Professor Karen Faulds

Pure and Applied Chemistry


Recent advances in antibiotic resistance diagnosis using SERS : focus on the "big 5" challenges
Hassanain Waleed, Johnson Christopher L, Faulds (She/Her) Karen, Graham Duncan, Keegan Neil
Analyst (2022)
Temporal imaging of drug dynamics in live cells using stimulated Raman scattering microscopy and a perfusion cell culture system
Tipping William J, Merchant Andrew S, Fearon Rebecca, Tomkinson Nicholas C O, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
RSC Chemical Biology Vol 3, pp. 1154-1164 (2022)
Tomographic imaging and localisation of nanoparticles in tissue using surface enhanced spatially offset Raman spectroscopy
Berry Matthew E, McCabe Samantha M, Sloan-Dennison Sian, Laing Stacey, Shand Neil C, Graham Duncan, Faulds Karen
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Vol 14, pp. 31613-31624 (2022)
Sono-exfoliated graphene-like activated carbon from hazelnut shells for flexible supercapacitors
Reddygunta Kiran Kumar Reddy, Callander Andrew, Šiller Lidija, Faulds Karen, Berlouis Leonard, Ivaturi Aruna
International Journal of Energy Research Vol 46, pp. 16512-16537 (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 Vol 414, pp. 4541-4549 (2022)
Label-free imaging of lipid droplets in prostate cells using stimulated Raman scattering microscopy and multivariate analysis
Hislop Ewan W, Tipping William J, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Analytical Chemistry Vol 94, pp. 8899–8908 (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

Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy for the Monitoring of Solvent Content During Pharmaceutical Drying
CPACT Webinar Series
Spatially and Angularly Resolved Diffuse Reflectance NIR Spectroscopy for In-line Monitoring of Solvent Content During Pharmaceutical Drying
Photonics Spectra Conference
Invited speaker
Institute of Physics (IoP)- Optics in Clinical Practice Conference
Invited speaker
RSC Molecular Spectroscopy Group
Invited speaker

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New Capability for Bacterial Testing in the Food Production Environment
Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) May, Hayleigh (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
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
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
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