Prof A. Denise Rooney

Chemistry, Human Health Institute, Faculty of Science & Engineering

Associate Dean of Science and Engineering

(01) 708 3616


Denise Rooney was awarded obtained her PhD in Chemistry from  Queen's University Belfast. She then carried out post doctoral research at the University of York.  She took up a position as a lecturer in Maynooth University in 1994. Her research has centred on Metal Complexes and Materials Chemistry. She is Head of the Department of Chemistry and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. She is Project Lead of the Virtual Laboratories in Higher Education HCI Pillar 3 project. 

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 Ahmed, M; Ward, S; McCann, M; Kavanagh, K; Heaney, F; Devereux, M; Twamley, B; Rooney, D (2022) 'Synthesis and characterisation of phenanthroline-oxazine ligands and their Ag(I), Mn(II) and Cu(II) complexes and their evaluation as antibacterial agents'. BioMetals, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 McCarthy C.P.; Herdman K.M.; Rooney D.; Alcock-Earley B.; Breslin C.B. (2021) 'Electrochemical formation of N–substituted polypyrrole nanowires, microwires and open microtubes and their decoration with copper structures'. Synthetic Metals, 280 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Gallagher, L; Smith, A; Kavanagh, K; Devereux, M; Colleran, J; Breslin, C; Richards, KG; McCann, M; Rooney, AD (2021) 'Preparation and Antimicrobial Properties of Alginate and Serum Albumin/Glutaraldehyde Hydrogels Impregnated with Silver(I) Ions'. Chemistry-Switzerland, 3 :672-686. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2020 Ramos J; Arufe S; Martin H; Rooney D; Elmes RBP; Erxleben A; Moreira R; Velasco-Torrijos T; (2020) 'Glycosyl squaramides, a new class of supramolecular gelators'. Soft Matter, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Ahmed M; Rooney D; McCann M; Devereux M; Twamley B; Galdino ACM; Sangenito LS; Souza LOP; Lourenço MC; Gomes K; Dos Santos ALS; (2019) 'Synthesis and antimicrobial activity of a phenanthroline-isoniazid hybrid ligand and its Ag+ and Mn2+ complexes'. BioMetals, 32 (4). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Ahmed M; Rooney D; McCann M; Casey J; O'Shea K; Twamley B; (2019) 'Tuning the reaction pathways of phenanthroline-Schiff bases: routes to novel phenanthroline ligands'. Dalton Transactions, 48 (40). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Ahmed M; Devereux M; McKee V; McCann M; Rooney AD; (2019) '(E)-6,6'-(Diazene-1,2-di-yl)bis-(1,10-phenanthrolin-5-ol) tri-chloro-methane disolvate: a superconjugated ligand'. Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications, 75 (Pt 8). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Minet, EP; Jahangir, MMR; Krol, DJ; Rochford, N; Fenton, O; Rooney, D; Lanigan, G; Forrestal, PJ; Breslin, C; Richards, KG (2016) 'Amendment of cattle slurry with the nitrification inhibitor dicyandiamide during storage: A new effective and practical N2O mitigation measure for landspreading'. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 215 :68-75. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Ramos J.; Arufe S.; O'Flaherty R.; Rooney D.; Moreira R.; Velasco-Torrijos T. (2016) 'Selective aliphatic/aromatic organogelation controlled by the side chain of serine amphiphiles'. RSC Advances, 6 (109):108093-108104. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 McMahon, S; Amirjalayer, S; Buma, WJ; Halpin, Y; Long, C; Rooney, AD; Woutersen, S; Pryce, MT (2015) 'An investigation into the photochemistry of, and the electrochemically induced CO-loss from, [(CO)(5)MC(OMe)Me](M = Cr or W) using low-temperature matrix isolation, picosecond infrared spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and time-dependent density functional theory'. Dalton Transactions, 44 :15424-15434. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2014 McMahon, S; Rochford, J; Halpin, Y; Manton, JC; Harvey, EC; Greetham, GM; Clark, IP; Rooney, AD; Long, C; Pryce, MT (2014) 'Controlled CO release using photochemical, thermal and electrochemical approaches from the amino carbene complex [(CO)(5)CrC(NC4H8)CH3]'. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16 :21230-21233. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Minet, EP; O'Carroll, C; Rooney, D; Breslin, C; McCarthy, CP; Gallagher, L; Richards, KG (2013) 'Slow delivery of a nitrification inhibitor (dicyandiamide) to soil using a biodegradable hydrogel of chitosan'. Chemosphere, 93 :2854-2858. