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Nuno Galamba
Formerly at GFM as:
· Researcher (Ciência 2007)
Degree: Doutoramento / PhD
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Nuno Galamba

Invited Researcher at the Group of Mathematical Physics of the University of Lisbon


BS - Chemistry - Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon

PhD - University of Lisbon (visiting PhD student at Colorado School of Mines 1999-2003)

Post-Doctoral Studies - GFM - University of Lisbon

Scientific Interests

  • Classical and ab initio Molecular Dynamics
  • Transport Properties
  • Statistical Mechanics Theories of Liquids
  • Quantum Chemistry Methods

Ongoing Projects

Specific Ion-effects and the Stability of Macromolecules: A Combined Molecular Dynamics and Ab Initio Approach

The mechanisms through which macromolecules are stabilized or destabilized by the presence of specific salts are complex and remain elusive. Even the apparently simpler question on the effect of specific ions on the water structure and dynamics is still a matter of ongoing debate. The general idea of ionic structure makers/breakers, associated to specific ion-effects on the hydrogen-bond (Hb) network of water has been invoked on the molecular interpretation of different aqueous processes in chemistry and biology. The Hofmeister series, for instance, which classifies ionic species based on their ability to precipitate proteins, was originally interpreted in terms of the way specific ions weaken or reinforce the Hb network of liquid water. This explanation has however, over the past years, been discarded in favor of an interpretation where ion-amino acid interactions play a more decisive part in the solubility of proteins. In this project we address specific ion effects both concerning the structure and dynamics of water and their role on the stabilization or destabilization of biological molecules.

Project supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia de Portugal - PTDC/QUI-QUI/113376/2009


Química Computacional - Chemistry undergraduate program at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.


Alfonso G Bueno, MSc, Structure and Electronic Properties of Systems with cation-pi Interactions, University of Oviedo, 2012 (co-advisor).

Maria MPS Mateus, PhD, Propriedades Electrónicas de Espécies Hidrofóbicas Micro-solvatadas e em Solução, University of Lisbon, March 2012 (co-advisor with Prof. Benedito Cabral).

Some Recent Publications

Galamba N: Water's Structure around Hydrophobic Solutes and the Iceberg Model. 2013, J. Phys. Chem. B., 117:2153-2159.

Galamba N: On the Effects of Temperature, Pressure and Dissolved Salts on the Hydrogen-bond Network of Water. 2013, J. Phys. Chem. B, 117:589-601.

Oliveira JCA, Feldt J, Galamba N, Mata R: Study of Specific Ion-amino acid Interactions through the use of Local Correlation Methods. J. Phys. Chem. A, 2012, 116:5464-5471.

Galamba N: Mapping Structural Perturbations of Water in Ionic Solutions. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2012, 116: 5242-5250.

Mateus MPS, Galamba N, Cabral BJC: Structure and Electronic Properties of a Benzene-Water Solution. J. Chem. Phys., 2012, 136: 014507.

Arnaudon M, Cruzeiro AB, Galamba N: Lagrangian Navier-Stokes flows: a stochastic model. J. Phys. A: Math and Theor. 2011, 44: 175501.

Galamba N: Molecular Dynamics Study of the Vaporization of an Ionic Drop. J. Chem. Phys. 2010, 133: 124510.

Galamba N, Cabral BJC: Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics of the Hydration of Na+ in a Water Cluster. J. Phys. Chem. B 2009, 113:16151–16158.

Galamba N, Mata RA, Cabral BJC: Electronic Excitation of Cl- in Liquid Water and at the Surface of a Cluster: A Sequential Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics/Quantum Mechanics Approach. J. Phys. Chem. A 2009, 113: 14684-14690 .

Galamba N, Cabral BJC: The Changing Hydrogen-Bond Network of Water from the Bulk to the Surface of a Cluster: A Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics Study. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130:17955–17960.

Galamba N, Cabral BJC: First principles molecular dynamics of molten NaI: Structure, self-diffusion, polarization effects, and charge transfer. J. Chem. Phys. 2007, 127:094506.

Galamba N, de Castro CAN, Ely JF: Equilibrium and nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of the thermal conductivity of molten alkali halides. J. Chem. Phys. 2007, 126: 204511.

Galamba N, Cabral BJC: First principles molecular dynamics of molten NaClJ. Chem. Phys. 2007, 126:124502.