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Dr Thomas Derrien

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

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I completed my Ph.D. in 2017 at Cornell University where my research focused on the DNA mediated assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles, primarily characterised using synchrotron small angle X-ray scattering. Afterwards, I worked briefly at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) before starting a post-doc at the Diamond Light Source, the U.K.'s national synchrotron facility. Here I worked with the AFMD group at Oxford to develop X-ray scattering techniques for organic semiconductors.

I am now working within Frank Vollmer's group to develop optoplasmonic sensors to probe the dyanmics of membrane proteins at the single molecule level.

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Derrien, TL,Lauritzen, A.E., Kaienburg, P., Hancox, E., Nicklin, C., Riede, M., Interfacial rearrangements and strain evolution in the thin film growth of ZnPc on glass. Phy. Rev. Mater. (2022), 6, 033401.

Derrien, TL, Lauritzen, A.E., Kaienburg, P., Hardigree, J.F.M., Nicklin, C., Riede, M., In-situ observations of the growth mode of vacuum-deposited α-sexithiophene. J. Phys. Chem. C . (2020), 124, 11863–11869 

Derrien, TL. Hamada, S., Zhou, M., Smilgies, DM., Luo, D. Three-dimensional nanoparticle assemblies with tunable plasmonics via a layer-by-layer process. Nano Today. (2020), 31, 100838. 

Hamada, S., Yancey, K., Pardo, Y., Gan, M., Vanatta, M., An, D., Hu, Y., DerrienTL., Ruiz, R., Liu, P., Sabin, J., Luo, D. Dynamic DNA material with emergent locomotion behavior powered by artificial metabolismSelf-regenerating DNA actuator powered by artificial metabolism. Science Robotics. (2019). 4, 29.

Jochum, C., Adžić, N., Stiakakis, E., Derrien, TL., Luo. D., Kahl, G., Likos, CN. Mapping the Structure and Stimuli-Responsiveness of an All-DNA DendrimerNanoscale. (2019). 11. pp 1604-1617. 

Derrien, TL. Zhang, M., Dorion, P., Smilgies, DM., Luo, D. Adsorption Dynamics of Plasmonic DNA-capped Gold Nanoparticle MonolayersLangmuir. (2018) 34, pp 14711-14720. 

Derrien, TL. The Dynamics of DNA-capped Gold Nanoparticle Superlattice Assembly in Electrolyte Solutions. P.hD. Thesis (2017). 

Kahn, JS., Ruiz, RCH., Sureka, S., Peng, SM., Derrien, TL., An, D., Luo, D. DNA Microgels as a Platform for Cell-Free Protein Expression and DisplayBiomacromolecules(2016), 16, pp 2019-2026. 

Yang, DY., Hartman, MR., Derrien, TL., Hamada, S., An, D., Yancey, KG., Cheng, R., Ma, M., Luo, D. DNA Materials: Bridging Nanotechnology and Biotechnology.  Acc. Chem. Res. (2013), 46, pp 1902-1911.  

Tan, SJ., Kahn, JS., Derrien, TL., Campolongo, MJ., Zhao, M., Smilgies, DM., Luo, D. Crystallization of DNA-Capped Gold Nanoparticles in High-Concentration Divalent Salt EnvironmentAngew. Chem. Int Ed. (2014), 53, pp 1316-1319. 

Peng, SM., Derrien, TL., Cui, J., Xu, C., Luo, D. From cells to DNA materialsMaterials Today (2012), 15, pp190-194. 

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