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Assoc. Prof. Syed Ansar Tofail

Biography

Dr. Syed A.M. Tofail has a BSc and MSc in Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and a PhD in Physics from University of Limerick, Ireland. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Limerick. In the field of metallurgical engineering, he has developed a new generation ternary shape memory and super-elastic alloy NiTi with rare earth elements. In the field of ceramics, he has developed piezoelectric ceramics of hydroxyapatite. In the field of polymers, he has developed durable, washable antimicrobial textiles which is effective against hospital superbugs as well as common flu viruses and SARS-CoV-2 virus. He has promoted 3 start up companies and the Chief Technical Officer of Solpacity Ltd., Ireland. His research and advises has saved million euros per month in process yield/improvements and recovered millions of euro worth products. He is the lead inventor of 15 granted patents and principal/co-principal investigator of national, European and International research projects of over €21 million. He has published over 150 journal articles and presented over 200 oral and poster presentations in international conferences.

Research Interests

Materials and surface physics of magnetic, electronic and biomaterials at the interface of biology, medicine and chemistry.

Publications

Book Chapters

2002

Influence of Nanoporosity and Roughness on Thickness-Dependent Coercivity of Iron Nanonetwork
Tofail, SAM; Rahman, IZ; Rahman, MA; Mahmood, RKU
(2002) Influence of Nanoporosity and Roughness on Thickness-Dependent Coercivity of Iron Nanonetwork
In Nanostructured Materials;

2002

Influence of Nanoporosity and Roughness on Thickness-Dependent Coercivity of Iron Nanonetwork
Tofail, SAM; Rahman, IZ; Rahman, MA; Mahmood, RKU
(2002) Influence of Nanoporosity and Roughness on Thickness-Dependent Coercivity of Iron Nanonetwork
In Nanostructured Materials; pp. 123-136

1997

Surface Hardening Behavior of Titanium Alloys in Carburization.
Haseeb, ASMA; Islam, MF; Alam, O; Tofail, SAM
(1997) Surface Hardening Behavior of Titanium Alloys in Carburization.
In Titanium Extraction and Processing,; pp. 163-173

1997

Free Market: Its Effects on Underdeveloped Technology (in Bengali)
Tofail, SAM
(1997) Free Market: Its Effects on Underdeveloped Technology (in Bengali)
In Free Market; pp. 34-46

Peer Reviewed Journals

2012

Experimental study on dieless drawing of Nickel-Titanium alloy
Twohig, E,Tiernan, P,Tofail, SAM
(2012) Experimental study on dieless drawing of Nickel-Titanium alloy
In Journal Of The Mechanical Behavior Of Biomedical Materials; pp. 8-20
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2011.12.013

2012

Unravelling the specific site preference in doping of calcium hydroxyapatite with strontium from ab initio investigations and Rietveld analyses
Zeglinski, J,Nolan, M,Bredol, M,Schatte, A,Tofail, SAM
(2012) Unravelling the specific site preference in doping of calcium hydroxyapatite with strontium from ab initio investigations and Rietveld analyses
In Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; pp. 3435-3443
DOI: 10.1039/c2cp23163h

2012

X-ray analyses of thermally grown and reactively sputtered tantalum oxide films on NiTi alloy
McNamara, K,Tofail, SAM,Conroy, D,Butler, J,Gandhi, AA,Redington, W
(2012) X-ray analyses of thermally grown and reactively sputtered tantalum oxide films on NiTi alloy
In Nuclear Instruments & Methods In Physics Research Section B-Beam Interactions With Materials And Atoms; pp. 49-52
DOI: 10.1016/j.nimb.2011.07.106

2012

THIN NiTi WIRES WITH REDUCED THERMAL HYSTERESIS FOR SHAPE MEMORY ACTUATORS
Casati, R,Tuissi, A,Belochapkine, S,Dickinson, C,Tofail, SAM
(2012) THIN NiTi WIRES WITH REDUCED THERMAL HYSTERESIS FOR SHAPE MEMORY ACTUATORS
In Functional Materials Letters;
DOI: 10.1142/S1793604712500099

2012

A Complementary Contribution to Piezoelectricity from Bone Constituents
Zhang, Y,Gandhi, AA,Zeglinski, J,Gregor, M,Tofail, SAM
(2012) A Complementary Contribution to Piezoelectricity from Bone Constituents
In Ieee Transactions On Dielectrics And Electrical Insulation; pp. 1151-1157
DOI: 10.1109/TDEI.2012.6259983

2012

The impact of heat treatment on interactions of contact-poled biphasic calcium phosphates with proteins and cells
Wolf-Brandstetter, C,Hempel, U,Clyens, S,Gandhi, AA,Korostynska, O,Oswald, S,Tofail, SAM,Theilgaard, N,Wiesmann, HP,Scharnweber, D
(2012) The impact of heat treatment on interactions of contact-poled biphasic calcium phosphates with proteins and cells
In Acta Biomaterialia; pp. 3468-3477
DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2012.05.011

2011

Design and development of a novel load-control dieless rod drawing system
Tiernan P., Carolan R., Twohig E., Tofail S.A.M.
(2011) Design and development of a novel load-control dieless rod drawing system
In Cirp Journal Of Manufacturing Science And Technology; pp. 110-117
DOI: 10.1016/j.cirpj.2011.03.001

2011

Pyroelectric, piezoelectric, and photoeffects in hydroxyapatite thin films on silicon
Lang, SB; Tofail, SAM; Gandhi, AA; Gregor, M; Wolf-Brandstetter, C; Kost, J; Bauer, S; Krause, M
(2011) Pyroelectric, piezoelectric, and photoeffects in hydroxyapatite thin films on silicon
In Applied Physics Letters;
DOI: 10.1063/1.3571294

2011

Direct creation of microdomains with positive and negative surface potential on hydroxyapatite coatings
Plecenik, T; Tofail, SAM; Gregor, M; Zahoran, M; Truchly, M; Laffir, F; Roch, T; Durina, P; Vargova, M; Plesch, G; Kus, P; Plecenik, A
(2011) Direct creation of microdomains with positive and negative surface potential on hydroxyapatite coatings
In Applied Physics Letters;
DOI: 10.1063/1.3567532

2011

Improved aging performance of vapor phase deposited hydrophobic self-assembled monolayers
Gnanappa, AK; O'Murchu, C; Slattery, O; Peters, F; O'Hara, T; Aszalos-Kiss, B; Tofail, SAM
(2011) Improved aging performance of vapor phase deposited hydrophobic self-assembled monolayers
In Applied Surface Science; pp. 4331-4338
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2010.12.052

2011

Production of Nitinol Wire from Elemental Nickel and Titanium Powders Through Spark Plasma Sintering and Extrusion
Butler, J; Tiernan, P; Gandhi, AA; McNamara, K; Tofail, SAM
(2011) Production of Nitinol Wire from Elemental Nickel and Titanium Powders Through Spark Plasma Sintering and Extrusion
In Journal Of Materials Engineering And Performance; pp. 757-761
DOI: 10.1007/s11665-011-9837-z

2011

A facile aqueous sol-gel method for high surface area nanocrystalline CeO2
Periyat, P; Laffir, F; Tofail, SAM; Magner, E
(2011) A facile aqueous sol-gel method for high surface area nanocrystalline CeO2
In Rsc Advances; pp. 1794-1798
DOI: 10.1039/c1ra00524c

2011

In situ photoexcitation of silver-doped titania nanopowders for activity against bacteria and yeasts
Kowal, K; Wysocka-Krol, K; Kopaczynska, M; Dworniczek, E; Franiczek, R; Wawrzynska, M; Vargova, M; Zahoran, M; Rakovsky, E; Kus, P; Plesch, G; Plecenik, A; Laffir, F; Tofail, SAM; Podbielska, H
(2011) In situ photoexcitation of silver-doped titania nanopowders for activity against bacteria and yeasts
In Journal Of Colloid And Interface Science; pp. 50-57
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2011.06.035

2011

Processing of Small Scale Nitinol Billets by Induction Heated Nonconventional Isothermal Extrusion (IHNCIE)
Butler, J; Tiernan, P; Gandhi, AA; Beloshapkin, S; Tofail, SAM
(2011) Processing of Small Scale Nitinol Billets by Induction Heated Nonconventional Isothermal Extrusion (IHNCIE)
In Journal Of Engineering Materials And Technology-Transactions Of The Asme;
DOI: 10.1115/1.4003108

