Vinicius Gonçales

Vinicius Gonçales

Vinicius Gonçales


Contact details



Office 739

Hilmer Building, E10

UNSW, Kensington 2052

Phone: (02) 9385 7290

Biographical Details

BSc-Chemistry (2002-2005), PhD in Science (2006-2011) and Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014), University of São Paulo. Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016) and Lecturer (2017-current), University of New South Wales.

Research Interests

Light-activated electrochemistry on silicon based devices:

   The development of (bio)sensors and biologically active surfaces based on silicon may present commercial advantages over similar systems in which metallic based surfaces are applied. Silicon presents a well-established technology for low-cost bulk production and the electronic properties of silicon can be tuned according to dopant type and concentration. The utilization of silicon at this field also opens perspective for aqueous based electrochemical (bio)sensors rival with optical devices on matching the density of sensing elements in an array. This is possible because light can be used to form transient and spatially confined electrical connections to surfaces based on semiconductor materials. This phenomenon, named “light-activated electrochemistry”, allows us to consider devices in which DC currents can flow across the electrode interface only at the illuminated spots. Consequently, electrochemistry is blocked on the portion of the surface that remains in the dark, as there are insufficient charge carriers available for electron transfer. I am part of a team of researchers linked to Scientia Prof. Justin Gooding and Dr. Simone Ciampi (Curtin University) that have been exploring both fundamental and practical aspects of this field.

Representative Publications

Please refer to Google Scholar for the complete list.

  • J. Lian, Y. Yang, W. Wang, S.G. Parker, V.R. Gonçales, R.D. Tilley, J.J. Gooding, Amorphous silicon on indium tin oxide: a transparent electrode for simultaneous light activated electrochemistry and optical microscopy. Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 123.
  • S. Ahmad, S. Ciampi, S. Parker, V.R. Gonçales, J.J. Gooding, Forming ferrocenyl self‐assembled monolayers on Si(100) electrodes with different alkyl chain lengths for electron transfer studies. ChemElectroChem 2019, 6, 211.
  • Y. Yang, M. Cuartero, V.R. Gonçales, J.J. Gooding, E. Bakker, Light addressable ion sensing for real‐time monitoring of extracellular potassium. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 16801.
  • Y.B. Vogel, V.R. Gonçales, L. Al‐Obaidi, J.J. Gooding, N. Darwish, S. Ciampi, Nanocrystal Inks: Photoelectrochemical Printing of Cu2O Nanocrystals on Silicon with 2D Control on Polyhedral Shapes. Adv. Funct. Mat. 2018, 28, 1804791.
  • L. Zarei, R. Tavallaie, M.H. Choudhury, S.G. Parker, P. Bakthavathsalam, S. Ciampi, V.R. Gonçales, J.J. Gooding, DNA-Hybridization Detection on Si(100) Surfaces Using Light-Activated Electrochemistry: A Comparative Study between Bovine Serum Albumin and Hexaethylene Glycol as Antifouling Layers. Langmuir 2018, 34, 14817.
  • S.M. Silva, S. Hoque, V.R. Gonçales, J.J. Gooding, The Impact of the Position of the Redox Label on Charge Transfer and Hybridization Efficiency at DNA Interfaces. Electroanal. 2018, 30, 1529.
  • Y.B. Vogel, L. Zhang, N. Darwish, V.R. Gonçales, A. Le Brun, J.J. Gooding, A. Molina, G.G. Wallace, M.L. Coote, J. Gonzalez, S. Ciampi, Reproducible flaws unveil electrostatic aspects of semiconductor electrochemistry. Nat. Commun. 2017, 8, 2066.
  • L. Zhang, Y.B. Vogel, B.B. Noble, V.R. Gonçales, N. Darwish, A. Le Brun, J.J. Gooding, G.G. Wallace, M.L. Coote, S. Ciampi. TEMPO monolayers on Si(100) electrodes; electrostatic effects by the electrolyte and semiconductor space-charge on the electroactivity of a persistent radical. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 9611.
  • V.R. Gonçales, Y. Wu, B. Gupta, S.G. Parker, Y. Yang, S. Ciampi, R. Tilley, J.J. Gooding. Stability of chemically passivated silicon electrodes in aqueous solutions: interplay between bias voltage and hydration of the electrolyte. J. Phys. Chem. C  2016, 120, 15941.
  • V.R. Gonçales, R.N.P. Colombo, M. Minadeo, El Matsubara, J.M. Rosolen, S.I. Córdoba de Torresi. Three-dimensional graphene/carbon nanotubes hybrid composites for exploring interaction between glucose oxidase and carbon based electrodes. J. Electroanal. Chem. 2016, 775, 235.
  • M.H. Choudhury, S. Ciampi, Y. Yang, R. Tavallaie, Y. Zhu, L. Zarei, V.R. Gonçales, J.J. Gooding. Connecting electrodes with light: one wire, many electrodes. Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 6769.
  • R.N.P. Colombo, D.F.S. Petri, S.I. Córdoba de Torresi, V.R. Gonçales. Porous polymeric templates on ITO prepared by Breath Figure method for gold electrodeposition. Electrochim. Acta 2015, 158, 187.
  • V.R. Gonçales, E.Y. Matsubara, J.M. Rosolen, S.I. Córdoba de Torresi. Micro/nanostructured carbon composite modified with a hybrid redox mediator and enzymes as a glucose biosensor. Carbon 2011, 49, 3039.
  • P.A. Fiorito, V.R. Gonçales, E.A. Ponzio, S.I. Córdoba de Torresi. Synthesis, characterization and immobilization of Prussian blue nanoparticles. A potential tool for biosensing devices. Chem. Commun. 2005, 3, 366.