Steve joined the group in February 2014 as a postdoctoral researcher after completing his Masters and PhD degrees at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and a first postdoctoral experience within the Gunnlaugsson research group at Trinity College Dublin. Apart from chemistry, Steve enjoys listening to music, playing football and as every real Swiss, eating chocolate.
Steve is currently supported by an Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund grant, working on the design, development and characterisation of luminescent sensor formulations/inks that can be inkjet-printed or applied as coatings for smart packaging applications.
Publications and Awards
AMBER & CRANN Innovation Award (2015)
Design and Response of High-Efficiency Planar Doped Luminescent Solar Concentrators using Organic-Inorganic Di-Ureasil Waveguides. A. Kaniyoor, B. McKenna, S. Comby and R. C. Evans*, Adv. Opt. Mater., 2016, 4, 444-456.
pH-Responsive Luminescent Lanthanide-Functionalised Gold Nanoparticles with “On-Off” Ytterbium Switchable Near-Infrared Emission. L. K. Truman, S. Comby*, T. Gunnlaugsson*, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 9624-9627.
Luminescent Lanthanide-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles: Exploiting the Interaction with Bovine Serum Albumin for Potential Sensing Applications. S. Comby*, T. Gunnlaugsson*, ACS Nano, 2011, 5, 7184-7197.
New Opportunities for Lanthanide Luminescence. J.-C. G. Bünzli, S. Comby, A.-S. Chauvin, C. D. B. Vandevyver, J. Rare Earths 2007, 25, 257-274.