Dr David Palmer

Senior Lecturer

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Stratchlyde.  I was born in London, but grew up in Cumbria in north west England.  After obtaining a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, I worked as a synthesis chemist for Norbrook Laboratories before reading my PhD in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.  Between 2008 and 2011, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark and then at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.   In 2012 I was awarded a Marie Curie Research Fellowship and returned to the UK to join the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde.  I moved to my current position in the Department of Chemistry in February 2014.


Stratifying brain tumour histological sub-types : the application of ATR-FTIR serum spectroscopy in secondary care
Cameron James M, Rinaldi Christopher, Butler Holly J, Hegarty Mark G, Brennan Paul M, Jenkinson Michael D, Syed Khaja, Ashton Katherine M, Dawson Timothy P, Palmer David S, Baker Matthew J
Cancers Vol 12 (2020)
Multi-solvent models for solvation free energy predictions using 3D-RISM hydration thermodynamic descriptors
Subramanian Vigneshwari, Ratkova Ekaterina, Palmer David S, Engkvist Ola, Fedorov Maxim V, Llinas Antonio
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling Vol 60, pp. 2977-2988 (2020)
Rapid analysis of disease state in liquid human serum combining infrared spectroscopy and "digital drying"
Sala Alexandra, Spalding Katie E, Ashton Katharine M, Board Ruth, Butler Holly J, Dawson Timothy P, Harris Dean A, Hughes Caryn S, Jenkins Cerys A, Jenkinson Michael D, Palmer David S, Smith Benjamin R, Thornton Catherine A, Baker Matthew J
Journal of Biophotonics (2020)
Exploring ligand stability in protein crystal structures using binding pose metadynamics
Fusani Lucia, Palmer David S, Somers Donald O, Wall Ian D
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling Vol 60, pp. 1528-1539 (2020)
Developing infrared spectroscopic detection for stratifying brain tumour patients : glioblastoma multiforme vs. lymphoma
Cameron James M, Butler Holly J, Smith Benjamin R, Hegarty Mark G, Jenkinson Michael D, Syed Khaja, Brennan Paul M, Ashton Katherine, Dawson Timothy, Palmer David S, Baker Matthew J
Analyst Vol 144, pp. 6736-6750 (2019)
Development of high-throughput ATR-FTIR technology for rapid triage of brain cancer
Butler Holly J, Brennan Paul M, Cameron James M, Finlayson Duncan, Hegarty Mark G, Jenkinson Michael D, Palmer David S, Smith Benjamin R, Baker Matthew J
Nature Communications Vol 10 (2019)

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Research interests

The main focus of my research is the development and application of molecular simulation and molecular informatics methods to solve industrially relevant problems at the interface between biochemistry and chemical physics.  Recent examples have included the design of an enzyme for use in food manufacturing (in collaboration with Chr. Hansen A/S) and the development of new methods for computational drug discovery using the Integral Equation Theory of Molecular Liquids (in collaboration with AstraZeneca).

Professional activities

ScotCHEM 2015
Computational Biomolecular Design using the Integral Equation Theory of Molecular Liquids: from Drug Discovery to Bionanotechnology
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter (Journal)
Guest editor
WE-Heraeus Seminar on "Exploring Solvation Science"
Modelling Molecules and Materials – M3 MGMS Meeting
248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

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Endofotonics - Low-Risk Stratification Project - Short project
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator)
15-Jan-2020 - 14-Jan-2020
Industrial Case Account - University of Strathclyde 2019 | Sharratt, Hannah
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator) Nelson, David (Co-investigator) Sharratt, Hannah (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
Augmenting Molecular Property Prediction with AI and Chemical Calculation
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2023
Accelerated Discovery and Development of New Medicines: Prosperity Partnership for a Healthier Nation
Kerr, William (Principal Investigator) Brown, Cameron (Co-investigator) Florence, Alastair (Co-investigator) Jamieson, Craig (Co-investigator) Johnston, Blair (Co-investigator) Murphy, John (Co-investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator) Tomkinson, Nick (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2023
Endofotonics (ZICOM) postdoc
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator) Baker, Matthew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 11-Jan-2019
Accurate permeability prediction for “New Modalities” compounds using 3D RISM
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Thomas Graham Building

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