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Dr Christophe Silien Profile

Lecturer in Nanoscience

Department of Physics & Energy, and Materials & Surface Science
Institute (MSSI) (

University of Limerick, Ireland.



Consultation Hours : Mondays 09h00 to 11h00 in MS1-029 (ext:4177)


Career history

2009-present: Lecturer in Nanoscience, University of Limerick, Ireland.

2006-2009: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of St Andrews, U.K.

2005-2006: Postdoctoral Researcher in the “Facultés Universitaires
Notre-Dame de la Paix” in Namur, Belgium (Scientific Researcher of the FRS, Belgium).

2004: Postdoctoral Researcher in the University of California, Irvine, USA (Scientific Researcher
of the FRS, Belgium).

1997-2003: PhD (Physics) in the “Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix” in Namur, Belgium.


PH4091: Physics of Modern Measurements

PH4092: Semiconductor Devices

PH4161: Atomic, Molecular, and Laser Physics


Research interests

Single molecule and nanoscale physics, Electrochemical nanotechnology,
Nonlinear optical spectroscopies and microscopies, Scanning probe microscopies
(at very low-temperature, at solid-liquid interface), Self-assembly at


FP7 LANIR (Label free Nanoscopy using InfraRed):


group members

M. Mahendar Kumbham: PhD student (2011-)

M. Kevin O’Dwyer: PhD student (2013-)



Dr. Kumaranand Palaniappan:
Postdoctoral researcher (2012-)

Ms. Isabel Pita: PhD student (2013-)


Past group

Dr. Aisyah M. Sharif: PhD student (2009-2013)

Dr. Ning Liu: Postdoctoral researcher (2012-2013)

M. Paul Mc Namara: PhD student (2009-2012)

Ms. Jennifer T. Joyce: PhD student (2009-2016)

Past co-members

Dr. Susan Daly-Mc Elligot: PhD student (2009-2013)

Selected publications

36 peer reviewed journal
articles; above 500 citations; 3 patent applications

A framework for far-field infrared absorption microscopy beyond the diffraction limit, Christophe Silien, Ning Liu, Nordine Hendaoui, Syed A. M. Tofail, and André Peremans, Optic Express 20, 29694 (2012).

Supramolecular hydrogen-bonded network as diffusion barrier for metal
, C. Silien, M. T. Räisänen, and M. Buck, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 48, 3349-3352 (2009).

Functionalizing hydrogen-bonded surface networks with self-assembled monolayers, R. Madueno, M. T. Räisänen, C. Silien, and M. Buck, Nature 454, 618-621 (2008).

Reversible switching among three adsorbate configurations in a single [2.2]paracyclophane based molecule, C. Silien, N. Liu, W. Ho, J. B. Maddox, S. Mukamel, B. Liu, and G. C. Bazan, Nano Lett. 8, 208-213 (2008).

Atomic scale conductance induced by single impurity charging, N. A. Pradhan, N. Liu, C. Silien, and W. Ho, Phys.Rev. Lett. 94, 076801 (2005).

Tuning the bipolar conductance of an alkali-doped C60 layer sandwiched between two tunneling barriers, N. A. Pradhan, N. Liu, C. Silien, and W. Ho, Nano Lett. 5, 55-59 (2005).

Influence of adsorbate-substrate interaction on the local electronic
structure of C60
 studied by low-temperature STM, C. Silien, N. A. Pradhan, W. Ho, and P. A. Thiry, Phys. Rev. B 69, 115434 (2004).