School of Education
Tel: +355 1 716 7977
Email: shane.bergin at ucd.ie
Dr Shane Bergin is a physicist and an assistant professor in science education at UCD's School of Education. Shane's research focuses on teaching and learning in physics and both in formal settings like lecture-halls or labs and also in more informal settings (like a metro train). In recent years, Shane has been awarded several fellowships to support his research. These include Marie Curie Actions and support through Science Foundation Ireland's SIRG programme. Dr Bergin was awarded a BA(Mod) in Nanoscience from Trinity College Dublin in 2003 and a PhD for his research with carbon nanotubes in 2008. Shane's contributions to the literature arising from this support have been well received by his field and with more than 4,000 citations.
Shane is the founder of City of Physics a campaign to spark physics conversations around Dublin based on physics posters, art and projections dotted around the city. This follows DARTofPhysics a similar campaign on Dublin's DART train in 2013. Shane received awards for public engagement in science from the European Commission and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for this work. In 2015, Shane began a collaboration with the National Concert Hall - blending STEM subjects with music for primary school audiences.
Honours and Awards
| Year: 2016.
Title: Trinity College Provost Teaching Award
| Year: 2014.
Title: Marie Curie Achievement Award for Communication of Science
| Year: 2014.
Title: Public Engagement with Science
|Shane Bergin (2016) Exploring Problem-based Cooperative Learning (PBCL) in Undergraduate Physics Labs. [Oral Presentation], American Association of Physics Teachers, Sacramento, California , 16-JUL-16 - 20-JUL-16.|
|Committee : Leonardo Group (Science Gallery Dublin)|
|Committee : Teaching Council of Ireland External Advisors' Panel (Physics)|
|Committee : Committee of Institute of Physics in Ireland|
| Year 2008 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
|GIORDANI, SILVIA, BERGIN, SHANE D, DRURY, ANNA, MHUIRCHEARTAIGH, Ã¿IMHÃN NÃ, COLEMAN, JONATHAN N, BLAU, WERNER J (2006) 'EFFECT OF SOLVENT AND DISPERSANT ON THE BUNDLE DISSOCIATION OF SINGLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES' In: Carbon Nanotubes. Springer. , pp.211-212 [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|A Ferguson, A Harvey, IJ Godwin, SD Bergin, JN Coleman (2016) 'The dependence of the measured surface energy of graphene on nanosheet size'. Advanced Functional Materials, . [DOI] [Details]|
|Auren Ferguson, Andrew Harvey, Ian J Godwin, Shane D Bergin and Jonathan N Coleman (2016) 'The dependence of the measured surface energy of graphene on nanosheet size'. Advanced Materials, . [DOI] [Details]|
|Shane D. Bergin, Colette Murphy and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain (2017) 'Exploring problem-based cooperative learning in undergraduate physics labs: student perspectives'. European Journal of Physics, . [DOI] [Details]|
|Giordani, S, Bergin, S, Nicolosi, V, Lebedkin, S, Blau, WJ, Coleman, JN (2006) 'Fabrication of stable dispersions containing up to 70% individual carbon nanotubes in a common organic solvent'. physica status solidi (b), 243 (13):3058-3062. [Details]|
|Giordani, Silvia, Bergin, Shane D, Nicolosi, Valeria, Lebedkin, Sergei, Kappes, Manfred M, Blau, Werner J, Coleman, Jonathan N (2006) 'Debundling of single-walled nanotubes by dilution: observation of large populations of individual nanotubes in amide solvent dispersions'. The journal of physical chemistry B, 110 (32):15708-15718. [Details]|
|Bergin, Shane D, Nicolosi, Valeria, Giordani, Silvia, de Gromard, Antoine, Carpenter, Leslie, Blau, Werner J, Coleman, Jonathan N (2007) 'Exfoliation in ecstasy: liquid crystal formation and concentration-dependent debundling observed for single-wall nanotubes dispersed in the liquid drug Î³-butyrolactone'. Nanotechnology, 18 (45):455705. [Details]|
|Amiran, Johnny, Nicolosi, Valeria, Bergin, Shane D, Khan, Umar, Lyons, Philip E, Coleman, Jonathan N (2008) 'High quality dispersions of functionalized single walled nanotubes at high concentration'. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112 (10):3519-3524. [Details]|
|Bergin, Shane D, Nicolosi, Valeria, Cathcart, Helen, Lotya, Mustafa, Rickard, David, Sun, Zhenyu, Blau, Werner J, Coleman, Jonathan N (2008) 'Large populations of individual nanotubes in surfactant-based dispersions without the need for ultracentrifugation'. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112 (4):972-977. [Details]|
