Dr Scanlon’s research focuses on the self-assembly of molecular species and nanoparticles at electrified immiscible water-oil interfaces. Such “functionalised soft interfaces” facilitate novel approaches to solar energy conversion and storage, as well as the development of innovative analytical sensor and soft electro-optic devices.
Dr Scanlon is a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Limerick (UL). He is an electrochemist and his group in the Bernal Institute at UL specialise in the study of charge transfer at electrified water-oil interfaces. Charge transfer events may range from ion transfer, to electron transfer or, for solar energy conversion studies, photo-induced electron transfer. Dr Scanlon’s group are also developing specialised techniques to probe functionalised soft interfaces in situ such as Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM), interfacial surface tension measurements, confocal Raman spectroscopy and UV/vis spectroscopy in total internal reflection (TIR) at a liquid-liquid interface.
Dr Scanlon is a current recipient of both a European Research Council (ERC) Starting grant (2017-2022) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG; 2014-2018). Numerous awards from the Irish Research Council (IRC) also support his research. To date, Dr Scanlon has co-authored 34 journal articles, 3 review articles and 1 book-chapter. He has published in high-impact international peer-reviewed journals including Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., Chemical Science, Energy & Environmental Science, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. and Chemical Communications.
Dr Scanlon began his independent research career in the Department of Chemistry at University College Cork (UCC) through his SFI SIRG award (2014-2016). Prior to that, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the groups of Prof. Hubert H. Girault at École Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland (2011-2014) and Prof. Edmond Magner at UL (2009-2011). He graduated with his BSc. in Chemistry (2005) from UCC and carried out his PhD research in electrochemistry (2009) at the Tyndall National Institute, Cork.
Dr Scanlon is particularly interested in working with EDGE Fellows in the following areas which his research encompasses:
- Electrochemistry/electrochemical sensing
- Materials for energy applications
- Photoelectrochemistry/solar cell characterisation
- Molecular and nanomaterial self-assembly at water-oil interfaces
- Spectro-electrochemistry, e.g., electrochemical surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)
- Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM)