Alan M. Lyons, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Chemistry, College of Staten Island
  • Affiliate Faculty, Nanoscience Initiative


College of Staten Island (Profile)

Research Interests

Using natural surfaces as inspiration, the Lyons group fabricates nanoscale materials with unique wetting, catalytic, thermal and/or optical properties. We are especially interested in developing a fundamental understanding of reactions and properties at the solid-liquid-gas interface. We work closely with industry with the goal of transitioning our inventions into industrially relevant innovations; active collaborations include self-cleaning heat reflective cool-roofing materials, biological concentrators and anti-reflective self-cleaning coatings to increase the energy efficiency of photovoltaic panels.

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Job History

  • 2008 – Current: Professor, College of Staten Island, CUNY, NY
  • 2008 – Current: Professor, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • 1980 – 2008: Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Manager & Group Leader, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill NJ
  • 1981 – 1987: Ph.D. and M.S., NYU-Poly


Superhydrophobic Photosensitizers: Airborne 1O2 Killing of a In-vitro Oral Biofilm at the Plastron Interface
Pushalkar, S.; Ghosh, G.; Xu, Q.F.; Liu, Y.; Ghogare, A.; Atem, C.; Greer, A.; Saxena, D.; Lyons, A.M.
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2018, 10 (30), pp 25819–25829 DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b09439.

Hydrophobic-Hydrophilic Surfaces Exhibiting Dropwise Condensation for Anti-Soiling Applications
Nayshevsky, I.; Xu, Q.F.; Lyons, A.M.
IEEE J. Photovoltaics, 2018.

Durable, Optically Transparent, Superhydrophobic Polymer Films
Liu, Y.; Xu, Q.F.; Lyons, A.M.
Appl. Surf. Sci., 2018, 470, pp 187-195,

Y. Zhao, Y. Liu, Q. Xu, M. Barahman,D. Bartusik, A. Greer and A.M. Lyons, Singlet Oxygen Generation on Porous Superhydrophobic Surfaces: Effect of Gas Flow and Sensitizer Wetting on Trapping Efficiency, J. Phys. Chem. A., 2014, 118, 10364.