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The Burgess group explores the physical and chemical properties of molecules at electrified interfaces.  Our research uses interfacial electrochemical methods to explain phenomena such as charge transport, molecular organization, and self-assembly. We particularly emphasize the coupling of electrochemistry with non-traditional spectroscopic and diffraction techniques including synchrotron radiation, infrared spectroscopy and neutron reflectometry. Fundamental problems we address include the behaviour of nanoparticle stabilizing ligands on charged surfaces and the mechanism of electron and proton transfer in redox active thin films.

As well as fundamental studies, the group is interested in method development and collaboration with industry. We are highly active at Canada's synchrotron facility (the Canadian Light Source) where we have advanced strategies for electrochemical microspectroscopy, particulalry at the 01-B1 mid-IR beamline.

The funding for our research arises from NSERC Discovery, NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grants, NSERC Engage Grants, the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, and industrial partners Vale Canada, ENPAR Technologies and Cameco.








Electrochemical Studies of Capping Agent Adsorption Provide Insight into the Formation of Anisotropic Gold Nanocrystals

B. Danger, D. Fan, J.P. Vivek, I. Burgess
ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 11018.


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Phone : 306-966-4722
Email : ian.burgess@usask.ca