James Behan

James Behan

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

Université de Rennes 1

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  • Electrocatalysis
  • Nanomaterial Synthesis and Characterisation
  • Bio-Nano Interactions
  • Nanocarbon Electrochemistry
  • PhD in Physical Chemistry, 2018

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, 2014

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Statistics, 2017

    School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin

  • Diploma in Python Programming, 2020

    CCT College Dublin

  • Nanodegree in Data Science with Python, 2021

    Udacity (Remote Learning Course)

  • Laureate of AMI Emergence Entrepeneurship Programme, 2022

    Deeptech Bretagne


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Bienvenue Fellow
Jan 2022 – Present Rennes, Brittany, France

Responsibilities include:

  • Investigation of capacity of bacterial biofilms to synthesise novel electrocatalysts
  • Writing and publishing original research
  • Advising and supervising PhD candidates and other junior students
Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow
Apr 2019 – Nov 2021 Dublin

Responsibilities included:

  • My project NANO-INT focused on the investigation of nanomaterial - biological system interactions
  • This involved a combination of nanoparticle synthesis and surface modification
  • Supervision of numerous PhD, Masters and Project Students
  • Co-coordinator Bio-Nano Master’s module with Prof. Kenneth Dawson (2019-2020)
Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
Aug 2018 – Apr 2019 Dublin

Responsibilities included:

  • Designed and produced lecture series in thermodynamics aimed at applications in pharmacy
  • ca. 100 students in 1st and 2nd year pharmacy
  • 20 lecture contact hours in addition to tutorials, pre-exam sessions
  • Prepared and set final exam questions and marking scheme
Part-Time Lecturer, Introduction to Chemistry
Aug 2017 – Apr 2019 Dublin

Description of work:

  • Prepared and delivered lecture and tutorial series aimed at students new to the field
  • Part time position held concomitantly with PhD and Physical Chemistry lecturing duties
  • Multiple 1-2 H sessions/week with a dozen students per session
  • Prepared multiple self-test and exam preparatory sessions, supplementary notes and worked problem examples
PhD, Physical Chemistry
Jan 2014 – Jan 2018 Dublin

Description of work:

  • Synthesis and investigation of carbon nanomaterials for electrocatalytic and electroanalytic applications
  • Heteroatom doped nanocarbons for oxygen reduction
  • Modifying carbon electrode interfaces for favourable bio-nano interactions
  • Proficiency in variety of electrochemical, spectroscopic and optoelectronic characterisation techniques

Committed to Open Access Publishing


Trained in statistical analysis

Python Programming
Japanese (JLPT N4 certified)

Recent & Upcoming Talks

“Tailored Carbon Nanomaterial Interfaces for Electrocatalysis, Electroanalysis and Microbial Fuel Cell Applications” European Materials Research Society (EMRS) Spring Meeting 2022

I was delighted to present our work at EMRS for the first time post-pandemic. he symposium was replete with very interesting presentations on carbon nanomaterials and our small section on biological applications generated a lot of discussion despite being the afternoon session towards the end of the programme. I came away feeling up to date on nanocarbons and energised to try all sorts of new experiments in the lab - exactly what you want from a world class international conference!

Recent Publications

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(2023). Fe(III) Oxide Microparticles Modulate Extracellular Electron Transfer in Anodic Biofilms Dominated by Bacteria of the Pelobacter Genus. Bioelectrochemistry.


(2022). Designing Functional Bionanoconstructs for Effective In Vivo Targeting. Bioconjugate Chemistry.


(2021). Understanding Intracellular Nanoparticle Trafficking Fates through Spatiotemporally Resolved Magnetic Nanoparticle Recovery. Nanoscale Advances.

Cite DOI

(2020). Tailored Glycosylated Anode Surfaces: Addressing the Exoelectrogen Bacterial Community via Functional Layers for Microbial Fuel Cell Applications. Bioelectrochemistry.


(2020). Bioinspired Electro-Permeable Glycans on Carbon: Fouling Control for Sensing in Complex Matrices. Carbon.