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Dr. Damien Thompson


2013-present: Lecturer in Physics, University of Limerick, Ireland

2005-2013: Scientist in the Theory Modelling and Design Center at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland

2003-2005: Postdoctoral fellow in Computational Biophysics at Ecole Polytechnique (Advisor: Prof Thomas Simonson)

1999-2003: PhD in Computational Chemistry at University of Limerick (Supervisor: Prof Kieran Hodnett)

Research Interests

  • Rational design of materials for energy-efficient electronics, medical devices and clean energy
  • High-performance computing
  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Electronic structure calculations


Book Chapter


Frontiers of Cu Electrodeposition and Electroless Plating for On-chip Interconnects
James F. Rohan and Damien Thompson
Copper Electrodeposition for Nanofabrication of Electronics Devices DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-9176-7_5

Peer Reviewed Journal


Nanoelectrical analysis of single molecules and atomic-scale materials at the solid/liquid interface.
Nirmalraj P, Thompson D, Molina-Ontoria A, Sousa M, Martín N, Gotsmann B, Riel H
Nature materials DOI: 10.1038/nmat4060


Reassigning the most stable surface of hydroxyapatite to the water resistant hydroxyl terminated (010) surface
Zeglinski, Jacek,Nolan, Michael,Thompson, Damien,Tofail, Syed A.M.
Surface Science DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2014.01.008


On the hydration of subnanometric antifouling organosilane adlayers: A molecular dynamics simulation.
Sheikh S, Blaszykowski C, Nolan R, Thompson D, Thompson M
Journal of colloid and interface science DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2014.09.025


Large directional conductivity change in chemically stable layered thin films of vanadium oxide and a 1D metal complex
Glynn, C,Thompson, D,Paez, J,Collins, G,Benavente, E,Lavayen, V,Yutronic, N,Holmes, JD,Gonzalez, G,O'Dwyer, C
Journal Of Materials Chemistry C DOI: 10.1039/c3tc31104j


A multi-scale molecular dynamics study of the assembly of micron-size supraparticles from 30 nm alkyl-coated nanoparticles.
Thompson D, Sikora M, Szymczak P, Cieplak M
Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP DOI: 10.1039/c3cp50523e


The role of van der Waals forces in the performance of molecular diodes.
Nerngchamnong N, Yuan L, Qi DC, Li J, Thompson D, Nijhuis CA
Nature nanotechnology DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2012.238


Nanoscale dynamics and protein adhesivity of alkylamine self-assembled monolayers on graphene.
O'Mahony S, O'Dwyer C, Nijhuis CA, Greer JC, Quinn AJ, Thompson D
Langmuir DOI: 10.1021/la304545n


Nanoparticle-based drug delivery: case studies for cancer and cardiovascular applications.
Galvin P, Thompson D, Ryan KB, McCarthy A, Moore AC, Burke CS, Dyson M, Maccraith BD, Gun'ko YK, Byrne MT, Volkov Y, Keely C, Keehan E, Howe M, Duffy C, MacLoughlin R
Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS DOI: 10.1007/s00018-011-0856-6


Non-Covalent Functionalization of Graphene Using Self-Assembly of Alkane-Amines
Long, Brenda and Manning, Mary and Burke, Micheal and Szafranek, Bartholomaeus N. and Visimberga, Giuseppe and Thompson, Damien and Greer, James C. and Povey, Ian M. and MacHale, John and Lejosne, Guaylord and Neumaier, Daniel and Quinn, Aidan J.
Advanced Functional Materials DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201101956


Monofunctionalized gold nanoparticles stabilized by a single dendrimer form dumbbell structures upon homocoupling.
Hermes JP, Sander F, Fluch U, Peterle T, Thompson D, Urbani R, Pfohl T, Mayor M
Journal of the American Chemical Society DOI: 10.1021/ja306253t


Gradient-driven motion of multivalent ligand molecules along a surface functionalized with multiple receptors.
Perl A, Gomez-Casado A, Thompson D, Dam HH, Jonkheijm P, Reinhoudt DN, Huskens J
Nature chemistry DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1005


Linker-mediated assembly of gold nanoparticles into multimeric motifs.
Sikora M, Szymczak P, Thompson D, Cieplak M
Nanotechnology DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/22/44/445601


Gold nanoparticles stabilized by thioether dendrimers.
Hermes JP, Sander F, Peterle T, Urbani R, Pfohl T, Thompson D, Mayor M
Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) DOI: 10.1002/chem.201101837


Interaction of acridine-calix [4] arene with DNA at the electrified liquid| liquid interface
F Kivlehan, M Lefoix, HA Moynihan, D Thompson, VI Ogurtsov, G Herzog, DWM Arrigan
Electrochimica Acta DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2010.01.042


Alchemical free energy simulations for biological complexes: powerful but temperamental....
Aleksandrov A, Thompson D, Simonson T
Journal of molecular recognition : JMR DOI: 10.1002/jmr.980


Monolayer Packing, Dehydration, and Ink-Binding Dynamics at the Molecular Printboard
Gannon, Greg,Larsson, J. Andreas,Thompson, Damien
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C


Guanidinium chloride molecular diffusion in aqueous and mixed water-ethanol solutions.
Gannon G, Larsson JA, Greer JC, Thompson D
The journal of physical chemistry. B DOI: 10.1021/jp8030336


Ammonium scanning in an enzyme active site. The chiral specificity of aspartyl-tRNA synthetase.
Thompson D, Lazennec C, Plateau P, Simonson T
The Journal of biological chemistry DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M704788200


Modeling competitive guest binding to beta-cyclodextrin molecular printboards.
Thompson D, Larsson JA
The journal of physical chemistry. B DOI: 10.1021/jp062553n


Electronic structure of the extended vanadyl pyrophosphate (1 0 0) surface
Thompson, D.J,Ciobı̂cǎ, I.M,Hodnett, B.K,van Santen, R.A,Fanning, M.O
Catalysis Today


A DFT periodic study of the vanadyl pyrophosphate (1 0 0) surface
Thompson, D.J,Ciobı̂că, I.M,Hodnett, B.K,van Santen, R.A,Fanning, M.O
Surface Science


The interplay of electrostatic and covalent effects in 1-butene oxidation over vanadyl pyrophosphate
Thompson, D.J,Fanning, M.O,Hodnett, B.K
Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical


Modelling the active sites in vanadyl pyrophosphate
Thompson, D.J.,Fanning, M.O.,Hodnett, B.K.
Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical