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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


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.

Kempers, R.; Lyons, A.M.; Robinson, A.J., Modelling the Effective Thermal Conductivity of Compressing Structures Including Contact Resistance, Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 2016,  67, pp 74–88.

Chen, X.; Liu, Y.; Xu, Q.F.; Zhu, J.; Poget, S.F.; Lyons, A.M., High-Precision Dispensing of Nanoliter Biofluids on Glass Pedestal Arrays for Ultrasensitive Biomolecule Detection, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8, 10788-10799, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b02487.

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.

Zhao, Y.; Liu, Y.; Xu, QF, Barahman, M.; Lyons, A.M., A Catalytic, Self-Cleaning Surface with Stable Superhydrophobic Properties: Printed PDMS Arrays Embedded with TiO2 Nanoparticles, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 7 (4), pp 2632–2640.

Mao, Z.; Ganesh, M.; Bucaro, M.; Smolianski, I.; Gross, R. A.; Lyons, A. M., A High Throughput, High Resolution Enzymatic Lithography Process: Effect of Crystallite Size, Moisture and Enzyme Concentration, Biomacromolecules, 2014, 15 (12), 4627-4636DOI: 10.1021/bm501475n.

Zhao, Y.; Liu, Y.; Xu, QF; Barahman, M.; Bartusik, D.; Greer, A.; Lyons, A.M., Singlet Oxygen Generation on Porous Superhydrophobic Surfaces: Effect of Gas Flow and Sensitizer Wetting on Trapping Efficiency, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2014, 118, 10364-10371.  

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.

Kempers, R.; Lyons, A.M.; Robinson, A.J., Modeling and Experimental Characterization of Metal Micro-Textured Thermal Interface Materials, ASME J. Heat Transfer, 2013, 136(1), 01130. doi:10.1115/1.4024737.

Mueller, S.; Hodes, M. S.; Lyons, A.M.  A Capillary-Driven Evaporation-Enhanced Heat Sink, IEEE Trans. Compon. Packag. Manuf. Technol., 2013, 3(10), 1683-1692. 

Lyons, A.M.; Mullins, J.; Barahman, M.; Erlich, I; Salamon, T. Three-Dimensional Superhydrophobic Structures Printed using Solid Freeform Fabrication Tools, Int. J. of Rapid Manufacturing, 2013, Vol. 3, No. 2/3, 89-104. 

Bartusik, D.; Aebisher, D.; Lyons, A.M.; Greer, A. Bacterial Inactivation by a Singlet Oxygen Bubbler: Identifying Factors Controlling the Toxicity of 1O2 Bubbles, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2012, 46 (21), pp 12098–12104.

Bartusik, D.; Aebisher, D.; Ghafari, B.; Lyons, A.M.; Greer, A. Generating Singlet Oxygen Bubbles: A New Mechanism for Gas-Liquid Oxidations in Water, Langmuir, 2012, 28 (5), pp 3053–3060, DOI: 10.1021/la204583v.

Krishnan, S.; Hernon, D.; Hodes, M.; Mullins, J. and Lyons, A.M.  Design of Monolithic Heat Sinks of Arbitrary Structure for Enhanced Air Cooling, IEEE Trans. Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, 2012, 2, 266-277. 

Kempers, R.; Ahern, P.; Robinson, A.J. & Lyons, A. M. Geometry Reconstruction for Finite-Element Modeling using SEM Stereomicroscopy, Computers and Structures, 2012, 92, 216-228.

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.

Barahman, M.; Lyons, A.M. Ratchetlike Slip Angle Anisotropy on Printed Superhydrophobic Surfaces, Langmuir, 2011, 27 (16), pp 9902–9909.

Kumaria, N.; Bahadur, V.; Hodes, M.; Salamon, T.; Kolodner, P.; Lyons, A. M.; Garimella, S.V. Analysis of Evaporating Mist Flow for Enhancement of Convective Heat Transport,  International Journal of Heat and Mass Transport 2010, 53, pp. 3346-3356.

Kempers, Robinson, A.; Lyons, A. Characterization of Thermal Contact Resistance in Metal Micro-Textured Thermal Interface Materials using Electrical Contact Resistance Measurements, Defect and Diffusion Forum 2010,  297-301, pp 1190-1198.

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


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