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Professor John Boland

Professor (Chemistry)

Principal Investigator (CRANN)

Prof. Boland received his BSc degree from University College Dublin and PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He is a Professor in the School of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin and Director of the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN). Prof. Boland was previously a researcher at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre, and the J.J. Hermans Professor of Chemistry and Applied and Materials Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His current research interests involve the electrical and mechanical properties of nanoscale materials, and molecular recognition and assembly and nanoscale contact formation.
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Over 140 invited presentations at universities, research centers and international scientific meetings.
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Organising Committee, SOI and SI Nano devices, CRANN, TCD (2014) 2014 2014
Organising Committee, ISCP China-Ireland symposium (2014) 2014 2014
Organising Committee, Flatlands Beyond Graphene (2014) 2014 2014
Member Editorial Board, Institute of Physics, Journal of Physics D (2012-) 2012 to date
Program Committee, 13th International Conference on Formation of Semiconductor Interfaces, Prague (2011) 2011 2011
Advisory Board Committee, 6th International Symposium on Surface Science, Tokyo (2011) 2011 2011
National Academic Lead, INSPIRE Nanotechnology Consortium (2008 - 2011) 2008 2011
Expert consultant on Industry-Academia Engagement, VinNova, Sweden (2010) 2010 2010
Member Organizing Committee, 15th International Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces, Beijing (2010) 2010 2010
Program Committee, 26th European Conference on Surface Science, Parma, Italy (2009) 2009 2009
Program Committee, 13th European Conference on Applications of Surf & Interface Antalya (2009). 2009 2009
Program Committee, 12th International Conference on Formation of Semiconductor Interfaces, Weimar (2009) 2009 2009
Chair, 14th International Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces, Dublin (ICSFS-14) (2008) 2008 2008
Advisory Committee, 5th International Symposium on Surface Science and Nanotechnology, Waseda (2008) 2008 2008
Advisory Committee, 25th European Conference on Surface Science, Liverpool (2008) 2008 2008
Member Editorial Board, Nano Research (2008) 2008 2008
Co-Chair, 3rd Nanomaterials and NanoManufacturing Conference, Dublin (2007) 2007 2007
Member Royal Irish Academy Physical Sciences Committee (2004 - 2007) 2004 2007
Advisory Committee, 5th International Symposium on Surface Science and Nanotechnology, Omiya (2006) 2006 2006
Advisory Committee, 13th International Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces, Bariloche (2006) 2006 2006
Associate Editor, Journal Vacuum Science and Technology (2006 - to date) 2007 to date
Member SFI Physical Sciences Steering Committee (2004 -2006) 2004 2006
International Review Panel for Stacie Molecular Institute, CNR Canada (2004) 2004 2004
AVS Surface Science Division National Program Chair (2003) 2003 2003
Member Advisory Commitee, 7th Atomically Controlled Surfaces, Interfaces and Nanostructures, Nara (2003) 2003 2003
Member Surface Science Executive Committee, American Vacuum Society (1999 - 2002) 1999 2002
Program Committee, Atomically Controlled Surtfaces and Interfaces, Tokyo (1999) 1999 1999
Program Committee, Gordon Research Conference on Electronic Materials (1999) 1999 1999
Chair Organizing Committee, SESAPS/MRS Regional Meeting, Chapel Hill, NC, USA (1999) 1999 1999
Chair ACS Regional Meeting, Raleigh, NY, USA (1998) 1998 1998
Member, Organizing Committee, 4th International Conference on Atomically Controlled Surfaces and Interfaces, Waseda University, Japan (1997) 1997 1997
Chair, Surface Science Section, Southeast Regional ACS Meeting (1997) 1997 1997
