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Rob Morris

Rob Morris


School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Physics and Mathematics


Professor of Physics

Professor Morris teaches a range of topics focusing on the principles and applications of medical imaging including magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound imaging as well as courses in electronics and nuclear physics. He is the industrial liaison and departmental research coordinator within the physics team at Nottingham Trent University.

Research areas

Areas of research interest include:

  • Magnetic Resonance Hardware for imaging and for applied industrial sensing applications
  • Food process control and product stability monitoring
  • Magnetic Resonance Elastography
  • Extrinsic MRI contrast
  • Development of novel composite materials for medical and personal protection applications
  • Magnetic Particle Spectroscopy and Imaging
  • Waste Water treatment and monitoring with an emphasis on constructed wetlands
  • Applications of Technical Textiles and Smart Materials
  • Acoustic Levitation
  • Benchtop nuclear fusion devices with a particular focus on compact stellerators

Professor Morris has a keen interest in applying existing technology to new problems. He has previously used MRI to investigate changes in food products which have undergone different processing during production and storage, investigated the flow of fluids through porous materials and produced automated systems to investigate the wetting properties of surfaces and to monitor pressure during brewing processes. He is currently the UK partner on a multinational Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action project SuChAQuality developing magnetic resonance hardware to monitor confectionary and chocolate products in partnership with industry.

Professor Morris has previously supervised projects in the areas of research interest listed above. He has an interest in practical projects which lead to application or development of hardware or techniques to new areas and to the generation of new technology. Previous projects include developing embeddable NMR probes for monitoring constructed wetlands, producing low cost electronics for magnetic resonance, development of a magnetic particle spectrometer for educational applications, creation of a novel system for early detection of pre-eclampsia with magnetic resonance and an acoustic levitation device for presentation of container free samples to spallation beamlines.

Professor Morris welcomes all opportunities to collaborate on projects or to perform contract measurements for industrial or academic purposes. Please contact him directly by email to discuss possible opportunities or for further information.

Information on PhD projects may also be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

  • The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (Nature's Raincoats)
  • Chartered Physicist and member of the Institute of Physics
  • Chair of the scientific advisory board for Foresight Innovations Limited
  • Guest editor for Applied Sciences: “Applications of Low Field Magnetic Resonance”
  • Guest editor for Sensors: “Magnetic Resonance Sensors”

Sponsors and collaborators

Sponsors and Collaborators:

Current and recent research is being conducted with the support of:

  • European Union Horizon 2020 MSCA RISE
  • Defence and Security Accelerator
  • Innovate UK
  • The Royal Society

University partners include:

  • Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • University of Warmia and Marzury, Poland
  • University of Concepción, Chile
  • National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • University of Birmingham, UK
  • University of Nottingham, UK

Industrial Partners include:

  • Kayseri Sugar, Turkey
  • Durukan Confectionary, Turkey
  • TOREN Food Company, Turkey
  • Resonance Systems, Germany
  • SG Isotech, Serbia
  • Foresight Innovations Limited, UK
  • Medibord Limited, UK
  • Omnia CS, UK
  • Nanogentech, UK


Controlled Release of Carnosine from Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) Beads using Nanomechanical Magnetic Trigger Towards the Treatment of Glioblastoma. Habra K, Morris RH, McArdle SEB, Cave GWV. Nanoscale Advances, 2022, ISSN 2516-0230

Editorial on Special Issue “Applications of Low Field Magnetic Resonance”. Morris RH, Newton MI. Applied Sciences, 2021, 11 (18): 8471.

Advanced Sandwich Composite Cores for Patient Support in Advanced Clinical Imaging and Oncology Treatment. Morris RH, Geraldi NR, Pike LC, Pawelke J, Hoffmann AL, Doy N, Stafford JL, Spicer A, and Newton MI. Materials, 2020, 13 (16): 3549.

Woven Natural Fibre Reinforced Composite Materials for Medical Imaging. Morris RH Geraldi NR, Stafford JL, Spicer A, Hall J, Bradley C and Newton MI. Materials, 2020, 13 (7): 1684.

A Natural Fibre Reinforced Composite Material for Multi-Modal Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy Treatment. Morris RH, Trabi CL, Spicer A, Langmack K, Boersma W, Weightman J and Newton MI. Materials Letters, 2019, 252, Pp. 289-292.

An Evaluation of Kefir Grain Size with Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Observe the Fermentation of Milk. Spicer A, Fairhurst DJ, Newton MI and Morris RH. Magnetic Resonance In Chemistry, 2019, 57 (9): 730-737, Pp. 730-737.

A Preliminary Study of Milk Powder Hydration Using TEDSpiL Continuous Wave NMR. Parslow ST, Almazrouei NK, Newton MI, Dye ER and Morris RH. Magnetic Resonance In Chemistry, 2019, 57 (9), Pp. 695-699.

Beyond the Langevin Horn: Transducer Arrays for the Acoustic Levitation of Liquid Drops. Morris RH, Dye ER, Docker P and Newton MI. Physics Of Fluids, 2019, 31 (10): 101301.

Ex Vivo Mri Cell Tracking of Autologous Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in an Ovine Osteochondral Defect Model. Markides H, Newell KJ, Rudorf H, Ferreras LB, Dixon JE, Morris RH, Graves M, Kaggie J, Henson F and El Haj AJ. Stem Cell Research & Therapy, 2019, 10 (1): 25.

NMR Capibara: Proof of Principle of a Low-Field Unilateral Magnetic Resonance System for Monitoring of the Placenta During Pregnancy. Morris RH, Almazrouei NK, Tabi CL and Newton MI. 2019, Applied Sciences, 10 (1): 162.

Transient Effect Determination of Spin-Lattice (TEDSpiL) Relaxation Times using Continuous Wave NMR. Morris RH, Mostafa N, Parslow S and Newton MI. Magnetic Resonance In Chemistry, 2017, 55 (9), Pp. 853-855.

Autonomous Magnetic Labelling of Functional Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Improved Traceability and Spatial Control in Cell Therapy Applications. Harrison R, Markides H, Morris RH, Richards P, El Hak AJ and Sottile V. Journal Of Tissue Engineering And Regenerative Medicine, 2017, 11 (8), Pp. 2333-2348.

Temperature Dependence of Magnetic Resonance Probes for use as Embedded Sensors in Constructed Wetlands. Hughes-Riley T, Dye ER, Ortega Anderez D, Hill-Casey F, Newton MI and Morris RH Sensors And Actuators A: Physical, 2016, 241, Pp. 19-26.

Capillary Penetration Into Inclined Circular Glass Tubes. Trabi CL, Ouali FF, McHale G, Javed H, Morris RH and Newton MI. Langmuir, 2016, 32 (5), Pp. 1289-1298.

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Press expertise

Areas of Expertise:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Sensing
  • Medical Imaging
  • Food process monitoring
  • Waste water treatment and monitoring
  • Natural fibre composite materials

Examples of press activity include:

  • Food Unwrapped Season 15 Episode 5 – Ricochet – Channel 4 – MRI of Pork Pies to monitor Jelly Ingres
  • BBC Radio Nottingham Breakfast Show – Interview about making water from the river Trent drinkable
  • BBC Radio Nottingham Breakfast Show – Interview about the declining bee populations