Susan Kelleher


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Susan completed her degree in Medicinal Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin (2005), after which she carried out her PhD in Organic Chemistry (2009), as well as a short post-doc in biodegradable chewing gum, in University College Dublin (UCD). In 2010, she moved to the Technical University Berlin, where she worked on the nano- and micro- surface patterning of biomaterials and investigated the ability of these surfaces to influence cell behaviour. In 2012, Susan joined Dublin City University (DCU), where she worked for 2 years on the functionalisation of surfaces and nanoparticles for use in point-of-care devices, and in 2014, secured independent funding to begin her own research projects in the areas of bioresponsive materials, nanopatterning and biomimetic engineering. In October 2016, Susan was appointed Assistant Professor of Soft Materials in UCD School of Chemistry and set up the Nanostructured Biomaterials Group. In February 2021, the group moved to the School of Chemical Sciences in DCU.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 J. C. McCormack, L. Podhorska, C. Delaney, F. Zhang, B. J. Rodriguez and S. M. Kelleher (2021) 'High Aspect Ratio Polymeric Nanoneedle Arrays'. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 306 . [DOI]
2021 Reid, G;McCormack, JC;Habimana, O;Bayer, F;Goromonzi, C;Casey, E;Cowley, A;Kelleher, SM (2021) 'Biomimetic Polymer Surfaces by High Resolution Molding of the Wings of Different Cicadas'. 14 (8). [Link] [DOI]
2020 Delaney, Colm,Geoghegan, Niamh,Ibrahim, Hossam,O’Loughlin, Mark,Rodriguez, Brian J.,Florea, Larisa,Kelleher, Susan M. (2020) 'Direct Laser Writing to Generate Molds for Polymer Nanopillar Replication'. 2 (8):3632-3641. [Link]
2020 Flynn,Shauna P. and Daniels,Stephen and Rodriguez,Brian J. and Kelleher,Susan M. (2020) 'Replica molding of cicada wings: The role of water at point of synthesis on nanostructure feature size'. 15 (6). [Link] [DOI]
2018 Flynn, Shauna P,Bogan, Justin,Lundy, Ross,Khalafalla, Khalafalla E,Shaw, Matthew,Rodriguez, Brian J,Swift, Paul,Daniels, Stephen,O’Connor, Robert,Hughes, Greg,Kelleher, Susan M (2018) 'Nitrogen reactive ion etch processes for the selective removal of poly-(4-vinylpyridine) in block copolymer films'. 29 (35). [Link]
2017 Lundy, Ross and Flynn, Shauna P. and Cummins, Cian and Kelleher, Susan M. and Collins, Maurice N. and Dalton, Eric and Daniels, Stephen and Morris, Michael A. and Enright, Ryan (2017) 'Controlled solvent vapor annealing of a high χ block copolymer thin film'. 19 :2805-2815. [Link] [DOI]
2017 Flynn, Shauna P.,McKenna, Milena,Monaghan, Ruairi,Kelleher, Susan M.,Daniels, Stephen,MacCormac, Aoife (2017) 'Aqua-Art: A Demonstration of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Surfaces Fabricated by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition'. 94 (2):221-225. [Link]
2017 Flynn, S. P. and Monaghan, R. and Bogan, J. and McKenna, M. and Cowley, A. and Daniels, S. and Hughes, G. and Kelleher, S. M. (2017) 'Controlling wettability of PECVD-deposited dual organosilicon/carboxylic acid films to influence DNA hybridisation assay efficiency'. 5 :8378-8388. [Link] [DOI]
2016 McKenna, Milena,Soberon, Felipe,Ricco, Antonio J.,Daniels, Stephen,Kelleher, Susan M. (2016) 'Click chemistry as an immobilization method to improve oligonucleotide hybridization efficiency for nucleic acid assays'. 236 :286-293. [Link]
2016 Flynn, SP;Kelleher, SM;Acorn, JN;Kurzbuch, D;Daniels, S;McDonagh, C;Clancy, E;Smith, TJ;Nooney, R (2016) 'Ultrasensitive microarray bioassays using cyanine5 dye-doped silica nanoparticles'. Nanotechnology, 27 . [DOI]
2016 Kelleher, S. M.,Habimana, O.,Lawler, J.,O’ Reilly, B.,Daniels, S.,Casey, E.,Cowley, A. (2016) 'Cicada Wing Surface Topography: An Investigation into the Bactericidal Properties of Nanostructural Features'. 8 (24):14966-14974. [Link]
2015 Kelleher, S M,Nooney, R I,Flynn, S P,Clancy, E,Burke, M,Daly, S,Smith, T J,Daniels, S,McDonagh, C (2015) 'Multivalent linkers for improved covalent binding of oligonucleotides to dye-doped silica nanoparticles'. 26 (36). [Link]
2015 Rowinska, M. and Kelleher, S. M. and Soberon, F. and Ricco, A. J. and Daniels, S. (2015) 'Fabrication and characterisation of spin coated oxidised PMMA to provide a robust surface for on-chip assays'. 3 :135-143. [Link] [DOI]
2015 Nooney, Robert,O’Connell, Claire,Roy, Shibsekhar,Boland, Karla,Keegan, Gemma,Kelleher, Susan,Daniels, Stephen,McDonagh, Colette (2015) 'Synthesis and characterisation of far-red fluorescent cyanine dye doped silica nanoparticles using a modified microemulsion method for application in bioassays'. 221 :470-479. [Link]
2015 Nooney, Robert I.,White, Angela,O’Mahony, Christy,O’Connell, Claire,Kelleher, Susan M.,Daniels, Stephen,McDonagh, Colette (2015) 'Investigating the colloidal stability of fluorescent silica nanoparticles under isotonic conditions for biomedical applications'. 456 :50-58. [Link]
2014 Kelleher, S. M. and Zhang, Z. and Löbus, A. and Strehmel, C. and Lensen, M. C. (2014) 'Blending PEG-based polymers and their use in surface micro-patterning by the FIMIC method to obtain topographically smooth patterns of elasticity'. 2 :410-418. [Link] [DOI]
2013 Chen, Jingyu and Arafeh, Manar and Guiet, Amandine and Felkel, Diana and Loebus, Axel and Kelleher, Susan M. and Fischer, Anna and Lensen, Marga C. (2013) 'Hybrid hierarchical patterns of gold nanoparticles and poly(ethylene glycol) microstructures'. 1 :7709-7715. [Link] [DOI]
2012 Kelleher, Susan,Jongerius, Aniek,Loebus, Axel,Strehmel, Christine,Zhang, Zhenfang,Lensen, Marga C. (2012) 'AFM Characterization of Elastically Micropatterned Surfaces Fabricated by Fill-Molding In Capillaries (FIMIC) and Investigation of the Topographical Influence on Cell Adhesion to the Patterns'. 14 (3). [Link]
2011 Geoghegan, Kimberly,Kelleher, Susan,Evans, Paul (2011) 'An Investigation into the One-Pot Heck Olefination−Hydrogenation Reaction'. 76 (7):2187-2194. [Link]
2009 Susan Kelleher, Pierre-Yves Quesne and Paul Evans (2009) 'Diastereoselective functionalisation of benzo-annulated bicyclic sultams: Application for the synthesis of cis-2,4-diarylpyrrolidines'. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, .
2007 Kelleher, Susan,Muldoon, Jimmy,Müller-Bunz, Helge,Evans, Paul (2007) 'Studies concerning the double reduction of Diels–Alder derived bicylic sulfonamides'. 48 (27):4733-4736. [Link]
2005 Lysén, Morten,Kelleher, Susan,Begtrup, Mikael,Kristensen, Jesper Langgaard (2005) 'Synthesis of Tertiary Benzamides via Pd-Catalyzed Coupling of Arylboronic Esters and Carbamoyl Chlorides'. 70 (13):5342-5343. [Link]
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Research Interests