Chair, Gordon Conference on Electronic Materials, New Hampshire,NY(1997) 1997 1997
Member NSF Nanotechnology Panel Review (1996) 1996 1996
Program Committee, N.C. Flat Panel Display Workshop (1996) 1996 1996
Organizing Committee, 3rd Conference on Atomically Controlled Surfaces, Raleigh, NY (1996) 1996 1996
Member NSF Materials Science Panel Review (1995) 1995 1995
President, North Carolina Chapter of the Materials Science Society
Referee for: Science, Nature, Physical Review, Physical Review Letters, Surface Science,Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of the American Chemical Society
Yunhong Shi, Dunzhu Li, Liwen Xiao, Daragh Mullarkey, Daniel K. Kehoe, Emmet D. Sheerin, Sebastian Barwich, Luming Yang, Yurii K. Gun'ko, Igor V. Shvets, Matthias E. Möbius, John J. Boland, Jing Jing Wang, "Real-world natural passivation phenomena can limit microplastic generation in water", Chemical Engineering Journal, 428, (132466), 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  Handle
Shi, Y. and Li, D. and Xiao, L. and Sheerin, E.D. and Mullarkey, D. and Yang, L. and Bai, X. and Shvets, I.V. and Boland, J.J. and Wang, J.J., The influence of drinking water constituents on the level of microplastic release from plastic kettles, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 425, (127997), 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Li D; Sheerin ED; Shi Y; Xiao L; Yang L: Boland JJ; Wang JJ, "Alcohol Pre-treatment to Eliminate the Interference of Micro Additive Particles in the Identification of Microplastics Using Raman Spectroscopy"., Environmental science & technology [Environ Sci Technol] , 56, (17), 2022, p12158 - 12168, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Lynes, A.D. and Lovitt, J.I. and Rotella, C. and Boland, J.J. and Gunnlaugsson, T. and Hawes, C.S., Crystal engineering studies of a series of pyridine-3,5-dicarboxamide ligands possessing alkyl ester arms, and their coordination chemistry, Results in Chemistry, 4, (100679), 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Dunzhu Li, Luming Yang, Rachel Kavanagh, Liwen Xiao, Yunhong Shi, Daniel K Kehoe, Emmet D Sheerin, Yurii K Gun'ko, John J Boland, Jing Jing Wang, Sampling, Identification and Characterization of Microplastics Release from Polypropylene Baby Feeding Bottle during Daily Use, Journal of Visualized Experiments: Jove, 173, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Biswas, S., Doherty, J., Galluccio, E., Manning, H. G., Conroy, M., Duffy, R., Bangert, U., Boland, J. J. and Holmes, J. D., 'Stretching the Equilibrium Limit of Sn in Ge1-xSnx Nanowires: Implications for Field Effect Transistors',, ACS Applied Nano Materials, , 4, (2), 2021, p1048 - 1056, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  Handle
K. Esteki, H. G. Manning, E. Sheerin, M. S. Ferreira, J. J. Boland, and C. G. Rocha. , "Tuning the Electro-Optical Properties of Nanowire Networks", Nanoscale, 13, 2021, p15367 - 15379, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Sahar Alialy , Koorosh Esteki , Mauro Ferreira , John J. Boland and Claudia Gomes da Rocha , Nonlinear ion drift-diffusion memristance description of TiO2 RRAM devices, Nanoscale Advances, 2020, p1 - 11, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Hugh G. Manning, Patrick F. Flowers, Mutya A. Cruz, Claudia Gomes da Rocha, Colin O' Callaghan, Mauro S. Ferreira, Benjamin J. Wiley, and John J. Boland , The Resistance of Cu Nanowire-Nanowire Junctions & Electro-Optical Modeling of Cu Nanowire Networks , Applied Physical Letters, 116, 2020, p251902 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
D. Li, Y. Shi, L. Yang, L. Xiao, D. K. Kehoe, Y. K. Gun'ko, J. J. Boland, J. J. Wang, Microplastic release from the degradation of polypropylene feeding bottles during infant formula preparation, Nature Food, 1, 2020, p746 - 751, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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X Zhang, M Wang, H Wang, M Upmanyu, J Boland, , "Restructuring of emergent grain boundaries at free surfaces-an interplay between core stabilization and elastic stress generation", Research Square, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
