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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.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Polysaccharide interactions
  • 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

Research Expertise and Interests

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External positions

External examiner, University of Nottingham

1 Oct 2017 → …

Polysccharides (Editorial board), MDPI

12 Jul 2017 → …

European Biophysics Journal (Editorial board), Springer

16 Dec 2016 → …

Food Biophysics (Editorial board), Springer

20 Sep 2016 → …

Food Hydrocolloids (Editorial Board), Elsevier

9 Jul 2014 → …

RSC Carbohydrate Committee, Royal Society of Chemistry

1 Jan 2012 → …


  • Polysaccharides
  • Pectins
  • Chitosan
  • Biopolymers
  • Peptides
  • Heparin
  • Mucoadhesion
  • Viscometry
  • Molecular weight determination
  • Hydrogels
  • Hydrocolloids

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Research Output 1999 2018

Contacts (fluid mechanics)

Comparative Study of Diethylaminoethyl-Chitosan and Methylglycol-Chitosan as Potential Non-Viral Vectors for Gene Therapy

Raik, S. V., Andranovitš, S., Petrova, V. A., Xu, Y., Lam, J. K-W., Morris, G., Brodskaia, A. V., Casettari, L., Kritchenkov, A. S. & Skorik, Y. A. 14 Apr 2018 In : Polymers. 10, 4, 15 p., 442

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Gene therapy
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Structure-Function Relationships in Pectin Emulsification

Kpodo, F. M., Agbenorhevi, J. K., Alba, J., Oduro, I. N., Morris, G. & Kontogiorgos, V. Mar 2018 In : Food Biophysics. 13, 1, p. 71-79 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
structure-activity relationships
2 Citations
Open Access
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Zeta potential
Ionic strength
Particle Size

Activities 2011 2017

Controlling Texture in Processed Meat Production

Morris, G. (Examiner)
13 Feb 2017

Activity: Examination

Polysaccharides (Journal)

Morris, G. (Member of editorial board)
12 Jul 2017 → …

Activity: Editorial work

Ugutz Unzueta

Morris, G. (Host)
1 Mar 201731 Aug 2017

Activity: Hosting an academic visitor

Microstructural Engineering of Cakes

Morris, G. (Examiner)
28 Apr 2017

Activity: Examination