Dr William Peveler
- Lecturer (School of Chemistry)
In the Bio-Nano-Sensing lab (see our website here), our research focuses on the engineering of molecules and nanomaterials to create the next generation of sensors and technologies for use in the food and drink industry, defence and biomedicine. We synthesise and study responsive molecular fluorophores, plasmonic and luminescent nanocrystals, and develop functional interfaces between materials chemistry and biology. In particular we utilise cross-reactive arrays of sensor materials in our work to mimic the mammalian sense of taste or smell and ‘fingerprint’ our sensing targets or measure and categorise complex mixtures, such as blood or whisky.
With collaborators in Chemistry (Farnaby), the James Watt School of Engineering (Clark, Zare-Behtash), Strathclyde University (Jimenez, Ward), UCL (Lee), across Europe (von Wolff, Cortés) and the University of British Columbia (Algar), my group are currently synthesising and characterising materials for improved near-patient blood testing for liver diseases; building cross-reactive sensing arrays for industrial sensing; and tailoring nanoparticle surface chemistry to sense and measure bacteria.
- Fluorescent nanoparticle assemblies for protein and nucleic acid sensing
- Colorimetric and luminescent sensing arrays for detecting liver disease
- Lanthanide-containing polymer nanoparticles for multimodal imaging
- Nano-surface chemistry for bacterial siderophore detection and bacteria binding
- Utilising fluorescence as a sensor tool in aerospace and catalysis
We are a small but growing group, and we are always interested to hear from qualified, enthusiastic researchers at any career stage who share our interests. Funded Summer Placements, PhD and PDRA positions will be advertised on my web pages, and on jobs.ac.uk or findaphd.com as appropriate. If you wish to apply for a fellowship then please get in touch, suggesting funder and attaching a brief (≤ 3 page) CV in PDF format.
I am a Lecturer working in the School of Chemistry. After work with Dr Martin Grossel and Professor Harry Anderson FRS at the University of Oxford for my MChem, I moved to London to undertake a PhD in Chemistry at UCL (Professor Ivan Parkin), as part of the SECReT CDT, for which I was awarded the Ramsay Medal.
I then won an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship and Royal Society International Exchange Grant to undertake 2 years of postdoctoral work with Professors Claire Carmalt and William Rosenberg (UCL/Royal Free Hospital) and Professor Vincent Rotello (UMass Amherst), and subsequently a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of British Columbia with Professor Russ Algar. I joined the University of Glasgow in 2018 to begin my independent career as a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow.
Small molecule and nanoparticle synthesis and modification; Nanomaterials surface chemsitry; Luminescent spectroscopy; Chemical and materials characterisation; Array-based sensing and chemometrics.
Industry Fuding (US-based company) "Developing plasmonic sensing arrays for industry specified challenges." 2021-. £300k Co-I with Dr Alasdair Clark, University of Glasgow
The Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Grant "Fluorescent Sensor Arrays for Serum-Based Liver Fibrosis Detection." 2020-2022. £100k
Chief Scientist Office Research Grant "Rapid new methods for sepsis diagnosis in hospitals using microsystems." 2020-2022. £300k Co-I with Dr Melanie Jimenez, University of Glasgow
Royal Society Research Grant “Switchable nanoparticle assemblies for photonic sensing.” 2020-2022. £20k
SULSA Technology Seed Fund “Siderophore fingerprinting on low-cost electrochemical sensors.” 2019-2020. £6k Co-I with Dr Andrew Ward, University of Strathclyde
University of Glasgow/EPSRC Early Career Capital Award “A multifunctional, multi-user spectrometer” 2019. £40k
University of Glasgow LKAS Fellowship “Materials for Point-of-Care Liver Disease Diagnosis.” 2018-2022. £165k
Killam Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship “Hand-Held, Point-of-Care Biomarker Assays Enabled by Quantum Dots.” 2017-2018. £50k
Royal Society International Exchange “Array-based sensing for disease detection.” 2016-2017. £12k
EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship “Functional nanomaterials for small molecule sensing and disease detection.” 2015-2017. £111k
Katie McGuire 2019-2022 "Nanoparticle surface chemistry for novel sensing applications"
Ross Gillespie 2020-2023 "Luminescent sensing arrays for disease detection"
Dr Liam Wilson 2022- "Fluorescent Sensor Arrays for Serum-Based Liver Fibrosis Detection."
Dr Francesco Zamberlan 2020-2021 "Fluorescent Sensor Arrays for Serum-Based Liver Fibrosis Detection."
Dr Jenny Gracie 2020-2022 "Rapid new methods for sepsis diagnosis in hospitals using microsystems."
CHEM2X-5 Enols and Enolates
CHEM5055 (part) – Nanomaterials Chemistry
Deputy Lab Head - Synthesis 2
Organic Chemistry tutorials (2nd and final year)