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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.

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.

Expertise & Capabilities


Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy

Bioanalytical Chemistry

Surface Chemistry

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

Bachelor of Science, University of Strathclyde


  • Nanotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Sensors
  • biomolecular science
  • Spectroscopy
  • Nanoparticles
  • Instrumentation and devices
  • surface plasmon resonance
  • imaging

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Projects 2010 2023

Research Output 1996 2020

Phenotypic analysis of extracellular vesicles: a review on the applications of fluorescence

Panagopoulou, M. S., Wark, A. W., Birch, D. J. S. & Gregory, C. D., 31 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Extracellular Vesicles. 9, 1, 18 p., 1710020.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Flow cytometry
20 Downloads (Pure)

3D Bioprinting of mature bacterial biofilms for antimicrobial resistance drug testing

Ning, E., Turnbull, G., Clarke, J., Picard, F., Riches, P., Vendrell, M., Graham, D., Wark, A. W., Faulds, K. & Shu, W., 13 Sep 2019, In : Biofabrication. 11, 4, 13 p., 045018.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Microbial Drug Resistance
Pharmaceutical Preparations


Development of gold supraparticles for nanomedicine applications

Author: Paterson, S., 1 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Graham, D. (Supervisor) & Wark, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Real-time, high-throughput assessment of nanoparticle interactions with single-cells using microfluidics : applications in vaccine development

Author: Cunha Matos, C., 1 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Wark, A. (Supervisor) & Millington, O. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Lindemann Trust Fellowship

Alastair Wark (Recipient), 2001

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2008 2012

  • 6 Participation in conference
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

12th West of Scotland Meeting for Teachers of Chemistry

Alastair Wark (Speaker)
18 Jan 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

PittCon 2012

Alastair Wark (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference