Dr David Palmer


Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

I am a 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.


Optimised spectral pre-processing for discrimination of biofluids via ATR-FTIR spectroscopy
Butler Holly J, Smith Benjamin R, Fritzsch Robby, Radhakrishnan Pretheepan, Palmer David S, Baker Matthew J
Analyst (2018)
3D matters! 3D-RISM and 3D convolutional neural network for accurate bioaccumulation prediction
Sosnin Sergey, Misin Maksim, Palmer David S, Fedorov Maxim V
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter Vol 30 (2018)
Health economic evaluation of a serum based blood test for brain tumour diagnosis : exploration of two clinical scenarios
Gray Ewan, Butler Holly J, Board Ruth, Brennan Paul M, Chalmers Anthony J, Dawson Timothy, Goodden John, Hamilton Willie , Hegarty Mark G, James Allan, Jenkinson Michael D, Kernick David, Lekka Elvira , Livermore Laurent J, Mills Samantha J, O'Neill Kevin, Palmer David S, Vaqas Babar, Baker Matthew J
BMJ Open Vol 8 (2018)
Biofluid spectroscopic disease diagnostics : a review on the processes and spectral impact of drying
Cameron James M, Butler Holly J, Palmer David S, Baker Matthew J
Journal of Biophotonics Vol 11 (2018)
Comparative molecular field analysis using molecular integral equation theory
Ansari Samiul M, Palmer David S
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling (2018)
PRFFECT : a versatile tool for spectroscopists
Smith Benjamin R, Baker Matthew J, Palmer David S
Chemometrics and intelligent laboratory systems (2018)

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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 (ZICOM) postdoc
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator) Baker, Matthew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Accurate permeability prediction for “New Modalities” compounds using 3D RISM
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Confield, Lily Rose
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator) Confield, Lily Rose (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021
A novel blood test for the early diagnosis of cancer and for pro-active health screening (High Growth Spin Out Phase 2)
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2019
A novel blood test for the early diagnosis of cancer and for pro-active health screening.
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2019
Bridging the Gap Grant - In silico to in clinic-o
Baker, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator) Hunt, Neil (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2015 - 02-Jan-2015

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Thomas Graham Building

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