Alan Lyons


Alan Lyons joined the faculty of the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in September 2008 as a Professor in the Department of Chemistry.   At CSI his group is focused on the fabrication and properties of superhydrophobic polymeric materials, 3D printing technologies and materials for thermal management applications.  Prior to joining CUNY, Dr. Lyons worked for over 25 years at Bell Laboratories where he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and conducted research in polymer chemistry, material science and the thermal management of electronics.  He was a founding member of Bell Labs Ireland where he built a thermal management research group and was responsible for major innovations in the areas of thermal interface materials and cooling architectures for central office equipment.  Dr. Lyons has authored 45 refereed publications and 36 issued US patents.


Ph.D. Polymer Chemistry, NYU-Tandon (formerly Polytechnic University), Brooklyn, NY

Sc.B. Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, RI 

Scholarship and Publications


Zimmermann, T.; Stauch, C.; Bittel, L.; Jüngling, N.; Muhamettursun, M.; d Halik, M.; Niessner, J.; Wintzheimer, S.; Lyons, A. M.; Löbmann, P.*; Mandel, K*. Sol-gel coatings for solar cover glass: Influence of surface structure on dust accumulation and removal. Solar Energy, 2024, 267, 112246. 

Tonon, C. C.; Nara de Sousa Rastelli, A.; Bodahandi, C; Ghosh, G.; Hasan. T.; Xu, QF; Greer, A.; Lyons, A. M. Superhydrophobic Tipped Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy Device for the in-vivo Treatment of Periodontitis using a Wistar Rat Model. ACS Applied Materials Interfaces, 2023, 15, 43, 50083-50094.

Tonon, C. C.; Ashraf, S.; Nara de Sousa Rastelli, A.; Ghosh, G.; Hasan. T.; Xu, QF; Greer, A.; Lyons, A. M. Evaluation of Photosensitizer-Containing Superhydrophobic Surfaces for the Antibacterial Treatment of Periodontal Biofilms. J. Photochemistry & Photobiology , 2022, 233,p. 112458. PubMed PMID: 35691161.

Tonon, C. C.; Ashraf, S.; Alburquerque, J. Q.; Nara de Sousa Rastelli, A.; Hasan, T.; Lyons, A. M.; Greer, A. Antimicrobial Photodynamic Inactivation Using Topical and Superhydrophobic Sensitizer Techniques: A Perspective from Diffusion in Biofilms. Photochem. Photobiol. 2021, 97, p. 1266-1277,

Newkirk, J.M.; Nayshevsky, I.; Sinha, A.; Law, A.M.; Xu, QF; To, B; Ndione, PF; Schelhas, L.T.; Walls, J.M.; Lyons, A.M.; Miller D.C., Artificial linear brush abrasion of coatings for photovoltaic module first-surfaces, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 2021, 219, p. 110757.

Aebisher, D.; Bartusik-Aebisher, D.; Belh, S.J.; Ghosh, G.; Durantini, A. M.; Liu, Y.; Xu, QF; Lyons, A.M.;* Greer, A.*, Superhydrophobic Surfaces as a Source of Airborne Singlet Oxygen through Free Space for Photodynamic Therapy, ACS Applied Bio Materials, 2020, 3, p.2370-2377. DOI:10.1021/acsabm.0c00114

Nayshevsky, I.; Xu, Q.F.; Newkirk, J.M.; Furhang, D.; Miller, D.C.; Lyons, A.M., Self-cleaning hybrid hydrophobic-hydrophilic surfaces: durability and effect of artificial soilant particle type, IEEE J. Photovoltaics, 2020, 10, p.577-584. .

Nayshevsky, I.; Xu, Q.F.; G. Barahman, Lyons, A.M., Fluoropolymer coatings for solar cover glass: Anti-soiling mechanisms in the presence of dew, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 2020, 206, 110281, .

Nayshevsky, I.; Xu, Q.F.; Lyons, A.M., Hydrophobic-Hydrophilic Surfaces Exhibiting Dropwise Condensation for Anti-Soiling Applications, IEEE J. Photovoltaics, 2019, 9, 302-307, DOI: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2018.2882636.

Best Student Paper Award to Illya Nayshevsky, 7th  World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-7, Area 9, Waikoloa, HI 2018.

Liu, Y.; Xu, Q.F.; Lyons, A.M., Durable, Optically Transparent, Superhydrophobic Polymer Films, Applied Surf. Sci., 2019, 470, pp 187-195,

Pushalkar, S.; Ghosh, G.; Xu, Q.F.; Liu, Y.; Ghogare, A.; Atem, C.; Greer, A.; Saxena, D.; Lyons, A.M., Superhydrophobic Photosensitizers: Airborne 1O2 Killing of a In-vitro Oral Biofilm at the Plastron Interface, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2018, 10 (30), pp 25819–25829 DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b09439.

Ghogare, A. A.; Miller, J. M.; Mondal, B.; Lyons, A. M.; Cengel, K. A.; Busch, T. M.; Greer, A., Fluorinated PDT Device Tips and Their Resistance to Fouling for In-Vivo Sensitizer Release, Photochem. Photobiol. 2016, 92, 166–172, doi:10.1111/php.12538.(cover)

Mondal, B.; MacGiollaEain, M.; Xu, Q.F.; Egan, V.M.; Punch, J.; Lyons, A.M., Design and fabrication of a hybrid superhydrophobic-hydrophilic surface that exhibits stable dropwise condensation, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 7 (42), pp 23,575–23,588.

Aebisher, D.; Bartusik, D.; Liu, Y.; Zhao, Y.; Barahman, M.; Xu, QF; Lyons, A.M.; Greer, A. Superhydrophobic Photosensitizers.  Mechanistic Studies of 1O2 Generation in the Plastron and Solid/Liquid Droplet Interface, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135 (50), pp 18990–1899. 

Xu, QF; Liu, Y.; Lin, FJ.; Mondal, B.; Lyons, A.M. A Superhydrophobic TiO2-Polymer Nanocomposite Surface with UV-Induced Reversible Wettability and Self-Cleaning Properties, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2013, 5(18), 8915-8924.

Xu, QF; Mondal, B.; Lyons, A.M. Fabricating Superhydrophobic Polymer Surfaces with Excellent Abrasion Resistance by a Simple Lamination Templating Method, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2011, 3, 3508–3514 DOI: 10.1021/am200741f.

Kempers, R.; Kolodner, P.; Lyons, A.; Robinson, A.J. A High-Precision Apparatus for the Characterization of Thermal Interface Materials.  Review of Scientific Instruments 2009, 80, 095111

Alan Lyons

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