Dr Shane Bergin
Email: berginsh at tcd.ie
Dr Shane Bergin received his BA Mod (First Class) in Advanced Materials from Trinity College Dublin in 2003 and then went on to complete his PhD in 2007 with the School of Physics at Trinity College on the “Exfoliation of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes.” Between 2009 and 2012 he worked at the Imperial College London as a Marie Curie IEF Fellow in the Department of Chemistry. He returned to Trinity College Dublin in October of 2012 to take up a position as a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Physics and is currently funded through Science Foundation Ireland on the “Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG)” programme.
Dr Shane Bergin’s research interests revolve around Low Dimensional Nanomaterial, with his current research including:
1. Surface energetics of low-dimensional nanomaterials
2. Dispersive mechanisms for low-dimensional nanomaterials in liquid media
Whilst miniaturisation of materials is itself exciting, this is not what makes nanomaterials special. The properties of materials on the nano-level are influenced by both quantum phenomena (materials a few atoms big are can be described by many of the laws of atomic physics) and those of bulk materials; this unique combination is what drives research in nanoscience. Many of the nanomaterials of interest to science today, are nano-scaled in one or more of their three dimensions – these are known as low dimensional nanomaterials.