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Michael Newton

Michael Newton

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Physics and Mathematics


Dr Newton is Associate Professor and Reader in Experimental Physics having been at NTU since 1988 he has developed a diverse portfolio of research. He is currently the chair of the School Research Degrees Committee (SRDC). He teaches on the BSc and MSci physics degree courses and is module leader for the module Laboratory Interfaces and Control.

Research areas

Dr Newton is a member of the Imaging, Materials and Engineering Research Centre.

Areas of research interest include:

Magnetic Resonance including: the development of materials for patient positioning in multimodal planning and treatment, low field magnetic resonance systems for applications in food and drink quality control as well as in potential medical screening.

Acoustic waves: droplet manipulation with surface acoustic wave devices and acoustic levitation for non-contact sample presentation for room temperature macromolecular crystallography

Honeybee monitoring systems: Systems based on the recording of vibrational signals from honeybees to better understand the bees ‘vibrational alphabet’, the development of hardware and software for deployment to ‘the field’ and supporting sensor measurements.

The solid liquid interface: Applications of superhydrophobic surfaces; dielectrowetting and its use in the study of dewetting; drop transport using the Leidenfrost effect.

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Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD by research exist in all the area identified above and in interdisciplinary research areas (e.g. Biosensors). Further Information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Guest editor for special issue in Sensors on Magnetic Resonance Sensors and in Applied Science Low Field Magnetic Resonance

Nature's Raincoats: A public understanding of science activity and website initially designed for a presentation at The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2009

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and / or support of:

Research funding in the period since 2014 includes:

    • Lubricating channel and tube flows - fluid sheathing using textured walls, EPSRC EP/L026341/1, (2014)
    • Functional Surface Coatings for Medical Devices which are utilised in the Treatment of Cancer Innovate UK 132883 (2017)
    • Dynamic Dewetting: Designing and Breaking Novel Morphologies of Liquid Films EPSRC EP/R042276/1 (2018)
    • Giving Beekeeping Guidance by cOmputatiOnal-assisted Decision making (B-GOOD) European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 817622 (2018)
    • Soni-Join – Induction Assisted Ultrasonic joining and repair of ballistic composites. DSTL Defence and Security Accelerator (2019 and 2020)
    • Innovative Thermostatic Composites for Hyperthermic Eradication of Varroa Mites from Honey Bee Colonies. Innovate UK (2019)
    • Quality Methods for Sugar and Confectionery Industry. H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (2020)


Selected publications

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