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Dr. Hugh Doyle

Centre : MicroNanoelectronics
Group : Nanotechnology
Phone : (021) 234-6300
Phone Main : (021) 490-4310 / (021) 234-6722
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Dr. Hugh Doyle has worked in the Nanotechnology Group at the Tyndall National Institute since 2000. A graduate of University College Dublin (B.Sc., 1994; Ph.D 1998) specialising in physical chemistry, he has 20 years’ experience in the synthesis, characterisation and manipulation of organic, metal and semiconductor nanostructures in application areas such as magnetic memory storage, information/communication technologies, light emission and photovoltaic devices, flourescence imaging and chemical sensors. His current research interests lie in the exploration, understanding and exploitation of material properties and phenomena that exist only at the nanoscale, including: 

  • Precision chemical synthesis, functionalisation and characterisation of tailored metal and semiconductor nanocrystals,
  • Development of environmentally friendly synthetic and extraction methodologies for large-scale preparation, 
  • Incorporation of functionalised nanostructures into hybrid top-down/bottom-up optoelectronic and photonic devices, and
  • Assessment of the toxicity of nanoscale materials
Further details on specific research projects are available by following the links below: 


Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University College Dublin, 1998
B.Sc., Department of Chemistry, University College Dublin, 1994
Dr. Doyle has extensive experience in the participation and management of research projects funded at national level under the Higher Education Authority Programmes for Research in Third-Level Institutions and the National Access Programme, and at international level under the EU Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes, including COMMONSENSE (FP7 SEC) - Development of a Common Sensor Platform for the Detection of IED  "Bomb Factories", SNAPSUN (FP7 NMP) - Semiconductor Nanomaterial for Advanced Photovoltaic Solar cells using New concept of nanocrystal and conductive host, FUNMOL (FP7 NMP) - Multi-scale Formation of Functional Nanocrystal-Molecule Assemblies and Architectures, and DETEX (FP6 NMP) - Development of a “Tandem” Chemosensor System based on both Highly Selective and Highly Sensitive Innovative Materials: Application to Ultra-Trace Detection of Explosives. 
Peer reviewers for journals:
Acc. Chem. Res.
Adv. Mater.
J. Mater. Chem. C
MRS Symp. Proc.
Part. Part. Syst. Charact.
Keywords: Nanocrystal synthesis, material characterisation, silicon, germanium, carbon, optoelectronic devices, sensors, nanotoxicology

My publications

Dr. Doyle is the lead and co-author of over 40 publications, proceedings and book chapters, with a h-index of 15. A complete list of publications is available on the following databases:

Google Scholar


Research Gate


Recent publications: 

“Luminescent Optical Detection of Volatile Electron Deficient Compounds by Conjugated Polymer Nanofibers" Wade, A.; Lovera, P.; O'Carroll, D.; Doyle, H.; Redmond, G. Anal. Chem. 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b00309. link

"Germanium nanocrystals as luminescent probes for rapid, sensitive and label-free detection of Fe3+ ions" Carolan, D.; Doyle, H. Nanoscale 2015, 7, 5488 - 5494. link

"Indium tin oxide–silicon nanocrystal nanocomposite grown by aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition" O’Brien, S.; Linehan, K.; Doyle, H.; Kingsley, A.; Ashfield, C.; Frank, B.; Xie, L.; Leifer, K.; Thony, P.; Perraud, S.; Pemble, M. E.; Povey, I. M. J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol. 2015, 73, 666-672. link

"Efficient one-pot synthesis of monodisperse alkyl-terminated colloidal germanium nanocrystals" Carolan, D. P.; Doyle, H. J. Nanopart. Res. 2014, 16, 2721 - 2728. link

“Size controlled synthesis of carbon quantum dots using hydride reducing agents” Linehan, K.; Doyle, H. J. Mater. Chem. C2014, 2, 6025 - 6031. link

“Size and Emission Color Tuning in Solution Phase Synthesis of Highly Luminescent Germanium Nanocrystals” Carolan, D. P.; Doyle, H. J. Mater. Chem. C, 2014, 3562 – 3568. link

“Solution reduction synthesis of amine terminated carbon quantum dots” Linehan, K.; Doyle, H. RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 12094 - 12097. link

“Proteomic evaluation of citrate-coated silver nanoparticles toxicity in Daphnia magna” Rainville, L.–C.; Carolan, D.; Doyle, H.; Sheehan, D. Analyst  2014, 139, 1678 - 1686. link

“A bottom-up fabrication method for the production of visible light active photonic crystals” Padmanabhan, S.; Linehan, K.; O'Brien, S.; Kassim, S.; Doyle, H.; Povey, I.; Schmidt, M.; Pemble, M. E. J. Mater. Chem. C, 2014, 2, 1675. link

“Efficient one-pot synthesis of highly monodisperse carbon quantum dots” Linehan, K.; Doyle, H. RSC Adv. 2014, 4, 18-21. link

“Size Controlled Synthesis of Silicon Nanocrystals using Cationic Surfactant Templates” Linehan, K.; Doyle, H. Small 201410, 584–590. link

“Synthesis and Compositional Control of Size Monodisperse SixGe1-x Nanocrystals for Optoelectronic Applications” Linehan, K.; Carolan, D.; Ó Sé, D.; Doyle, H. MRS Symp. Proc. 2013, 1551, mrss13-1551-r02-03. link

“Size Controlled Synthesis of Silicon Nanocrystals within Inverse Micelles” Linehan, K.; Doyle, H. MRS Symp. Proc. 2013, 1546, mrss13-1546-l06-48. link

“Silicon nanocrystals: Novel synthesis routes for photovoltaic applications” Perraud, S.; Quesnel, E.; Parola, S.; Barbe, J.; Muffato, V.; Faucherand, P.; Morin, C.; Jarolimek, K.; Van Swaaij, R. A. C. M. M.; Zeman, M.; Richards, S.; Kingsley, A.; Doyle, H.; Linehan, K.; O'Brien, S.; Povey, I. M.; Pemble, M. E.; Xie, L.; Leifer, K.; Makasheva, K.; Despax, B. Phys. Status Solidi A 2013, 210, 649-657. link

“Gold Nanoparticles and Oxidative Stress in the Blue Mussel, Mytilus edulis” Tedesco, S.; Doyle, H.; Iacopino, D.; O’Donovan, I.; Keane, S.; Sheehan, D. In Oxidative Stress and Nanotechnology: Methods and Protocols; Armstrong, D.; Bharali, D. J., Eds.; Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol. 1028; Humana Press: New York, 2013. link

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