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.

About me

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.


6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Michael

    I like your informal approach here, wonderfully Irish if you don’t mind my saying so? Folks everywhere interested in applications of photochemistry need someplace with diverse and top down articles as well as tutorials such as you have to help lead them down the path of understanding and well poised progress. I’m sure it’s your experience as a lecturer prepares you to introduce the concepts, and you have done a great job. My hat’s off to your Sir!!

    In future, I also hope you will discuss your interest in TiO2 further. I hold several US and international patents and publications regarding TiO2 films and devices that might be of interest and a few other patents for processes and equipment.

    I’d guess you know about the so called “Magnelli” phases of the Titaium-Oxygen phase diagram. I think the Chemical Society of London put out publications regarding the bulk ceramic processing and uses.

    ‘What’ I’ve done is to focus on the amorphous analogues of those phases and the intermediate phases which are accessible as a continuous range of amorphous compositions.

    As you probably also know or ‘could suspect’ (my favorite form of scientific understand) , amorphous phases and what some people call “micro” or “nano” crystalline doped analogues can have higher band gaps and higher absorption cross sections. Such is famously the case with alpha silicon and it’s somewhat be-smirched cousin the recently deceased “nano” crystalline silicon. These phases are basically glass or glass matrix which is besotted with a higher density of states and all the consequences there by and here by for the so called ‘dielectric susceptibility tensor’ and it’s various friends the dispersion properties, near and far from resonance.

    Presently, and I’d hope to be able to share in more detail before the end of the year, I’m working on applications that makes use of the high index of alpha-TiO2 glass and it’s use in binary and ternary transition metal oxides which can be de-opacified.

    Glad to have found your blog.More I hope to follow and ‘Cheers’


  2. As a student of DIT, doing a final year thesis on the effects of debundled nanotubes in concrete, your website was a massive help in understanding the UV spectrometry and what happens the light once absorbed. Thank you very much.

  3. Hi Michael,

    You are doing an awesome job with this blog!
    I was trying to find the “beautiful photochemistry” blog link, and I came across yours!

    I have already browsed the “beautiful photochemistry” blog back in 2009…it seems that the administrator has shut down the link…If you have any info about the blog/its administrator, could you please forward it to me?

    In the meantime, I am interested to help you with this blog…Please let me know if you would like to partner with me. I can suggest recent articles and works and in the field of photo-sciences

    Thank you


  4. Hey,

    Thanks. I really miss Beautiful Photochemistry. It was a great blog. I think the author was a post-doc, so perhaps s/he just ran out of time. It certainly involved a lot of effort. This website is a bit dated now as most of the core stuff in my teaching is covered, but would be interested in your suggestion of having a research theme/strand if you wanted to contribute. This website gets good number of visits, so i think there would be interest in this kind of idea. Discuss more on email? Mkseery at gmail.
    All the best, Michael

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