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Anthony Lucio


Hypochlorite sensor

I am currently an IAS Early Career Innovation Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick working under the supervision of Professor Julie V. Macpherson. My research involves the application of boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes for sensing applications in extreme environments. In particular, we are working towards optimising our BDD sensors for operation in the highly oxidising/alkaline solution environments associated with concentrated bleach solutions (i.e. hypochlorite is the active component of bleach). We are interested in exploring commercial opportunities for this sensor.

Free chlorine sensor

My current work is examining the viability of diamond-based electrochemical sensors for the detection of low levels (i.e. ppm) of free chlorine, which is the primary disinfectant used for treating wastewater and drinking water. Current methods have significant, known drawbacks with their operation and I believe our electrochemical sensor technology can bring several advantages to the water industry. Through my IAS ECIF project I aim to test this hypothesis.

Key Words: Electrochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Boron-doped diamond, Ionic Liquids, Voltammetry, Surface Chemistry, Electrochemical Double Layer, Sensors, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy



Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry), 08/2012 – 01/2018
University of Iowa; Iowa City, IA (USA)
Thesis Title: The Electrochemical Double Layer in Ionic Liquids
Supervisor: Prof. Scott K. Shaw (group website here)


Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), 08/2006 – 04/2012
Saginaw Valley State University; University Center, MI (USA)
Supervisor: Prof. David S. Karpovich
Distinction: Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts (Spanish), 08/2006 – 04/2012
Saginaw Valley State University; University Center, MI (USA)
Supervisor: Prof. Ricardo Pastor
Distinction: Cum Laude


  1. Lucio, A. J., Shaw, S. K. Effects and Controls of Capacitive Hysteresis in Ionic Liquid Electrochemical Measurements. Analyst 2018, 143, 4887-4900. DOI: 10.1039/c8an01085d (citations: 5). Invited artwork for issue cover highlighting work.
  2. Lucio, A. J.; Shaw, S. K.; Zhang, J.; Bond, A. M., Double-Layer Capacitance at Ionic Liquid-Boron-Doped Diamond Electrode Interfaces by Fourier Transformed Alternating Current Voltammetry. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2018, 122, 11777-11788, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b00272 (citations: 2).
  3. Lucio, A. J.; Shaw, S. K., Capacitive Hysteresis at the 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Tris(pentafluoroethyl)-
    trifluorophosphate – Polycrystalline Gold Interface. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2018, 410, 4575-4586,
    DOI: 10.1007/s00216-018-0962-5 (citations: 3) ‘Paper in Forefront’ of Invited Paper for Topical Issue.
  4. Lucio, A. J.; Shaw, S. K.; Zhang, J.; Bond, A. M., Large Amplitude Fourier Transformed AC Voltammetric Study
    of the Capacitive Electrochemical Behavior of the 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium Tetrafluoroborate – Polycrystalline Gold Electrode Interface. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2017 121, 12136-12147, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b00287 (citations: 12).
  5. Anaredy, R. S.; Lucio, A. J.; Shaw, S. K., Adventitious Water Sorption in a Hydrophilic and a Hydrophobic Ionic
    Liquid: Analysis and Implications. ACS Omega 2016, 1, 407-416, DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.6b00104 (citations: 7).
  6. Lucio, A. J.; Shaw, S. K., Pyridine and Pyridinium Electrochemistry on Polycrystalline Gold Electrodes and
    Implications for CO2 Reduction. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2015, 119, 12523-12530, DOI:
    10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b03355 (citations: 35).
  7. Anaredy, R. S.; Lucio, A. J.; Shaw, S. K., Ionic Liquid Structure in Thin Films. ECS Transactions 2014 64: 135-
    144, DOI: 10.1149/06404.0135ecst (citations: 1).
  8. Mize, H. E.; Lucio, A. J.; Fhaner, C. J.; Pratama, F. S.; Robbins, L. A.; Karpovich, D. S., Emulsions of Crude
    Glycerin from Biodiesel Processing with Fuel Oil for Industrial Heating. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry
    2013, 61, 1319-1327, DOI: 10.1021/jf304883t (citations: 20).


Early Career Innovation Fellowship funded jointly by the Institute of Advanced Study and Warwick Ventures, which provides 6 months full salary plus a generous travel budget to explore commercial routes for the sensor technology I am developing, totaling ca. £30,000 GBP. September 2019.

University of Iowa GAANN Fellowship, which provided a full 2 year tuition and stipend support for the Fellow to
undertake significant research during his PhD, totaling $55,463 USD. January 2016 and January 2017.

T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Fellowship, which supplemented the research Fellow’s stipend and travel
allowance for his research visit to Monash University in Australia, totaling $3,123 USD. April 2015.

National Science Foundation – EAPSI Fellowship, which supported a three-month research visit to Monash
University in Australia, totaling $10,602 USD. February 2015.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, which provided stipend support during a three-month research visit to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD (USA), totaling $5,500 USD. May 2011.


Jake Gorrill, Mchem 2019, Thesis title "A comparative study of the electrodeposition of silver in ionic liquids and aqueous solvents"

Ellie Stepaniuk, Mchem 2019, Thesis title "Investigating the oxidation and reduction behaviour of pH dependent free chlorine species at boron doped diamond electrodes"

Ben Woodward, MSc 2018, Project title "Rudimentary electroanalysis using open source instrumentation"



Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC) 2019 - current

Member of the American Chemical Society 2006 - 2019

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Dr. Anthony J. Lucio
Department of Chemistry
University of Warwick
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