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Professor Michael Lyons

Professor (Chemistry)

Mike Lyons is Professor in Physical Chemistry , a Senior Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and an elected member of the Roual Irish Academy. He served as Head School of Chemistry for a six year period (2017-2023). 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 170 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 =48 , i10 = 103 (56 since 2018) 8187 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. In the same year, he was also elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland (FICI) . He was elected member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) in 2023. Mike leads the Trinity Physical and Materials Electrochemistry 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). A major research emphasis at the present time is in the mathematical modelling of bounded reaction/diffusion equations of interest in catalytic reactors, amperometric enzyme biosensors and bio-fuel cells. This work is being done in collaboration with Prof. L Rajendran, AMET University, Chennai, India. Current experimental projects include Ni/Fe oxyhydroxide materials for alkaline water electrolysis. 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
Fellow Institute of Chemistry of Ireland 2021 present
Chartered Chemist (CChem) 1984 present
M Rajaram, UM Mariappan, J Visuvasam, A meena, L Rajendran, MEG Lyons, Modelling glucose isomerization in a packed-bed reactor: A complete theoretical and numerical approach, International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 18, (3), 2023, p100023 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
P Jeyabarathi, M Abukhaled, M Kannan, L Rajendran, MEG LYons, New analytical expressions of concentrations in packed bed immobilized cell photobioreactor, Electrochem, 4, 2023, p447 - 449, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
G Yokeswari,IP Jayasimman, MEG Lyons, L Rajendran, Analysis of non-linear reaction-diffusion processes at conducting polymer modified ultramicroelectrodes using Akbari-method, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 2023, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
M Balu, MEG Lyons, L Rajendran, Cyclic voltammetric response of homogeneous calalysis of electrochemical reactions: A theoretical and numerical approach for simple one electron/one step reaction scheme, Electrochimica Acta, 2023, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
V Silambuselvi, S Rekha, R Usha Rani, L Rajendran, K Angaleeshwari, MEG Lyons, Theiretical analysis of amperometric response towards PPo based rotating disk bioelectrodes: Taylor series and hyperbolic function method, International Journal of electrochemical science, 18, 2023, p100083 , Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
B Manimegalai, R Swaminathan, MEG Lyons, L Rajendran, Homogeneous catalysis of electrochemical reactions: The steady state current and turnover frequency., Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 127, 2023, p11517 - 11525, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
R Vanaja, P Jeyabarathi, L Rajendran, MEG Lyons, Theoretical study of exothermic explosions in a slab using Akbari'-Ganji's Method, Electrochem, 4, (3), 2023, p424 - 434, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Michael EG Lyons, R Joy Salomi, L Rajendran, Formal analysis of isothermal reaction/diffusion in a defined general geometry, International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 18, 2023, p100296 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
MP Browne, C Dominguez, C Kaplan, MEG Lyons, E Fonda, PE Colavita, Probing changes in the local structure of active bimetallic Mn/Ru oxides during oxygen evolution, ACS Applied Energy Materials, 6, 2023, p , Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
C Batchelor-McAuley, MEG Lyons, What is fundamentally interesting to fundamental electrochemists?, Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, 41, 2023, p101354 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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P Jeyabarathi, M Abukhaled, M Kannan, L Rajendran, MEG Lyons, New analytical expressions of concentrations in a packed bed immobilized cell electrochemical bioreactor, 2023, 2023, p2023070400 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
R Vanaja, P Jeyabarathi, L Rajendran, MEG Lyons, Theory for electrochemical heat sources and exothermic explosions:Akbari-Ganji's Method, 2023, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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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Member Royal Irish Academy 16 May 2023
Senior Fellow Trinity College Dublin 2018
Fellow Institute of Chemistry of Ireland 2021
Research interests lie in the areas of Physical, Materials, nano- and bio-electrochemistry and in Raw Materials. Both experimental and mathematical modelling (analytic and numerical simulation) activity is pursued. Current activity is focused on the investigation of the redox, charge storage and electro-catalytic 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. We have recently extended our modelling activity to consider general problems involving fluid flow and chemical reaction in reactor/filtration systems of interest in Chemical Engineering and to consider reaction/diffusion processes under non-isothermal conditions. Finally we have begun an industrially focused research program to examine the performance of Ni/Fe oxyhydroxide films as catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline electrolysis reactors.