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Professor Micheál D. Scanlon

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Principal Investigator at the Bernal Institute,
Professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences,
University of Limerick.

Professor Scanlon is an electrochemist and a leader in the field of  electrochemistry at polarised immiscible liquid|liquid or “soft” interfaces. In 2016, he was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, allowing him to develop a world-class laboratory to study polarised liquid|liquid interfaces for energy conversion and storage applications. Using polarised liquid|liquid interfaces, Professor Scanlon has pioneered new approaches to:

  • electrocatalysis of energy related reactions, such as oxygen reduction, hydrogen evolution, and water oxidation,

  • electrosynthesis of conducting polymer thin films and their nanocomposites,

  • bioelectrochemistry of a model enzyme (Cytochrome c),

  • interfacial self-assembly of porphyrin molecules and  metallic nanoparticles, and

  • electroanalytical chemistry of non-redox active molecules.



2022-present: Professor, Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland.

2020-2022: Associate Professor A, Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland.

2017-2020: Associate Professor B (tenured), Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland.

2014-2016: SFI Starting Investigator. Department of Chemistry, University College Cork, Ireland.

2011–2014: Postdoctoral Researcher. Laboratoire d'Electrochimie et Physique Analytique (LEPA), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Mentor: Prof. Hubert H. Girault.

2009–2011: Postdoctoral Researcher. Bioelectrochemistry and Biocatalysis Research Group, Materials and Surface Institute (MSSi), University of Limerick (UL), Limerick, Ireland. Mentor: Prof. Edmond Magner.


2005–2009: PhD in Electrochemistry at Electrified Soft Interfaces. Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland. Supervisor: Prof. Damien W.M. Arrigan.

2001-2005: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BSc. Chem.), 1st Class Honours. University College Cork, Ireland.


  • "Champion of EU Research" by Enterprise Ireland (2017).

  • Ronald Belcher Award (2009) from the RSC Analytical Division Awards Committee.

  • The Reilly Prize (2005) awarded to the top undergraduate student in Chemistry by University College Cork.

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