My research background centres on the development of luminophore sensors for live cellular imaging/sensing applications and their use as photo-triggered therapeutic agents. My core skills include synthesis, spectroscopy and supramolecular chemistry. I am currently interested in developing new smart sensors based on the supramolecular assembly of photoactive components, particularly for bio-analytical applications.
At UCC, Prof. Glennon played a key role in the establishment of the Analytical & Biological Chemistry Facility (ABCRF) bringing together an interdisciplinary team of synthetic, analytical and bio-chemists in one centre targeted at bio-molecule design and detection. However, by partnering with Dublin City University in the Science Foundation Ireland Strategic Research Cluster programme, he is co-Director of the Irish Separation Science Cluster, through which international industrial and academic collaboration and research output are now greatly enhanced.
The Innovative Chromatography group at ISSC Cork recorded over 65% increase in citations, with publication and conference participation sustained at impressive levels over the funding period. Through SFI, ISSC and EI support, the Innovative Chromatography group at ISSC Cork, has achieved international recognition for research on particle functionalization and design, through a strong presence in the top analytical and chromatographic journals (such as Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Chromatography A, Analyst, Analytical Methods and Electrophoresis) and at major international conferences.
The focus of his research is to develop novel multi-parameter lab on chip systems that are integrated with both sample separation and sensor capabilities. These smart miniaturised systems can be used in a diverse range of applications such as the environment, pharmaceutical, biomedical, health, forensic, food and beverage industries. He has several research activities that are currently on going and are linked closely to his research strategy. These include:
Development of impedance based nanostructured sensors for monitoring of cell health.
Development of amperometric microstructured immunosensors.
Development of microfluidic Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) devices integrated with interchangeable columns for separation and amperometric sensors for detection.
Development of modular multi-sensing devices integrated with microfluidics and sample pretreatment capabilities.
Development of smart needles integrated with impedance sensors for clinical applications.