Primary Department
School of Chemical Sciences
Academic Staff - Physical Chemistry/Research Convenor
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Tia Keyes is full professor (Chair) of Physical Chemistry at the School of Chemical Sciences, where she has been a member of academic staff since 2002. Her research interests lie in the fields of molecular spectroscopy & photophysics and in supramolecular & interfacial chemistry. She is particularly interested in applications of these fields to biological problems, including cell imaging/environmental mapping, cell capture, sensing and membrane mimetics.
Tia’s research team ( are based between the School of Chemical Sciences and the National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform Ireland (NBIPI) which is housed within The National Centre for Sensor Research  Tia is also a member of the Water Institute at DCU.

To date, Tia is author/co-author of over 230 publications in international peer reviewed journals and has supervised/co-supervised 34 graduate students to PhD completion well as 3 MScs.
Tia is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.

Present and past collaborators include: Prof. Paul Murphy, NUIG, Prof Jim Rusling, University of Connecticut, Prof. Robert Forster, DCU, Prof. Alan M. Bond, Monash University, Australia, Dr Grace Morgan, UCD, Dr. James Rice, UCD. Dr. Tim McCormack, DKIT, Prof. Tony Wedd, University of Melbourne, Australia, Prof Niamh Moran RCSI, Dr Marc Devocelle, RCSI, Prof L Cronin, Univ Glasgow, UK, Prof. Mario Reuben, Univ. of Karlsruhe, Prof Conor Long, DCU, Prof Barry Lentz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Prof Emmanuel Iwuoha, Univ. of Western Cape, Prof Vickie McKee, Univ of Loughborough, Prof Jane Nelson.

Research interests

Key Current Research Interests • Photochemistry and spectroscopy, in particular, electronic, Raman, and time-resolved spectroscopies applied to the study of Electron and Energy Transfers in supramolecular and heterogeneous nano-scale assemblies. • Supramolecular interfacial chemistry, particularly the development of photoactive arrays which incorporate controlled degrees of inter-component, and interfacial communication for solar energy conversion and nanoelectronic devices. • Luminescent polymers and supermolecules for sensing, electrochromics and ECL. • Nanoscale Interfacial platforms for surface enhanced bio-Raman spectroscopy. • Luminescent probes for heterogeneous microenvironments and biomaterials.

Vacancies: Currently there are no research vacancies in our group, however, we are always interested in hearing from excellent graduates or postdocs who may be interested in applying with us for Marie Curie Postdoctoral or IRC Postgraduate funding to join our group.