Professor Duncan Graham

Associate Principal & Executive Dean

Faculty of Science

Personal statement


Associate Principal and Executive Dean of Science

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


Professor Duncan Graham is based at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and is currently Associate Principal and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science.  He has a research group of around 20, and over 250 publications to date. Duncan Graham is also a co-founder of the  Centre for Molecular Nanometrology and was a co-founder and director of Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd (formerly D3 Technologies) that was sold to Bruker in 2016.  He is the current chair of the scientific advisory board for LGC Ltd, serves as Chair of the Publishing Board for the Royal Society of Chemistry and is a trustee of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  He is also a trustee for the Association of British Spectroscopists Trust fund. He served as president of the Analytical Division of the RSC (2017-2020) and as a trustee of the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund (2017-2020). He is on the advisory editorial board for AnalystChemical Science and 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 and has served on various peer review panels. Previously he was the vice chair of the Multidisciplinary Expert Review Panel for CRUK and a member of their Science Committee (2015-2021) and served on the EPSRCs Strategic Advisory Team for Physical Sciences (2016-2021). 

Posts held (all at the University of Strathclyde):

January 2022   Associate Principal & Executive Dean of Science

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


SERS nanotags for folate receptor α detection at the single cell level : discrimination of overexpressing cells and potential for live cell applications
Verdin Alexandre, Sloan-Dennison Sian, Malherbe Cedric, Graham Duncan, Eppe Gauthier
Analyst (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 (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 Vol 14, pp. 1862-1871 (2022)
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)
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)

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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


Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2021 | MacKay, Donald
Edkins, Robert (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) MacKay, Donald (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Jackson, Matthew
Edkins, Robert (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Jackson, Matthew (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
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
Understanding the role of cholesterol in the radiation resistance of glioblastoma and its feasibility as a druggable target to improve treatment prognosis (CRUK Radnet)
Gomez-Roman, Natividad (Principal Investigator) Bushell, Trevor (Co-investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator)
24-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022

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Faculty of Science
Technology Innovation Centre

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