Prof Karen Faulds

Pure and Applied Chemistry


Detection of cortisol in serum using quantitative resonance Raman spectroscopy
Gracie Kirsten, Pang Susan, Jones Gerwyn M., Faulds Karen, Braybrook Julian, Graham Duncan
Analytical Methods, (2017)
Silver colloids as plasmonic substrates for direct label-free surface-enhanced Raman scattering analysis of DNA
Torres-Nuñez A., Faulds K., Graham D., Alvarez-Puebla R. A., Guerrini L.
Analyst Vol 141, pp. 5170-5180, (2016)
Sensitive SERS nanotags for use with 1550 nm (retina-safe) laser excitation
Kearns Hayleigh, Bedics Matthew A., Shand Neil C., Faulds Karen, Detty Michael R., Graham Duncan
Analyst Vol 141, pp. 5062-5065, (2016)
Thermoresponsive polymer micropatterns fabricated by dip-pen nanolithography for a highly controllable substrate with potential cellular applications
Laing Stacey, Suriano Raffaella, Lamprou Dimitrios A., Smith Carol-Anne, Dalby Matthew J., Mabbott Samuel, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Vol 8, pp. 24844–24852, (2016)
Detection of potentially toxic metals by SERS using salen complexes
Docherty Julie Ann, Mabbott Samuel, Smith W E, Faulds Karen, Davidson C M, Reglinski J, Graham Duncan
Analyst, (2016)
Elucidation of the bonding of a near infrared dye to hollow gold nanospheres : a chalcogen tripod
Kearns Hayleigh, Sengupta S, Ramos Sasselli Ivan, Bromley L, Faulds Karen, Tuttle Christopher, Bedics Matthew A., Detty Michael R., Verlarde Luis, Graham Duncan, Smith W. Ewen
Chemical Science Vol 7, pp. 5160-5170, (2016)

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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 Chemical Biology Interface Division Council
SciX SERS Symposium
Invited speaker
SciX RSC Awards Symposium
Invited speaker
SciX Craver Award
Keynote/plenary speaker
SciX IRDG Raman Symposium
PhD Examiner, Queen's University Belfast
External Examiner

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Industrial Case Account 2016 | Thomson, Caitlin
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Thomson, Caitlin (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Ali, Fatima
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Ali, Fatima (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Apr-2020
DSTL- Detection of multiple explosives (RN) | Norman, Rachel
Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Norman, Rachel (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 24-Jun-2016
DSTL- Coded Nanoparticles Using Infrared Raman Scattering (KP) | Polson, Kerry
Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Polson, Kerry (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 01-Apr-2016
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP - University of Strathclyde) | Morrison, Amy
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Morrison, Amy (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Apr-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP - University of Strathclyde) | Milligan, Kirsty
Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Milligan, Kirsty (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Apr-2019

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Technology Innovation Centre

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