Morgan Adams
Title: Dr.
First Name: Morgan
Surname: Adams
Position: Research Fellow
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262840

Professional Body Membership

  • MRSC

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students
  • Preparation of research publications
  • Development of research ideas which may become grant proposals

Academic Background

1997 BSc: Environmental Science and Technology – The Robert Gordon University

1998 PgCert: Instrumental Analytical Science – The Robert Gordon University

2003 MSc: Instrumental Analytical Science – The Robert Gordon University

2008 PgCert: Research Methods –The Robert Gordon University

2010 PhD: "Development and application of novel tracers for environmental applications" –
The Robert Gordon University

Research Interests / Professional Background

Research interests are in the following areas;

  • Photochemistry and reactor development for the treatment of waste and potable water
  • Biomedical taggant development for viral identification
  • Environmental tracers for estuarine and marine deployment
  • Photodynamic therapy for the removal of lice from salmon and algae from stone
  • Optoelectronics
  • Environmental sensor development
  • Carbon dioxide conversion for use as fuel

In 1998 he joined The Optoelectronics Research Centre under Prof.D.McStay on a TCS project involving the development of heat resistant coatings for the glass industry. During 2000 he was employed on an EU project "SMT4 ONSITE", looking at the development of new biocides and a Field Portable Fluorimeter.

In 2002 Morgan joined the Centre for Research in Energy and the Environment, working on a Scottish Enterprise - Proof of Concept project "A new generation of biocide for control of fish lice in fish farms and biofilms on submerged materials". Upon successful completion of that PoC project he went on to work on a project which required him to call on his Engineering skills as well as his Scientific ones - Development of a drum photocatalytic reactor for wastewater treatment.

In 2005/06 he worked on an ITI Techmedia funded project - Lanthanide materials for fluorescence characterisation and feasibility as security labels and also an NCR funded project - Advanced development of novel lanthanide security taggants and detection systems for labelling/encoding security products.

After successful completion of his PhD between 2006 and 2010 he was employed on a Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept project "Genespark", where the overall aim of this project was to develop a novel nanotechnology platform for molecular diagnostics, providing an interesting commercial opportunity and leading to the establishment of an appropriate business structure to apply the technology to a broad range of Medtech and other applications. His role was the development of the fluorescent particles upon which the "Genespark" was based.

In 2011 he took up his current role as a Research Follow working on an collaborative EPSRC project "Enhancing Direct Photoelectrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide". In this project he has the task of designing and developing photocatalytic reactor units in conjunction with St Andrews University and the California Institute of Technology.

Additional Information / Media work / Funding

  • Consultancy

2008 - Bowmore on Islay – Bowmore Harbour Feasibility Study

2007 - Shell – Scale model tests of well annulus lubrication

  • Public Relation Events

2004 – Hamilton School visit to the Research Laboratories of the Center for Research in Energy and the Environment

2001 – Offshore Europe Optoelectronics Research Center stand

2000 – A week run of Christmas Lectures for local schools at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center

1999 – Techfest Schools Road Show

Key Publications

Cathy McCullagh, Nathan Skillen, Morgan Adams, Peter K.J. Robertson, Photocatalytic reactors for environmental remediation: a review Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology 2011 (86) 1002-1017 doi:10.1002/jctb.2650

Olumide Adegboyega Salu, Morgan Adams, Peter K.J. Robertson, Ling Say Wong and Cathy McCullagh, "Remediation of oily wastewater from an interceptor tank using a novel photocatalytic drum reactor", Desalination and Water Treatment, In Press, July 2010

Peter K.J. Robertson, Kenneth D. Black, Morgan Adams, Kate Willis, Fraser Buchan, Heather Orr, Linda Lawton, Cathy McCullagh, "A new generation of biocides for control of crustacea in fish farms", Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, Volume 95, Issue 1, 2 April 2009, Pages 58-63

Pat Pollard, Morgan Adams, Peter K.J. Robertson, Konstantinos Christidis, Simon Officer, Gopala R. Prabhu, Kenneth Gow and Andrew R. Morrisson, "Environmental forensic investigations: The potential use of a novel heavy metal sensor and novel taggants", Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics, Springer Netherlands, ISBN 978-1-4020-9203-9, 2009

Morgan Adams, Ian Campbell and Peter K.J. Robertson, "Novel photocatalytic reactor development for removal of hydrocarbons from water", International Journal of Photoenergy, Volume 2008, Article ID: 674537

Morgan Adams, Naomi Turner and Pat Pollard, "A study of annulus lubrication for oil well completion using scale model tests", IEEE/MTS Oceans 08 Quebec City Conference, Oceans, Poles and Climate: Technological Challenges, 2008

Pat Pollard, Morgan Adams, Simon Officer, Gopala R. Prabhu and Catherine Hunter, "Sensitive novel fluorescent tracers for environmental monitoring", IEEE Oceans 07 Conference, Marine Challenges: Coastline to Deep Sea, ISBN: 1-4244-0635-8, 2007