|Bergin, Shane D, Nicolosi, Valeria, Streich, Philip V, Giordani, Silvia, Sun, Zhenyu, Windle, Alan H, Ryan, Peter, Niraj, N Peter P, Wang, Zhiâ¿Tao T, Carpenter, Leslie (2008) 'Towards Solutions of Singleâ¿Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Common Solvents'. Advanced Materials, 20 (10):1876-1881. [Details]|
|Sun, Zhenyu, Nicolosi, Valeria, Bergin, Shane D, Coleman, Jonathan N (2008) 'Efficient dispersion and exfoliation of single-walled nanotubes in 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and its derivatives'. Nanotechnology, 19 (48):485702. [Details]|
|Sun, Zhenyu, Nicolosi, Valeria, Rickard, David, Bergin, Shane D, Aherne, Damian, Coleman, Jonathan N (2008) 'Quantitative evaluation of surfactant-stabilized single-walled carbon nanotubes: dispersion quality and its correlation with zeta potential'. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112 (29):10692-10699. [Details]|
|Bergin, Shane D, Sun, Zhenyu, Rickard, David, Streich, Philip V, Hamilton, James P, Coleman, Jonathan N (2009) 'Multicomponent solubility parameters for single-walled carbon nanotubeâ¿¿ solvent mixtures'. ACS nano, 3 (8):2340-2350. [Details]|
|Bergin, Shane D, Sun, Zhenyu, Streich, Philip, Hamilton, James, Coleman, Jonathan N (2009) 'New solvents for nanotubes: approaching the dispersibility of surfactants'. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114 (1):231-237. [Details]|
|Hernandez, Yenny, Lotya, Mustafa, Rickard, David, Bergin, Shane D, Coleman, Jonathan N (2009) 'Measurement of multicomponent solubility parameters for graphene facilitates solvent discovery'. Langmuir, 26 (5):3208-3213. [Details]|
|Sun, Zhenyu, Oâ¿¿Connor, Ian, Bergin, Shane D, Coleman, Jonathan N (2009) 'Effects of Ambient Conditions on Solventâ¿¿ Nanotube Dispersions: Exposure to Water and Temperature Variation'. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113 (4):1260-1266. [Details]|
|Coleman, Jonathan N, Lotya, Mustafa, Oâ¿¿Neill, Arlene, Bergin, Shane D, King, Paul J, Khan, Umar, Young, Karen, Gaucher, Alexandre, De, Sukanta, Smith, Ronan J (2011) 'Two-dimensional nanosheets produced by liquid exfoliation of layered materials'. Science, 331 (6017):568-571. [Details]|
|Nerl, Hannah C, Cheng, Crystal, Goode, Angela E, Bergin, Shane D, Lich, Ben, Gass, Mhairi, Porter, Alexandra E (2011) 'Imaging methods for determining uptake and toxicity of carbon nanotubes in vitro and in vivo'. Nanomedicine, 6 (5):849-865. [Details]|
|Cunningham, Graeme, Lotya, Mustafa, Cucinotta, Clotilde S, Sanvito, Stefano, Bergin, Shane D, Menzel, Robert, Shaffer, Milo SP, Coleman, Jonathan N (2012) 'Solvent exfoliation of transition metal dichalcogenides: dispersibility of exfoliated nanosheets varies only weakly between compounds'. ACS nano, 6 (4):3468-3480. [Details]|
|Hughes, J Marguerite, Aherne, Damian, Bergin, Shane D, Oâ¿¿Neill, Arlene, Streich, Philip V, Hamilton, James P, Coleman, Jonathan N (2012) 'Using solution thermodynamics to describe the dispersion of rod-like solutes: application to dispersions of carbon nanotubes in organic solvents'. Nanotechnology, 23 (26):265604. [Details]|
|McGuire, Eva K, Motskin, Michael, Bolognesi, Benedetta, Bergin, Shane D, Knowles, Tuomas PJ, Skepper, Jeremy, Luheshi, Leila M, McComb, David W, Dobson, Christopher M, Porter, Alexandra E (2012) 'Selenium-enhanced electron microscopic imaging of different aggregate forms of a segment of the amyloid Î² peptide in cells'. ACS nano, 6 (6):4740-4747. [Details]|
|Bergin, Shane D, Hutzler, Stefan (2014) 'The drop heard round the world'. Physics World, 27 (05):26. [Details]|
|Goode, AE, Hine, NDM, Chen, S, Bergin, SD, Shaffer, MSP, Ryan, MP, Haynes, PD, Porter, AE, McComb, DW (2014) 'Mapping functional groups on oxidised multi-walled carbon nanotubes at the nanometre scale'. Chemical Communications, 50 (51):6744-6747. [Details]|
|Goode, Angela E, Hine, Nicholas DM, Chen, Shu, Bergin, Shane D, Motskin, Michael, Carter, Daniel A Gonzalez, Dexter, David T, Shaffer, Milo SP, Ryan, Mary P, Haynes, Peter D (2014) 'Electron Microscopic Characterization of Functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Their Interactions with the Blood Brain Barrier'. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 20 (S3):1744-1745. [Details]|
|Ferguson, Auren, Caffrey, Ivan T, Backes, Claudia, Coleman, Jonathan N, Bergin, Shane D (2016) 'Differentiating Defect and Basal Plane Contributions to the Surface Energy of Graphite Using Inverse Gas Chromatography'. Chemistry of Materials, . [Details]|
