Robert Evans

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General

On completion of his doctorate in 2008, he moved to the University of Manchester to take a two year post-doctoral research associate position working on pure shift NMR and diffusion NMR, supervised by Professor G. A. Morris. This project was in close association with the flavours company Givaudan. This was followed by a further, one year, post-doctoral position under Dr M. Nilsson looking at “New methods for mixture analysis by liquids NMR”.

He joined the University after a one year position working with Stefano Caldarelli at the Institute de Chemie des Sciences Naturelles in Gif-sur-Yvette/Ecole Polytechnique, developing analytical tools for the analysis of the natural mixtures. 

Dr Evans obtained his MChem (1st class honours) at the University of Oxford in 2003. The 4th year thesis was supervised by Dr C. R. Timmel with the majority of the research done in collaboration with Dr M. M. Britton. He continued this work into his DPhil (2003 – 2008), an extended study of magnetic field effects on autocatalytic systems. This continued the established collaboration with Dr M. M. Britton and involved further collaboration with Dr M. A. Hayward. 

A further one year position followed with Professor N. Tirelli, working in the KCMC, investigating the dynamic behaviour of colloids and nonomaterials in aqueous dispersions. Over this period of four years, he used NMR to investigate a range of problems, from simplification of spectra for mixture analysis to the characterisation of the products of nanoparticle oxidation.

Research interests

Dr Evans joined the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry group at Aston in August 2013. His research is in the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to solve chemical and engineering problems. Recent projects include: 

  • improving the quantitative interpretation of small molecule diffusion coefficients.
  • measurement and analysis of the pore structures and architecture of catalytic silica supports, based on the diffusion of molecules through them.
  • development of NMR cryoporometry methods for the analysis of pore sizes.
  • analysis of fuel samples, such as biofuel and asphaltenes.
  • study of the molecular behaviour responsible for self-healing polymer samples.

Teaching Activity

Rob teaches across both chemistry and chemical engineering modules, with a particular focus on physical chemistry and mathematical methods. 

  • Chemical Engineering Mathematics
  • Mathematics for Chemists
  • Physical Chemistry II
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Physical Chemistry III
  • Advanced NMR Techniques

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