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.



  • Y. Zhao, Y. Liu, Q.F. 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, In Press,
  • D. Aebisher, D. Bartusik, Y. Liu, Y. Zhao, M. Barahman, Q.F. Xu, A.M. Lyons, A. Greer, Superhydrophobic Photosensitizers. Mechanistic Studies of 1O2 Generation in the Plastron and Solid/Liquid Droplet Interface, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 18990–1899
  • Q.F. Xu, Y. Liu, F.J. Lin, B. Mondal, and A.M. Lyons, A Superhydrophobic TiO2-Polymer Nanocomposite Surface with UV-Induced Reversible Wettability and Self-Cleaning Properties, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2013, 5, 8915–8924
  • Q.F. Xu, B. Mondal, and A.M. Lyons, Fabricating Superhydrophobic Polymer Surfaces with Excellent Abrasion Resistance by a Simple Lamination Templating Method, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2011, 3, 3508–3514
  • R. Kempers, A.M. Lyons, A.J. Robinson, Modeling & Characterization of Metal Micro-Textured Thermal Interface Materials, ASME J. Heat Transfer, 2013, 136, 01130


Job History

  • 2008 - Current : Professor, CSI & Graduate Center
  • 1980 - 2008 : Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Manager & Group Leader, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill NJ
  • 1981 - 1987 : PhD & MS, NYU-Poly