Professor Karen Faulds

Pure and Applied Chemistry


A new class of ratiometric small molecule intracellular pH sensors for Raman microscopy
Wilson Liam T, Tipping William J, Jamieson Lauren E, Wetherill Corinna, Henley Zoë, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan, MacKay Simon P, Tomkinson Nick C O
Analyst Vol 145, pp. 5289-5298 (2020)
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 (2020)
Investigation of cellular uptake mechanism of functionalised gold nanoparticles into breast cancer using SERS
Kapara Anastasia, Brunton Valerie, Graham Duncan, Faulds Karen
Chemical Science Vol 11, pp. 5819-5829 (2020)
2,4-dienoyl-CoA reductase regulates lipid homeostasis in treatment-resistant prostate cancer
Blomme Arnaud, Ford Catriona A, Mui Ernest, Patel Rachana, Ntala Chara, Jamieson Lauren E, Planque Mélanie, McGregor Grace H, Peixoto Paul, Hervouet Eric, Nixon Colin, Salji Mark, Gaughan Luke, Markert Elke, Repiscak Peter, Sumpton David, Blanco Giovanny Rodriguez, Lilla Sergio, Kamphorst Jurre J, Graham Duncan, Faulds Karen, MacKay Gillian M, Fendt Sarah-Maria, Zanivan Sara, Leung Hing Y
Nature Communications Vol 11 (2020)
Surface design for immobilization of an antimicrobial peptide mimic for efficient anti‐biofouling
Hasan Abshar, Lee Kyueui, Tewari Kunal, Pandey Lalit M, Messersmith Phillip B, Faulds Karen, MacLean Michelle, Lau King Hang Aaron
Chemistry - A European Journal Vol 26, pp. 5789-5793 (2020)
DNA detection by SERS : hybridisation parameters and the potential for asymmetric PCR
Macdonald Daniel, Smith Ewen, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Analyst Vol 145, pp. 1871-1877 (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

RSC Molecular Spectroscopy Group
Analyst (Journal)
Associate Editor
Invited speaker
Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division Council (External organisation)
Analyst (Journal)
Editorial board member
Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund (The) (External organisation)

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Catching nucleation in action using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Johnston, Karen (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Sefcik, Jan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-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
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Buchanan, Craig
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Buchanan, Craig (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
Optical detection of listeria using bionanosensors ( Follow-on Funding Pathfinder)
Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2019
HTAF - Development of a Rapid Point of Use Detection System for the Assessment of Liver Damage
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator)
12-Jan-2019 - 29-Jan-2020
Mphil with Pfizer
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Technology Innovation Centre

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