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Dr. Cormac Mc Guinness

Assistant Professor (Physics)

Born in Dublin. Schooled at Oatlands College CBS Stillorgan. Educated in UCD. Obtained Doctorate in UCD. Postdoctoral research in DCU and UCD. Lecturing position in UCD. Postdoctoral research in Boston University. Research Associate Professor in Boston University. Appointed Lecturer in TCD. Married with two daughters.
  Condensed Matter   Experimental Physics   Magnetism and spin electronics   Molecular electronics   Organic Coatings   PHOTOELECTRON-SPECTROSCOPY   Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering   Solid State Physics   Spectroscopy   Surface and interface physics   Surface Physics   Surface Science   Synchrotron Radiation   Theory and computational physics   Thin Film, Technology and Applications   Vacuum Science   XANES   XPS   X-ray Emission Spectroscopy   X-RAY FLUORESCENCE   X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism   X-RAY PHOTOEMISSION   X-Ray Spectroscopy   X-RAY-ABSORPTION   X-RAY-SCATTERING   ZNO FILMS
Prof. Graeme Watson of the School of Chemistry and Prof. Russell Egdell, of the Chemistry Department, University of Oxford. (September 2007 - August 2010)">  Novel element-selective symmetry, polarisation and state resolved investigations of chemical bonding
John McGilp of the School of Physics (September 2007 - August 2010)">  X-ray magnetic dichroism of nanoscale magnetism in atomic wires protected by capping layers
Prof. I. T. McGovern of the School of Physics. (October 2004 - October 2007)">  Synchrotron X-ray Spectroscopic Investigations of Electronic Structure in Organic Semiconductors
 Soft x-ray spectroscopic investigations of dilute magnetic semiconductors
 Soft x-ray spectroscopic investigations of transition metal oxide and nitride magnetic semiconductors

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Irish user representative on the European Synchrotron Users Organisation (ESUO). November 2010
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Institute of Physics July 2006 present
American Physical Society present
Simonov K. A, Generalov A. V, Vinogradov A. S, Svirskiy G. I, Cafolla A. A, McGuinness C, Taketsugu T, Lyalin A, MÃ¥rtensson N, Preobrajenski A. B, Synthesis of armchair graphene nanoribbons from the 10,10′-dibromo-9,9′-bianthracene molecules on Ag(111): the role of organometallic intermediates, Scientific Reports, 8, (1), 2018, p3506-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Xin Chen, David McAteer, Cormac McGuinness, Ian Godwin, Jonathan N. Coleman, Aidan R. McDonald, RuII Photosensitizer-Functionalized Two-Dimensional MoS2 for Light-Driven Hydrogen Evolution, Chemistry - A European Journal, 24, (2), 2018, p351--355 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Jakub Jadwiszczak, Colin O'Callaghan, Yangbo Zhou, Daniel S Fox, Eamonn Weitz, Darragh Keane, Conor P. Cullen, Ian O'Reilly, Clive Downing, Aleksey Shmeliov, Pierce Maguire, John J. Gough , Cormac McGuinness , Mauro S. Ferreira, A. Louise Bradley , John J. Boland, Georg S. Duesberg, Valeria Nicolosi & Hongzhou Zhang, Oxide-mediated self-limiting recovery of field effect mobility in plasma-treated MoS2, Science Advances, 4, (2), 2018, peaao5031-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Duignan, M.J., Cunniffe, J.P., Glans, P.-A., (...), Mcguinness, C., Mcgilp, J.F. , Temperature dependent studies of capped magnetic nanowires using XMCD, physica status solidi (b), 253, (2), 2016, p241-246 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
E. Norton, L. Farrell, S. D. Callaghan, C. McGuinness, I. V. Shvets and K. Fleischer, X-ray spectroscopic studies of the electronic structure of chromium-based p-type transparent conducting oxides, Physical Review B, 93, 2016, p115302-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Pokle A, Coelho J, Macguire E, Downing C, Casey P, Park S.H, McGuinness C, Nicolosi V, EELS probing of lithium based 2-D battery compounds processed by liquid phase exfoliation, Nano Energy, 30, 2016, p18 - 26, Notes: [Export Date: 13 December 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Barrier, E., Braz Fernandes, F.M., Bujan, M., (...), Stangl, J., Zanotti, G., The benefit of the European User Community from transnational access to national radiation facilities, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 21, (3), 2014, p638-639 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Nolan H, McEvoy N, Keeley GP, Callaghan SD, McGuinness C, Duesberg GS, Nitrogen-doped pyrolytic carbon films as highly electrochemically active electrodes., Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP, 15, (42), 2013, p18688-18693 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Krishnamurthy, S., Kennedy, B., Mcgee, F., Venkatesan, M., Coey, J.M.D., Lunney, J.G., Learmonth, T., (...), Mcguinness, C., Resonant soft X-ray emission and X-ray absorption studies on Ga1-xMnxN grown by pulsed laser deposition, Physica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics, 8, (5), 2011, p1608-1610 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
L. F. J. Piper, S. W. Cho, Y. Zhang, A. DeMasi, K. E. Smith, A. Y. Matsuura and C. McGuinness, Soft x-ray spectroscopy study of the element and orbital contributions to the electronic structure of copper hexadecafluoro-phthalocyanine, Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 81, (4), 2010, p045201:1 - 045201:13, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL

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Award Date
European Presidency Postdoctoral Fellowship
Nevin Medal - Experimental Physics, UCD
I am interested in the application of x-ray spectroscopic techniques to the investigation of the electronic structure of materials. Materials studied range from organic semiconductors, wide bandgap nitride semiconductors, wide band gap oxide semiconductors, doped magnetic semiconductors, transition metal oxides and highly correlated electron systems exhibiting metal-insulator transitions and superconductivity as well as capped magnetic atomic nanowires.
More specifically my current research has a number of distinct strands. The first and second strands of research are the measuring of site-specific, symmetry-, state- and polarisation-dependent electronic structure of transition metal oxides, specifically the study of chemical bonding in rutile type transition metal oxides. and secondly the investigation of electronic structure in organic molecular semiconductors such as the phthalocyanine family of compounds.
For both of these strands I am also interested in the simulation of the electronic structure of these materials and the RXES and XAS via density-functional theory (DFT) methods employing Wien2K and StoBe codes; as well as atomic-multiplet methods for resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS);
The third strand of my research concerns the magnetic behaviour of low-dimensional atomic nanowires; the growth of low-dimensional several-atom-width nanowires on stepped vivinal single crystal metal surfaces and their characterisation by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD), element-specific hysteresis loops and magneto-optic spectroscopies.
An earlier strand was the investigation of electronic structure of doped magnetic semiconductor materials.
These investigations all use high-brightness synchrotron x-ray sources such as MAX-lab (Swedish National Synchrotron facility), the NSLS (National Synchrotron Light Source, New York), the ALS (Advanced Light Source, California) and the SLS (Swiss Light Source) and ELettra (Italy). The techniques used are soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), soft x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES), soft x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). These techniques reveal detailed information about the conduction band structure, the valence band structure and the core-level structure of the material respectively. Further, through the use of resonant soft x-ray emission (RXES) the low-energy electronic excitations in a material can be directly probed leading to a resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) spectrum, or chemical site dependent XES spectra can be obtained, particularly in the case of organic compounds.