2011

Charge Specific Protein Placement at Submicrometer and Nanometer Scale by Direct Modification of Surface Potential by Electron Beam
Robin, S,Gandhi, AA,Gregor, M,Laffir, FR,Pecenik, T,Pecenik, A,Soulimane, T,Tofail, SAM
(2011) Charge Specific Protein Placement at Submicrometer and Nanometer Scale by Direct Modification of Surface Potential by Electron Beam
In Langmuir; pp. 14968-14974
DOI: 10.1021/la203491q

2010

The atomic level structure of the TiO(2)-NiTi interface
Nolan, M; Tofail, SAM
(2010) The atomic level structure of the TiO(2)-NiTi interface
In Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; pp. 9742-9750
DOI: 10.1039/c002562c

2010

X-ray and microstructural investigation of NiTiPt alloys homogenised at intermediate to high temperatures
O'Donoghue, L; Gandhi, AA; Butler, J; Redington, W; Tiernan, P; McGloughlin, T; Carlson, JC; Lavelle, S; Tofail, SAM
(2010) X-ray and microstructural investigation of NiTiPt alloys homogenised at intermediate to high temperatures
In Nuclear Instruments & Methods In Physics Research Section B-Beam Interactions With Materials And Atoms; pp. 287-290
DOI: 10.1016/j.nimb.2009.07.015

2010

The Role of Texturing and Densification on Optical Transmittance of Hydroxyapatite Ceramics
Gandhi, AA; Gunning, RD; Ryan, KM; Tofail, SAM
(2010) The Role of Texturing and Densification on Optical Transmittance of Hydroxyapatite Ceramics
In Journal Of The American Ceramic Society; pp. 3773-3777
DOI: 10.1111/j.1551-2916.2010.03925.x

2010

Density functional theory simulation of titanium migration and reaction with oxygen in the early stages of oxidation of equiatomic NiTi alloy
Nolan, M; Tofail, SAM
(2010) Density functional theory simulation of titanium migration and reaction with oxygen in the early stages of oxidation of equiatomic NiTi alloy
In Biomaterials; pp. 3439-3448
DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2010.01.060

2009

A novel study of hexavalent chromium detoxification by selected seaweed species using SEM-EDX and XPS analysis
Murphy, V; Tofail, SAM; Hughes, H; McLoughlin, P
(2009) A novel study of hexavalent chromium detoxification by selected seaweed species using SEM-EDX and XPS analysis
In Chemical Engineering Journal; pp. 425-433
DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2008.09.029

2009

Pyroelectric surface charge in hydroxyapatite ceramics
Tofail, SAM; Baldisserri, C; Haverty, D; McMonagle, JB; Erhart, J
(2009) Pyroelectric surface charge in hydroxyapatite ceramics
In Journal Of Applied Physics;
DOI: 10.1063/1.3262628

2009

Direct and ultrasonic measurements of macroscopic piezoelectricity in sintered hydroxyapatite
Tofail, SAM; Haverty, D; Cox, F; Erhart, J; Hana, P; Ryzhenko, V
(2009) Direct and ultrasonic measurements of macroscopic piezoelectricity in sintered hydroxyapatite
In Journal Of Applied Physics;
DOI: 10.1063/1.3093863

2009

Competitive Sorption of Antimony with Zinc, Nickel, and Aluminum in a Seaweed Based Fixed-bed Sorption Column
Bakir, A; McLoughlin, P; Tofail, SAM; Fitzgerald, E
(2009) Competitive Sorption of Antimony with Zinc, Nickel, and Aluminum in a Seaweed Based Fixed-bed Sorption Column
In Clean-Soil Air Water; pp. 712-719
DOI: 10.1002/clen.200900164

2008

Effect of annealing on improved hydrophobicity of vapor phase deposited self-assembled monolayers
Gnanappa, AK; O'Murchu, C; Slattery, O; Peters, F; O'Hara, T; Aszalos-Kiss, B; Tofail, SAM
(2008) Effect of annealing on improved hydrophobicity of vapor phase deposited self-assembled monolayers
In Journal Of Physical Chemistry C; pp. 14934-14942
DOI: 10.1021/jp804745t

2008

Effect of annealing on hydrophobic stability of plasma deposited fluoropolymer coatings
Gnanappa, AK; O'Murchu, C; Slattery, O; Peters, F; Aszalos-Kiss, B; Tofail, SAM
(2008) Effect of annealing on hydrophobic stability of plasma deposited fluoropolymer coatings
In Polymer Degradation And Stability; pp. 2119-2126
DOI: 10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2008.08.012

