ChemistryBionanotechnology & analytical chemistry

Research in bionanotechnology and analytical chemistry is broad-ranging.

Our bionanotechnology research is focused on the application of nanoscience to solve biological problems, most notably with applications in healthcare. We have expertise in:

  • plasmonic sensors
  • surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)
  • Raman and advanced Raman imaging (SRS, CARS)
  • nanomedicine and drug delivery
  • self-assembly, peptidomimics, and other bioinspired materials
  • new chemiluminescence approaches to biological measurements

Our analytical research is focussed on advances in measurements and data analysis for process analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and conservation science. We have expertise in:

  • atomic and molecular spectrometry
  • chemometrics
  • chromatography
  • nanomaterials and surface analysis
  • optical spectroscopies
  • acoustic emission
  • nuclear magnetic resonance

Our specific skills lie in:

  • accurate analytical measurement of molecules
  • developing new instrumentation and techniques
  • development of bioanalytical assays and chemical reagents for use in rapid and highly sensitive detection approaches
Staff membersResearch interests
Professor Damion Corrigan
  • electrochemical sensing
  • biosensors
  • device fabrication
  • surface functionalisation
  • diagnostics and healthcare
Dr Christine M. Davidson 
  • analytical chemistry
  • environmental chemistry
  • chemical speciation
  • potentially toxic elements. 
Dr Lynn Dennany
  • electrochemiluminescence
  • electroanalytical
  • biosensors
  • nanomaterials
  • forensics.
Professor Karen Faulds 
  • surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)
  • functionalised nanoparticles
  • bio-recognition molecules
  • bioanalytical sensors.  
Dr Ying Fu
  • organic bioelectronics
  • wearable and portable biosensor
  • biosensing
  • lab-on-chip
  • nanomaterials fabrication and application
Dr Lorraine T. Gibson 
  • indoor air pollution
  • environmental remediation and detection (organic pollutants and potentially toxic elements)
  • silica nanoparticles for pollutant removal
  • heritage science
  • conservation
Professor Duncan Graham 
  • surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)
  • functionalised nanoparticles
  • biomolecular analysis
Dr Clare Hoskins
  • nanomedicine
  • nanomaterials
  • controlled release
  • drug delivery
  • pharmaceutics
Dr K. H. Aaron Lau
  • bioinspired materials
  • protein- and cell-surface interactions
  • peptoids
  • enzymes
  • surface modification
  • nanopores and nanoporous membranes 

Dr Lewis MacKenzie

  • nanosensors
  • blood and tissue oximetry
  • biophotonics
  • optical instrumentation and measurements
Professor Alison Nordon 
  • process analysis
  • chemometrics
  • design of experiments
  • in situ measurements
  • optical spectroscopy
  • acoustics
  • NMR spectroscopy.  
Dr Binoy Paulose
  • single cell analysis
  • point-of-care devices
  • nanopore sensing
  • single molecule detection
  • electrochemical scanning probe microscopy 
Dr Alastair W. Wark 
  • nanoparticles
  • biosensors
  • spectroscopic imaging and tracking
  • surface chemistry
  • analytical and physical chemistry