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 McCarthy, CP; McGuinness, NB; Carolan, PB; Fox, CM; Alcock-Earley, BE; Breslin, CB; Rooney, AD (2013) 'Electrochemical Deposition of Hollow N-Substituted Polypyrrole Microtubes from an Acoustically Formed Emulsion'. Macromolecules, 46 :1008-1016. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Mc Dermott, SM; Rooney, DA; Breslin, CB (2012) 'Complexation study and spectrofluorometric: determination of the binding constant for diquat and p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene'. Tetrahedron, 68 :3815-3821. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 McCarthy, CP; McGuinness, NB; Alcock-Earley, BE; Breslin, CB; Rooney, AD (2012) 'Facile template-free electrochemical preparation of poly[N-(2-cyanoethyl)pyrrole] nanowires'. Electrochemistry Communications, 20 :79-82. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Andreoli, E; Rooney, DA; Redington, W; Gunning, R; Breslin, CB (2012) 'Electrodeposition of Zinc Hydroxysulfate Nanosheets and Reduction to Zinc Metal Microdendrites on Polypyrrole Films'. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 12 :338-349. [DOI]
2012 Annibaldi, V; Rooney, AD; Breslin, CB (2012) 'Corrosion protection of copper using polypyrrole electrosynthesised from a salicylate solution'. Corrosion Science, 59 :179-185. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Doyle, R; Breslin, CB; Power, O; Rooney, AD (2012) 'Electrochemical Characterisation of Polypyrrole Doped with p-Sulfonatocalix[4]arene'. Electroanalysis, 24 :293-302. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Andreoli, E; Annibaldi, V; Rooney, DA; Liao, KS; Alley, NJ; Curran, SA; Breslin, CB (2011) 'Electrochemical Conversion of Copper-Based Hierarchical Micro/Nanostructures to Copper Metal Nanoparticles and Their Testing in Nitrate Sensing'. Electroanalysis, 23 :2164-2173. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Andreoli, E; Rooney, DA; Redington, W; Gunning, R; Breslin, CB (2011) 'Electrochemical Deposition of Hierarchical Micro/Nanostructures of Copper Hydroxysulfates on Polypyrrole-Polystyrene Sulfonate Films'. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115 :8725-8734. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Andreoli, E; Annibaldi, V; Rooney, DA; Breslin, CB (2011) 'Electrochemical Fabrication of Copper-Based Hybrid Microstructures and Mechanism of Formation of Related Hierarchical Structures on Polypyrrole Films'. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115 :20076-20083. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2010 Harley C.; Rooney A.; Breslin C. (2010) 'The selective detection of dopamine at a polypyrrole film doped with sulfonated β-cyclodextrins'. Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 150 (2):498-504. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2009 Mahon, MF; McGinley, J; Rooney, AD; Walsh, JMD (2009) 'Unusual copper(II) coordination mode from a potential Schiff-base reaction'. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 362 :2353-2360. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2009 Gallagher, M.M., Rooney A.D., Rooney J.J. (2009) 'Metathesis co-polymerization as a means of comparing the reactivity of ruthnium initiators in conventional solvents and ionic liquids '. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 313 :78-83. [Full-Text]
2009 Doyle, R; Breslin, CB; Rooney, AD (2009) 'A Simple But Highly Selective Electrochemical Sensor for Dopamine'. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Quarterly, 23 :93-98. [Full-Text]
2008 Gallagher, M.M., A.D. Rooney and J.J. Rooney (2008) 'Variable temperature 1H NMR studies on Grubbs catalysts'. Organometallic Chemistry, 693 :1252-1260. [Full-Text]
2008 Rochford, J; Botchway, S; McGarvey, JJ; Rooney, AD; Pryce, MT (2008) 'Photophysical and Electrochemical Properties of meso-Substituted Thien-2-yl Zn(II) Porphyrins'. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 112 :11611-11618. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2008 McGinley, J., M. F. Mahon, A. D. Rooney and J. M. D. Walsh (2008) 'Calix[4]arene Schiff bases – potential ligands for fluorescent studies'. Tetrahedron, 64 :11058-11066. [Full-Text]
