Qualifications & Memberships
My research career has been in the areas of electrochemistry and analytical chemistry. Since 2002 I have had a major change in direction, becoming focussed on the manipulation of surface films at the micro- and nanoscale. This new research area is at the interface of chemistry and nanotechnology and is based on electrochemically-assisted modification of substrates giving chemically well-defined surfaces through surface patterning and structuring at the nanoscale. Another new research direction involves interfacing nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes) with biological cells. I am a Principal Investigator with the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and the recipient of Marsden, MoRST (ISAT) and University of Canterbury funding.
- Bell KJ., Brooksby PA., Polson MIJ. and Downard AJ. (2014) Evidence for covalent bonding of aryl groups to MnO2 nanorods from diazonium-based grafting. Chemical Communications 50(89): 13687-13690. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4cc05606j.
- Downard A., Lee L., Brooksby P., Leroux Y. and Hapiot P. (2014) Designer surfaces: robust monolayers for bottom-up construction of functional interfaces.
- Downard AJ. (2014) From the bottom up: electrochemistry as a tool for bottom-up construction of nanoscale funtionalised surfaces. Wellington, New Zealand: Conference for Women in Science, 9-11 Jul 2014
- Lee L. and Downard AJ. (2014) Preparation of ferrocene-terminated layers by direct reaction with glassy carbon: a comparison of methods. Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry 18(12): 3369-3378. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10008-014-2615-8.
- Lee L., Ma H., Brooksby PA., Brown SA., Leroux YR., Hapiot P. and Downard AJ. (2014) Covalently Anchored Carboxyphenyl Monolayer via Aryldiazonium Ion Grafting: A Well-Defined Reactive Tether Layer for On-Surface Chemistry. Langmuir 30(24): 7104-7111. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la5013632.