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, 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

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Prize And Awards

Charles Mann Award
Theophilus Redwood Award
JSPS Invitation Fellowship for Research (Short Term)
Craver Award
Fellows Award of the SAS
Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award

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1992  BSc Hons Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

1996  PhD, Chemistry, University of Edinburgh (Synthesis of Anti-HIV Oligonucleotides for Antisense Therapy, Supervisor Prof Tom Brown)

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Raman microscopy reveals how cell inflammation activates glucose and lipid metabolism
Borek-Dorosz Aleksandra, Pieczara Anna, Orleanska Jagoda, Brzozowski Krzysztof, Tipping William, Graham Duncan, Bik Ewelina, Kubrak Adam, Baranska Malgorzata, Majzner Katarzyna
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Cell Research Vol 1871 (2024)
Hypertensive pressure mechanosensing alone triggers lipid droplet accumulation and transdifferentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells to foam cells
Swiatlowska Pamela, Tipping William, Marhuenda Emilie, Severi Paolo, Fomin Vitalay, Yang Zhisheng, Xiao Qingzhong, Graham Duncan, Shanahan Cathy, Iskratsch Thomas
Advanced Science (2023)
Plasmonic and photothermal properties of silica-capped gold nanoparticle aggregates
Fergusson Jodie, Wallace Gregory Q, Sloan-Dennison Sian, Carland Ruairí, Shand Neil C, Graham Duncan, Faulds Karen
Journal of Physical Chemistry C Vol 127, pp. 24475-24486 (2023)
Spectral fingerprinting of cellular lipid droplets using stimulated Raman scattering microscopy and chemometric analysis
Rensonnet Aurélie, Tipping William J, Malherbe Cedric, Faulds Karen, Eppe Gauthier, Graham Duncan
Analyst (2023)
Expanding the range of bioorthogonal tags for multiplex stimulated Raman scattering microscopy
Murphy Neville, Tipping William J, Braddick Henry J, Wilson Liam T, Tomkinson Nicholas CO, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan, Farràs Pau
Angewandte Chemie International Edition Vol 62 (2023)
Optoplasmonic effects in highly curved surfaces for catalysis, photothermal heating, and SERS
Masson Jean-Francois, Wallace Gregory Q, Asselin Jérémie, Ten Andrey, Hojjat Jodaylami Maryam, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan, Biggins John S, Ringe Emilie
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Vol 15, pp. 46181–46194 (2023)

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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


Ubiquitous Optical Healthcare Technologies 9ubOHT) Programme Grant
Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator) Laing, Stacey (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2029
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Merchant, Andrew
Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Merchant, Andrew (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
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
Strathclyde CDT: Healthcare Nanotechnologies
Perrie, Yvonne (Principal Investigator) Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator) Hoskins, Clare (Principal Investigator) Faulds, Karen (Principal Investigator) Graham, Duncan (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
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
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

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Professor Duncan Graham
Associate Principal & Executive Dean
Faculty of Science

Tel: 548 4701