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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 £3.7M 4-University Medical Device Manufacturing Centre, and PI of an EPSRC grant on 3D printing of shape memory alloys for medical applications.  Furthermore, he is PI of the recently-awarded £1.3M EPSRC Platform Grant on Manufacturing of Medical Devices, and 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, AWE, MAN Energy Systems, Gooch & Housego

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 Medical Device Manufacturing Centre

Keywords

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

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