Dr. Paula E. Colavita



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Dr Paula Colavita TCD

Research Interests

Research Interests Research in our group broadly seeks to develop tailor-made functional surfaces that can be used for understanding fundamental chemical processes at the molecular level. Initial research focus areas include: a) the preparation and characterisation of surfaces that can serve as surrogates of environmental particulate matter for studying chemical and photochemical heterogeneous processes that impact the fate of gaseous species and organic pollutants in the environment; b) the development of new mesoporous composite materials based on nanoparticle technology for groundwater and soil remediation, where a fundamental understanding of surface chemistry and electrochemistry is vital for enhancing delivery and activity in the field; c) development of smart surfaces for small biomolecule sensing.

Research activities are at the intersection of materials, analytical and physical chemistry and the program offers opportunities to students and postdoctoral researchers with diverse backgrounds to perform interdisciplinary experimental research.

Selected Publications

  1. "Enhancement of photochemical grafting of terminal alkenes via molecular mediators: the role of surface-bound electron acceptors", P. E. Colavita, J. A. Streifer, B. Sun, X. Wang, P. Warf and R. J. Hamers, J. Phys. Chem. C, in press.
  2. "Photochemical grafting of n-alkenes onto carbon surfaces: the role of photoelectron ejection", P. E. Colavita, B. Sun, K.-Y. Tse and R. J. Hamers, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 13554-13565.
  3. "Covalent Photochemical Functionalization of Amorphous Carbon Thin Films for Integrated Real-Time Biosensing", B. Sun, P. E. Colavita, H. Kim, M. Lockett, M. S. Marcus, L. M. Smith and R. J. Hamers, Langmuir, 2006, 22, 9598-9605.
  4. "Functionalized vertically aligned carbon nanofibers as scaffolds for immobilization and electrochemical detection of redox-active proteins", S. E. Baker, P. E. Colavita, K. Y. Tse and R. J. Hamers, Chem. Mater., 2006, 18, 4415-4422.
  5. "Effects of Metal Coating on Self-Assembled Monolayers on Gold. 1. Copper on Dodecanethiol and Octadecanethiol", P. E. Colavita, M. S. Doescher, A. Molliet, U. Evans, J. Reddic, J. Zhou, D. Chen, P. G. Miney and M. L. Myrick, Langmuir, 2002, 18, 8503-8509.

Last updated: Aug 24 2016