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Research interests

PhD Positions - 201

If you are interested in studying as a PhD student in my group please follow the links below for more information. 

PhD - Bio-inspired Photosynthetic Materials for Solar Energy Harvesting

PhD - Building Nanoscale Optical Components Using DNA-origami

PhD - Plasmonics for Security Labelling

Contact alasdair.clark@glasgow.ac.uk to apply




Dr. Clark is a Lecturer 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. 

Research Interests

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 synthetic biology, Dr. Clark’s group seeks to develop new biologically-augmented technologies for nano-materials engineering, photonics, energy harvesting, diagnostic sensing, and micro-manipulation.

Journal Covers


Plasmonics, electron-beam lithography, nanolithography, structural colour, molecular nanopatterning, self assembly, nanophotonics, biosensing, biosensors, sensors, molecular assembly, colorimetrics, metamaterials, metasurfaces, synthetic biology, DNA Origami, DNA nano-patterning, plasmon, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), plasmonic colour.

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  • 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. £616k 
  • 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.




  • Gabriella Flynn (PhD)
  • Justin Sperling (PhD)
  • Jiajia Zou (PhD)
  • Sarah Henry (RA)



  • Gerard Sotuela (RA)
  • Esmaeil Heydari (RA)
  • Olurotimi Esan (PhD)
  • Zhibo Li (PhD)


ENG3084/ENG5287 Biomechanics 3/M

ENG5281 Energy in Biological Systems

ENG5044 Integrated Systems Design Project M

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