• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 5306 Citations
  • 29 h-Index
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John Anthony (Tony) Byrne is a Professor of Photocatalysis in the School of Engineering.  He leads the Clean Technology research theme within the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC).  Tony's teaching and research focuses on nanotechnology for environmental and energy applications. Tony is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.Tony studied biology and chemistry at Ulster at undergraduate level, obtaining a 1st class honours degree and studied his DPhil in chemistry at Ulster under the supervision of Dr Brian Eggins.  He continued his research career at Ulster and was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Engineering in 2005.  He was rapidly promoted and made Professor in 2012. Tony's research is focused on photocatalytic nanomaterials for use in environmental remediation and renewable energy applications.  He also has an interest the fabrication and characterisation of nanomaterials, focusing mainly on metal oxides.  Tony leads the Photocatalysis Research team at Ulster.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and serves on the committee of the RSC Northern Ireland Section Committee, the RSC Photochemistry interest group and the Chemical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology interest group.  He is the Chair of the Professional Bodies Forum in support of the All Party Group on Science and Technology (NI Assembly) and a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.

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Research Output 1997 2020

  • 5306 Citations
  • 29 h-Index
  • 71 Article
  • 11 Chapter
  • 11 Conference contribution
  • 1 Poster
1 Citation (Scopus)

Predatory bacteria in combination with solar disinfection and solar photocatalysis for the treatment of rainwater

Waso, M., Khan, S., Singh, A., McMichael, S., Ahmed, W., Fernandez-Ibanez, P., Byrne, J. & Khan, W., 1 Feb 2020, In : Water Research. 169, 1, p. 1 9 p., 115281.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The use of titanium dioxide nanotubes as photoanodes for chloride oxidation

Boyle, C., Skillen, N., Gunaratne, N., Sharma, P., Byrne, J. & Robertson, P., 24 Jan 2020, In : Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

titanium oxides
Titanium dioxide
4 Citations (Scopus)
14 Downloads (Pure)

Formal Quantum Efficiencies for the Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 in a Gas Phase Batch Reactor

Cortes, M. A., Hamilton, J., Sharma, P., Brown, A., Nolan, M., Gray, K. A. & Byrne, J., 1 Apr 2019, In : Catalysis Today. 326, p. 75-81 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Batch reactors
Carbon Monoxide
Quantum efficiency
1 Citation (Scopus)

Indium Doped TiO2 Photocatalysts with High Temperature Anatase Stability

Kumaravel, V., Rhatigan, S., Mathew, S., Bartlett, J., Nolan, M., Hinder, S., Sharma, P., Singh, A., Byrne, J., Harrison, J. & Pillai, S. C., 29 Aug 2019, In : The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 123, 34, p. 21083-21096 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Titanium dioxide

Low cost interventions for disinfection of potable water in developing communities

Fernandez-Ibanez, P., López, M. I. P., Martinez-García, A., Reyneke, B., Khan, W., Mujanya, C., Asiimwe, J., Byrne, J., Lubarsky, H., Dunlop, PSM., Ternan, N. G., Dooley, J. & Snelling, W., 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

drinking water
water treatment


Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Global Challenge Pump-Prime workshop: Sustainable Design and Shared Space

Saul Golden (Organiser), Mervyn Smyth (Organiser), John Byrne (Participant), Pilar Fernandez-Ibanez (Participant), Michael Brennan (Participant), David Turnbull (Participant), Francis Agyenim Boateng (Participant)
20 Nov 201721 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...