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.


Rapid spectroscopic liquid biopsy for the universal detection of brain tumours
Theakstone Ashton G, Brennan Paul M, Jenkinson Michael D, Mills Samantha J, Syed Khaja, Rinaldi Christopher, Xu Yun, Goodacre Royston, Butler Holly J, Palmer David S, Smith Benjamin R, Baker Matthew J
Cancers Vol 13 (2021)
Towards physics-based solubility computation for pharmaceuticals to rival informatics
Fowles Daniel J, Palmer David S, Guo Rui, Price Sarah L, Mitchell John B O
Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation Vol 17, pp. 3700-3709 (2021)
Early diagnosis of brain tumours using a novel spectroscopic liquid biopsy
Brennan Paul M, Butler Holly J, Christie Loren, Hegarty Mark G, Jenkinson Michael D, Keerie Catriona, Norrie John, O'Brien Rachel, Palmer David S, Smith Benjamin R, Baker Matthew J
Brain Communications Vol 3 (2021)
A comparative investigation of two handheld near-IR spectrometers for direct forensic examination of fibres in-situ
Rashed Hamad S, Mishra Puneet, Nordon Alison, Palmer David S, Baker Matthew J
Vibrational Spectroscopy Vol 113 (2021)
Early economic evaluation to guide the development of a spectroscopic liquid biopsy for the detection of brain cancer
Gray Ewan, Cameron James M, Butler Holly J, Jenkinson Michael D, Hegarty Mark G, Palmer David S, Brennan Paul M, Baker Matthew J
International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care Vol 37 (2021)
Interrogation of IDH1 status in gliomas by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
Cameron James M, Conn Justin J A, Rinaldi Christopher, Sala Alexandra, Brennan Paul M, Jenkinson Michael D, Caldwell Helen, Cinque Gianfelice, Syed Khaja, Butler Holly J, Hegarty Mark G, Palmer David S, Baker Matthew J
Cancers Vol 12 (2020)

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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

Engage with Strathclyde 2021
Invited speaker
Engage with Strathclyde 2021
Invited speaker
2020 ScotChem Computational Chemistry Virtual Symposium
International Association of Physical Chemists: 8th World Conference on Physico Chemical Methods in Drug Discovery and Development and 5th World Conference on ADMET and DMPK
Invited speaker
Sculpting the future of medicine - Gateway to the Post-Proteogenomic era
Invited speaker
Tata Memorial Hospital
Invited speaker

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Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Taylor, Madeleine
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator) Reid, Marc (Co-investigator) Taylor, Madeleine (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
Development of molecular-solvent interaction descriptors to improve accuracy of Quantitative Structure Retention Relationship model
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2025
Industrial Case Account - University of Strathclyde 2020 | Russell, Hayley
Nelson, David (Principal Investigator) Palmer, David (Co-investigator) Russell, Hayley (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
Augmenting Molecular Property Prediction with AI and Chemical Calculation | Ahmad, Abdullah
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator) Tuttle, Tell (Co-investigator) Ahmad, Abdullah (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Endofotonics - Low-Risk Stratification Project - Short project
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator)
15-Jan-2020 - 14-Jan-2020
Augmenting Molecular Property Prediction with AI and Chemical Calculation
Palmer, David (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2023

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
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