Dr Duncan Harding

Senior Scientific Officer - Chemistry at Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST)


Senior Scientific Officer - Chemistry, Home Office Science - Centre for Applied Science and Technology

Duncan joined the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (now the Centre for Applied Science and Technology) in 2007, where he works in the Chemistry Functional Home. Duncan has specific expertise in the use of technology for the detection and identification of small molecules, and is technical lead for a programme of work to develop and test technology which can be used to help detect drug drivers. Duncan has also worked on a variety of projects at the interface of science and policy in a number of different areas, including drug detection and violent crime, and has undertaken a secondment to the Secretariat of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

Prior to joining the civil service, Duncan worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of East Anglia after completing his PhD in inorganic fluorine chemistry at Leicester in 2006.