Karen Faulds is a Professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. She completed her PhD at Strathclyde under the supervision of Professor Ewen Smith (2003) before taking up a postdoctoral researcher position with Professor Duncan Graham. She was later appointed as a lecturer at Strathclyde in 2006, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010, Reader in 2012 and Professor in 2015.
Professor Faulds has published over 150 peer reviewed publications, has filed five patents and has given over 90 talks at national and international conferences. She has been awarded over £20 million in funding as principal and co-investigator from EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, charities and industry. Her group's research has been recognised through multiple awards including the Nexxus Young Life Scientist of the Year Award (2009), the Royal Society of Chemistry Joseph Black Award (2013), Craver Award (2016), Charles Mann Award (2019) and Robert Kellner Lecturer (2021). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2012), the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (2017) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2018).
She was elected as the first female and youngest Chair of the Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG) in 2014. She is also an elected member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division Council and a member of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) Governing Board. She is the Strathclyde Director of the EPSRC and MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging (shared between the University of Edinburgh and University of Strathclyde), an Associate Editor for Analyst and serves on the editorial board of RSC Advances and Analyst, and the editorial advisory board for Chemical Society Reviews.