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
  • the use of infrared spectroscopy for clinical diagnostics
  • the development of peptides as biological mimics
  • the application of new chemiluminescence approaches to biological measurements

Our analytical research is focussed on process analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and conservation science. Atomic and molecular spectrometry, chemometrics, chromatography, materials analysis, radioanalytical techniques, and optical spectroscopies are used extensively in the development of these areas. 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
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 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 Alison Nordon 
  • process analysis
  • chemometrics
  • design of experiments
  • in situ measurements
  • optical spectroscopy
  • acoustics
  • NMR spectroscopy.  
Dr Alastair W. Wark 
  • nanoparticles
  • biosensors
  • spectroscopic imaging and tracking
  • surface chemistry
  • analytical and physical chemistry