|Ferguson, Auren, Khan, Umar, Walsh, Melissa, Lee, Koon-Yang, Bismarck, Alexander, Shaffer, Milo SP, Coleman, Jonathan N, Bergin, Shane D (2016) 'Understanding the dispersion and assembly of Bacterial Cellulose in Organic Solvents'. Biomacromolecules, 17 (5):1845-1853. [Details]|
|Shmeliov, A, Nicholls, RJ, Grieveson, E, Theuwissen, K, Lotya, M, Bergin, SD, Oâ¿¿Neill, A, Chisholm, MF, Pennycook, TJ, Krivanek, OL 'Processing and atomic resolution imaging of two-dimensional nanomaterials'. . [Details]|
|Shane Bergin,Sarah Glück, Miguel Jorge, Ciara Judge, Lynn Kamerlin, Clara Isabel Luján Martínez, Emília Petríková,Piotr Sankowski,Charikleia Tzanakou Bruno González Zorn (2016) Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers. European Commission, Brussels. [Details]|
|Gareth Morgan (2016) Reading to children 'more effective than technology at boosting science skills'. Newspaper Articles [Details]|
|Shane Bergin (2016) It¿s time for young researchers to have a voice. Newspaper Articles [Details]|
|Shane Bergin, Aine Mahon (2017) Academics must take action to save colleges from market¿s incursion. Newspaper Articles [Details]|
|Shane Bergin, Dara O'Briain (2017) Scintillating Science. Video/TV [Details]|
|Shane Bergin, Sean O'Rourke (2017) Hyperloop. Radio Presentation [Details]|
|Shane Bergin, Sean O'Rourke (2017) Science Matters: Food and Water Research. Radio Presentation [Details]|
|Shane Bergin, Sean O'Rourke (2017) Science Matters: Graphene. Radio Presentation [Details]|
|Shane Bergin, Sean O'Rourke (2017) Science Matters: The Search For Alien Life. Radio Presentation [Details]|
|Shane Bergin, Seah O'Rourke (2017) Science Matters: Genetic Engineering. Radio Presentation [Details]|
|Shane D Bergin, et al. (2016) Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers. Brussels: Comment [Details]|
| I am interested in science education - both formal and informal.
Recently, colleagues and I have developed a problem-based cooperative learning approach for undergraduate physics labs. I am working with colleagues from schools of science and education to understand the impact of this on the students' perceptions of the scientific process. Furthermore, we are interested understanding how high levels of student engagement (associated with our approach) can impact on their learning.
I have designed and run a number of informal learning projects (described below) that involve large numbers of under- and post-graduate students (as volunteers or learning coaches). I am working with an international team to understand the impact of such informal learning activities on their formal learning.
City of Physics - The data repeatedly shows that people love science. But they lack the confidence to talk about it. They¿re worried that they'll get it wrong.
Science isn't about being right- it's a process built on
curiosity, wonder and really looking at things, so that we can explain the
world around us. And that's the focus of
City of Physics. This campaign (run with Dr Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain at the School of Mathematics) is about bringing science out of the
lab and onto the streets. It's about giving people something to talk about,
whether they have a science background or not. We¿re gathering together some of
the most exciting scientists in Ireland and partnering them with some of the
finest Irish illustrators and designers to turn the city into a canvas, with
projections, murals, live shows and much, much more.
Science isn¿t about memorising equations and battling with proofs ¿ it¿s how we see, and understand and shape the world around us. Over the course of eight weeks in 2013, we turned Dublin¿s DART into our own laboratory and get the city thinking and talking about physics.
Through quirky adverts on the DART, we invited Dubliners to discover scientific concepts through tricky teasers, mind-melting facts and seemingly illogical questions that will be scattered throughout the DART.
Commuters could continue their physics journeys by chatting to us on-line through Twitter or by following our blogs.
| Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Internal Perceptions of Public Engagement, Outreach & the UCD Festival
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-17 / 31-OCT-18
| Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-17 / 31-OCT-20
| Sponsor : Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Title : Learning by Heart
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-17 / 31-DEC-17
Current Postgraduate Students
|Sorcha Browne, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Thesis Supervisor|