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College Photo Name Coleman, Jonathan Nesbit
Main Department Physics
College Title Professsor of Chemical Physics
E-mail colemaj@tcd.ie
College Tel +353 1 896 3859
Web http://www.tcd.ie/Physics/Molecular_Electronics/coleman.html
Fax +353 1 671 1759
 
Biography
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.
 
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Membership of Institute of Physics 1991-
 
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 2005-
 
Research Interests
AC CONDUCTIVITY ARC DISCHARGE Applied physics BEHAVIOR
BLACK BLENDS BRIGHTNESS CARBON
CARBON NANOTUBE CARBON NANOTUBES CARBON NANOTUBULE COMPOSITE
COMPOSITES CONDUCTIVITY CONJUGATED POLYMER CONJUGATED POLYMERS
Carbon nanostructures Colloids Composite materials DEVICES
DIFFUSION-LIMITED AGGREGATION DISORDERED SOLIDS ELECTROLUMINESCENCE ELECTRON SPIN RESONANCE
ELECTRONIC-PROPERTIES EXCITATIONS FREQUENCY FULLERENES AND DERIVATIVES
Fullerenes GRAPHITE INDIVIDUAL CARBON NANOTUBES INFRARED AND RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY
LIGHT-EMITTING DIODES MULTIPHOTON ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY Materials technology, engineering Nanotechnology
Nanotubes OPTICAL ABSORPTION AND EMISSION SPECTROSCOPY OPTICAL-PROPERTIES ORGANIC POLYMER
PERCOLATION-THRESHOLD PHOTO INDUCED ABSORPTION PHOTOLUMINESCENCE POLY(PHENYLENE VINYLENE) AND DERIVATIVES
POLYMER Photovoltaic systems, cells and modules manufacturing Plastics Polymers
RESONANCE SEPARATION SINGLE SINGLE-WALL
SPIN-RESONANCE TOOL TRANSPORT Textiles technology
 
Research Projects
Project title High Performance polymer-nanotube composites: Plastics as strong as steel
Summary In this work we will study the global properties of optimised polymer-nanotube materials for mechanical applications. We will develop methods to fabricate reinforced composites using any polymer. In addition we will identify the optimum type of nanotube for reinforcement. In the case where local polymer crystallination is necessary we will investigate the maximisation of the crystallination and hence maximisation of the reinforcement. Where crystallisation is not possible we will develop chemical treatments to promote dispersion and interfacial stress transfer. Mathematical models will be developed to fully understand the mechanism of reinforcement.
Funding Agency SFI
Programme Research frontiers
Type of Project
Date from Oct 04
Date to Sept 07
Person Months 72


Project title Peptide coated nanotubes: toxicity and targeted cell ablation
Summary
Funding Agency Human Frontiers Science Program
Programme
Type of Project Young Researchers Award
Date from May 05
Date to April 07
Person Months 36


 
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
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, p243249
DOI
Hughes, J.M., Aherne, D., Coleman, J.N., Generalizing solubility parameter theory to apply to one- and two-dimensional solutes and to incorporate dipolar interactions, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 127, (6), 2013, p4483-4491
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Chadwick, R.C., Khan, U., Coleman, J.N., Adronov, A., Polymer grafting to single-walled carbon nanotubes: Effect of chain length on solubility, graft density and mechanical properties of macroscopic structures, Small, 9, (4), 2013, p552-560
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Cano, M., Khan, U., Sainsbury, T., O'Neill, A., Wang, Z., McGovern, I.T., Maser, W.K., (...), Coleman, J.N., Improving the mechanical properties of graphene oxide based materials by covalent attachment of polymer chains, Carbon, 52, 2013, p363-371
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Moriarty, G.P., De, S., King, P.J., Khan, U., Via, M., King, J.A., Coleman, J.N., Grunlan, J.C., Thermoelectric behavior of organic thin film nanocomposites, Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics, 51, (2), 2013, p119-123
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