Dr Alasdair Clark
- Senior Lecturer (Biomedical Engineering)
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Dr. Clark is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) working in the Biomedical Engineering Research Division at the University of Glasgow. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in Applied Physics from the University of Strathclyde, Dr. Clark moved to the University of Glasgow to pursue a PhD in Nano-plasmonics. On completion of his PhD studies he took a short Post-Doc appointment at the University of California, Berkeley, working in Prof. Luke Lee’s Bioengineering group, before returning to Glasgow to start his Bio-Nano-Plasmonics research group.
Dr. Clark’s research concentrates on developing novel, nano-engineered devices based on the interaction of light with nano-metals, a field known as plasmonics. Working at the interface of nano-engineering and DNA-nanotechnology, Dr. Clark’s group seeks to develop new biologically-augmented nano-materials for optics, photonics, energy harvesting, sensing, and micro-manipulation.
Plasmonics, electron-beam lithography, nanolithography, structural colour, molecular nanopatterning, self assembly, nanophotonics, optics, biosensing, biosensors, sensors, molecular assembly, colorimetrics, metamaterials, metasurfaces, synthetic biology, DNA Origami, DNA nano-patterning, DNA nanotechnology, nanomaterials, plasmon, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), structural colour.
Li, Z., Clark, A. W. and Cooper, J. M. (2016) Dual color plasmonic pixels create a polarization controlled nano color palette. ACS Nano, 10(1), pp. 492-498. (doi:10.1021/acsnano.5b05411) (PMID:26631346)
Clark, A. W. , Thompson, D. G., Graham, D. and Cooper, J. M. (2014) Engineering DNA binding sites to assemble and tune plasmonic nanostructures. Advanced Materials, 26(25), pp. 4286-4292. (doi:10.1002/adma.201400510)
Clark, A.W. and Cooper, J. (2012) Plasmon shaping using protein nanoarrays and molecular lithography to engineer structural color. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), 51(15), pp. 3562-3566. (doi:10.1002/anie.201108007)
Clark, A.W. , Glidle, A., Cumming, D.R.S. and Cooper, J.M. (2009) Plasmonic split-ring resonators as dichroic nanophotonic DNA biosensors. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131(48), pp. 17615-17619. (doi:10.1021/ja905910q)
- BBSRC sLoLa, "How do RNA-Binding Proteins Control Splice Site Selection?", In collaboration the University of Strathclyde and the University of Leicester. April 2020 - April 2025. £5.1M
- The Leverhulme Trust, "Macromolecular construction of DNA networks using the Fluorous effect", In collaboration with Prof. Glenn Burley, University of Strathclyde. Nov 2018 - Nov 2021. £335k.
- Royal Society Research Grant. November 2017 - November 2018. £12k
- BBSRC Grant, "DNA-directed construction of three-dimensional photosynthetic assemblies" In collaboration with Dr. Glenn Burley, University of Strathclyde, and Prof. Richard Cogdell, University of Glasgow. Oct 2016- Oct 2019. £844k
- EPSRC First Grant. May 2016 - May 2017. £125k.
- The Leverhulme Trust, "Photonic circuitry using DNA", In collaboration with Dr. Glenn Burley, University of Strathclyde. May 2015 - Nov 2017. £231k.
- School of Engineering, "Novel Optical Electrical Mechanical Sensory Platform." In collaboration with Dr Steven Neale and Dr. Manlio Tassieri. From 11/06/12. £40k.
- Scottish Crucible Award, Royal Society of Edinburgh, "The Development of a Viral Outbreak Early Warning System for Field and Hospital Use." In collaboration with Dr. Helen Bridle (Heriot Watt) and Dr. William Mackay (UWS). From Jan 2013. £4k
- Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship, “Plasmon Enhanced Pyroelectrodynamic Nanoscale Trapping and Sensing.” 2011-2016. £594k.
- Justin Sperling (RA)
- Jiajia Zou (PhD)
- Ashley Stammers (RA)
- Hammed Onilude (PhD)
- Gerard Sotuela (RA)
- Esmaeil Heydari (RA)
- Sarah Henry (RA)
- Gabriella Flynn (PhD)
- Olurotimi Esan (PhD)
- Zhibo Li (PhD)
ENG3084/ENG5287 Biomechanics 3/M
ENG5281 Energy in Biological Systems
ENG5044 Integrated Systems Design Project M
Professional activities & recognition
- 2011 - 2016: Royal Academy of Engineering, Research Fellowship
- 2013 - 2016: University of Glasgow, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Leadership Fellowship
Grant committees & research advisory boards
- 2016 - present: EPSRC, Review Council
Selected international presentations
- 2019: FNANO 2019 (invited) (Snowbird, Utah, USA)
- 2019: META 2019 (invited) (Lisbon, Portugal)
- 2018: META 2018 (invited) (Mediterranean Sea)
- 2017: META 2017 (invited) (Seoul, South Korea)
- 2017: Optofluidics 17 (invited) (Singapore)
- 2017: Frontiers in Engineering EU-US Symposium (invited) (Davis, CA, USA)
- 2014: Frontiers in Engineering EU-US Symposium (invited) (Seattle, USA)
- 2012: Photonic Technologies and Applications (invited) (Berkeley, USA)
- 2007: Gordon Research Conference, The Physics & Chemistry of Microfluidics (invited) (New Hampshire, USA)