James Behan

James Behan

Marie Skłodowska-Curie - BIENVENÜE Fellow

Université de Rennes 1

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Interests
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Nanomaterial Synthesis and Characterisation
  • Bio-Nano Interactions
  • Nanocarbon Electrochemistry
Education
  • 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

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
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
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Statistics

Trained in statistical analysis

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Python Programming
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Chemistry
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Electrochemistry
language
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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(2022). Designing Functional Bionanoconstructs for Effective In Vivo Targeting. Bioconjugate Chemistry.

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

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

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

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(2020). Electrocatalysis at Nanocarbons: Model Systems and Applications in Energy Conversion. Nanocarbon Electrochemistry.

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