Prof. Dermot Diamond

Principal Investigator

Personal Sensing

Career Highlights

• Vice President for Research, Dublin City University 2002-2004.

• Director, National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR), Dublin City University ( 2007-present

• Admitted Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2002)

• Admitted Member Royal Irish Academy (2014)

• Awarded inaugural silver medal for Sensor Research by the Royal Society of Chemistry, June 2002

• Awarded Boyle-Higgins Medal, Insititute of Chemistry of Ireland, 2015.

• Recipient of DCU President’s Research Award, 2008

• Awarded D.Sc. (July 2002, Sensor Networks), PhD (July 1987, Chemical Sensors), MSc (1893, Instrumental Methods of Analysis) and BSc (1976) by Queen’s University Belfast.

• Awarded Personal Chair at DCU 2004

• 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

• Editorial Board Member Analytical Chemistry (ACS) 2000-2003, The Analyst (RSC), Talanta (Elsevier)

• Appointed visiting Professor, University of Wollongong, Australia, 2008-present.

• Expert reviewer for major research programmes managed by NIH, NSF, New Zealand RF, Australian RC, Wellcome Foundation, EPSRC, Austrian Nanotech Initiative, Danish Nanomaterials Initiative, Ireland-Brazil strategic cooperation, Uganda Nanotech initiative; Appointed to membership of the peer review panel of the Danish Council for Strategic Research, 2013-2018 and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

• Appointed member of Irish Government Strategic Advisory Group for Long-Term Sustainability of Large-Scale Research Centres (FORFAS), 2012.

• Member European COST Action MP1205 (2012-2016) in Materials Physics and Nanosciences (MPNS) domain ‘Advances in Optofluidics: integration of optical control and photonics with microfluidics’.

• Appointed Member of the EU Advisory Board of the Water Joint Programming Initiative (JPI), March 2015

• Appointed leader of the Environmental Sensors Working Group of the European Sensor System Cluster (ESSC) initiative, November 2014

• Awarded Boyle-Higgins Medal by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland for ‘outstanding and internationally recognised Irish research contribution to the advancement of chemistry’, April 2015.

• Research Gate: RG Score 42.59/45.00 ranked in the top 2.5% of all RG members.


Professor Dermot Diamond was formerly director (2007-2010) and founder member of the NCSR at Dublin City University, possibly the largest and most successful centres of its type worldwide, with over 250 researchers, and income in excess of €100 million. He received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University Belfast (Chemical Sensors, 1987), and was Vice-President for Research at Dublin City University, Ireland (2002-2004). He has published over 280 peer reviewed papers in international science journals, is a named inventor in 14 patents, and is co-author and editor of three books, ‘Spreadsheet Applications in Chemistry using Microsoft Excel’ (1997) and ‘Principles of Chemical and Biological Sensors’, (1998) both published by Wiley, and ‘Smart NanoTextiles’, eds. Xiaoming Tao, Gerhard Troster, Dermot Diamond, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Volume 20, (2006). He joined DCU in 1987 as a member of the School of Chemical Sciences, and was a founder member and director of the Biomedical and Environmental Sensor Technology (BEST) Centre at DCU (1995), which was the foundation for the successful €15 million bid to establish the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) in 1999. In 2003 he helped to negotiate the award of €5.6 million from Science Foundation Ireland to set up the ‘Adaptive Information Cluster’ (AIC), a joint initiative linking the NCSR, the Centre for Digital Video Processing (DCU) and the Smart Media Institute (University College Dublin). He is currently a PI in the SFI funded ‘CLARITY’ CSET (€16.4 million), and was formerly (2005-2006) director of the ‘Centre for Bioanalytical Sciences’, a €10.6 million partnership between DCU, NUIG and the international pharma company Bristol-Myers Squibb, co-funded by BMS and the IDA. He was responsible for the establishment of a chair in Environmental and Marine Sensing in the NCSR, sponsored through the Beaufort (Marine Institute) Environmental Research Initiative in biosensing (€3.5 million). He is lead PI in two FP7 projects, ATWARM (Marie Curie Teaching Network in Environmental Sensing), PSYCHE (biosensors for monitoring personal health) and is coordinating partner of the EU-Australia International Network ‘MASK’, funded under the Marie Curie IRSEs programme. He is also the coordinating partner for the Ireland-Brazil collaboration network in Environmental Monitoring (SFI-ISCA) and is a Funded Investigator under the SFI-INSIGHT Centre initiative (July 2013, €45 million in SFI funding). Four FP7 projects commenced in late 2013 focused on Materials Chemistry (ITN Network) and next generation environmental monitoring platfroms (3 projects); direct income ca. €2 million, 8 positions funded. He is also the Irish representative on the EU COST Action MP1205 “Advances in Optofluidics: Integration of Optical Control and Photonics with Microfluidics”.