2005

Electrochemical nucleation of gold nanoparticles in a polymer film at a liquid-liquid interface
Knake, R; Fahmi, AW; Tofail, SAM; Clohessy, J; Mihov, M; Cunnane, VJ
(2005) Electrochemical nucleation of gold nanoparticles in a polymer film at a liquid-liquid interface
In Langmuir; pp. 1001-1008
DOI: 10.1021/la048277q

2005

The structure and stability of hydroxyapatite: Density functional calculation and Rietveld analysis
Haverty, DP; Tofail, SAM; Stanton, KT; McMonagle, JB
(2005) The structure and stability of hydroxyapatite: Density functional calculation and Rietveld analysis
In Physical Review B-Condensed Matter; pp. 941031-941039

2005

Nanoscale characterization of carbazole-indole copolymers modified carbon fiber surfaces
Sarac, AS; Serantoni, M; Tofail, SAM; Cunnane, VJ
(2005) Nanoscale characterization of carbazole-indole copolymers modified carbon fiber surfaces
In Journal Of Nanoscience And Nanotechnology; pp. 1677-1682
DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2005.406

2005

Structure and stability of hydroxyapatite: Density functional calculation and Rietveld analysis
Haverty, D; Tofail, SAM; Stanton, KT; McMonagle, JB
(2005) Structure and stability of hydroxyapatite: Density functional calculation and Rietveld analysis
In Physical Review B;
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.71.094103

2005

Structural order and dielectric behaviour of hydroxyapatite
Tofail, SAM; Haverty, D; Stanton, KT; McMonagle, JB
(2005) Structural order and dielectric behaviour of hydroxyapatite
In Ferroelectrics; pp. 117-123
DOI: 10.1080/00150190590965523

2005

Characterisation of nanosize thin films of electrografted N-vinylcarbazole copolymers (P[NVCz-co-VBSA] and P[NVCz-co-3-MeTh]) onto carbon fibre AFM, XPS, and Raman spectroscopy
Sarac, AS; Serantoni, M; Tofail, SAM; Henry, J; Cunnane, V; McMonagle, JB
(2005) Characterisation of nanosize thin films of electrografted N-vinylcarbazole copolymers (P[NVCz-co-VBSA] and P[NVCz-co-3-MeTh]) onto carbon fibre AFM, XPS, and Raman spectroscopy
In Applied Surface Science; pp. 183-198
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2004.09.095

2004

Spectroscopic and topographic characterization of the effect of monomer feed ratio in electrocopolymerization of N-vinylcarbazole-co-3-methylthiophene on carbon fiber
Sarac, AS; Tofail, SAM; Serantoni, M; Cunnane, VJ
(2004) Spectroscopic and topographic characterization of the effect of monomer feed ratio in electrocopolymerization of N-vinylcarbazole-co-3-methylthiophene on carbon fiber
In Journal Of Materials Science; pp. 2945-2950
DOI: 10.1023/B:JMSC.0000021488.41318.f4

2004

Effect of copper ion distribution on the magnetization of nanoscaled NiZn ferrite
Ahmed, TT; Rahman, IZ; Tofail, SAM
(2004) Effect of copper ion distribution on the magnetization of nanoscaled NiZn ferrite
In Journal Of Magnetism And Magnetic Materials; pp. 2250-2252
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2003.12.648

2004

Morphological and spectroscopic analyses of poly [N-vinylcarbazole-co-vinylbenzenesulfonic acid] copolymer electrografted on carbon fiber: the effect of current density
Sarac, AS; Serantoni, M; Tofail, SAM; Cunnane, VJ
(2004) Morphological and spectroscopic analyses of poly [N-vinylcarbazole-co-vinylbenzenesulfonic acid] copolymer electrografted on carbon fiber: the effect of current density
In Applied Surface Science; pp. 13-18
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2004.02.005

2004

Spectroscopic and topographic characterization of the effect of monomer feed ratio in electrocopolymerization of N-vinylcarbazole-co-3-methylthiophene on carbon fiber
Sarac, AS; Serantoni, M; Tofail, SAM; Cunnane, VJ
(2004) Spectroscopic and topographic characterization of the effect of monomer feed ratio in electrocopolymerization of N-vinylcarbazole-co-3-methylthiophene on carbon fiber
In J. Materials Science; pp. 2945-2950

