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Dr Richard Binns

Head of Department

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Dr Richard Binns is the Head of Department of Mathematics Physics and Electrical Engineering and Associate Professor at Northumbria University. He is currently responsible for a department of 60 staff a member of the faculty executive routinely headed up professional body accreditations and establishing collaborative links to institutions in Malaysia, Singapore and China.

Dr Richard Binns graduated from Huddersfield University with a degree in Electronic and Information Engineering in 1993 and also a PhD in Analogue Test strategies in 1997. He moved to Northumbria University in 2001 on an EPSRC post-doctoral contract looking into Analogue Synthesis tool development in collaboration with Ericson Components and Cadence Design Systems. Current research works is varied from design of electronics for visible light communications, energy management in electric vehicles, research into radiation detection mechanisms for personal dosimetry and power control systems development.

Richard Binns

Campus Address

Ellison Building

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My key research work is in analogue electronics specifically the design and development of novel electronic circuit designs, this is often coupled into different areas of research in visible light communication and power electronics.  Design and implementation of electronics for visible light communication driver design, and in the analysis of LiPo battery charging design has led to several successful PhD students awards.

One key aspect of my research is engaging students both undergrad and postgraduate in research, with several students starting on a research journey from their respective project work.

Key Publications

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  • Acousto-Pi: An Opto-Acoustofluidic System using Surface Acoustic Waves controlled with Open Source Electronics for Integrated In-Field Diagnostics, Vernon, J., Canyelles-Pericas, P., Torun, H., Dai, X., Ng, W., Binns, R., Busawon, K., Fu, Y. 15 Sep 2021, In: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
  • A rapid and controllable acoustothermal microheater using thin film surface acoustic waves, Wang, Y., Zhang, Q., Tao, R., Chen, D., Xie, J., Torun, H., Dodd, L., Luo, J., Fu, C., Vernon, J., Canyelles-Pericas, P., Binns, R., Fu, R. 1 Feb 2021, In: Sensors and Actuators A: Physical
  • Cascaded Sagnac loops embedded with two polarization maintaining photonic crystal fibers for highly-sensitive strain measurement, Liu, Q., Xing, L., Wu, Z., Fu, R., Li, S., Xue, P., Ng, W., Wu, Q., Binns, R. 3 Feb 2021, In: IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Electrically Sensing Characteristics of the Sagnac Interferometer Embedded with a Liquid Crystal-Infiltrated Photonic Crystal Fiber, Liu, Q., Xue, P., Wu, Q., Zhao, C., Ng, W., Fu, Y., Binns, R. 26 Jul 2021, In: IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Electrically Tuning Characteristics of LC Selectively Infiltrated PCF Sagnac Interferometer, Xue, P., Liu, Q., Wu, Z., Wu, Q., Zhao, C., Ng, W., Fu, R., Binns, R. 1 Jul 2021, In: IEEE Photonics Technology Letters
  • A Nonlinear H-infinity Control Approach for Autonomous Truck and Trailer Systems, Rigatos, G., Siano, P., Wira, P., Busawon, K., Binns, R. 1 Jan 2020, In: Unmanned Systems
  • Autonomous drone control within a Wi-Fi network, Harrington, P., Ng, W., Binns, R. 20 Jul 2020, 2020 12th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing (CSNDSP 2020), Piscataway, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
  • Characterization of RGB LEDs as Emitter and Photodetector for LED-to-LED Communication, Galal, M., Ng, W., Binns, R., El Aziz, A. 20 Jul 2020, 2020 12th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing, CSNDSP 2020, Piscataway, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
  • Data-driven Sensor Fault Estimation for the Wind Turbine Systems, Rahimilarki, R., Gao, Z., Jin, N., Binns, R., Zhang, A. Jun 2020, 2020 IEEE 29th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2020), Piscataway, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
  • Experimental Characterization of RGB LED Transceiver in Low-Complexity LED-to-LED Link, Galal, M., Ng, W., Binns, R., Abd El Aziz, A. 10 Oct 2020, In: Sensors

PGR Supervision

Jonathan James-Gunn Solid State Ionising Radiation Detector Start Date: 06/06/2016

Further Information

Research Supervisions

Graduate Name

Jonathan James Gunn

Supervision Role

Director of Studies

Thesis Title

“New Electronic Techniques for Personal Dosimetry”

Industrial collaboration with NDT Electronic Services Ltd company in South Shields


Aim of the research is to investigate possible replacements for the personal dosimeter (radiation detection using a film badge). New and novel mechanisms for high energy photon detection (ionising radiation) are to be investigated based originally on the Geiger-Muller tube as a baseline experiment. Initial work has looked into the PIN diode, an APD and established a baseline from existing technology. New technologies the GFET are to be investigated along with possible memory structures.



Graduate Name

Jethro Vernon

Thesis Title

“Thin Film Acoustic Wave Platform for Conformable and Mechanically Flexible Biosensors”



Graduate Name

Mariam Abdelmoteleb – Graduate 2020

Thesis Title

“Low level data rate Visible Light Communications”



Graduate Name

Peter Harrington – Graduate 2020

Thesis Title

“Autonomous Drone Network: Non-Intrusive Control and Indoor Formation Positioning”



Graduate Name

Geetika Agagrwal - Graduated 2020

Thesis Title

“Visible Light Communication for Medical Data Transfer”



Graduate Name

Ahmed Al-Karakchi - Graduated 2018

Thesis Title

“Smart Control of Power Electronic Chargers for Integrating Electric Vehicles into the Power Grid”



  • Electrical Engineering PhD June 30 1996
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2003
  • Member (MIET) & Chartered Engineer (CEng) Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 1989

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