If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research interests

Duncan Hand is Professor of Applied Photonics. He became fascinated by the science and engineering of photonics whilst studying for a degree in Physics at the University of St Andrews in the mid 1980's and his passion for this technology continues to drive his academic career today. Following his first degree he studied for a PhD in optical fibres at the University of Southampton before moving to Heriot-Watt in 1991. Photonics is an enabling technology that he has applied to a diverse range of applications, with the aerospace and defence industry; ship building and ship engine manufacturing; carbon capture and storage; medical device manufacturers; plant biology; and medical practitioners including surgeons. His current key focus is on manufacturing of medical devices, and he is Director of the £3.6M Medical Device Manufacturing Centre (MDMC) and the £1.3M EPSRC Platform Grant on Multi-modal Medical Device Manufacturing (4MD).

Current industrial collaborators include Renishaw, Leonardo, Oxford Lasers, Coherent Scotland, SPI Lasers, AWE, MAN Energy Systems, MBDA, TRD Surfaces, Gooch & Housego, Luxinar, NSG, GTS.

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 range 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 (2012-2020); Acting Head of School (2021-2022) and again as Deputy Head of School (2022).

Roles & Responsibilities

Duncan is currently Deputy Head of School of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Director of the Medical Device Manufacturing Centre

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Keywords

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

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics where Duncan Paul Hand is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Network

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or