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Gordon Morris is a Professor of Carbohydrate Chemist in the Department of Chemical Sciences. He is an analytical and biopolymer chemist and has active research interests in the areas of polysaccharide structure-function, mucoadhesion and peptide chemistry.

He studied for his first degree and MSc in chemistry at the University of Aberdeen before moving to the University of Nottingham in the group of Prof. Steve Harding to conduct BBSRC Industrial Case PhD with Unilever Research (Dr. Tim Foster) on “Hydrodynamic investigation of polysaccharides and their interactions with casein”. After leaving Nottingham he completed a postdoctoral position at Industrial Research Limited (IRL) in Lower Hutt, New Zealand where he worked on the physical and chemical characterisation of chemically and enzymatically modified polysaccharides. He continued this work with in a further postdoctoral position with the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Nantes. This then took him back to Nottingham where he worked for 4.5 years as a Research and Teaching Fellow at the School of Biosciences where his research interests included: stability of chitosan nanoparticles; stability of pectin solutions and gels and polysaccharide/ polysaccharide interactions. He joined the University of Huddersfield as a lecturer in January 2011 and was made a professor in August 2017.

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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Polysaccharide interactions
  • Pectins
  • Chitosan
  • Biopolymers
  • Peptides
  • Heparin
  • Mucoadhesion
  • Viscometry
  • Molecular weight determination
  • Hydrogels
  • Hydrocolloids
  • Construction of stable polysaccharide drug delivery systems
  • Extraction and characterisation of therapeutic molecules
  • Effect of enzymatic or chemical modification on the properties of polysaccharides
  • Dilute solution conformation of polysaccharides

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