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College Photo Name Lyons, Michael Edward
College Address School of Chemistry,
Main Department Chemistry
College Title Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 2051
Fax +353 1 671 2826
Mike Lyons is Professor in Physical Chemistry and SFI Principal Investigator in the School of Chemistry and the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate of University College Cork (1979) where he read Chemistry and Mathematical Physics and obtained his Ph.D degree from the same University in 1983 under the supervision of Prof. Declan Burke in metal oxide electrochemistry. He worked with Prof. John Albery 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 in a publication output of two books and more than 120 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. His h-index is currently 29. His current interests in collaboration with the recently formed SFI funded Trinity Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Electrocatalysis Group, is in revisiting and finally understanding the redox and electrocatalytic behaviour with respect to oxygen evolution, oxygen reduction and hydrogen evolution of hydrous oxide coated metal and metal oxide electrodes for use in energy conversion and storage device applications. His group is also developing non enzymatic electrochemical biosensors based on metal oxide modified electrodes for bio-diagnostic applications and for pH sensing and will shortly begin work on developing anode materials for metal electro-winning for the mining industry, and in developing electrochemical measurements of novel exfoliated 2D nanomaterials for electrochromic and energy storage applications as part of the CRANN AMBER Project. Professor Lyons has successfully supervised 20 Ph.D and 6 M.Sc students and more than 15 visiting researchers, and collaborated with 3 Post Doc. Fellows during his 30 year tenure at Trinity College. His group numbers currently vary depending on time of year and the group (2014)currently consists of a Post Doctoral Fellow, 5 PhD Students and 1 international project student. He is a member of the International Editorial Board of Solid State Electrochemistry (since 1996) the e-journals Sensors (since 2001) and the International Journal of Electrochemical Science (since 2006). He served as Project co-ordinator for the EU/LA ALFA Project Materials Engineering for the Design of Intelligent Sensors (Project MEDIS) with partners located in Umiversities in Belguim, France, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Professor Lyons has lectured widely both in Ireland, the UK, Europe , the US ,Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. He will shortly present Plenary lectures in Pakistan and India. He has received significant research funding both from National sources (SFI, EI), the EU and Multinational Industry (DuPont, National Power). Mike is currently funded by SFI Principal Investigator Programme 2011-2016. Grant number 10/IN.1/I2969, Redox and catalytic properties of hydrated metal oxide electrodes for use in energy conversion and storage devices and was in receipt of SFI-TIDA funding to develop novel non-enzyme based glucose sensors. He has recently been awarded another TIDA Grant by SFI to develop a new generation of metal oxide pH sensors. He is National Coordinator of IFOSTER (The Irish Forum for Sustainable Trade, Treatment, Exploitation and Exploration of Raw materials) which is developing a national policy and strategy for the entire raw materials cycle. Professor Lyons has obtained significant research funding since 2010 (over 1.4 M euro).
Teaching interests and responsibilities
Teaching is focussed on general Physical Chemistry (thermodynamics, solution equilibria & kinetics) in the Freshman years and on Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Materials Science in the Sophister Years. Specialist courses on Electrochemical Biosensors and on Electrochemical Energy Conversion are also presented at Sophister Level. He is currently developing a new graduate course on Physical Electrochemistry/Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage for delivery in DUBCHEM Structured PhD Programme.
Professional Qualifications
Qualification Institution Class of Degree Title of Dissertation Date Conferred
B.Sc National University of Ireland, University College Cork     1979
Ph.D National University of Ireland University College Cork   The electrochemical behaviour of some hydrous and thermally prepared transition metal oxides 1983
M.A University of Dublin Trinity College     1988
Administrative Functions
Details Level Date From Date To
Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning School of Chemistry July 2008 July 2010
Head of Physical, Materials & Computational Chemistry July 2008 July 2011
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Member American Chemical Society 2003 2005
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Fellow Trinity College Dublin 1992
Education Details
School/College Date From Date To
CBC Cork 1969 1975
University College, Cork B.Sc(NUI) 1975 1979
University College Cork Ph.D (NUI) 1979 1983
Imperial College of Science and Technology London 1983 1984
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
French Fluent Medium Medium
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups Description of Role Date From Date To
CRANN Energy Theme Champion 16-OCT-12
Description of Research Interests
Research interests lie in the areas of Physical, Materials, nano- and bio-electrochemistry and topics of study include the following topics. Probing the fundamental features of magnetic field effects in electrochemical systems. Analysis of the theoretical description of mediated electron transfer at redox active monolayers , and polymer modified ultramicroelectrodes. Examination of the kinetics of enzyme catalysis and amplification in bounded systems. The preparation, redox behaviour and catalytic properties of alkane thiol capped metal nanoclusters . The development of electronically conductive polymer sensor electrodes for vitamin C and vitamin K and neurotransmitters.Probing the kinetics and mechanism of electrolytic gas evolution reactions at metal and oxidised metal electrode surfaces. Using surface dispersed and thiol tethered assemblies of purified single walled carbon nanotubes to probe the redox and catalytic behaviour of adsorbed redox enzymes and proteins.
Research Interests
Biosensors Electroactive polymer electrochemistry Electrochemical biosensors Electrochemical energy conversion
Electrochemical kinetics Mathematical Modelling Mathematical modelling electrochemical systems Nanochemistry
Nanotechnology Nanotubes
Research Projects
Project title Redox & catalytic properties of hydrated metal oxide electrodes for use in energy conversion & storage devices
Summary In the present research programme the mechanism of hydrous oxide growth and the redox charging/discharging behaviour at a variety of noble (Pt, Rh, Ir) and non-noble metal (Fe, Co, Ni, Mn) hydrous oxides will be fully elucidated under well defined conditions using a range of in situ electrochemical (steady state and transient), nanogravimetric, spectroscopic and microscopic (scanning electrochemical and atomic force) in order to establish a coherent basis for preparation of defined materials with defined properties. The activity, kinetics and mechanism of the catalytically demanding dioxygen evolution and electroreduction reactions will then be probed and elucidated on the latter surfaces and at metal surfaces pre-coated with carbon nanotube meshes on which hydrous oxides are electrochemically grown. A detailed experimental basis to underpin a coherent predictive theory of electrocatalysis will therefore be established for the first time. This will result in a huge advance in the optimization of water electrolysis anode and PEM fuel cell cathode materials science and will bring the ideal of a sustainable electrochemistry based hydrogen economy closer to fruition.
Funding Agency Science Foundation Ireland
Programme Principal Investigator
Type of Project
Date from 1 March 2011
Date to 28 February 2016
Person Months 60

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
M.H. Bridge, E. Williams, M.E.G. Lyons, K.F. Tipton, W. Linert, Electrochemical investigation into the redox activity of Fe(II)/Fe(III) in the presence of nicotine and possible relations to neurodegenerative diseases. , Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1690, 2004, p77 - 84
Michael E G Lyons, Mediated electron transfer at redox active monolayers. Part 4. Kinetics of redox enzymes coupled with redox mediators, Sensors, 3, 2003, p19 - 42
G. Hinds , J.M.D. Coey, M.E.G. Lyons, Influence of magnetic forces on electrochemical mass transport, Electrochemistry Communications, 3, 2001, p214 - 218
Michael E G Lyons, Electroactive Polymer Electrochemistry Vol. 2 Methods and Applications, 1st, New York, Plenum Press, 1996, 332pp
Michael E G Lyons, Electroactive Polymer Electrochemistry Vol.1 Fundamentals, 1st, New York, Plenum Press, 1994, 488pp
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Last updated 9 March 2011 by School of Chemistry (Email).