Dr. Tony Cafolla graduated with a B.Sc. in Experimental Physics in 1975 and a M.Sc. in Nuclear Instrumentation Physics in 1977 from Trinity College Dublin. He completed his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics in the University of Virginia 1985. From 1985 to 1990 he was a Research Associate in Atomic and Molecular Physics in the University of Manchester. From 1990 to 1992 he was a Research Associate in Surface Physics in the University of Wales and College of Cardiff. Since 1992 he has been a Lecturer in Applied Physics at Dublin City University and from 1999 a Member of the HEA-funded National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR). He is a member of the Planetary Society, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the U.K. ESCA Users Society, the American Physical Society (APS) and the Institute of Physics (IOP).
Tony’s research interests and expertise include electronic, chemical and structural properties of semiconductor surfaces, the growth and characterisation of graphene nanoribbons, photoelectron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation sources, surface structural studies using I-V Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED) Scanning Probe Microscopies (SPM) and Optical Probes of Surfaces. Dr. Cafolla has been an author on 117 papers, 11 reports and 59 conference proceedings. He has supervised 13 postgraduates to completion. He is currently supervising one PhD student whose research is focused on characterisation of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). He has taught undergraduate modules in Solid State Physics, Quantum Physics, Physics Labs, Nonlinear Science, Nanotechnology and Surface Analysis, Solid State Physics and Electrodynamics.