Dr. Brenda Long


Dr. Brenda Long obtained her Ph.D in 2003 from the The National University of Ireland, Dublin. She completed 6 years of postdoctoral research at the University of Ferrara, Italy (2003-2004); Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US (2004-2007); and the University of Birmingham in the UK (2008). She returned to Ireland in 2008 where she worked as a research scientist at the Tyndall National Institute until 2011 and is currently a senior researcher in the Materials Chemistry and Analysis Group at University College Cork. During her studies and development she has worked as a researcher in various projects funded by the European Framework Programme (FP5, FP6 and FP7), Science Foundation Ireland and the National Science Foundation (US). She has also engaged in independent projects with industry, including Intel Ireland, at various stages during her career. An interest in communicating science to a broad audience resulted in her giving several public lectures including the Public Lecture Series in UCC and the Science Gallery in TCD.  

Current research

Brenda’s research to date has focused on the functionalisation and characterisation of nanomaterials. Specifically, her interest lies in controlling a materials surface (and surface states) in order to control its properties (solubility, conductivity etc). To this end she has developed novel functionalisation techniques for a broad range of nanomaterials from metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles to graphene and single-walled carbon nanotubes. She is proficient in a broad variety of spectroscopy (e.g. UV-Vis, FTIR, Raman, XPS, spectroelectrochemistry), and microscopy characterisation techniques (e.g. AFM, SEM). Her current work involves  the development of a foundational technique to dope germanium. This technique, molecular layer doping (MLD), when optimised, will allow high density doping without causing the crystal damage that current ion implantation techniques do. This work is being carried out in conjunction with Intel Ireland.