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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.


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.


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

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Research Output 1988 2019

High yield direct fusion welding of glass and metal

Carter, R., Morawska, P., Hann, S., Esser, M. J. D. & Hand, D. P., 26 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

fusion welding
ultrashort pulsed lasers

High yield ultrafast laser microwelding process for direct joining of metal-to-glass

Morawska, P., Hann, S., Esser, M. J. D., Carter, R. & Hand, D. P., 21 May 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

adhesive bonding
Open Access
Laser pulses
Open Access
laser machining
borosilicate glass
laser beams
surface roughness

Negative-curvature Anti-resonant Fiber Coupling Tolerances

Siwicki, B., Carter, R., Shephard, J. D., Yu, F., Knight, J. C. & Hand, D. P., 23 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Lightwave Technology. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
numerical aperture


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


Activities 2012 2019

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

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

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

Coupling Numerical Modelling with Flow Experiments to Optimize Fabrication of Microfluidic Devices for Transport in Porous Media Applications

Amir Jahanbakhsh (Speaker), Krystian Lukasz Wlodarczyk (Contributor), M. Mercedes Maroto-Valer (Contributor), Robert R J Maier (Contributor), Duncan Paul Hand (Contributor), William Neil MacPherson (Contributor)
10 Sep 201811 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation