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I have an extensive background in the creation of functional nanomaterials. This work was focussed on the development of biological nanoprobes coupled with advanced spectroscopies for the detection of diseases. This encompassed the synthesis of a variety of nanoparticles, their functionalisation with a range of biological probe molecules such as DNA, antibodies and proteins and their use in sensitive assay systems. To drive this work forward I developed skills in chemical synthesis, the handling and use of delicate biological materials and coupling methods to attach these molecule to nanoparticle. To characterise the nanoprobes I used UV-Visible spectrometry, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Fluorescence Microscopy, Dynamic Light Scattering and Zeta Potential instruments, to name a few. For the assay detection I used Surface enhanced Raman Scattering.

Current research activities

My current research efforts are focussed on the creation of nanocomposites that combine the optimal attributes of metallic nanoparticles with the biological compatibilty and drug retention characteristics of polymers. The aim is the creation of a targeted treatment for diseases such as cancer.

I am also interested in the development of new methods for the analysis of nanoparticle pollution in the environment.

Desired research direction

The overall aim of my research is the use of nanoscience to improve human health and well being through the development of new detection and treatment methods for diseases.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I have a background in analytical chemistry with a focus on forensic science so have expertise in drug detection and poison analysis.

Target collaborative companies

I would be interested in working with companies looking to harness nanoscience and nanoparticles to provide innovative solutions for issues involving improving human health and enhancing sustainability.

Target collaborative organisations

With my background in nanoscience I would be very interesting in collaborating with like minded individuals to produce novel therapeutic and diagnostic agents.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Reviewer for RSC Advances, Royal Society of Chemistry

1 Oct 2019 → …


  • QD Chemistry
  • Nanoscience
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Nanocomposites
  • DNA
  • Nanoparticles


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