Professor Duncan Graham

Head Of Department

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement


Head of Department, Pure and Applied Chemistry, Research Chair of Chemistry, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Director of the Centre for Molecular Nanometrology and Head of Bionanotechnology. 


Professor Duncan Graham is based at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and is currently Head of Department for Pure and Applied Chemistry. He has a research group of around 35, and over 200 publications to date. Duncan Graham is also a co-founder of the  Centre for Molecular Nanometrology and is a co-founder and director of Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd (formerly D3 Technologies).   He serves as Chair of the Editorial Board for  Analyst, is president of the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, is on the advisory editorial board for  Chemical Scienceand Chemical Society Reviews, the editorial advisory board for the  Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, the editorial board for  Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging, the advisory board for  Analytical Methods, the advisory board for the new Cell Press journal, Chem and has served on various peer review panels. 

Posts held (all at the University of Strathclyde):

August 2016     Head of Department, Pure and Applied Chemistry

August 2013     Deputy Head of Department, Pure and Applied Chemistry

August 2012     Deputy Director WestCHEM

August 2010     Director, WestCHEM
August 2008     Deputy Director, WestCHEM
August 2008     Head of Research Pure and Applied Chemistry
June 2005         Co-Director, Centre for Molecular Nanometrology
March 2004       Professor, Pure and Applied Chemistry
April 2003         Senior Lecturer, Pure and Applied Chemistry
October 2002    RSC’s Analytical Grand Prix Five Year Fellowship
June 2002         Lecturer, Pure and Applied Chemistry
June 1997         BBSRC David Phillips Five-Year Fellow
Jan 1996           Postdoctoral Researcher

Awards and Fellowships:

2017                  Charles Mann Award, FACSS.  

2016                  Theophilus Redwood Award, Royal Society of Chemistry

2012                  Fellows award from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy
2012                  Craver award of the Coblentz Society
2011                  Fellowship of the Society of Biology
2010                  Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
2009                  Corday Morgan Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2007                  Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
2005                  Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the Year
2004                  RSC’s SAC Silver Medal
2002                  RSC’s Analytical Grand Prix five year fellowship
1997                  BBSRC David Phillips five-year fellowship


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)
Detection of multiple nitroaromatic explosives via formation of a Janowsky complex and SERS
Milligan Kirsty, Shand Neil C, Graham Duncan, Faulds Karen
Analytical Chemistry Vol 92, pp. 3253-3261 (2020)
Detection of cardiovascular disease associated miR-29a using paper-based microfluidics and surface enhanced Raman scattering
Mabbott Samuel, Fernandes Syrena C, Schechinger Monika, Cote Gerard, Faulds Karen, Mace Charles R, Graham Duncan
Analyst (2019)
3D Bioprinting of mature bacterial biofilms for antimicrobial resistance drug testing
Ning Evita, Turnbull Gareth, Clarke Jon, Picard Frederic, Riches Philip, Vendrell Marc, Graham Duncan, Wark Alastair W, Faulds Karen, Shu Wenmiao
Biofabrication Vol 11 (2019)
Present and future of surface-enhanced Raman scattering
Langer Judith, Jimenez De Aberasturi Dorleta, Aizpurua Javier, Alvarez-Puebla Ramon A, Auguié Baptiste, Baumberg Jeremy J, Bazan Guillermo C, Bell Steven EJ, Boisen Anja, Brolo Alexandre G, Choo Jaebum, Cialla-May Dana, Deckert Volker, Fabris Laura, Faulds Karen, García De Abajo F Javier, Goodacre Royston, Graham Duncan, Haes Amanda J, Haynes Christy L, Huck Christian, Itoh Tamitake, Käll Mikael, Kneipp Janina, Kotov Nicholas A, Kuang Hua, Le Ru Eric C, Lee Hiang Kwee, Li Jian Feng, Ling Xing Yi, Maier Stefan A, Mayerhöfer Thomas, Moskovits Martin, Murakoshi Kei, Nam Jwa Min, Nie Shuming, Ozaki Yukihiro, Pastoriza-Santos Isabel, Perez-Juste Jorge, Popp Juergen, Pucci Annemarie, Reich Stephanie, Ren Bin, Schatz George C, Shegai Timur, Schlücker Sebastian, Tay Li Lin, Thomas K George, Tian Zhong Qun, Van Duyne Richard P, Vo-Dinh Tuan, Wang Yue, Willets Katherine A, Xu Chuanlai, Xu Hongxing, Xu Yikai, Yamamoto Yuko S, Zhao Bing, Liz-Marzán Luis M
ACS Nano (2019)
Surface modification of gold nanoparticles with neuron-targeted exosome for enhanced blood–brain barrier penetration
Khongkow Mattaka, Yata Teerapong, Boonrungsiman Suwimon, Ruktanonchai Uracha Rungsardthong, Graham Duncan, Namdee Katawut
Scientific Reports Vol 9 (2019)

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Research interests

The main focus is the creation of a range of functionalised metallic nanoparticles which can be used for a variety of different purposes which include the diagnosis of disease and also the treatment of disease.  This includes the chemical manipulation of the appropriate surface molecules and labels required to turn these metal nanoparticles into functioning nanosensors capable of detecting single molecules in complex environments using SERS.  In addition, the mounting of therapeutic agents onto these nanoparticles has resulted in significantly increased performance of the drugs when tested against particular disease states.

Professional activities

External Examiner
Spring SciX
Gordon Research Conference on Bioanalytical Sensors
MRC (Medical Research Council) (External organisation)
Invited seminar - University of Essen
Invited speaker
Bionanosensing conference
Invited speaker

more professional activities


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
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
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
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Benison, Melissa
Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Benison, Melissa (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
EPSRC i-sense IRC: Ultra-Sensitive Enhanced NanoSensing of Anti-Microbial Resistance (u-Sense)
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2022

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Technology Innovation Centre

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