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Academic Biography

Dr Priyanka Dey is currently a Senior Lecturer (Research pathway) in Chemistry. She joined  Teesside University in Feb 2021. She attained her Ph.D. in chemistry specializing in nanotechnology and optical spectroscopy, from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Since then, her research has been directed toward designing and developing bio-nanohybrid material-based solutions for real-life problems. This has included work in enhanced Raman scattering (SERS and SESORS) in Australia and UK, nanoplasmonics and photonics in Germany and optical nanobiosensors for clinical and point-of-care devices in Spain. She has years of experience in the ever-growing domain of novel nanoplasmonics using cutting-edge enhanced optical spectroscopic solutions especially, Raman spectroscopy for clinical diagnostic needs.


Summary of Research Interests

Researching ways to further the potential of nano-gold bio-imaging agents and Raman spectroscopy for clinically relevant cancer diagnosis.

This has been attempted by benefitting from various modes of Raman spectroscopy either in label-free form (in vitro, ex vivo) or labelled form by employing designed plasmonic gold nanostructures as Raman barcoded trackers in vivo. Custom-design and dedicated synthesis of structural polymers and hybrid nano-structures are key in achieveing in vivo Raman diagnosis. My other research interests include, plasmon-influenced biomolecular chirality of DNA and water treatment potential of hybrid iron oxide nanostructures.

  • Engineering colloidal plasmonic mainly, gold nano-structures and nano-assemblies. 
  • Investigating nanoplasmonic enhanced optical spectroscopy including Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance LSPR, Raman SERS and Chiral Dichroism CD.
  • Raman disease diagnosis ex vivo and in vivo.
  • Use as optical Point-of-care (POC) detection platforms.
  • Hybrid iron oxide nano-structures for water treatment.

 My publications can be found in my Google scholar page

Academic Responsibilities

Dr Dey is currently contributing to the following modules:

  • Chemical & Biological Reactivity (Year 1, Module leader)
  • Applied Chemical Laboratory (Year 2, Module leader)
  • Inorganic & Physical Chemistry  (Year 2, Module tutor)
  • Intergrated Laboratory (Year 2, Module tutor)
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Year 3, Module tutor)
  • Chemsitry in Practise (Year 1, Module tutor) 
  • Environment & Sustainability (Year 3, Module tutor)

PhD and Research Opportunities

Interested PhD or postdoctoral candidates are very welcome to contact me at p.dey@tees.ac.uk  

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Queensland University of Technology


Award Date: 12 Sep 2014

Master, Indian Institute of Technology

Award Date: 12 Aug 2009

External positions

Guest Editor, MDPI Applied Sciences


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