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David McIlroy

David N. McIlroy, Ph.D.

Office: Engineering-Physics Room 335
Phone: 208-885-6380/208-885-6230
Email: dmcilroy@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Physics
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

Department of Physics

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1996

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Phenomena at surfaces, electronic transport, nanomaterials
  • Biography
    I am interested in the physical properties of one-dimensional nanostructures, be it interactions with their surface or their electronic transport properties. I also dabble in biophysics with the help of talented biologists.
  • Selected Publications
    McIlroy, D.N., Zhang, D., Kranov, Y., Norton, M. Grant. 2001. Nanosprings, Applied Physics Letters 79, 1540.

    Zhang, D., Alkhateeb, A., Han, H., Mahmood, H., McIlroy, David N., and Norton, M.G., 2003. Silicon Carbide Nanosprings, Nano Letters 3, 983.

    Wang, L., Major, D.*, Paga, P., Zhang, D., Norton, M.G., and McIlroy, D.N., 2006, High Yield Synthesis and Lithography of Silica-Based Nanospring Mats, Nanotechnology 17, S298.

    Y.P. Timalsina, D. Oriero, T. Cantrell, T. Prakash, J. Branen, D.E. Aston, K. Noren, J.J. Nagler, S. Rastogi, D.N. McIlroy, and G. Corti, “Characterization of a vertically aligned silica nanospring-based sensor by alternating current impedance spectroscopy,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering,  vol. 20, 095005, (2010).

    M. F. Beaux II, N. J. Bridges, M. DeHart, T. E. Bitterwolf, and D. N. McIlroy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis of the surface chemistry of silica nanowires, Applied Surface Science, vol. 257, no. 13, pp. 5766-5771 ( 2011).
  • Research Projects
    • Title: Improving the Safety and Shelf Life of Agricultural Commodities Agency: USDA
      Status: Current
    • Title: Functionalized Nanosprings for Exposive Detection 
      Agency: ONR
      Status: Current
    • Title: Nanospring coatings for the promotion of bone growth on prosthesis
      Agency: Idaho-HERC
      Status: Current
  • Awards and Honors
    • Dyess Faculty Fellow, COS (2011-2014)