Steven J. Hinder

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The sensitivity of two techniques in tracking changes in surface energetics was investigated for a crystalline excipient, D-mannitol. Macroscopic crystals of D-mannitol were grown from saturated water solution by slow cooling, and sessile drop contact angle was employed to measure the anisotropic surface energy. The facet-specific surface energy was(More)
Tapping mode (TM) atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been applied in a novel fashion to characterize and distinguish the (001) and (100) surfaces of individual aspirin crystals. The surface characterization was achieved by amplitude-phase, distance (a-p,d) measurements employing gold-coated AFM probes functionalized with self-assembled monolayers (SAM).(More)
Sol-gel coatings which elute bioactive silver ions are presented as a potential solution to the problem of biofilm formation on indwelling surfaces. There is evidence that high-temperature processing of such materials can lead to diffusion of silver away from the coating surface, reducing the amount of available silver. In this study, we report the biofilm(More)
The colonisation of clinical and industrial surfaces with pathogenic microorganisms has prompted increased research into the development of effective antibacterial and antifouling coatings. There is evidence that implanted biomedical surfaces coated with metallic silver can be inactivated by physiological fluids, thus reducing the bioactivity of the(More)
Visible-light-induced antibacterial activity of carbon-doped anatase-brookite titania nano-heterojunction photocatalysts are reported for the first time. These heterostructures were prepared using a novel low temperature (100 °C) nonhydrothermal low power microwave (300 W) assisted method. Formation of interband C 2p states was found to be responsible for(More)
A new protocol using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) has been developed to identify the deposition order of a fingerprint overlapping an ink line on paper. By taking line scans of fragment ions characteristic of the ink molecules (m/z 358.2 and 372.2) where the fingerprint and ink overlap and by calculating the normalized standard(More)
AUTHOR EMAIL ADDRESS (suresh.pillai@dit.ie) RECEIVED DATE (to be automatically inserted after your manuscript is accepted if required according to the journal that you are submitting your paper to) TITLE RUNNING HEAD 'High temperature stable anatase TiO 2 ' CORRESPONDING AUTHOR FOOTNOTE *suresh.pillai@dit.ie 2 ABSTRACT: In the absence of a dopant or(More)
Bacterial infections are a major threat to the health of patients in healthcare facilities including hospitals. One of the major causes of patient morbidity is infection with Staphylococcus aureus. One of the the most dominant nosocomial bacteria, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have been reported to survive on hospital surfaces (e.g.(More)
In order to study the visible light photocatalytic activity of nitrogen doped titanium dioxide, the interaction between nitrogen dopant sources and titania precursors during sol-gel synthesis is investigated. N-TiO(2) was synthesised using the sol-gel method using 1,3-diaminopropane as a nitrogen source. Samples were annealed several temperatures and the(More)