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Personal Statement


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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Research Output

2,4-dienoyl-CoA reductase regulates lipid homeostasis in treatment-resistant prostate cancer

Blomme, A., Ford, C. A., Mui, E., Patel, R., Ntala, C., Jamieson, L. E., Planque, M., McGregor, G. H., Peixoto, P., Hervouet, E., Nixon, C., Salji, M., Gaughan, L., Markert, E., Repiscak, P., Sumpton, D., Blanco, G. R., Lilla, S., Kamphorst, J. J., Graham, D. & 5 others, Faulds, K., MacKay, G. M., Fendt, S-M., Zanivan, S. & Leung, H. Y., 19 May 2020, In : Nature Communications. 11, 17 p., 2508.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    A new class of ratiometric small molecule intracellular pH sensors for Raman microscopy

    Wilson, L. T., Tipping, W. J., Jamieson, L. E., Wetherill, C., Henley, Z., Faulds, K., Graham, D., MacKay, S. P. & Tomkinson, N. C. O., 2 Jul 2020, In : Analyst. 145, 15, p. 5289-5298 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Thesis

    Antibody-conjugated nanoparticles for SERS-based lateral flow immunoassay

    Author: Gancitano, P., 26 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Graham, D. (Supervisor) & Faulds, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Chalcogenopyrylium dye functionalised gold nanoparticles for use as red-shifted SERS nanotags

    Author: Morrison, A., 12 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: Graham, D. (Supervisor) & Faulds, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    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)

  • Activities

    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


    Agilent Bioanalyser

    Duncan Graham (Manager)

    Pure And Applied Chemistry

    Facility/equipment: Equipment

    Cary 60

    Duncan Graham (Manager)

    Pure And Applied Chemistry

    Facility/equipment: Equipment