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Professor Michael Lyons

Professor and Head of School (Chemistry)

Head of School (School Office - Chemistry)

Mike Lyons is Professor in Physical Chemistry , Head of School of Chemistry and a Senior Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is a PI in the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), and in the SFI funded AMBER National Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Born in Cork city he was educated in CBC Cork and is a graduate of University College Cork (1979) where he read Chemistry. and Mathematical Physics. Mike obtained his Ph.D degree from the same University in 1983 under the supervision of the late Prof. Declan Burke in metal oxide electrochemistry. He worked with the late Prof. John Albery FRS and Prof. Brian Steele at Imperial College London on metal oxide electro-catalysis before being appointed to a lectureship in Physical Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin in 1984. He was elected to Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin, in 1992 on the basis of publication and research. His research interests encompass Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry and nanomaterials , and in a publication output of two books and more than 140 papers, he has made significant contributions to electrode kinetics, metal oxide electro-catalysis, electroactive polymer electrochemistry, mathematical modelling of electrochemical systems, electrochemical biosensors, and carbon nanotube electrochemistry. The following numerical indicators h-index =44, , i10 = 93 (55 since 2016) 6482 cites in total are indicative of high impact research that is internationally recognized. In 2021 Mike was conferred with the Doctor in Science Degree (ScD) by the University of Dublin on the basis of a corpus of published research and scholarship. Mike leads the Trinity Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Electrocatalysis (TEECE) Group, which is currently engaged in developing novel nanomaterials for use as catalysts in water electrolysis and fuel cell devices for use in energy conversion and storage device applications. The group is also developing non enzymatic electrochemical biosensors based on metal oxide modified electrodes for bio-diagnostic applications and for pH sensing and in developing anode materials for metal electro-winning for the mining industry. He previously lead TCD activity in the field of Raw Materials within the EIT Raw Materials KIC a multinational EU funded initiative involving industry, research institutes and academia. Professor Lyons has lectured extensively in UK, Europe, US, Latin America, Pakistan, India, Australia and New Zealand. He has received significant research funding both from National sources (SFI, EI), the EU and Multinational Industry (DuPont, National Power). In his spare time Mike follows Irish & Munster Rugby (although he will on occasion cheer on Leinster) and Cork Hurling. He enjoys classical music and escapist movies, and is an avid reader of history and popular science books.
  Biosensors   Electroactive polymer electrochemistry   Electrochemical biosensors   Electrochemical energy conversion   Electrochemical kinetics   Mathematical Modelling   Mathematical modelling electrochemical systems   Nanochemistry   Nanotechnology   Nanotubes
 Redox & catalytic properties of hydrated metal oxide electrodes for use in energy conversion & storage devices

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Member American Chemical Society 2003 2005
S. Thamizh Suganya, L. Rajendran, MEG Lyons, Analytical expression of concentrations and current in enzyme based two compartment model of amperometric biosensors under steady state conditions, International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 17, 2022, p161101 , Notes: [DOI:10.20964/2022.02.09], Journal Article, IN_PRESS
R.J. Salomi, S.V. Sylvia, M. Abukhaled, MEG Lyons, L Rajendran,, Theoretical analysis of transient response of an amperometric sensor based on the phenol-polyphenol oxidase model, International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 17, 2022, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
Orbital: The electronic journal of Chemistry, Brazil, Institute of Chemistry-Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, [eds.], 2021, Notes: [Associate Editor], Editorial Board, PUBLISHED
S.Vinolyn Sylvia; R.Joy Salomi; Michael E.G. Lyons , L Rajendran, Transient current of catalytic processes at chemically modified electrodes , International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 16, 2021, p210452 , Notes: [Article ID 210452. doi: 10.20964/2021.04.36], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
R Usha Rani, L Rajendran, MEG Lyons, Steady state current in product inhibition kinetics in an amperometric biosensor: Adomian decomposition and Taylor Series methods, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 886, 2021, p115103 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
L Rajendran, B Manimegalai, MEG Lyons, A kinetic model for amperometric immobilised enzymes at planar, cylindrical and spherical electrodes: The Akbar-Ganji Method, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 880, 2021, p114921 , Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
RJ Salomi, SV Sylvia, L. Rajendran, MEG Lyons, Transient current, sensitivity and resistance of biosensors acting in a trigger mode: Theoretical and simulation study, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 895, 2021, p115421 , Notes: [doi:], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
MC Devi, P Pirabaharan, MEG Lyons, L Rajendran, Investigation of the electrochemical diffusion impedance for an irrreversible homogeneous reaction, International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 16, (6), 2021, p210639 , Notes: [DOI:10.20964/2021.06.44], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
B Manimegalai, L Rajendran , MEG Lyons , Theory of the transient current response for the homogeneous mediated enzyme catalytic mechanism at the rotating disc electrode., International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 16, 2021, p210946 , Notes: [DOI:10.20964/2021.08.41], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
B. Manimegalai, MEG Lyons, L Rajendran, Transient chronoamperometric current at rotating disc electrode for second order ECE reactions, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 902, 2021, p115775 , Notes: [DOI: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2021.115775], Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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MEG Lyons, Everything is customisable now: Science in a globalised society, TCD Politics Society, Trinity College Dublin, 15 February, 2018, Notes: [Position Paper], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


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Senior Fellow Trinity College Dublin 2018
Research interests lie in the areas of Physical, Materials, nano- and bio-electrochemistry and in Raw Materials. Current activity is focused on the investigation of the redox, charge storage and electrocatalytic properties of nanostructured metal oxyhydroxide thin films for use as electrodes in water electrolysis cells and electrochemical fuel cells. The development of metal oxide and polymeric electrode materials for use as amperometric chemical and biological sensors in tandem with the mathematical modelling of reaction and diffusion of analytes at sensor electrode surfaces is an ongoing research activity.