Seamus A. Curran
Department of Physics
New Mexico State University • Las Cruces, New Mexico
E-mail: shay@physics.nmsu.edu
Phone: (505) 646-1933 • FAX: (505) 646-1934

Ph.D., Experimental Physics, Trinity College Dublin, 1995
B.A., Material Science, Trinity College Dublin, 1992

Assistant Professor, NMSU, May 2003-present
Visiting Scholar, RPI, 2002 – 2003
High Tech Business and IP Consultant, 2000-2001
Research Fellow, Namitech, 1997-1999
Postdoc, MPI, 1995-1997

S. Curran, P. Ajayan, W. Blau, D. Carroll, J. Coleman, A. Dalton, A. P. Davey, B.McCarthy, A.Strevens,
‘Composite from Poly(m-phenylenevinylene-co-2,5-dioctozy-p-phenylenevinylene) and Carbon Nanotubes: a Novel Material for Molecular Optoelectronics’ Advanced Materials, 10 (1998) 1091-1093 [Cover Article – Cit: 76]

J. Kastner, T. Pichler, H. Kuzmany, S. Curran, W. Blau, D.N. Weldon, M. Delamesiere, S. Draper and H. Zandbergen,
‘Resonance Raman and Infrared Spectroscopy of Carbon Nanotubes’ Chem. Phys. Lett. 221 (1994) 53 – 58 [Cit: 79]

D.L. Carroll, Ph. Redlich, X. Blase, J.-C. Charlier, S. Curran, P.M. Ajayan, S. Roth, and M. Ruehle
‘Effects of Nanodomain Formation on the Electronic Structure of Doped Carbon Nanotubes’
Phys. Rev. Lett. 81(11), 2332-2335 (1998) [Cit: 50]

J.Coleman, A. Dalton, S. Curran, A. Rubio, A. Davey, A. Drury, B. McCarthy, B. Lahr, P. Ajayan, S. Roth, R. Barklie, W. Blau,
‘Phase Separation of Carbon Nanotubes and Turbostratic Graphite using a Functional Organic Polymer’
Advanced Materials 12 (2000) 213-216. [Cit: 24]

S. Roth, S. Blumentritt, M. Burghard, E. Cammi, D. Carrol, S. Curran, G. Düsberg, K. Liu, J. Muster, G. Philipp, and T. Rabenau
Molecular Rectifiers and Transistors Based on p-conjugated Materials
Synth. Met. 94 (1998) 105-110 [Cit: 9]

Professor Ajayan (RPI); Professor Chang (RPI); Professor Blau (Trinity College); Professor Roth(MPI-Stuttgart); Professor Sutto (NRL)

Post-doctoral fellow
Dr. A. Ellis (New Zealand),

Graduate students
J. DeWald, W. Wondmaqegn

Professor W.Blau

1996 – 1997 Received a scholarship from the Monsanto Corporation, while based at the Max Planck Institute. The remit was to build new gas sensors from organic polymeric materials as an alternative to the existing devices available. This gave the opportunity to link scientific knowledge to a clear commercial application and empathized the need to identify financial and operational benefits for the business involved.
Dr Curran has published over 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has over 380 citations. He also holds 2 patents and has submitted 4 other patent applications, all based on optoelectronics. His focus in research is to use organic based systems for specific applications in nano-electronics. This includes device fabrication and material characterization on the nanoscale. The goal is to produce a controlled composite formation, positioning the nanotubes in specific areas to determine their precise electrical and thermal properties. This will open a whole new world of nanosensors and supernanomolecular structures, both organic and biological.