School of Chemical Sciences

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Our group is based in the School of Chemical Sciences at DCU. We are part of the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR). The group currently has 10 members including academic staff, postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students and visiting fellows. Read more ...

 

 

SSG research can be divided into the areas of Sensors and Separations. The development of techniques in electrochemical chemosensing and biosensing is key in the Sensors area. Primarily, the conducting polymer, polyaniline, and nanostructures thereof, are used as the basis for sensor development. Routes to develop nanostructured surfaces based on polyaniline, that are amenable to mass manufacturing, are emphasised. These nanostructured surfaces are being investigated for their unique properties for bio- and chemo-sensing. Other areas of interest are in fabrication of low-cost electrode platforms.
In the area of separations, our group uses instrumental methods such as Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) to solve new analytical problems. These problems have come from chemical industry and biomedical research. Detection techniques include electrochemical, UV-vis, mass spectrometric and laser induced fluorescence.