Dr Alastair Wark

Senior Lecturer

Pure and Applied Chemistry


Personal statement

Alastair Wark started his career with a BSc in Applied Chemistry in 1996 at the University of Strathclyde. He completed his PhD research in 2000 under the joint supervision of Dr Len Berlouis and Dr Frank Cruikshank at Strathclyde and also working with Prof. Pierre-Francois Brevet at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. Following post-doctoral research at EPFL he was awarded a Lindemann Trust Fellowship in 2001and joined the laboratories of Prof. Rob Corn at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After moving across to the University of California-Irvine with Rob’s group and a Project Scientist position, Alastair returned to the Chemistry Department in late 2007 as a Lecturer in Nanometrology.

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Area of Expertise


Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy

Bioanalytical Chemistry

Surface Chemistry

Prize And Awards

Lindemann Trust Fellowship
Ritchie Prize
Hamilton Barrett Chemistry Prize
Carnegie Undergraduate Scholarship
Andersonian Centenary Prize

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An ex vivo animal model to study the effect of transverse mechanical loading on skeletal muscle
Sargent Marisa, Wark Alastair W, Day Sarah, Buis Arjan
Communications Biology Vol 7 (2024)
The effect of prosthesis-related loading on soft tissue health
Sargent Marisa, Wark Alastair, Buis Arjan
Strathclyde Doctoral School Multidisciplinary Symposium 2022 (2022)
Stimulated Raman scattering microscopy with spectral phasor analysis : applications in assessing drug-cell interactions
Tipping William J, Wilson Liam T, An Connie, Leventi Aristea A, Wark Alastair W, Wetherill Corinna, Tomkinson Nicholas C O, Faulds Karen, Graham Duncan
Chemical Science Vol 13, pp. 3468-3476 (2022)
A universal polymer shell-isolated nanoparticle (SHIN) design for single particle spectro-electrochemical SERS sensing using different core shapes
Boccorh Delali K, MacDonald Peter A, Boyle Colm W, Wain Andrew J, Berlouis Leonard E A, Wark Alastair W
Nanoscale Advances Vol 3, pp. 6415-6426 (2021)
Investigating the response of skeletal muscle to prosthesis-related loading conditions : an ex vivo animal model
Graser Marisa, Wark Alastair, Day Sarah, Sandison Mairi, McConnell Gail, Buis Arjan
International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics 18th World Congress (2021)
Development of an ex vivo model to study the response of skeletal muscle to transverse mechanical loading
Graser M, Wark A, Day S, Buis A
BioMedEng21 (2021)

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Research Interests

My research focus is based around the synthesis, functionalization and analytical applications of novel nanomaterials alongside the development of techniques capable of optically imaging and tracking single nanoparticles and molecules.  The advantages of these materials for nanometrology and bioanalytical science is that optical measurements can be performed to monitor biomolecular interactions in real-time. As well as developing robust methodologies for ultrasensitive bioaffinity detection at target concentrations approaching just a few molecules, we are also exploring the use of multimodal imaging techniques for monitoring nanoparticle-cellular interactions. This involves developing hybrid nanostructures which can be used for tackling research challenges requiring dynamic measurements in complex biological environments. Consequently, my research is highly multidisciplinary and I have enjoyed successfully collaborating with researchers from across the biology, physics, engineering and medicine research fields.

Professional Activities

West of Scotland Meeting for Teachers of Chemistry 23rd
22nd West of Scotland Meeting for Teachers of Chemistry
Practical CLPL at Strathclyde: past, present, and future
PhD External Examiner University of Glasgow
External Examiner
PittCon 2021
University of Portsmouth IBBS Departmental Seminar
Invited speaker

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Arrayjet AIV 2023
Lau, K. H. Aaron (Principal Investigator) Wark, Alastair (Co-investigator)
27-Jan-2023 - 29-Jan-2024
Chemistry Teacher & Technician Networking Meeting
Thomson, Patrick (Principal Investigator) Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator) Wark, Alastair (Principal Investigator)
Hosting an event organised by Education Scotland, and supported with ~£350 of their funding. Included Advanced Higher practical training.
15-Jan-2023 - 15-Jan-2023
23rd West of Scotland Meeting for Teachers of Chemistry
Thomson, Patrick (Principal Investigator) Wark, Alastair (Principal Investigator) Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator)
Hosted conference, funded with £1000 from the Royal Society of Chemistry.
12-Jan-2023 - 12-Jan-2023
Commonwealth split-site PhD fellowship
Wark, Alastair (Principal Investigator) Anjali, A (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2023
22nd West of Scotland Meeting for Teachers of Chemistry
Thomson, Patrick (Principal Investigator) Wark, Alastair (Principal Investigator) Scott, Fraser (Principal Investigator)
Talks held online in Janaury 2022. Practical session held in-person in May 2022. Supported by £1000 of Royal Society of Chemistry funding.
13-Jan-2022 - 13-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Taysum, Hannah
Wark, Alastair (Principal Investigator) Hoskins, Clare (Co-investigator) Taysum, Hannah (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025

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Dr Alastair Wark
Senior Lecturer
Pure and Applied Chemistry

Email: alastair.wark@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3084