Dr Daren Caruana

Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics

Dr Daren Caruana

Address: Department of Chemistry, UCL
Phone No: +44 (0)20 7679 4527
Fax No: +44 (0)20 7679 7463
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Research areas of interest include:

  • Gas Phase Electrochemistry
  • Plasma electrochemistry
  • Electrochemically Driven Protein/Peptide Assembly
  • Free standing Surfactant films 


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The presence of ions in plasmas presents a realistic prospect for performing and controlling redox reactions at a solid/gas interface. The focus of this work is to apply the well-established underlying principles of liquid and solid phase electrochemistry to the gas phase. The eventual aim of this work is to develop voltammetry in a gaseous electrolyte which will open up many applications such as electroanalysis, electrodeposition and electrocatalysis in the gas phase.

Research Profile

Selected Publications

  1. Toks Fowowe, Emina Hadzifejzovic, Jingping Hu, John S. Foord, Daren J. Caruana, “Plasma Electrochemistry: Development of a Reference Electrode Material for High Temperature Plasma”, Advanced Materials, Article first published online: 13 Sept. 2012, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201202411.

  2. A.Elahi, T. Fowowe, D.J.Caruana, “Electrochemistry in flames: Control of redox reactions at the solid/gas interface”, Angewandte Chemie. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 6350-6355.
  3. D. Sarantaridis, C. Hennig, D.J. Caruana, “Bioaerosol detection using potentiometric Tomography in flames”, Chemical Science, 2012, 3, 2210-2216.
  4. D.J. Caruana “Detection and analysis of airborne particles of biological origin: present and future”, The Analyst, 2011, 136, 4641-4652.
  5. P. L. Li, O. Fenwick, S. Yilmaz, D. Breusov, D. J. Caruana, S. Allard, U. Scherf and F. Cacialli, “Dual functions of a novel low-gap polymer for near infra-red photovoltaics and light-emitting diodes“ Chemical Communications, 2011, 47, 8820.
  6. D.J. Caruana, K.B.Holt, “Astroelectrochemistry: the role of redox reactions in cosmic dust chemistry”, PCCP, 2010, 12, 3072.

All Publications

  • BSc Biochemistry 1990. University of Warwick.
  • PhD 1994. Chemistry Department, University of Southampton. Title of thesis "Electrochemical immobilisation of enzymes on microelectrodes" Supervisor, Professor P. N. Bartlett.
  • 1994-1997. Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the department of biomedical Sciences University of Malta, supervisor by Prof. J. V. Bannister.
  • 1997 - 1998. Research Fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, supervisor by Prof. A. Heller.
  • 1998 -1999. Research Fellow at the Department of Chemistry at UCL, supervisor by Prof. D. E. Williams.
  • 1999-2004. Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at UCL.
  • 2003 Awarded the Marlow Medal and Prize from the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of chemistry.
  • 2004 - 2008. Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at UCL.
  • 2004-2008. Founding Programme director of Natural Sciences degree.
  • 2008 - date. Reader in Physical Chemistry at UCL.