Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Emeritus Professor



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Nick Quirke is Professor of Chemical Physics. His research group conducts fundamental research in key areas of nanoscience with strong support from EPSRC, the EU and industry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Editor-in-Chief of the international interdisciplinary computational journal, Molecular Simulation, as well as the Journal of Experimental Nanoscience and Nanoscience Methods. He was Principal, Science and Engineering, and Vice President, University College Dublin (2006-2011) on leave from Imperial. Prior to UCD he was Head of the Computational, Theoretical and Structural Chemistry group, Imperial College, Director, Masters Programme in Nanomaterials, Imperial College and   Visiting Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory  (1998- 2006) . He received the 1998 Royal Society of Chemistry Medal for Statistical Mechanics and was Royal Society/Kan Tong Po Professor at the University of Hong Kong for the session 2003/2004. He was awarded the 2006 NSTI Fellow Award

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Saiz F, Quirke N, 2018, The excess electron in polymer nanocomposites, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol:20, ISSN:1463-9076, Pages:27528-27538

Quirke N, Saiz F, Cubero D, 2018, The excess electron at polyethylene interfaces, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol:20, ISSN:1463-9076, Pages:25186-25194

Schneemilch M, Quirke N, 2018, Free energy of adhesion of lipid bilayers on silica surfaces, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:148, ISSN:0021-9606

Saiz F, Quirke N, Bernasconi L, et al., 2016, Excess electron states in fluid methane: Density-functional versus Lanczos approaches, Chemical Physics Letters, Vol:664, ISSN:1873-4448, Pages:143-148

Schneemilch M, Quirke N, 2016, Free energy of adsorption of supported lipid bilayers from molecular dynamics simulation, Chemical Physics Letters, Vol:664, ISSN:0009-2614, Pages:199-204

Shen Y, Quirke N, Zerulla D, 2015, Polarisation dependence of the squash mode in the extreme low frequency vibrational region of single walled carbon nanotubes, Applied Physics Letters, Vol:106, ISSN:1077-3118

Wang Y, MacKernan D, Cubero D, et al., 2014, Single electron states in polyethylene, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:140, ISSN:0021-9606

Whitby M, Cagnon L, Thanou M, et al., 2008, Enhanced fluid flow through nanoscale carbon pipes, Nano Letters, Vol:8, ISSN:1530-6984, Pages:2632-2637

Longhurst MJ, Quirke N, 2007, Temperature-driven pumping of fluid through single-walled carbon nanotubes, Nano Letters, Vol:7, ISSN:1530-6984, Pages:3324-3328

Whitby M, Quirke N, 2007, Fluid flow in carbon nanotubes and nanopipes, Nature Nanotechnology, Vol:2, ISSN:1748-3387, Pages:87-94

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