yang, S. Chen, Q. Ye, J. Tian, Novel Cone Lasing Emission in a Non-Uniform One-Dimensional Photonic Crystal J. Opt. 17 (6), 065403 (2015)

Y. Xiang, P. Wang, W. Cai, C. Ying, X. Zhang, and J. Xu, Plasmonic Tamm States: Dual Enhancement of Light inside the Plasmonic Waveguide, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 31, 2769-2772 (2014)

Z. Li, Y. Liu, M. Yan, W. Zhou, C. Ying, Q. Ye, J. Tian, A Simplified Hollow-Core Microstructured Optical Fibre Laser with Microring Resonators and Strong Radial Emission Appl. Phy. Lett. 105, 071902 (2014)

Y. Xiang, W. Cai, L. Wang, C. Ying, X. Zhang, J. Xu, Design Methodology for All-Optical Bistable Switches Based on a Plasmonic Resonator Sandwiched Between Dielectric Waveguides J. Opt. 16, 025003 (2014)

C. Ying, W. Zhou, Y. Li, Q. Ye, N. Yang and J. Tian, Miniband Lasing in a 1D Dual-Periodic Photonic Crystal, Laser Phys. Lett. 10, 056001 (2013)

C. Ying, W. Zhou, Y., Q. Ye, N. Yang and J. Tian, Multiple and Colorful Cone-Shaped Lasing Induced by Band-Coupling in a 1D Dual-Periodic Photonic Crystal, AIP Advances 3, 022125 (2013)

W. Yan, C. Ying, X. Kong, Z. Li, J. Tian, Fabrication and Optical Properties of Inclined Au Nanocup Arrays, Plasmonic 8, 4: 1607-1611 (2013)

X. Zhang, X. Chen, X. Li, C. Ying, Z. Liu, J. Tian, Enhanced Reverse Saturable Absorption and Optical Limiting Properties in a Protonated Water-Soluble Porphyrin J. Opt. 15 (5), 055206 (2013)

Y. Xiang, X., Zhang, W. Cai, L. Wang, C. Ying, J. Xu, Optical Bistability Based on Bragg Grating Resonators in Metal-Insulator-Metal Plasmonic Waveguides AIP Advances 3 (1), 012106 (2013)

C. Ying, W. Zhou, Q. Ye, Z. Li, J. Tian, Mini-Band States in Graded Periodic 1D Photonic Superstructure Appl. Phys. B 107 (2), 369-374 (2012)

C. Ying, W. Zhou, Q. Ye, X. Zhang, and J. Tian, Band-Edge Lasing in Rh6G-Doped Dichromated Gelatin at Different Excitations, J. Opt. 12, 115101 (2010)

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