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Professor Jonathan Coleman

Professsor of Chemical Physics (Physics)

Head of School (School Office - 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-
Carey, T. and Alhourani, A. and Tian, R. and Seyedin, S. and Arbab, A. and Maughan, J. and Å iller, L. and Horvath, D. and Kelly, A. and Kaur, H. and Caffrey, E. and Kim, J.M. and Hagland, H.R. and Coleman, J.N., Cyclic production of biocompatible few-layer graphene ink with in-line shear-mixing for inkjet-printed electrodes and Li-ion energy storage, npj 2D Materials and Applications, 6, (1), 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Kelly, A.G. and O'Reilly, J. and Gabbett, C. and SzydÅ'owska, B. and O'Suilleabhain, D. and Khan, U. and Maughan, J. and Carey, T. and Sheil, S. and Stamenov, P. and Coleman, J.N., Highly Conductive Networks of Silver Nanosheets, Small, 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Horváth, D.V. and Tian, R. and Gabbett, C. and Nicolosi, V. and Coleman, J.N., Quantifying the Effect of Separator Thickness on Rate Performance in Lithium-Ion Batteries, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 169, (3), 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Barwich, Sebastian; Medeiros de Araújo, Joao; Rafferty, Aran; Gomes da Rocha, Claudia; Ferreira, Mauro; Coleman, Jonathan, On the relationship between morphology and conductivity in nanosheet networks, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Moore, C. and Harvey, A. and Coleman, J.N. and Byrne, H.J. and McIntyre, J., Label-free screening of biochemical changes in macrophage-like cells following MoS2 exposure using Raman micro-spectroscopy, Spectrochimica Acta - Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 246, (118916), 2021, Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Chen, X. and Krajewska, A.M. and McGuinness, C. and Lynes, A. and McAteer, D. and Berner, N. and Duesberg, G. and Coleman, J.N. and McDonald, A.R., Tuning the Photo-electrochemical Performance of RuII-Sensitized Two-Dimensional MoS2, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2021, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Tian, R. and Griffin, A. and McCrystall, M. and Breshears, M. and Harvey, A. and Gabbett, C. and Horváth, D.V. and Backes, C. and Jing, Y. and Heine, T. and Park, S.-H. and Coelho, J. and Nicolosi, V. and Nentwig, M. and Benndorf, C. and Oeckler, O. and Coleman, J.N., Liquid Exfoliated SnP3 Nanosheets for Very High Areal Capacity Lithium-Ion Batteries, Advanced Energy Materials, 2021, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Barwich, S., Medeiros de Araújo, J., Rafferty, A., (...), Ferreira, M.S., Coleman, J.N. , On the relationship between morphology and conductivity in nanosheet networks, Carbon, 2021, p306-319 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
James Garcia, Domhnall O'Suilleabhain, Harneet Kaur and Jonathan N. Coleman, A Simple Model Relating Gauge Factor to Filler Loading in Nanocomposite Strain Sensors, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Daniel P. O'Driscoll, Sean McMahon, James Garcia, Sonia Biccai, Cian Gabbett, Adam G. Kelly, Sebastian Barwich, Matthias Moebius, Conor S. Boland and Jonathan N. Coleman, Printable G-putty for Frequency and Rate Independent, High Performance Strain Sensors, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Tingting Chen, Harneet Kaur, Mark McCrystall, Ruiyuan Tian, Ahin Roy, Ross Smith, Dominik Valter Horvath, Jack Maughan, Bharathi Konkena, Munuswamy Venkatesan, Kevin Synnatschke, Tian Carey, Ji Liu, Joshua Pepper, Rui Zhang, Claudia Backes, Valeria Nicolosi, Hui Xia, Jonathan N Coleman, Liquid Phase Exfoliation of Nonlayered Non-Van der Waals Iron Trifluoride (FeF3) into 2D-Platelets for High-Capacity Lithium Storing Cathodes , FlatChem, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Eoin Caffrey, James R Garcia, Domhnall O'Suilleabhain, Cian Gabbett, Tian Carey, Jonathan N Coleman, Quantifying the Piezoresistive Mechanism in High-Performance Printed Graphene Strain Sensors, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 2005-