Prof. Gayle Morris

Professor Gayle Morris

PhD (Applied Physical Chemistry), Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours): First Class, Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry (with Distinction)

Associate Dean (Research)

Research and teaching specialties

Physical chemistry with a focus on colloid and surface science


Prof Gayle Morris has an extensive background within the research and education sector, as a scientific researcher both in academia and industry, a research manager, and as an advocate for research and researchers. She is an active and successful scientific researcher for over twenty-five years, attracted significant nationally competitive and industry research funding, beginning at UniSA and including a period at Rio Tinto. She has held Director of Research positions at Flinders University and Victoria University.

Gayle is an active professional committee member, as a former Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) President and current ARMS Governance Finance and Audit Committee member. She holds Adjunct Research Professor of UniSA and Adjunct Principal Research Fellow of RMIT University appointment positions, and was awarded a Fellow of ARMS in 2019 for enduring and substantial contribution to the profession.


Editorial Experience:

Referee of submitted manuscripts for international journals, including Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Colloids and Surfaces and International Journal of Mineral Processing.

Publications and Presentations

Journal Articles:

37 journal publications; H index = 25, as at May 2020

Zhu, B., Morris, G., Moon, I.S., Gray, S., & Duke M. (2018) Diffusion behaviour of multivalent ions at low pH through a MFI-type zeolite membrane, Desalination 440, 88-98.

Zhu B., Hu, X., Shin, J.W., Moon, I.S., Muraki, Y., Morris, G., Gray, S., & Duke, M. (2017) A method for defect repair of MFI-type zeolite membranes by multivalent ion infiltration, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 237, 140-150, 2017.

Foundas, M., Britcher, L.J., Fornasiero, D. & Morris, G.E. (2015) Effects of polyethyleneimine–phosphonate–carboxylic copolymers on the dispersion of boehmite particles, Colloids and Surfaces A, 466, 10-17. (citations = 2)

Zhu, B., Myat, D.T., Shin, J-W., Na, Y-H., Moon, I-S., Connor, G., Maeda, S., Morris, G., Gray, S. & Duke, M. (2015) Application of robust MFI-type zeolite membrane for desalination of saline wastewater, Journal of Membrane Science, 475, 167-174. (citations = 22)

Foundas, M., Britcher, L.G., Fornasiero, D. & Morris, G.E. (2015) Boehmite suspension behaviour upon adsorption of methacrylate–phosphonate copolymers. Powder Technology, 269, 385-391. (citations = 6)

Zhu, B., Kim, J.H., Na, Y., Moon, I., Connor, G., Maeda, S., Morris, G., Gray, S. & Duke, M. (2013) Temperature and pressure effects of desalination using a MFI-type zeolite membrane, Membranes, 3(3), 155-168. (citations = 13)

Farrokhpay, S., Morris, G.E. & Britcher, L.G. (2012) Stability of sodium polyphosphate dispersants in mineral processing applications, Minerals Engineering, 39, 39-44. (citations = 4)

Zhu B., Hu, Y., Kennedy, S., Milne, N., Morris, G., Jin, W., Gray, S., & Duke, M. (2011) Dual function filtration and catalytic breakdown of organic pollutants in wastewater using ozonation with titania and alumina membranes, Journal of Membrane Science, 378, 61-72. (citations = 18)

Hu, Y., Milne, N., Gray, S., Morris, G., Duke, M. & Zhu, B. (2011) Combined TiO2 membrane filtration and ozonation for efficient water treatment to enhance the reuse of wastewater, Desalination and Water Treatment, 34, 57-62. (citations = 4)

Du, J. Smart, R. St.C., Morris, G. E. & Pushkarova, R. (2010) Effect of surface structure of kaolinite on aggregation, settling rate and bed density, Langmuir, 26(16), 13227-13235, 2010. (citations = 32)

Farrokhpay, S., Morris, G.E., Fornasiero, D. & Self, P. (2010) Stabilisation of titania pigment particles with anionic polymeric dispersants, Powder Technology 202(1-3), 143–150. (citations = 29)

Li, L., Zou, L., Song, H., & Morris, G. (2010) Improving the capacitive deionisation performance by optimising pore structures of the electrodes, Water Science and Technology, 61(5), 1227-1233, (0273-1223). (citations = 7)

Li, L., Zou, L., Song, H. & Morris, G. (2009) Ordered mesoporous carbons synthesized by a modified sol-gel process for electrosorptive removal of sodium chloride, Carbon, 47(3), 775-781. (citations = 140)

Morris, G. E. & Żbik, M. S. (2009) Smectite suspension structural behaviour, International Journal of Mineral Processing, 93(1), 20-25. (citations = 30)

Zbik, M. S., Smart, St. C., & Morris, G. E. (2008) Kaolinite flocculation structure, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 328(1), 73-80. (citations = 56)

Zou, L., Li, L., Song H. & Morris, G. (2008) Using mesoporous carbon electrodes for brackish water desalination, Water Research, 42(8-9), 2340-2348. (citations = 188)

Zou, L., Qi, D. & Morris, G. (2008) Using activated carbon electrode in electrosorptive deionisation of brackish water, Desalination 225 (1-3), 329-340. (citations = 174)

Farrokhpay, S., Morris, G. E., Fornasiero, D. & Self, P. (2006) Titania pigment particles dispersion in water-based paint films, Journal of Coating Technology Research, 3(4), 275-283. (citations = 26)

Capelle, H., Britcher, L. G. & Morris, G. E. (2006) Sorbitan monostearate adsorption on titania pigment, 34th Australasian Chemical Engineering Conference (CHEMECA), Auckland, 2006, 6pp.

