Shaun Atherton


Staff Group(s)
Physics and Mathematics


Dr Shaun Atherton is a lecturer in Physics, teaching on the modules: 'Ionising Radiation and Non-Invasive Imaging', 'Matter: Evidence for Quantisation', and 'Advance Experimental Techniques'.

Career overview

Dr Atherton conducted his PhD at NTU. His thesis title was: Semen quality detection using acoustic wave sensors.

Research areas

Dr Atherton's previous research has included work on acoustic wave sensors and fog harvesting with hydrophobic materials. His current work is investigating water drop impact behaviour on granular hydrophobic surfaces and plastron respiration with porous hydrophobic surfaces.

Areas of research interest include:

  • Acoustic wave devices
  • Applications of Superhydrophobic surfaces

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD in the School of Science and Technology exist and further information may be found with the NTU Graduate School.


Plastron respiration using commercial fabrics. Atherton S, Brennan CJ, Morris RH, Smith JDE, Hamlett CAE, McHale G, Shirtcliffe NJ and Newton MI, Materials, 2014, 7 (1), 484-495

Transitions of water-drop impact behaviour on hydrophobic and hydrophilic particles. Hamlett CAE, Atherton S, Shirtcliffe NJ, McHale G, Ahn S, Doerr S H, Bryant R, Newton MI, European Journal of Soil Science, 2013, 64 (3), 324-333

Hydrophobic smart material for water transport and collection. Morris RH, Atherton S, Shirtcliffe NJ, McHale G, Dias T, Newton MI, Smart design: First International Conference Proceedings, Springer London, 2012, p49

Semen quality detection using acoustic wave sensors (PhD). Atherton S, 2011, Nottingham Trent University

Low-cost QCM sensor system for screening semen samples. Newton MI, Atherton S, Morris RH, Stanley SM, Evans CR, Hughes DC and McHale G, Journal of Sensors, 2010, 2010, ID 326365

An introduction to superhydrophobicity. Shirtcliffe NJ, McHale G, Atherton S, Newton MI, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 2010, 161 (1-2), 124-138

Investigation of operating parameters for a semen quality analysis system. Atherton S, Evans CR, Roach P, Hughes DC, McHale G and Newton MI, Biodevices 2009: Proceedings Of The International Conference On Biomedical Electronics And Devices, 2009, p13-16

Assessing sperm motility using acoustic plate mode devices. Evans CR, Atherton S, Hughes DC, McHale G and Newton MI, Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium-Jointly With The 21st European Frequency And Time Forum, 2007, 1-4, p4-5

See all of Shaun Atherton's publications...