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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

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.

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  • Integrated label-free erbium-doped fiber laser biosensing system for detection of single cell Staphylococcus aureus, Liu, J., Liu, B., Liu, J., He, X., Yuan, J., Ghassemlooy, Z., Torun, H., Fu, Y., Dai, X., Ng, W., Binns, R., Wu, Q. 15 May 2023, In: Talanta
  • 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. Jan 2022, In: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
  • Breath monitoring, sleep disorder detection and tracking using thin film acoustic waves and open-source electronics, Vernon, J., Canyelles-Pericas, P., Torun, H., Binns, R., Ng, W., Wu, Q., Fu, Y. 1 Sep 2022, In: Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering
  • Flexible Multifunctional Platform Based on Piezoelectric Acoustics for Human-Machine Interaction and Environmental Perception, Zhang, Q., Wang, Y., Li, D., Xie, J., Tao, R., Luo, J., Dai, X., Torun, H., Wu, Q., Ng, W., Binns, R., Fu, Y. 14 Sep 2022, In: Microsystems and Nanoengineering
  • Integrated sensing and acoustofluidic functions for flexible thin film acoustic wave devices based on metallic and polymer multilayers, Zahertar, S., Tao, R., Wang, H., Torun, H., Canyelles-Pericas, P., Liu, Y., Vernon, J., Ng, W., Binns, R., Wu, Q., Luo, J., Fu, Y. 16 Mar 2022, In: IEEE Sensors Journal
  • Synchronisation of Packet Coupled Low-accuracy RC Oscillator Clocks for Wireless Networks, Zong, Y., Dai, X., Canyelles-Pericas, P., Gao, Z., Ng, W., Busawon, K., Binns, R. 20 Dec 2022, In: IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
  • Apnoea-Pi: Sleep disorder monitoring with open-source electronics and acoustics, Vernon, J., Canyelles-Pericas, P., Torun, H., Binns, R., Ng, W., Fu, Y. 2 Sep 2021, 2021 26th International Conference on Automation and Computing, Piscataway, IEEE
  • 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

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

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 – Graduate 2022

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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