2004

Effect of Copper Ion Distribution on The Magnetization of Nanoscaled NiZnCu Ferrite
Ahmed, TT; Rahman, IZ; Tofail, SAM
(2004) Effect of Copper Ion Distribution on The Magnetization of Nanoscaled NiZnCu Ferrite
In J. Magnetism & Magnetic Materials; pp. 2250-2252

2004

Surface characterisation of electrografted random poly [carbazole-co-3-methylthiophene] copolymers on carbon fiber: XPS, AFM and Raman spectroscopy
Sarac, AS; Tofail, SAM; Serantoni, M; Henry, J; Cunnane, VJ; McMonagle, JB
(2004) Surface characterisation of electrografted random poly [carbazole-co-3-methylthiophene] copolymers on carbon fiber: XPS, AFM and Raman spectroscopy
In Applied Surface Science; pp. 148-165
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2003.08.008

2002

Nanostructural characterisation of a thin film network of magnetic iron oxide
Tofail, SAM; Rahman, IZ; Rahman, MA; Sutton, D; Newcomb, SB
(2002) Nanostructural characterisation of a thin film network of magnetic iron oxide
In Journal Of Magnetism And Magnetic Materials; pp. 588-590
DOI: 10.1016/S0304-8853(01)01112-X

2002

Thickness and pore size dependence of coercivity for nanonetwork of iron produced by template synthesis
Tofail, SAM; Rahman, IZ; Rahman, MA
(2002) Thickness and pore size dependence of coercivity for nanonetwork of iron produced by template synthesis
In Journal Of Applied Physics; pp. 7998-8000
DOI: 10.1063/1.1451908

2002

Influence of nanoporosity and roughness on the thickness-dependent coercivity of iron nanonetworks
Tofail, SAM; Rahman, ZI; Rahman, AM; Mahmood, RKU
(2002) Influence of nanoporosity and roughness on the thickness-dependent coercivity of iron nanonetworks
In Monatshefte Fur Chemie; pp. 859-872
DOI: 10.1007/s007060200058

2002

Influence of Nanoporosity and Roughness on Thickness-Dependent Coercivity of Iron Nanonetwork
Tofail, SAM; Rahman, IZ; Mahmood, RKU; Rahman, MA
(2002) Influence of Nanoporosity and Roughness on Thickness-Dependent Coercivity of Iron Nanonetwork
In Monatshefte Fur Chemie; pp. 859-872

2002

Thickness and Pore Size Dependence of Coercivity for Nanonetwork of Iron Produced by Template Synthesis
Tofail, SAM; Rahman, IZ; Rahman, MA
(2002) Thickness and Pore Size Dependence of Coercivity for Nanonetwork of Iron Produced by Template Synthesis
In Journal Of Applied Physics; pp. 7998-8000

2001

Patterned nanostructured arrays for high-density magnetic recording
Tofail, SAM; Rahman, IZ; Rahman, MA
(2001) Patterned nanostructured arrays for high-density magnetic recording
In Applied Organometallic Chemistry; pp. 373-382
DOI: 10.1002/aoc.156

Other Journals

2006

What drives bone growth?
Tofail, SAM; Wojcik, M
(2006) What drives bone growth?
In Engineering of Biomaterials; pp. 251-253

2005

Physiological role of bone piezoelectricity: retrospect and prospect
Tofail, SAM
(2005) Physiological role of bone piezoelectricity: retrospect and prospect
In Engineering of Biomaterials,; pp. 228-231

Conference Publications

2010

AIP Conference Proceedings
Butler J., Tiernan P., Tofail S.A.M., Ghandi A.A.
(2010) AIP Conference Proceedings
pp. 104-109
DOI: 10.1063/1.3552318

2010

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCES IN MATERIALS AND PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES, PTS ONE AND TWO
Buder, J; Tiernan, P; Tofail, SAM; Ghandi, AA
(2010) INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCES IN MATERIALS AND PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES, PTS ONE AND TWO
pp. 104-109
DOI: 10.1063/1.3552318

2004

Transactions - 7th World Biomaterials Congress
Haverty D., Tofail S.A.M., Stanton K.T.
(2004) Transactions - 7th World Biomaterials Congress
pp. 238-0

2001

PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2001 1ST IEEE CONFERENCE ON NANOTECHNOLOGY
Tofail, SAM; Rahman, IZ; Rahman, MA
(2001) PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2001 1ST IEEE CONFERENCE ON NANOTECHNOLOGY
pp. 223-228