T A. Crowley, B. Daly, M. A. Morris, D. Erts, O. Kazakova, J. J. Boland, B. Wu and J. D. Holmes , "Probing the Magnetic Properties of Cobalt-Germanium Nanocable Arrays" , J. of Materials Chem. , 15, (24), 2005, p2408 - 2413, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


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SFI Researcher of the Year Award (2018) 2018
INTEL Outstanding Researcher Award (2017) 23 January 2018
Laureate of the 11th ACSIN Nanoscience Prize (2011), St Petersburg, Russia 2011
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research image of the year (2011) 2011
Elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)(2011) 2011
Elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy (2010) 2010
Elected Fellow American Vacuum Society (AVS) (2009) 2009
Elected Professorial Fellow, Trinity College Dublin (2008) 2008
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Principle Investigator Award , Trinity College Dublin 2007 & 2002 & 2013
J.J. Hermans Chair Professorship, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC, USA 2000-2002
Faculty Teaching Award , UNC-Chapel Hill, USA (1996) 1996
UNC Faculty Award, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC, USA (1994) 1994
Outstanding Technical Innovation Award, IBM, USA (1994) 1992
Newby McKoy Graduate Research Award , Caltech, USA (1982) 1982
IBM Graduate Student Fellowship, Caltech, USA (1982) 1982 - 1984
Ryan Medal Recipient 1st Place Award BSc Hons, UCD (1979) 1979
Research Funding ***Science Foundation Ireland Future Innovation Prize (2022/23) - €267 ***Science Foundation Ireland Future Innovator Prize (2021/22) - €220k ***ERC Proof of Concept Award (TALNET) (2020 -2021) - €150k ***SFI AMBER 2 Research Centre Award €42.2m(2019 - 2024): €127,500 to PI Grant no: 12/RC/2278_P2. Website *** Intel Research Programme (2020-2021) - €66,694 to PI (Part funded by SFI) ***Science Foundation Ireland PI Award ( 2018 - 2023): €1.8m PI. Grant No: 16/IA/4462 Website: ***FP7-2012-Ideas- ERC AdG - COGNET. (2013- 2018): €2.5m. Website: ***Science Foundation Ireland ERC Support Programme (2013 - 2017): 300K. Grant no. 13/ERC/12834 The SFI-ERC supplement to ERC-sponsored project (COGNET) ***Science Foundation Ireland PI Award (2013 - 2018): €1.3m PI. Grant No: SFI/IA/1482 Website: ***SFI AMBER Research Centre Award €58m(2013 - 2019); €1.1m to PI Grant no. 12/RC/2278 Website: ***Martin Naughton- Notre Dame Funding (2012 - 2016): US$70k. Website: ***EU FP7 ICT - 2012 FET 9.6 Molarnet (2012 - 2016) €595k (Collaborator with 5 Partners). Total EU Grant: €4m Website: ***IRCSET Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012 - 2014) €91k (IRC-P/D EMP12) Website: ***SFI TIDA Feasibility Award €50k(2011 - 2012) ***EU NMP FP7 Award MultiDimension SPM (MDSPM) €360k(2008 -2012) ***IRCSET P/G S/Ship (2007- 2010, Closed): €72k Grant No: RS/2007/02. Website: ***Science Foundation Ireland PI Award (2007 - 2012)€3.5m ***Science Foundation Ireland PI Award (2002 - 2006)€6.9m ***Prior funding from US NSF and US ONR totalling $2.4m (1994-2001) *"Mobility Key to Silicon Etching" Chemical & Engineering News, 11, Sept 10, 2001 *"Silicon Surface Key To Energetics Puzzle" Chemical & Engineering News, 78 (47), November 20, 2000 *"Scientists Tone Down Silicon Rockers" Science News 158, 287 (2000) *"STM Tips Scientists on Atomic Details" C&E News, Feb 16, 1998. *Top-ten most cited paper in chemistry (Science Watch, 1994) *"Magical Effects of Hydrogen Atoms on a Surface of Silicon", Science Watch, Jan. 1994. *"Dissecting Surfaces", by B. Schechter. Research, 3, 8 (1992). *"The Practical Blind Side of Basic Research" New York Times, March 1992. *"Hydrogen can peel atoms off layer by layer", by E. Pennisi. Science News, 141, 38 (1992). *"Silicon Surface Secrets revealed by STM", by D. Robbins. Physics World, 4, 24 (1991)