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


Determination of intracellular esterase activity using ratiometric Raman sensing and spectral phasor analysis
Braddick Henry J, Tipping William J, Wilson Liam T, Jaconelli Harry S, Grant Emma K, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan, Tomkinson Nicholas C O
Analytical Chemistry (2023)
A new model for quantifying nanoparticle concentration using SERS supported by multi-modal mass spectrometry
Leventi Aristea Anna, Billimoria Kharmen, Bartczak Dorota, Laing Stacey, Goenaga-Infante Heidi, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Analytical Chemistry, pp. 1-8 (2023)
Biomolecular condensates formed by designer minimalistic peptides
Baruch Leshem Avigail, Sloan-Dennison Sian, Massarano Tlalit, Ben-David Shavit, Graham Duncan, Faulds Karen, Gottlieb Hugo E, Chill Jordan H, Lampel Ayala
Nature Communications Vol 14 (2023)
Pushing the limits
Wallace Gregory Q, Graham Duncan
Nature Reviews Chemistry Vol 6, pp. 842-843 (2022)
Ratiometric imaging of minor groove binders in mammalian cells using Raman microscopy
Tentellino Christian, Tipping William J, McGee Leah M C, Bain Laura M, Wetherill Corinna, Laing Stacey, Tyson-Hirst Izaak, Suckling Colin J, Beveridge Rebecca, Scott Fraser J, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
RSC Chemical Biology Vol 3, pp. 1403-1415 (2022)
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 Vol 147, pp. 4674-4700 (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


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
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Gale, Cameron
Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Gale, Cameron (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026
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
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
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

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Faculty of Science
Technology Innovation Centre

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