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Dr David Morgan

Surface Analysis Manager

School of Chemistry

+44 (0)29 2087 0766
Office 0.74D, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
Available for postgraduate supervision

My interests are in the fundamental surface processes which underpin phenomena such as catalysis, corrosion and adhesion. Overall the research areas I am interested in are broad, encompassing aspects such as the elemental composition, chemistry and topography of a surface. Through the use of a combination of surface sensitive analytical techniques, this research has a wide applicability as evidenced by our collaborations with other schools, including Pharmacy, Physics, Engineering, Biosciences, Archaeology and Earth sciences.

Education and qualifications

  • 2002: PhD (Surface Science), University of Wales, Cardiff.
  • 1999: BSc Chemistry, University of Wales, Cardiff

Career overview

  • 2017 - present: Technical Manager, HarwellXPS: The EPSRC National Facility for X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
  • 2007 - present: Surface Analysis Manager, Cardiff Catalysis Institute, Cardiff University
  • 2002 - 2007: Postdocotral Research Associate, Cardiff Catalysis Institute, Cardiff University

Professional memberships

  • Member of the UK Surface Analysis Forum (UKSAF)
  • Member of the British Vacuum Council (BVC)

Speaking engagements

  • ECASIA'19, Dresden (2019)
  • Materials Innovation Network, Cardiff (2019)
  • Enlighten Conference, Vacuum Expo, Coventry (2018)
  • UKSAF Summer Meeting, Research Complex at Harwell (2018)
  • ISSC-22, Birmingham (2015)
  • Europacat X, Glasgow (2011)

Committees and reviewing

  • Committee member for the British Vacuum Council (BVC, 2019 - present)
  • Committee member of the UK Surface Analysis Forum (UKSAF, 2015 - present)
  • Member of the British Standards Institute - CII/60 - Surface Chemical Analysis (BSI, 2020 - Present)

Editorial activities

  • Editorial advisory board: C - Journal of Carbon Research, MDPI (2019 - Present)
  • Editorial advisory board: Analytical Science Advances, Wiley (2019 - Present)
  • Editorial advisory board: Surface and Interface Analysis, Wiley (2017 - Present)
  • Grant reviewer: EPSRC and Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Reviewer/Referee: Surface and Interface Analysis, Applied Surface Science, Surface Science, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Journal of Catalysis, Carbon, Physica B, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, Surface Science Spectra, Catalysis Communications, Materials and Design, Journal of CO2 Utilisation, Applied Catalysis A, Review of Scientific Instrumentation, Catalysis Letters, Nano-structures and Nano-Objects, Arabian Journal of Chemistry, Diamond and Related Materials, Gold Bulletin, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Materials Letters

















  • CH2301 Training in Research Methods
  • CH2306 Application of Research Methods
  • CHT401 Advanced Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • CH4409 Advanced Spectroscopy

My PhD and post-doctoral work has focused on the characterisation and reactivity of precious metal catalysis and their utilisation in industrial relevant processes, including the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide and acetylene hydrochlorination.

My main research interests are in surface and nanoparticle characterisation, especially by X-ray based in-situ and operando measurements.

I am intrested in supervising PhD students with interests in the following areas:

  • Spectroscopy, in particlular electron spectrocopy
  • Catalysis, in particular the surface chemistry of activated carbons
  • Thin Film Materials

Current supervision

Josh Davies

Josh Davies

Research student

Lee Edwards

Lee Edwards

Research student

Debbie Thacker

Debbie Thacker

Research student