Farrokhpay, S., Morris, G. E., Fornasiero, D. & Self, P. (2005) Influence of polymer functional group architecture on titania pigment dispersion, Colloids and Surfaces A, 253(1-3), 183-191, 2005. (citations = 28)

Farrokhpay, S., Morris, G. E., Fornasiero, D. & Self, P. (2004) Effects of chemical functional groups on the polymer adsorption behavior onto titania pigment particles, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 247(1), 33-40. (citations = 52)

Farrokhpay, S., Morris, G. E., Fornasiero, D. & Self, P. (2004) Role of polymeric dispersant functional groups in the dispersion behaviour of titania pigment particles, Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science, 128, 216-220. (citations = 14)

Smart, R. St. C., Zbik, M. & Morris, G. E. (2004) STIMAN observation of aggregate structure in clay flocculation, In J. S. Laskowski (Ed.) Particle Size Enlargement in Mineral Processing, Mineral Processing V, , 5th UBC-McGill Biennial Int. Symp. Fundamentals of Minerals, CIM, Canada, 215-228, 2004. (citations = 7)

Taylor, M. L., Morris, G. E. & Smart, R. St. C. (2003) Influence of aluminium-doping upon titania pigment dispersion properties, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 262(1), 81-88. (citations = 43)

Crowther, H. M., Morris, G. E., Vincent, B. & Wright, N. G. (2003) Microgels for controlled uptake and release. In S. Barany (ed.) Role of Interfaces in Environmental Protection, NATO Science Series Earth and Environmental Sciences, 24, 169-180. (citations = 3)

Capelle, H., Britcher, L. G. & Morris, G. E. (2003) Sodium stearate adsorption onto titania pigment, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 268(2), 293-300, 2003. (citations = 29)

Taylor, M. L., Morris, G. E., Self, P. G., & Smart, R. St. C. (2002) Kinetics of adsorption of high molecular weight anionic polyacrylamide onto kaolinite: The flocculation process, Journal of Colloid & Interface Science, 250(1), 28-36, 2002. (citations = 61)

Morris, G. E., Fornasiero, D. & Ralston, J. (2002) Polymer depressants at the talc-water interface: Adsorption isotherm, microflotation and electrokinetic studies, International Journal of Mineral Processing, 67(1-4), 211-227. (citations = 84)

Taylor, M. L., Morris, G. E., & Smart, R. St. C. (2001) Polyphosphate interaction with aluminium-doped titania pigment particles, Colloids and Surfaces, 190(3), 285-294. (citations =17)

Saunders, B. R., Crowther, H. M., Morris, G. E., Mears, S. J., Cosgrove, T., & Vincent, B. (1999) Factors affecting the swelling of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) microgel particles: fundamental and commercial implications, Colloids and Surfaces, 149(1-3), 57-64, 1999. (citations = 53)

Morris, G. E., Skinner, W. M., Self, P. G. & Smart, R. St. C. (1999) Surface chemistry and rheological behaviour of titania pigment suspensions, Colloids and Surfaces, 155(1), 27-41. (citations = 86)

Morris, G. E., Fornasiero, D. & Ralston, J. (1999) Low molecular weight polyacrylamide adsorption by silane modified talc. In S. Laskowski (ed.) Polymers in Mineral Processing, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, Montreal, Canada, 171-184.

Morris, G. E., Vincent, B. & Snowden, M. J. (1997) The interaction of thermosensitive, anionic microgels with metal ion solution species, Progress Colloid Polymer Science, 105, 16-22. (citations = 32)

Morris, G. E., Vincent, B. & Snowden, M. J. (1997) Adsorption of lead ions onto N-isopropylacrylamide and acrylic acid copolymer microgels, Journal of Colloid Interface Science, 190, 198-205. (citations = 198)

Snowden, M. J., Chrowdry, B., Vincent, B. & Morris, G. E. (1996) Colloidal copolymer microgels of N-isopropylacrylamide and acrylic acid: pH, ionic strength and temperature effects, Journal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions, 92(24), 5013-5016. (citations = 229)

Morris, G. E., Fornasiero, D. & Ralston, J. (1995) The surface properties of depressants at the talc-water interface. In Proceedings of the XIX International Mineral Processing Congress, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc., Littleton, Colorado, USA, 3, 43-48.

Morris, G. and Newcombe, G. (1993) Granular Activated Carbon: The variation of surface properties with the adsorption of humic substances, Colloid Interface Science, 159(2), 413-420. (citations = 25)


Conference Abstracts, Papers and Proceedings:

50 Conference presentations; 7 invited lectures; over 40 technical reports and 25 technology workshops.

The five most recent:

  1. Morris, G. E. and Murray, A. (2019) Career Path Researcher Development: Women in STEM, Australasian Research Management Society 2019, Adelaide, September 2019.
  2. Morris, G. E. and Murray, A. (2019) Supporting Women in STEM: The Leadership Role Opportunity for Research Administration, SRAI – ARMS Meeting, Hawaii, 2019.
  3. Morris, G. E. and Yi, R. (2013) Sharing Research Administration Best Practice at the Local, National and International Level: ARMS Facilitated Strategic Cooperation, International Network of Research Management Societies 2014, Washington DC, USA, April 2014.
  4. Morris, G. E., Zhu, B., Gray, S. and Duke, M. (2013) New Generation Ceramic Membranes for Water Treatment Sustainability Advancement, Australian Colloid and Interface Symposium 2013, Noosa.
  5. Kerr, S., and Morris, G. E. (2012) Transforming research management into a career of choice, International Network of Research Management Societies 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2012.