2007 Rochford, J; Rooney, AD; Pryce, MT (2007) 'Redox control of meso-Zinc(II) ferrocenylporphyrin based fluorescence switches'. Inorganic Chemistry, 46 :7247-7249. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2007 Fitzgerald, RP; Rooney, AD (2007) 'Novel co-catalytic activity of zinc metal with classical initiators for the ring opening polymerisation of norbornene'. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 261 :24-28. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2001 Doyle, KO; Gallagher, ML; Pryce, MT; Rooney, AD (2001) 'A matrix isolation and flash photolysis study of the cyclization reactions of chromium amino carbenes'. Organometallic Chemistry, 617 :269-279. [Full-Text]
2001 Beaumont, AJ; Kiely, C; Rooney, AD (2001) 'Synthesis of novel chiral quaternary phosphonium fluorides: reagents for simple asymmetric nucleophilic fluorination reactions'. Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, 108 :47-50. [Full-Text]
2000 Amir-Ebrahimi, V; Hamilton, JG; Nelson, J; Rooney, JJ; Rooney, AD; Harding, CJ (2000) 'Radical anion forming activity of the Grubbs' catalyst and related organometallics: Michael accepters as metathesis promoters'. Organometallic Chemistry, 606 :84-87. [Full-Text]
1999 Mula, MB; Beaumont, AJ; Doyle, KO; Gallagher, ML; Rooney, AD (1999) 'Charge-transfer complexes of arene-molybdenum-tricarbonyl complexes as heterogeneous metathesis catalysts for the polymerization of phenylacetylene'. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 148 :23-28. [Full-Text]
1999 Amir-Ebrahimi, V; Hamilton, JG; Nelson, J; Rooney, JJ; Thompson, JM; Beaumont, AJ; Rooney, AD; Harding, CJ (1999) 'First evidence for radical anions in metathesis catalysis'. Chemical Communications, :1621-1622. [Full-Text]
1997 Gallagher, ML; Greene, JB; Rooney, AD (1997) 'Matrix isolation study into the mechanism of photoinduced cyclization reactions of chromium carbenes'. Organometallics, 16 :5260-5268. [Full-Text]
1995 Hill J.; Perutz R.; Rooney A. (1995) 'Laser-induced fluorescence of molybdenocene and tungstenocene in low-temperature matrices'. Journal of Physical Chemistry, 99 (2):538-543. [Full-Text]
1995 Rooney A.; McGarvey J.; Gordon K. (1995) 'Time-Resolved Raman Spectroscopy and Matrix Isolation Studies of Anti—Syn Photoisomerization in Metal Carbonyl Carbenes'. Organometallics, 14 (1):107-113. [DOI] [Full-Text]
1994 Osman R.; Perutz R.; Rooney A.; Langley A. (1994) 'Picosecond photolysis of a metal dihydride: Rapid reductive elimination of dihydrogen from Ru(dmpe)2H2 (dmpe = (CH3)2PCH2CH2P(CH3) 2)'. Journal of Physical Chemistry, 98 (14):3562-3563. [DOI] [Full-Text]
1994 Hall C.; Harris J.; Killey A.; Maddox T.; Palmer S.; Perutz R.; Rooney A.; Goff S.; Kazarian S.; Poliakoff M. (1994) 'Charge-transfer interactions between sulfur dioxide and group 8 half-sandwich complexes'. Journal of the Chemical Society. Dalton Transactions, (23):3515-3517. [DOI] [Full-Text]
1993 Rooney A.; McGarvey J.; Gordon K.; McNicholl R.; Schubert U.; Hepp W. (1993) 'Laser Photochemistry and Transient Raman Spectroscopy of Silyl-Substituted Fischer-Type Carbene Complexes'. Organometallics, 12 (4):1277-1282. [DOI] [Full-Text]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2002 Amir-Ebrahimi, V; Hamilton, JG; Nelson, J; Rooney, JJ; Rooney, AD; Harding, CJ (2002) RING OPENING METATHESIS POLYMERISATION AND RELATED CHEMISTRY Free radical forming activity of the Grubbs catalyst and related organometallics

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2019 muhib ahmed (2019) phenanthroline IBICS dublin, .
2001 K. O. Doyle (2001) 53rd Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium Dublin, 06/01/2001-06/01/2001.

Conference Paper

Year Publication
2010 O'Carroll C., Rooney A.D., Breslin, C.B., Richards K., (2010) Development of Biodegradable Chitosan Hydrogel Materials to Encapsulate Nitrification Inhibitors. [Conference Paper]
2010 Gallagher L., Rooney, A.D., Breslin C.B., Richards K., (2010) Development of alginate hydrogel beads; potential delivery systems for nitrification and urease inhibitors to soils and slurry. [Conference Paper]
2009 O'Carroll, C. Rooney A.D., Breslin C.B., Richards K (2009) Development of new biodegradable chitosan hydrogel meterials to encapsulate nitrification inhibitors. [Conference Paper]


Year Publication
2013 D. Rooney, O. Power, C. Fox, C. Breslin, B. Alcock-Early (2013) Developing Coated Filtration Membranes for Water Purification. [Report]
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