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Dr Matteo Palma


Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 6601
Room Number: Room 1.11, Joseph Priestley Building


  • Senior Lecturer (Tenured), Queen Mary University of London, 10/2017 - present
  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Queen Mary University of London, 09/2013-09/2017  
  • Postdoctoral & Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University (U.S.A.) 2008-2013
  • PhD in Physical Chemistry, University Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg, France), 2004-2007
  • BSc & MSc (1st) in Chemistry, University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy), 1998-2004   

I carried out my doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Paolo Samorì, at the Institute of Supramolecular Science and Engineering (ISIS) (founded by Nobel laureate Professor. J.M. Lehn) of the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France.

During my doctoral career I have investigated the nanoscale structural and electronic properties of supramolecular assemblies for organic electronics, by the use of scanning probe techniques. My doctoral work has been awarded the “Young scientist award” by the European Materials Research Society.

More recently I have been working as a postdoctoral scientist in the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics at Columbia University (New York, U.S.A.) as part of the groups of Professor James Hone and Dr. Shalom Wind, and in close collaboration with Professor Colin Nuckolls group.

At Columbia I have focused my research efforts on the use of surface chemistry and nanofabrication strategies to control (bio)molecular self-assembly at the nanometer scale, for i) high throughput monitoring of bio-molecular interactions at the single-molecule level, and ii) controlled self-assembly of nanostructures in materials science.

Since September 2017 I am a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, and Principal Investigator, in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London.


Research Interests:

We are a physical chemistry group focusing on the controlled self-assembly of functional nanostructures with single-molecule resolution.

In particular we are interested in using (supra)molecular interactions to drive the self-organization of nano-moieties from solution to nano-patterned substrates. Applications range from studies in the field of (supra)molecular electronics, to biological investigations at the single-molecule level.

Research department

PhD Supervision

PhD supervision

Postdoctoral supervision 

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