Professor Alasdair Clark
- Professor of Nanoscale Engineering (Biomedical Engineering)
Advanced Research Centre, Level 4, 11 Chapel Lane, Glasgow, G11 6EW
Alasdair Clark is a Professor of Nanoscale Engineering working in the James Watt School of Engineering 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, before returning to Glasgow to start the Nanophotonic Devices research group.
PhD Positions - 2023
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PhD - Engineered Molecular Surfaces to Gain Insight into the mechanisms of RNA Splicing
PhD - Artificial Nano-Tongues for environmental monitoring and disease diagnostics
PhD - Nano-Photonic Metasurfaces for Optical Communications
PhD - Reconfigurable Metasurfaces
PhD - Plasmonics for Security Labelling
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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. Dr. Clark’s group seeks to develop new nanophotonic materials and devices for applications optics, photonics, bio-imaging, sensing, diagnostics, and DNA nanotechnology.
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 color.
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)
- Industrial Funding, Plasmonic Sensors, Oct 22 - Apr 23. £135k
- Industrial Funding, Plasmonic Sensors, Feb 22 - Oct 22. £120k
- Industrial Funding, Plasmonic Sensors, August 21 - Feb 22. £100k
- EPSRC, "Decentralised Water Technologies", 2021 - 2026, Co-I, £4M
- Industrial Funding, Plasmonic Sensors, January-June 2021. £100k
- University of Sydney - University of Glasgow Partnership Collaboration Awards. In collaboration with Dr. Shelley Wickham. January 2020 - January 2021. £20k
- 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. £4.1M
- 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- June 2020. £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)
- Marina Santana Vega (RA)
- Badri Aekbote (RA)
- Hammed Onilude (PhD)
- Iain Christie (PhD)
- Sara Angelucci (PhD)
- Greig Govenlock (PhD)
- Andrew Farthing (PhD)
- Sara Shadman (PhD)
- Gerard Sotuela (RA)
- Esmaeil Heydari (RA)
- Sarah Henry (RA)
- Sia Andresson (RA)
- Ashley Stammers (RA)
- Gabriella Flynn (PhD)
- Olurotimi Esan (PhD)
- Zhibo Li (PhD)
- Jiajia Zou (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)