About this project
This site is designed to supplement a module in Photochemistry taught to my students, but is open access so that all users can view contribute and comment on the material here. The philosophy behind the blog is to impart the excitement of the subject as it stands, and outlining where future photochemists have a role to play. Some theoretical material is also presented, again in contextualised manner when possible. There are three main sections:
- Applications – which look at applications at the forefront of current research, especially examining those in an environmental and nanotechnological theme
- Principles – some articles will cover relevant background theory
- Experimental – details of experimental set-ups to make various measurements
Articles are posted in blog form, and shortly a roadmap for navigating the various articles will be incorporated. The site is being developed in three phases:
- Phase 1: content (mainly static) will be added (August to December 09)
- Phase 2: more interactivity through flash and av media will be incorporated (September 09 – May 10)
- Phase 3: advanced topics and additional articles, with guest contributions from experts in the field (September 09 – ongoing)
The blog aims to fill a gap in current textbooks on photochemistry, by concentrating on applications. Because of the background and interests of my own students, the topics will generally fit into themes of environmental chemistry and nanotechnology. Please feel free to comment or add suggestions/corrections/questions. I don’t pretend to know everything, so am always happy to find out more.
My name is Michael Seery and I am a lecturer in physical chemistry at the Dublin Institute of Technology. I completed my degree in Trinity College Dublin and particularly liked the way photochemistry didn’t follow traditional rules. Being such a rebel, I completed my PhD in Trinity, looking at transient spectroscopic techniques – transient absorption and transient infrared (completed at Nottingham) in the study of enone-alkene cycloadditions. For my post-doc, completed at Dublin City University, I moved away from organic chromophores and harnessed the heavy atom effect bonus of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes, completing a very enjoyable study of their interaction with large polyoxometallate clusters. When I started in DIT, I became interested in the simpler metal oxides – TiO2 in particular, and am currently researching its use, along with other semiconductors, as photocatalysts, especially interested in the development of visible light activated materials. You can find contact information, some recent publications and other stuff on my DIT homepage.