Sin-Yuen Chang


Post-Doctoral Researcher

Tel: +44 (0)1235 778667

Key Research Area

Application and development of X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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  1. Biography
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  3. Publications
Biography -


Sin-Yuen Chang is a postdoctoral research associate in the Industrial Liaison team at Diamond Light Source Ltd. joining in January 2016. Prior to this, she undertook PhD studies at The University of Manchester studying metal speciation and nucleation in complex functional liquid systems.

Her role at Diamond is to develop soft X-ray core level spectroscopies for applied research, in collaboration with Sven Schroeder's team. She supports industrial users of Diamond in the field of spectroscopy while also carrying out independent research.

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Scientific Interests

Sin-Yuen is interested in both fundamental and applied research using X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

  • Soft X-ray spectroscopy covers important elements such as sulphur, phosphorus, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and early transition metals. The technique is useful for revealing speciation of organic materials applicable for example in pharmaceutical, consumer product and food industries.
  • Development of automated data analysis software for high-throughput spectroscopies, e.g. quick-EXAFS, imaging spectroscopies and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS).
  • Fundamental aspects of XANES and EXAFS data analysis including revisiting commonly used oxidation state trends and studying Au reference spectra in detail (solvation effects, cis/trans isomerisation).
  • Through collaboration with the electrochemists at The University of Manchester and Kyoto University, Sin-Yuen performed mechanistic studies of metal nanoparticle synthesis at either electrified or non-electrified liquid-liquid interface, including studies of the prenucleation stage of transition metals nucleation.
  • Through collaboration with National Physics Laboratory studies of metal speciation in the context of nuclear fuel recycling are performed.
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X-ray Raman Scattering: A New in situ Probe of Molecular Structure During Nucleation and Crystallization from Liquid Solutions, L.H. Al-Madhagi, S-Y. Chang, M. Balasubramanian, A.B. Kroner, E.J. Shotton, E.A. Willneff, B. Mishra, S.L.M. Schroeder, Cryst Eng Comm (2018) DOI: 10.1039/c8ce009292e 

In situ XAFS Study of Palladium Electrodeposition at the Liquid/Liquid Interface, S.G. Booth, S.-Y. Chang, A. Uehara, C. La Fontaine, G. Cibin, S.L.M. Schroeder, R.A.W. Dryfe, Electrochim. Acta (2017) 235, 251-261, DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2017.03.059

Automated Analysis of XANES: A Feasibility Study of Au Reference Compounds, S.-Y. Chang, L.B. Molleta, S.G. Booth, A. Uehara, J.F.W. Mosselmans, K. Ignatyev, R.A.W. Dryfe, S.L.M. Schroeder, J. Phys: Conf. Series (2016) 712, 012070, DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/712/1/012070

Energy Dispersive-EXAFS for Studying Pd Nucleation at a Liquid-Liquid Interface, S.-Y. Chang, S. G. Booth, A. Uehara, J. F. W. Mosselmans, G. Cibin, V.-T. Pham, L. Nataf, R. A. W. Dryfe, S. L. M. Schroeder Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2016) 712, 012058

Redox and Ligand Exchange during the Reaction of Tetrachloroaurate with Hexacyanoferrate(II) at a Liquid-Liquid Interface: Voltammetry and X-ray Absorption Fine-Structure Studies, A. Uehara, S.-Y. Chang, S. G. Booth, S. L. M. Schroeder, J. F. W. Mosselmans, R. A. W. Dryfe Electrochimica Acta (2016) 190, 997-1006, DOI:10.1016/j.electacta.2015.12.108

Detection and Characterisation of Sub-Critical Nuclei during Reactive Pd Metal Nucleation by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, S.-Y. Chang, Y. Gründer, S. G. Booth, L. B. Molleta, A. Uehara, J. F. W. Mosselmans, G. Cibin, V.-T. Pham, L. Nataf, R. A. W. Dryfe, S. L. M. Schroeder, Cryst. Eng. Comm. (2016) 18 (5), 674-682, DOI: 10.1039/C5CE01883H

Electrochemical Insight into the Brust-Schiffrin Synthesis of Au Nanoparticles A. Uehara, S. G. Booth, S.-Y. Chang, S. L. M. Schroeder, T. Imai, T. Hashimoto, J. F. W. Mosselmans, R. A. W. Dryfe, J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2015) 137, 15135-15144, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b07825

Fenton-Like Oxidation of 4-Chlorophenol: Homogeneous or Heterogeneous? C.-C. Kuan, S.-Y. Chang, S.L.M. Schroeder, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research  (2015) 54,122-8129, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.5b02378

Gold Deposition at a Free-Standing Liquid/Liquid Interface, Evidence for the Formation of Au(I) by Microfocus X-ray Spectroscopy (µXRF and µXAFS) and Cyclic Voltammetry, S. G. Booth, A. Uehara, S.-Y. Chang, J. F. W. Mosselmans, S. L. M. Schroeder, R. A. W. Dryfe, J. Phys. Chem. C (2015) 119, 16785-16792, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b05127

Structure and Bonding in Au(I) Chloride Species: A Critical Examination of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) Data, S.-Y. Chang, A. Uehara, S. G. Booth, K. Ignatyev, J. F. W. Mosselmans, R. A. W. Dryfe, S. L. M. Schroeder, RSC Advances (2015) 5, 6912-6918, DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13087A