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Trinity College Dublin

Department of Chemistry, UCC

Prof Justin Holmes

Prof Justin Holmes
Prof Justin Holmes

Email:           jholmes AT

Telephone: +353.21.490 3608

Materials Chemistry & Analysis Group

Every aspect of basic nanoscale science, as well as the commercial production of nanotechnologies, is dependent upon the capacity of instruments and methodologies to fabricate, measure, sense and manipulate matter at the nanoscale. The Materials Chemistry and Analysis Group focus on the development of chemical methods for the synthesis, fabrication and assembly of nanostructured materials and their in-depth characterisation by advanced electron microscopy techniques. In particular, we are interested in understanding nanoscale phenomenon in materials and determining structure-property relationships that enable the creation of novel functional devices with applications in electronics, sensing, energy storage and conversion etc.

Nanomaterials Fabrication and Processing -  Central to our research is the combination of 'bottom-up' synthetic methods with 'top-down' integration and processing techniques. Material sets of interest include semiconductor nanowires, porous oxide films, metal nanoparticles, chemically modified semiconductor surfaces, functional carbon materials and others.

Advanced Analysis and Characterisation - Within the group a variety of electron microscopy and surface techniques are utilised to characterise the bulk and surface properties of materials. The electron microscopy research is based within at the Electron Microscopy and Analysis Facility (EMAF) at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork.

Justin D. Holmes is Professor of Nanochemistry at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. Since joining the Chemistry Department at UCC in October 1999, he has established an active research group in the synthesis, assembly and characterisation of nanoscale materials for electronic, energy, environmental and catalytic applications. He is Group Leader of the Materials Chemistry and Analysis Group at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, which incorporates the Electron Microscopy and Analysis Facility (EMAF). Prof Holmes also holds an adjunct position within the School of Chemistry at TCD. Prof Holmes is co-founder and currently Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the UCC spin-out company Glantreo Ltd.