Chia-Yu Lin

Favourite Thing: Explore the unknowns!



B.S., National Cheng Kung University, June 2003; M.S., National Taiwan University, June 2005; Ph.D., National Taiwan University, 2010.


Chemical Engineering, Ph.D.

Work History:

Taiwanese NSC Postdoctoral Fellow, Feb. 2012 to Jan. 2013; EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, March 2013 till now

Current Job:

Postdoctoral research associate


University of Cambridge

Me and my work

I am interested in doing some chemistry using carbon dioxide, sunlight and water to make “energy” to drive automobiles.

In nature, plant can use sunlight water, and carbon dioxide to make food, such as sugar, which can provide us energy for daily work. However, it take several months for these plants to make food, and these plants can only make food at specific season. In response to these issues, I am working on an artificial leaf, which has similar functions as the leaves in plant. The target of this research is to produce fuel by using atmospheric CO2, water, and sunlight . Of course, this artificial leaf should be made of cheap material, which allows everyone to use it.




My Typical Day

Make a good “leaf”, and use it to make fuel if there is a good weather.

What I'd do with the money

Donate all the money to education

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

enthusiastic and energetic

Who is your favourite singer or band?

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

What did you want to be after you left school?

Travel the world

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Learning Knowledge

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

A maths teacher in my junior high school

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

School teacher..

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Find a permanent job, be healthy, and a happy family

Tell us a joke.

One day, 0 meets 8, and he tells 8 that why you wear belt?

Other stuff

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