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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

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

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Projects 2002 2023

Research Output 1992 2018

An organic semiconductor laser platform for the detection of DNA by AgNP plasmonic enhancement

McConnell, G., Mabbott, S., Kanibolotskyy, A. L., Skabara, P. J., Graham, D., Burley, G. A. & Laurand, N., 18 Sep 2018, In : Langmuir. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
organic lasers
Semiconducting organic compounds
organic semiconductors
Semiconductor lasers

Bayesian modelling and quantification of Raman spectroscopy

Moores, M., Gracie, K., Carson, J., Faulds, K., Graham, D. & Girolami, M., 24 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Annals of Applied Statistics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Bayesian Modeling
Raman Spectrum Analysis
Raman Spectroscopy
Raman spectroscopy


Data for: "Towards establishing a minimal nanoparticle concentration for applications involving surface enhanced spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SESORS) in vivo"

Nicolson, F. (Creator), Jamieson, L. (Creator), Mabbott, S. (Creator), Plakas, K. (Creator), Shand, N. (Creator), Detty, M. R. (Creator), Graham, D. (Creator), Faulds, K. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 5 Oct 2018


Surface-enhanced Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SESORS) in Tissue Analogs

Asiala, S. (Creator), Shand, N. (Creator), Faulds, K. (Creator), Graham, D. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 5 Apr 2017



Analytical Grand Prix Fellowship

Duncan Graham (Recipient), Oct 2002

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Charles Mann Award

Duncan Graham (Recipient), Oct 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Raman spectroscopy

Activities 2007 2018

External Examiner

Duncan Graham (Examiner)
Jul 2018Jul 2022

Activity: Examination typesExamination

Spring Scix

Duncan Graham (Chair)
17 Apr 201820 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference


Multiple target molecular diagnostics testing provides better diagnostics for healthcare

Duncan Graham (Participant), W. Ewen Smith (Participant), Karen Faulds (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services

Sensors go Nano

Duncan Graham (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalQuality of life and safety