Prof Dermot Diamond


Title of the speech:  Reliable in-Situ Sensing of Water Quality Parameters Using Low Cost Autonomous Analysers - Opportunities and Challenges

Dermot Diamond received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from Queen’s University Belfast and joined DCU in 1987.  He was Vice-President for Research at Dublin City University (2002-2004) and was director (2007-2015) and founding member of the National Centre for Sensor Research ( at DCU. In 2002, he was awarded the inaugural silver medal for Sensor Research by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London.  He was awarded the DCU President’s Award for Research Excellence (2006) and the DCU President’s Award for Innovation (2015). In May 2014, in recognition of his academic contributions and achievements, he was admitted to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy.  In April 2015 he was awarded the Boyle Higgins Gold Medal by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland in recognition of his research achievements.  In 2018, his contributions to music, arts and culture were recognized by the award of an honorary Doctorate by Ulster University (D.Litt).  He is currently a principal investigator in the SFI INSIGHT Centre ( and co-chair of the EU Future and Emerging Technologies programme advisory group (FETAG) dealing with topic selection for very large scale FET-Flagship initiatives, and strategy related to the FETopen and FETproactive programmes.  His research is focused on the fundamental science of stimuli responsive polymers, the development of futuristic autonomous chemical sensing platforms, and the use of analytical devices and sensors as information providers for wireless networked systems i.e. building a continuum between the digital and molecular worlds.


Recent Publications: Professor Diamond has a h-index of 68, with 16,868 citations (Google Scholar).  He has published 19 book chapters and 6 books, over 350 papers in international journals, and presented/published over 400 papers at international conferences, symposia and seminars, many as invited, keynote and plenary contributions.


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