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Research interests

Duncan's research is focused on applications of high power lasers in manufacturing and in medicine. He is Director of the £5.6M 5-University Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes, and PI of an EPSRC grant (joint with the University of Bath) on novel fibre optics for delivery of high peak power laser light.  Furthermore, he is PI of the recently-awarded £1.3M EPSRC Platform Grant on Manufacturing of Medical Devices, and is the Heriot-Watt PI of a recently awarded EU grant on laser-based manufacturing of functional surfaces.  He is also involved in ERC-funded work on laser-based manufacture of micro-fluidic devices to simulate porous media for application in Carbon Capture and Storage; and is co-Investigator of an EPSRC grant to develop minimally-invasive laser-based surgery for treatment of early stage colon cancer.

Current industrial collaborators include Renishaw, Leonardo, Oxford Lasers, Coherent Scotland, SPI Lasers, Litron Lasers, AWE, Powerphotonic, and Edinburgh Molecular Imaging.

Biography

Duncan graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1986 with a BSc in Physics with Electronics, and from the University of Southampton (Optical Fibre Group) in 1991 with a PhD.  In 1991 he moved to Heriot-Watt University, initially employed as a Research Associate. In 1997 he was appointed Lecturer in Physics and subsequently promoted to Reader (2001) and Professor of Applied Photonics (2003).  He has held a rnage of additional appointments, as Director of the Photonics EngD Centre (2001 - 2007); Director of Postgraduate Research (2001 - 2007); Head of Physics (2007 - 2011); Acting Head of School (2011); Director of Research (2012 - 2015); Acting Deputy Principal (Pro-VC) Research (2015-2016); Deputy Head of School (2012 onwards).

Roles & Responsibilities

Duncan is currently Deouty Head of School of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes.

Keywords

  • QC Physics
  • laser
  • photonics
  • manufacturing
  • medical
  • optics

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Research Output

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    Application of numerical modelling and flow experiments to optimize the design of microfluidic devices representing porous media

    Jahanbakhsh, A., Shahrokhi, O., Nhunduru, R., Wlodarczyk, K. L., Hand, D. P. & Maroto-Valer, M. M., 10 May 2019, InterPore2019 Valencia Book of Abstracts.

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  • Direct laser writing of anti-counterfeiting holographic structures on metal products

    Wlodarczyk, K. L., Ardron, M., Weston, N. J. & Hand, D. P., 20 Mar 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Direct laser-writing of holographic markings for protecting luxury products against counterfeiting

    Wlodarczyk, K. L., Ardron, M., Mazzucato, S., Valisari, L., Iacovella, F., Weston, N. J. & Hand, D. P., 27 Jun 2019.

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  • Fluid Distribution in Immiscible Two-Phase Fluid Displacement for CO2 Storage

    Nhunduru, R., Shahrokhi, O., Jahanbakhsh, A., Wlodarczyk, K. L., Hand, D. P., MacPherson, W. N., Garcia, S. & Maroto-Valer, M. M., 19 Jun 2019, 10th Trondheim Conference on CO2 Capture, Transport and Storage.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Datasets

    Towards industrial ultrafast laser microwelding: SiO2 and BK7 to an Aluminium Alloy - Data

    Carter, R. (Creator), Troughton, M. (Creator), Chen, J. (Creator), Elder, I. (Creator), Thomson, R. R. (Creator), Esser, M. J. D. (Creator), Lamb, R. A. (Creator), Hand, D. P. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, 2017

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    Activities

    • 18 Oral presentation
    • 5 Invited talk
    • 1 Membership of Advisory Panel
    • 1 Membership of peer review panel

    Ultrafast laser manufacturing of glass microfluidic devices

    Krystian Wlodarczyk (Speaker), Richard Carter (Contributor), Omid Shahrokhi (Contributor), Rumbidzai Nhunduru (Contributor), Amir Jahanbakhsh (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor), M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Contributor)
    26 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Direct laser writing of anti-counterfeiting holographic structures on metal products

    Krystian Wlodarczyk (Speaker), Marcus Ardron (Contributor), Nicholas J. Weston (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor)
    20 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Direct laser-writing of holographic markings for protecting luxury products against counterfeiting

    Krystian Wlodarczyk (Speaker), Marcus Ardron (Contributor), Simone Mazzucato (Contributor), Luca Valisari (Contributor), Federico Iacovella (Contributor), Nicholas J. Weston (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor)
    27 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Laser-manufactured microfluidic devices for the study of mechanisms governing transport in porous media

    Krystian Wlodarczyk (Speaker), Amir Jahanbakhsh (Contributor), Richard Carter (Contributor), Robert R J Maier (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor), M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Contributor)
    25 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation