Dermot Diamond

Area of Expertise

Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Sensing, Materials Chemistry, Rapid Prototyping of Analytical Devices and Systems and Sensor Networks, applications in distributed environmental sensing (air, water quality), remote personal health monitoring, food safety.

Academic Background

BSc Archaeological Science (1976), MSc Instrumental Methods of Analysis (1983), PhD Chemical Sensors (1987), DSc Chemical Sensor Networks (2002); all from Queen’s University, Belfast.

Professional Appointments

(2004) Professor, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University
(1999-2004) Associate Professor, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University
(1989-1999) Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University
(1987-1989) Lecturer, School of Chemical Sciences, NIHE, Dublin
(2008-2013) Visiting Professor, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia

Recent Publications (Selected, 2010)

  1. Ionogel-based light-actuated valves for controlling liquid flow in micro-fluidic manifolds, Fernando Benito-Lopez, Robert Byrne, Ana Maria Raduta, Nihal Engin Vrana, Garrett McGuinness, Dermot Diamond, Lab Chip, 2010, (2),195-201.
  2. Designer molecular probes for phosphonium ionic liquids, Robert Byrne, Simon Coleman, Simon Gallagher and Dermot Diamond, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 12 (2010) 1895-1904.
  3. Photoreversible ion-binding using spiropyran modified silica microbeads, Silvia Scarmagnani, Conor Slater, Fernando Benito-Lopez, Dermot Diamond, Zarah Walsh, Brett Paull and Mirek Macka, Int. J. Nanomanufacturing, Vol. 5, Nos. 1/2, (2010) 38-52.
  4. Covalent attachment of functional side-groups to polyaniline nanofibres, Emer Lahiff, Silvia Scarmagnani, Benjamin Schazmann, Attilio Cafolla and Dermot Diamond, International Journal of Nanomanufacturing Vol. 5, Nos 1/2 (2010) 88-99.
  5. Development of miniature all-solid-state potentiometric sensing system, Salzitsa Anastasova-Ivanova, Ulriika Mattinen, Aleksandar Radu, Johan Bobacka, Andrzej Lewenstam, Jan Migdalski, Marek Danielewski, Dermot Diamond, Sensors and Actuators B 146 (2010) 199–205.
  6. Current, Emerging and Future Technologies for Sensing the Environment, Dermot Diamond, Proceedings of the International Conference ‘International Perspectives on Environmental Nanotechnology’, October 7-9 2008, Chicago, Volume 1, pp 211-221, published November 2009, free download available from
  7. A wearable electrochemical sensor for the real-time measurement of sweat sodium concentration, Benjamin Schazmann, Deirdre Morris, Conor Slater, Stephen Beirne, Cormac Fay, Ronen Reuveny, Niall Moyna and Dermot Diamond, Anal. Methods, 2 (2010 342-348.
  8. Validation of a fully autonomous phosphate analyser based on a microfluidic lab-on-a-chip, C. Slater, J. Cleary, K.-T. Lau, D. Snakenborg, B. Corcoran, J. P. Kutter and D. Diamond, Water Science & Technology—WST 61 (7) (2010) 1811–1818.
  9. Immobilization of molybdenum oxide in polyaniline and electrocatalytic properties of the composite modified electrode, Li-Jun Bian, Jiang-Hua Zhang, Ji Qi, Xiao-Xia Liu, Dermot Diamond and King-Tong Lau, Sensors and Actuators B 147 (2010) 73–77.
  10. Photochromic imidazolium based ionic liquids based on spiropyran, Simon Coleman, Robert Byrne, Nameer Alhashimy, Kevin J. Fraser, Douglas R. MacFarlane and Dermot Diamond, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 7009 – 7017.
  11. The Use of Scanning Contactless Conductivity Detection for the Characterisation of Stationary Phases in Micro-Fluidic Chips, Zarah Walsh, Mercedes Vázquez, Fernando Benito-López, Brett Paull, Mirek Macka, Frantisek Svec and Dermot Diamond, Lab Chip, 2010, 10, 1777 – 1780.
  12. Monitoring of Gas Emissions at Landfill Sites Using Autonomous Gas Sensors, Breda M. Kiernan, Stephen Beirne, Cormac Fay, Dermot Diamond, STRIVE Report Series No. 53, Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland, 2010, ISBN: 978-1-84095-353-4, see,28454,en.php.

Professional Affiliations and Board Memberships

  • Member, Board of  Directors, Council for Frontiers of Knowledge, Uganda, Africa (2011- current)
  • Editorial Board Member Analytical Chemistry (ACS) 2000-2003, The Analyst (RSC), Talanta (Elsevier), Sensors (eJournal)
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2002)
  • Member of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland;
  • Member Materials Research Society,
  • Member American Chemical Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Chartered Chemist (Royal Society of Chemistry)
  • Member Board of the Centre for Cross-Border Studies (for promoting inter-community activities/conflict resolution in Northern Ireland)
  • Chairman, Marine Institute Technology Foresight Exercise, 2005
  • Member OECD review panel reviewing strategy for research in Bulgaria 2004-2005.  Co-author of report on education and research strategy for Bulgaria in the series ‘Reviews of National Policies for Education’, entitled ‘Bulgaria – Science, Research and Technology’, OECD Publishing, ISBN 9264007008, December 2004, available from OECD at
  • Expert reviewer for major research programmes managed by NIH, NSF, New Zealand RF, Australian RC, Wellcome Foundation, EPSRC, Austrian Nanotech Initiative.
  • Appointed member of Irish Government Strategic Advisory Group for Long-Term Sustainability of Large-Scale Research Centres (FORFAS).

Awards and Honors

  • Awarded inaugural silver medal for Sensor Research by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London June 2002,
  • Awarded D.Sc. for research July 2002 by Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Recipient of the President’s Research Award, Dublin City University, 2008.
  • Enterprise Ireland Innovation award (2008) for collaboration with SME Episensor (Irl) Ltd.  This led to a joint cooperative agreement between Episensor and IBM in the area of Smart Metering and Environmental Sensing.

Graduate Research Advising

During my career I have supervised 23 PhD and 8 Masters students through to successful completion.

I currently lead a group of 25 people working broadly in the area fundamental materials science and applications of autonomous chemical sensing devices, with particular emphasis on distributed environmental monitoring and wearable sensors for p-Health and sports performance monitoring.  The group is divided into four teams;

  1. fundamental materials science of molecular switches and switchable polymers; (2)
  2. microfluidics platform fabrication;
  3. engineering of autonomous sensing systems; and
  4. smart textiles/wearable sensors.

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