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Rob Morris

Rob Morris

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Physics and Mathematics


Reader in Physics

Dr Morris teaches a range of topics focusing on the principles and applications of medical imaging including magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound imaging. He teaches various aspects of nuclear physics and electronics. He is also the third year tutor for the physics cluster of courses.

Research areas

Areas of research interest include:

  • Magnetic Resonance Hardware for imaging and for general sensing applications
  • Waste Water treatment and monitoring with an emphasis on constructed wetlands
  • Magnetic Resonance Elastography
  • Food process control and product stability monitoring
  • Extrinsic MRI contrast
  • Surface acoustic wave devices for fluid manipulation
  • Applications of Technical Textiles and Smart Materials

Dr 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.

Dr 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, droplet manipulation using surface acoustic wave devices and transmit only receive only NMR coils. He welcomes opportunities to collaborate on projects or to perform contract measurements. Please contact Dr Morris directly to discuss possible opportunities or for further information. Information may also be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

  • Pack to the Future – Joint event with the Packaging Society
  • The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2009 (Nature's Raincoats)
  • Chartered Physicist and member of the Institute of Physics
  • Panel member of the Ogden Trust Nottingham Hub
  • Institute of Physics British Radio Spectroscopy Group

Sponsors and collaborators

Sponsors and Collaborators:

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

University collaborations include Keele University, Aston University and University of Nottingham.

Research funding has included:

  • Automated Reed Bed Installations, European Union Framework 7 project, (2013-15), €1.18M


Flexible conformable hydrophobized surfaces for turbulent flow drag reduction. Brennan J, Geraldi N, Morris RH, Fairhurst DJ, McHale G and Newton MI, Scientific Reports, 2015, 5

Magnetic Resonance Sensors. Morris R, Newton MI, Sensors, 2014, 14 (11)

Investigation of the drag reducing effect of hydrophobized sand on cylinders. Brennan JC, Fairhurst DJ, Morris RH, McHale G and Newton MI, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2014, 47 (20)

Enivronmental NMR: Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Nestle N, Morris R, Baumann T, eMagRes, 2013

Capillary origami and superhydrophobic membrane surfaces. Geraldi NR, Ouali FF, Morris RH, McHale G, Newton MI, Applied Physics Letters, 2013, 102 (21)

Analysis of clogging in constructed wetlands using magnetic resonance. Morris RH, Newton MI, Knowles P, Bencsik M, Davies P, Griffin P, McHale G, Analyst, 2011, 136, 2283-2286

Measurement techniques for wastewater filtration systems. Morris RH and Knowles PR in (Ed) FSG Einschlag, Waste Water: Treatment and Reutilization, Croatia: Intech. 2011, chapter 6

Low-Cost QCM sensor system for screening semen samples. Newton M, Atherton S, Morris R, Stanley S, Evans C, Hughes D and McHale G, Journal of Sensors, 2010, 326365

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