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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 1988 2019

Breakthrough in Welding Highly Dissimilar Materials

Carter, R., Morawska, P. & Hand, D. P., 10 Aug 2018, The Laser User, Summer 2018, 89, p. 24-25 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Dissimilar materials
Welding
Laser beam welding
Degassing
Pulsed lasers
Open Access
File
marking
craters
alphanumeric characters
products
metals

Label-free ferrule-top optical fiber micro-cantilever biosensor

Li, J., Zhou, Y. X., Guo, Y. X., Wang, G. Y., Maier, R. R. J., Hand, D. P. & Macpherson, W. N., 23 Jul 2018, In : Sensors and Actuators A: Physical.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Laser-based fabrication of microfluidic devices for porous media applications

Wlodarczyk, K. L., Jahanbakhsh, A., Carter, R. M., Maier, R. R. J., Hand, D. P. & Maroto-Valer, M. M., May 2018, CLEO: Applications and Technology 2018. Optical Society of America, AM1M.5

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

rapid prototyping
microfluidic devices
borosilicate glass
fabrication
lasers

Material interactions in laser polishing powder bed additive manufactured Ti6Al4V components

Tian, Y., Góra, W. S., Pan Cabo, A., Parimi, L. L., Hand, D. P., Tammas-Williams, S. & Prangnell, P. B., Mar 2018, In : Additive Manufacturing. 20, p. 11-22 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Polishing
Powders
Lasers
Surface roughness
Stress relief

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

Dataset

Activities 2012 2017

  • 11 Oral presentation
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Membership of Advisory Panel
  • 1 Membership of peer review panel

Tamper-proof holographic markings for high-value goods

Wlodarczyk, K. (Speaker), Marcus Ardron (Contributor), Waddie, A. J. (Contributor), Mohammad Reza Taghizadeh (Contributor), Nicholas J. Weston (Contributor), Hand, D. P. (Contributor)
29 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Anti-Resonant Fibers for Flexible High Peak-Power Beam Delivery

Carter, R. (Invited speaker), Fei Yu (Contributor), William J Wadsworth (Contributor), Shephard, J. D. (Contributor), Jonathan C Knight (Contributor), Hand, D. P. (Contributor)
6 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Flexible Fibre Optic Beam Delivery of Ultrashort Laser Pulses

Carter, R. (Speaker), Yu Fei (Speaker), William J Wadsworth (Speaker), Shephard, J. D. (Speaker), Jonathan C Knight (Speaker), Hand, D. P. (Speaker)
23 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Anti-counterfeiting security markings for metal goods

Wlodarczyk, K. (Speaker), Marcus Ardron (Contributor), Waddie, A. J. (Contributor), Mohammad Reza Taghizadeh (Contributor), Nicholas J. Weston (Contributor), Hand, D. P. (Contributor)
23 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Fabrication of three-dimensional micro-structures in glass by picosecond laser micro-machining and welding

Wlodarczyk, K. (Speaker), Carter, R. (Contributor), Jahanbakhsh, A. (Contributor), Hand, D. P. (Contributor), Robert R J Maier (Contributor), Maroto-Valer, M. M. (Contributor)
6 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation