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1992 …2019
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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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Research Output 1992 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Atmospheric Pressure Plasma-Synthesized Gold Nanoparticle/Carbon Nanotube Hybrids for Photothermal Conversion

Sun, D., McLaughlan, J., Zhang, L., Falzon, B. G., Mariotti, D., Maguire, P. & Sun, D., 2 Apr 2019, In : Langmuir. 35, 13, p. 4577-4588 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

photothermal conversion
Carbon Nanotubes
Atmospheric pressure
Carbon nanotubes

Evolution of Anodic Product from Molybdenum Metal in Absolute Ethanol and Humidity Sensing under Ambient Conditions

Ni, C., Carolan, D., Hui, J., Rocks, C., Padmanaban, D. B., Ni, J., Xie, D., Fang, Z., Irvine, J., Maguire, P. & Mariotti, D., 4 Sep 2019, In : Crystal Growth & Design. 19, 9, p. 5249-5257 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Atmospheric humidity

Long-term hydrolytically stable bond formation for future membrane-based deep ocean microfluidic chemical sensors

Tweedie, M., Sun, D., Ward, B. & Maguire, P., 7 Apr 2019, In : Lab on a Chip. 19, 7, p. 1287-1295 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chemical sensors

Microplasma assisted synthesis of gold nanoparticle/graphene oxide nanocomposites and their potential application in SERS sensing

Sun, D., Tang, M., Zhang, L., Falzon, B., Padmanaban, D. B., Mariotti, D., Maguire, P., Xu, H., Chen, M. & Sun, D., 27 Aug 2019, In : Nanotechnology. 30, 45, p. 1-18 18 p., 455603.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Raman scattering

Plasma and Aerosols: Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives

Stancampiano, A., Gallingani, T., Gherardi, M., Machala, Z., Maguire, P., Colombo, V., Pouvesle, J-M. & Robert, E., 14 Sep 2019, In : Applied Sciences. 9, 18, 3861.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Beam plasma interactions