Dr. Seán Barry is a Full Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada), where he works on precursor compounds for atomic layer deposition (ALD).
He started in Carleton University in 2003 working on guanidinates of the group 13 metals (Al, Ga, In), and has recently studied guanidinates, iminopyrrolidinates and carbenes of the coinage metals (Cu, Ag, Au) for depositing thin films of these metals. His group works mainly on the mechanisms of thermal decomposition and thin film deposition and have invented several novel characterization methods to better understand mechanism.
He was previously the founder and Senior Scientific Advisor for Precision Molecular Design, a start-up company with GreenCentre Canada to commercialize precursors for atomic layer deposition. Seán is also the director of the Facility for Nanoscience, Surfaces, and Sensor Interfaces (FANSSI), which was commissioned in 2015 by a $1.9M Canadian infrastructure grant to study surface chemistry and ALD.
He is recognized as a world expert in metal ALD and precursor design. He has long-standing and extensive industrial collaborations in ALD, including Applied Materials, Air Liquide, the Royal Canadian Mint, and BASF, to name a few. He has over 50 papers and 6 patents and patent applications in ALD precursor and process design:4 of the patents were established while an independent researcher at Carleton.
In 2012, he was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship as part of the EU-funded European Research Training Network ENHANCE to undertake metal ALD at the University of Helsinki, and in 2015 he was awarded a $295k Vinnova VINNMER Mobility grant to undertake CVD/ALD research in Sweden.