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Professor Jonathan Coleman

Professsor of Chemical Physics (Physics)

Jonathan Coleman has been a lecturer in Physics at Trinity College Dublin since 2001. He graduated with First Class Honours and a gold medal in Physics in 1995 and completed a PhD in Physics in TCD in 1999 .
Dr Coleman's main area of research is the study of Carbon nanotubes. These nanoscale cylinders, just a millionth of a millimeter wide but up to millimeters in length are more conductive than copper and many times stronger than steel. To harness these properties, Coleman's work focuses on mixing nanotubes with plastics to create new, functional composite materials. This work has resulted in electrically conductive plastics and lightweight composites with the strength of steel.
One highlight of this work was the fabrication of polymer-nanotube fibres as strong as the strongest steel and over a hundred times tougher than Kevlar. This work was published in Nature in 2003 and received global publicity.
In total Dr Coleman has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and one patent. Recently Dr Coleman and co-workers received over a million dollars from the prestigious Human Frontier Science Program to study interactions between nanotubes and biomolecules. He also just recieved an SFI PI award for 1.1 million to study exfiliation of nanotubes and graphene. Prof. Coleman is a joint lead PI (with Prof J Boland) on an SFI funded collaborative project with Hewlett Packard to develop flexible, transparent metal films for electrode applications.
 High Performance polymer-nanotube composites: Plastics as strong as steel
 Peptide coated nanotubes: toxicity and targeted cell ablation

Details Date From Date To
Membership of Institute of Physics 1991-
Xie, S. Istrate, O.M. May, P. Barwich, S. Bell, A.P. Khan, U. Coleman, J.N., Boron nitride nanosheets as barrier enhancing fillers in melt processed composites, Nanoscale, 7, (10), 2015, p4443 - 4450, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Varrla, E. Backes, C. Paton, K.R. Harvey, A. Gholamvand, Z. McCauley, J. Coleman, J.N., Large-scale production of size-controlled MoS2 nanosheets by shear exfoliation, Chemistry of Materials, 27, (3), 2015, p1129 - 1139, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
O'Brien, M. McEvoy, N. Hallam, T. Kim, H.-Y. Berner, N.C. Hanlon, D. Lee, K. Coleman, J.N. Duesberg, G.S., Transition metal dichalcogenide growth via close proximity precursor supply, Scientific Reports, 4, 2015, p7374 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Cunningham, G. Hanlon, D. McEvoy, N. Duesberg, G.S. Coleman, J.N., Large variations in both dark- and photoconductivity in nanosheet networks as nanomaterial is varied from MoS2 to WTe2, Nanoscale, 7, (1), 2015, p198 - 208, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Ferrari, A.C. Bonaccorso, F. Fal'ko, V. Novoselov, K.S. Roche, S. Bøggild, P. Borini, S. Koppens, F.H.L. Palermo, V. Pugno, N. Garrido, J.A. Sordan, R. Bianco, A. Ballerini, L. Prato, M. Lidorikis, E. Kivioja, J. Marinelli, C. Ryhänen, T. Morpurgo, A. Coleman, J.N. Nicolosi, V. Colombo, L. Fert, A. Garcia-Hernandez, M. Bachtold, A. Schneider, G.F. Guinea, F. Dekker, C. Barbone, M. Sun, Z. Galiotis, C. Grigorenko, A.N. Konstantatos, G. Kis, A. Katsnelson, M. Vandersypen, L. Loiseau, A. Morandi, V. Neumaier, D. Treossi, E. Pellegrini, V. Polini, M. Tredicucci, A. Williams, G.M. Hee Hong, B. Ahn, J.-H. Min Kim, J. Zirath, H. Van Wees, B.J. Van Der Zant, H. Occhipinti, L. Di Matteo, A. Kinloch, I.A. Seyller, T. Quesnel, E. Feng, X. Teo, K. Rupesinghe, N. Hakonen, P. Neil, S.R.T. Tannock, Q. Löfwander, T. Kinaret, J., Science and technology roadmap for graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems, Nanoscale, 7, (11), 2015, p4598 - 4810, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Backes, C., Berner, N.C., Chen, X., (...), Coleman, J.N., Mcdonald, A.R., Functionalization of Liquid-Exfoliated Two-Dimensional 2H-MoS2, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 54, 2015, p2638-2642 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Istrate, O.M., Paton, K.R., Khan, U., (...), Bell, A.P., Coleman, J.N., Reinforcement in melt-processed polymer-graphene composites at extremely low graphene loading level, Carbon, 78, 2014, p243-249 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Tkalya, E. Ghislandi, M. Otten, R. Lotya, M. Alekseev, A. Van Der Schoot, P. Coleman, J. De With, G. Koning, C., Experimental and theoretical study of the influence of the state of dispersion of graphene on the percolation threshold of conductive graphene/polystyrene nanocomposites, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 6, (17), 2014, p15113 - 15121, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Varrla, E. Paton, K.R. Backes, C. Harvey, A. Smith, R.J. McCauley, J. Coleman, J.N., Turbulence-assisted shear exfoliation of graphene using household detergent and a kitchen blender, Nanoscale, 6, (20), 2014, p11810 - 11819, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Higgins, T.M. McAteer, D. Coelho, J.C.M. Sanchez, B.M. Gholamvand, Z. Moriarty, G. McEvoy, N. Berner, N.C. Duesberg, G.S. Nicolosi, V. Coleman, J.N., Effect of percolation on the capacitance of supercapacitor electrodes prepared from composites of manganese dioxide nanoplatelets and carbon nanotubes, ACS Nano, 8, (9), 2014, p9567 - 9579, Notes: [Cited By :2 Export Date: 8 April 2015], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL

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Award Date
Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 2005-