Professor Karen Faulds

Pure and Applied Chemistry


Rapid ultra-sensitive diagnosis of clostridium difficile infection using a SERS-based lateral flow assay
Hassanain Waleed A, Spoors Julia, Johnson Christopher L, Faulds Karen, Keegan Neil, Graham Duncan
Analyst Vol 146, pp. 4495-4505 (2021)
Effect of glycine on aggregation of citrate-functionalised gold nanoparticles and SERS measurements
Vesga Maria J, McKechnie David, Laing Stacey, Kearns Hayleigh, Faulds Karen, Johnston Karen, Sefcik Jan
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects Vol 621 (2021)
Elucidation of the structure of supramolecular polymorphs in peptide nanofibres using Raman spectroscopy
Sloan-Dennison Sian, Lampel Ayala, Raßlenberg Eileen, Ulijn Rein V, Smith Ewen, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Journal of Raman Spectroscopy Vol 52, pp. 1108-1114 (2021)
Detection of estrogen receptor alpha and assessment of fulvestrant activity in MCF-7 tumour spheroids using microfluidics and SERS
Kapara Anastasia, Findlay Paterson Karla A, Brunton Valerie G, Graham Duncan, Zagnoni Michele, Faulds Karen
Analytical Chemistry Vol 93, pp. 5862-5871 (2021)
Comparison of Raman and near-infrared chemical mapping for the analysis of pharmaceutical tablets
Carruthers Hannah, Clark Don, Clarke Fiona, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Applied Spectroscopy Vol 75, pp. 178-188 (2021)
Ratiometric sensing of fluoride ions using Raman spectroscopy
Tipping William J, Wilson Liam T, Blaseio Sonja K, Tomkinson Nick C O, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Chemical Communications Vol 56, pp. 14463-14466 (2020)

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Research interests

Our research focuses on using surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) to create new approaches to bioanalysis for use in the life and clinical sciences.  SERS is a spectroscopic technique that offers significant advantages over other established techniques such as fluorescence and our research has focused on highlighting the advantages, creating new examples of increased capability in life science applications and interacting with end users to shape future step changes in research.  Our research centres around using the inherent sensitivity of SERS for the detection of target DNA or proteins using signal amplification methods to enhance the signal rather than using target amplification methods such as PCR.  Our work has focussed on exploiting the sensitivity of SERS for quantitative analysis of biomolecules as well as exploiting one of the key advantages of SERS, the ability to analyse multiple analytes in one sample.  This allows more information to be gained per analysis as well as giving information about complex systems that are intrinsically difficult to measure.

Professional activities

Photonics Spectra Conference
Invited speaker
Institute of Physics (IoP)- Optics in Clinical Practice Conference
Invited speaker
RSC Molecular Spectroscopy Group
Invited speaker
Analyst (Journal)
Associate Editor
Invited speaker
Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division Council (External organisation)

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Plasmonic Photothermal Heating of Gold Nanoparticles Increases Raman Scattering
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Tuttle, Tell (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
GlasBioPhys: An integrated facility for the analysis of biomolecular interactions (19ALERT Mid-range equipment initiative)
Burley, Glenn (Principal Investigator) Chamberlain, Luke (Co-investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator)
11-Jan-2020 - 09-Jan-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Clark, Benjamin
Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Clark, Benjamin (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Development of Point of Use Bionanosensors
Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
Catching nucleation in action using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Johnston, Karen (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Sefcik, Jan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Fergusson, Jodie
Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Fergusson, Jodie (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Technology Innovation Centre

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