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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


Theory of SERS enhancement : general discussion
Graham Duncan, Goodacre Roy, Arnolds Heike, Masson Jean-Francois, Schatz George, Baumberg Jeremy, Kim Dong-Ho, Aizpurua Javier, Lum William, Silvestri Alessandro, de Nijs Bart, Xu Yikai, Di Martino Giuliana, Natan Michael, Schlücker Sebastian, Wuytens Pieter, Bruzas Ian, Kuttner Christian, Hardy Mike, Chikkaraddy Rohit, Martín Sabanés Natalia, Delfino Ines, Dawson Paul, Gawinkowski Sylwester, Bontempi Nicolò, Mahajan Sumeet, Reich Stephanie, Hourahine Ben, Bell Steven, Królikowska Agata, Porter Marc, Keeler Alex, Kamp Marlous, Fountain Augustus, Fasolato Claudia, Giorgis Fabrizio, Otero Juan C, Matricardi Cristiano, Van Duyne Richard, Lombardi John, Deckert Volker, Velleman Leonora
Faraday Discussions Vol 205, pp. 173-211, (2017)
Development of a label-free Raman imaging technique for differentiation of malaria parasite infected from non-infected tissue
Frame Laura, Brewer James, Lee Rebecca, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Analyst, (2017)
Molecular imaging of atherosclerosis : spotlight on Raman spectroscopy and surface-enhanced Raman scattering
MacRitchie Neil, Grassia Gianluca, Noonan Jonathan, Garside Paul, Graham Duncan, Maffia Pasquale
British Heart Journal, (2017)
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for in vivo biosensing
Laing Stacey, Jamieson Lauren E., Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Nature Reviews Chemistry Vol 1, (2017)
Bioanalytical measurements enabled by surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) probes
Jamieson Lauren E., Asiala Steven M., Gracie Kirsten, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry Vol 10, (2017)
Sensitive SERS nanotags for use with a hand-held 1064 nm Raman spectrometer
Kearns Hayleigh, Ali Fatima, Bedics Matthew A., Shand Neil C., Faulds Karen, Detty Michael R., Graham Duncan
Royal Society Open Science Vol 4, (2017)

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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

Gordon Research Conference on Bioanalytical Sensors
Faraday Discussion on SERS
President of the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Chair, Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund
ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY (External organisation)
RSC Symposium - National Science and Technology Development Agency - Bangkok
Invited speaker

more professional activities


OPTIMA - Defining tumour margins using next generation photoacoustic imaging
Flockhart, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Academic) Faulds, Karen (Academic) Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator)
Photoacoustic imaging (PAI) overcomes one of the main limitations of optical microscopies, namely their difficulty with imaging tissue samples of thickness greater than a few hundred micrometres, due to the strong light scattering from biological tissue which reduces image contrast and resolution. PAI overcomes this problem by focusing pulsed laser light deep inside tissue samples, thereby generating wideband acoustic waves (via an optical-thermal-mechanical process) which are detected ultrasonically to generate an image.
Period 01-Sep-2016 - 01-Sep-2020
EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) / R160677-106
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2016 - 31-Mar-2017
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Neilson, Eilidh Jeanette
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Neilson, Eilidh Jeanette (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
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
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Governo, Mark
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator) Governo, Mark (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020

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Pure and Applied Chemistry
Technology Innovation Centre

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