Susan's research interests lie at the interface of biology and chemistry, specifically in the area of functionalised surfaces for biomedical applications. With her training in chemistry throughout her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Susan approaches scientific problems from the point-of-view of a chemist, striving to understand the underlying functionality and reactivity of systems she works with. She works to integrate her fundamental scientific research into applied biomedical and engineering technologies.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Grain 4 Lab Collaborator 01/04/2021 31/03/2024
Early detection of environmental indicators of airborne COVID-19 Co-PI 01/08/2020 31/08/2021
A low-cost device for detection of COVID19 in healthcare settings Collaborator 01/07/2020 31/12/2021
Biodegradable polymeric nanoneedles for next-generation intracellular delivery of biological drugs PI 01/09/2017 30/11/2021
ANEMONE - Antibiofouling nanopatterned electrospun membranes for nanofiltration applications Co-PI 01/05/2017 31/03/2019
Geneinject - Polymeric nanoneedle arrays for injecting drugs into cells for localised gene therapy PI 01/01/2017 28/02/2022
TIDA 2014: "DynaMat: Dynamic materials for drug delivery and diagnostics" DCU PI 01/01/2015 01/01/2016
Innovation Partnership Feasibility Study Grant - "Bioresponsive Drug Delivery for Orthopaedic Implants" DCU PI 01/09/2014 01/12/2014
CURAM Research Centres PhD Scheme Grant Project DCU PI 01/09/2018 31/08/2022
Production of antibacterial nanostructured polymeric materials DCU PI 04/01/2017 03/01/2021

Current Postgraduate Students

Student Name Degree Supervision
Kennedy ,Meabh Master of Science Supervisor

External Collaborators

Type Name Company Role
External Prof Eoin Casey Unversity College Dublin Academic
External Dr John Creen Unversity College Dublin Academic
External Dr Robert Johnson Unversity College Dublin Academic

Teaching Interests

- Polymer chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Spectroscopy

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 Environmental Monitoring & Data Analysis CS319
2022 Regulation and Data Analysis CS306
2022 Advanced Spectroscopy CS425
2022 Organometallics and Polymer Chemistry CS301
2022 Chemistry Lab & Spectros Workshop CS257