• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

1992 …2020

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Paul Maguire is Professor of Plasmas and Nanofabrication within the School of Engineering, Ulster University. His main research focus is on the science and engineering of microplasmas at atmospheric pressure with particular interest in novel applications. Recently he has developed systems for studying the interaction of low temperature plasmas with liquid droplets leading to interesting discoveries in microreactor chemistry for high synthesis rate growth of monosized nanoparticles. Plasma – droplet interactions have enabled the creation of highly charged micron-sized droplets which are proving to be an invaluable tool for the study of ultra-low energy electrons (< 1 eV) and short-lived radicals directly interacting with living cells. The design and integration of microplasmas with microfluidics and microfabrication is now opening up opportunities for developing new clinical and environmental lab on chip devices. Examples include real-time airborne pathogen detection and remote deep-ocean CO2 chemical analysis. Atmospheric pressure plasma synthesis of nanomaterials and/or atomic scale surface engineering offers opportunities for new nanomaterials, surfactant and ligand free synthesis, new delivery mechanisms to substrate, device or biological tissue.Paulreceived his Ph.D. degree from Faculty of Applied Science, Queens University Belfast in 1986. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Engineer. He has published over 90 scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, holds a number of patents and has attracted funding from Research Council (EPSRC_Maguire_Grants-details) in collaboration with colleagues at Ulster, Glasgow, Cambridge and St Andrews. His ocean lab on chip work has been funded by NSF through the US-Ireland programme in collaboration with NUI Galway and Scripps Institute, UC San Diego.  Other industry-related collaborations have included funded projects with e.g. TFX-Medical, Seagate Ltd and AVX Ltd.

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Activated Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes and 2D Nanostructured MoS2 Hybrid Electrode Material for High-Performance Supercapacitor Applications

Gupta, H., Mothkuri, S., Mc Glynn, R., Carolan, D., Maguire, P., Mariotti, D., Jain, P. K., Rao, T. N., Padmanabham, G. & Chakrabarti, S., 4 Apr 2020, In : Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science. p. 1900855 1 p.

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    Atmospheric pressure microplasma for antibacterial silver nanoparticle/chitosan nanocomposites with tailored properties

    Sun, D., Turner, J., Jiang, N., Zhu, S., Zhang, L., Falzon, B. G., McCoy, C. P., Maguire, P., Mariotti, D. & Sun, D., 20 Jan 2020, In : Composites Science and Technology. 186, 1 p., 107911.

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    Bridging energy bands to the crystalline and amorphous states of Si QDs

    Mariotti, D., Alessi, B., Chiranjeevi, M., Macias-Montero, M., Svrcek, V. & Maguire, P., 13 Jan 2020, In : Faraday Discuss.. p. -

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  • Controlling the Energy-Level Alignment of Silicon Carbide Nanocrystals by Combining Surface Chemistry with Quantum Confinement

    Haq, A. U., Buerkle, M., Askari, S., Rocks, C., Ni, C., Švrček, V., Maguire, P., Irvine, J. T. S. & Mariotti, D., 10 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 11, 5, p. 1721-1728 8 p.

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    Dissociation of tetramethylsilane for the growth of SiC nanocrystals by atmospheric pressure microplasma

    Haq, A. U., Lucke, P., Benedikt, J., Maguire, P. & Mariotti, D., 2 Mar 2020, In : Plasma Processes and Polymers. p. 1-11 11 p.

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    Atmospheric-pressure plasma-droplet treatment system: focus on aerosolised bacteria and remote delivery of reactive species

    Author: Rutherford, D., Aug 2017

    Supervisor: Maguire, P. (Supervisor), MCDOWELL, D. (Supervisor) & Mariotti, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Nano-engineering of Group IV Nanocrystals by Atmospheric Pressure Plasma

    Author: Haq, A. U., 8 May 2018

    Supervisor: Maguire, P. (Supervisor) & Mariotti, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis