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Ian Burgess

Ian Burgess

B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Thorvaldson 256
Phone: (306) 966-4722


The overall objectives of my current research program are to explore the physical and chemical properties of molecules at electrified interfaces.  Our research uses interfacial electrochemical techniques to explain phenomena such as charge transport, molecular organization, and self-assembly.  We are particularly interested in characterizing the adsorption of molecules used to stabilize monolayer protected nanoparticles (MPNs).  Recently, our research program has emphasized charge transfer studies at monolayer modified electrodes.  The specific methods that we employ in these research areas consist of traditional electrochemical (voltammetry, differential capacity, chronocoulometry) and non-traditional electrochemical techniques (scanning probe microscopy, in-situ infrared spectroscopy).


Selected Publications

Scott M. Rosendahl and Ian J. Burgess. (2011) Charge Transfer and SEIRAS Studies of 1,4-Benzoquinone Functionalized Mixed Monothiol/Dithiol Self Assembled Monolayers. Electrochimica Acta. 56, 4361-4368.

Wenbin Zhang and Ian J. Burgess. (2011) Step-Wise Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Extended to Aminobenzoquinone Modified Monolayers. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, 2151-2159.

 Tyler R. Gore, Toby Bond, Wenbin Zhang, Robert W. J. Scott and Ian J. Burgess. (2010). Hysteresis in the Measurement of Double Layer Capacitance at the Gold - Ionic Liquid Interface. Electrochemistry Communications. 12, 1340-1343.

J.P. Vivek, Ian J. Burgess. Adsorption of a Quaternary Ammonium Surfactant on Au(100). Accepted in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. Special Issue in Honour of Jacek Lipkowski. (2010).

Wenbin Zhang, Scott M. Rosendahl, Ian J. Burgess. (2010). Coupled Electron/Proton Transfer Studies of Benzoquinone Modified Monolayers. J. Phys. Chem. C, 114 (6),2738–2745.

Scott M. Rosendahl, Brook R. Danger, J.P. Vivek, Ian J. Burgess. (2009). Surface Enhanced Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy Studies of DMAP Adsorption on Gold Surfaces. Langmuir. 25(4), 2241-2247.

Scott M. Rosendahl, Ian J. Burgess. (2008) Electrochemical and Infrared Spectroscopy Studies of 4-Mercaptobenzoic Acid SAMs on Gold Surfaces. Electrochimica Acta 53, 6759-6767.

J.P. Vivek, Ian J. Burgess. (2008). Insight into Chloride Induced Aggregation of DMAP-Monolayer Protected Gold Nanoparticles Using the Thermodynamics of Ideally Polarized Electrodes. J. Phys. Chem. C 112, 2872-2880.

Burke C. Barlow and Ian J. Burgess. (2007). Electrochemical Evaluation of 4-Dimethylaminopyridine Adsorption on Polycrystalline Gold. Langmuir. 23, 1555-1563.