Professor Karen Faulds

Pure and Applied Chemistry


Utilizing Raman spectroscopy as a tool for solid- and solution-phase analysis of metalloorganic cage host-guest complexes
O’Connor Helen M, Tipping William J, Vallejo Julia, Nichol Gary S, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan, Brechin Euan K, Lusby Paul J
Inorganic Chemistry (2022)
Evaluation of laser direct infrared imaging for rapid analysis of pharmaceutical tablets
Carruthers Hannah, Clark Don, Clarke Fiona C, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Analytical Methods (2022)
Detection of a miRNA biomarker for cancer diagnosis using SERS tags and magnetic separation
Treerattrakoon Kiatnida, Roeksrungruang Pimporn, Dharakuk Tararaj, Japrung Deanpen, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan, Bamrungsap Suwussa
Analytical Methods (2022)
Data processing of three-dimensional vibrational spectroscopic chemical images for pharmaceutical applications
Carruthers Hannah, Clark Don, Clarke Fiona C, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Journal of Spectral Imaging Vol 11 (2022)
Three-dimensional imaging of pharmaceutical tablets using serial sectioning and Raman chemical mapping
Carruthers Hannah, Clark Don, Clarke Fiona, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Journal of Raman Spectroscopy (2022)
Towards quantitative point of care detection using SERS lateral flow immunoassays
Sloan-Dennison Sian, O'Connor Emma, Dear James W, Graham Duncan, Faulds Karen
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2022)

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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
Analyst (Journal)
Editorial board member

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Multiscale Metrology Suite for Next-generation Healthcare Technologies (EPSRC Strategic Equipment)
Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator) Bruns, Nico (Co-investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Halbert, Gavin (Co-investigator) Hoskins, Clare (Co-investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator) Perrie, Yvonne (Co-investigator) Reid, Stuart (Co-investigator) Seib, Philipp (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
MICA: Point-of-care assessment of drug-induced liver injury (POC-DILI)
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Sloan-Dennison, Sian (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
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

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Technology Innovation Centre

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