Frank Dillon

Name Frank Dillon
Work Groups Work Group 1 - Synthesis
Work Group 2 - Characterisation
Laboratory .Nanomaterials by Design
Organisation .Department of Materials, Oxford University
Areas of Research .Nanomaterials, Chemistry, Microscopy,
Research Keywords .Nanomaterials, Carbon Nanotubes, Nanoparticles, Layered materials,

Areas of Future Interest .Hybrid Inorganic/nanocarbon materials

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Brief CV

Frank Dillon graduated in Chemistry from the National University of Ireland, Cork in 2002. He obtained an Innovation Partnership Grant from Enterprise Ireland and Intel Ireland in order to carry out his PhD research in Materials Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Trevor Spalding. His work centred on the synthesis of carbon nanotubes as thermal conductors and reinforcing materials in mesoporous silica based composites and resulted in the award of his PhD in 2006 for the Development of carbon nanotube reinforced ceramic materials. Subsequently, he worked in the Tyndall National Institute, Cork with the Advanced Materials and Surfaces group as a post-doctoral fellow with Professor Martyn Pemble. The group is primarily concerned with the growth, characterisation and infiltration of photonic crystal based systems and, as part of this effort, Frank was invited to the Physics Department in Macquarie University, Sydney as a visiting fellow for a month in spring 2008. He joined the Nanomaterials Group in the Department of Materials, Oxford University in July 2008.
Frank’s work in Oxford has involved the production of nanotubes using aerosol assisted CVD which can be used to produce large quantities of clean nanotubes. These nanotubes were then coated with ceramic precursors and were characterised by XRD, HRSEM, Raman, HRTEM and TGA and their mechanical strength and thermal conductivity were also measured. Recent work has concentrated on the formation of transition metal based nanoparticles (NiP, CoO and Fe3O4) as catalysts for carbon nanototube growth. Also, he has worked to find a correlation between the magnetic properties and the synthesis parameters of iron-filled carbon nanotubes. This should enable one to optimise and tune the magnetic properties according to a specific application. Frank is also working on novel, fast and facile methods for the controlled synthesis of tungsten disulphide and other chalcogenide nanomaterials.
Frank is very interested in the promotion of science and has staffed the UCC stand at the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition on numerous occasions and has also staffed the chemistry department stand for open days at UCC. He was also involved in the “Chemistry Magic Show” for visiting primary and second level students at UCC and Tyndall. He has hosted numerous visits for secondary level students to the labs in Oxford and has demonstrated the use of SEM to the public during the Oxford Science Festival 2011. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the British Carbon Group.