Dr Robert Evans

Lecturer in Physical Chemistry

Phone Number: 0121 204 5382

Email: r.evans2@aston.ac.uk

Room number: MB110H


Rob Evans


Dr Evans joined the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry group at Aston in August 2013.

His research interests involve the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the analysis of polymers, soft materials and complex mixtures. A number of collaborations both within Aston and without have been started, applying interesting NMR to systems of interest.

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.

  • Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, Aston University, 2013-present
  • Chercheur, CNRS at Ecole Polytechnique, 2012-2013 (PI: Stefano Caldarelli)
  • Project Scientist, KCMC, University of Manchester, 2011-2012 (PI: Nicola Tirelli)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Manchester, 2008 - 2011 (PIs: Gareth Morriss, Mathias Nilsson)


  • DPhil, University of Oxford, 2008
  • MChem, first class, University of Oxford, 2003


  • Physical Chemistry (CH1105, CH2107, CH3008)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (CH2101, CH3114)
  • Final Year Chemical Research Projects
  • Literature Review Projects