Strathclyde Chemistry Professors named RSE Fellows

Two Professors of Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde have been named as Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Professor Karen Faulds and Professor Eva Hevia are among 66 leading academics and professionals elected by RSE.

The new intake will help RSE to continue to provide independent and expert advice to policymakers, support aspiring entrepreneurs, develop research capacity and leadership, inspire and facilitate learning and engage with the general public through inspiring events.

Professor Faulds said: “It is a great honour to be elected as a Fellow of the RSE and it is very meaningful to me personally having been an inaugural member of the RSE Young Academy for Scotland (YAS) in 2011.  Working with YAS gave me an excellent insight into the activities of the RSE and I am very pleased to be elected as a Fellow and to be given the opportunity to continue to support the work of the RSE within my profession and Scotland.”

Professor Hevia said: “This election to the Fellowship of the RSE will always hold a special place in my heart as it recognizes the exceptionally talented researchers that I have had the pleasure to work with, and it was given by my adopted country which I love. To be elected at the same time as my colleague Karen makes it even more special. I look forward to contributing to the important work of the RSE.”

Professor Karen Faulds

Professor Faulds specialises in the spectroscopic technique known as SERS (surface enhanced Raman scattering), in which she explores new approaches to bioanalysis for use in the life and clinical sciences. This has a range of applications, including the detection of biomarkers such as proteins and DNA for disease diagnosis, as well as detection of specific bacteria strains. Her current research explores the detection of biomarkers related to heart disease, meningitis and sepsis, as well as detection of bacteria in food.

In 2017, Professor Faulds was included in the Power List, an international survey compiled by Analytical Scientist magazine. The list focused on the top 10 analytical scientists in 10 different fields and names Professor Faulds in the Spectroscopy category.

In 2016, she won the Coblentz Society’s Craver Award, presented to young professional spectroscopists who have made significant contributions in applied analytical vibrational spectroscopy. In the same year, Analytical Scientist named her as one of the world’s top 50 women in analytical science.

In 2013, Professor Faulds won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Joseph Black Award, presented to early career scientists in any field covering the practice and teaching of analytical science.

Professor Eva Hevia     

Professor Hevia, who joined Strathclyde in 2006, specialises in organometallic chemistry, which is used in the manufacture of agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and other medicines, perfumes or plastics.

In 2017, she won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) Corday-Morgan Prize, which is awarded for the most meritorious contributions to chemistry. In 2016, she was the inaugural winner of the Emerging Talent Award, made by the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK, which recognises the most talented Spanish researchers working in the UK under the age of 40, across all disciplines of science and engineering.

Professor Hevia is a past winner of has previously won the RSC’s Harrison Memorial Medal and Prize and the RSEQ-Sigma-Aldrich Emerging Investigator Award. She has published also more than 115 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals.


RSE President Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell said: “Each year we welcome a selection of nominated extraordinary individuals into the Fellowship and this year is no exception. The diverse range of achievements of these individuals will be an asset to the RSE and I am sure they will strengthen the RSE’s standing as a national academy committed to providing public benefit to Scottish society.”