prof ian ford
- Room A26
- Physics Building
- UCL, Gower Street
- WC1E 6BT
- Professor of Physics
- Dept of Physics & Astronomy
- Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
My research interests lie in the area of statistical physics, particularly soft condensed matter and biological physics. I am particularly interested in a theoretical understanding of the nucleation of a phase transition, such as condensation of aerosols or freezing of liquids, and in nonequilibrium entropy-producing processes in general, particularly through the framework of stochastic thermodynamics and fluctuation relations. I have also worked in areas as diverse as quark physics, laser-atom interactions, friction and wear, atmospheric physics and environmental pollution, deformation and fracture of materials, and problems in nuclear reactor design.
- Soft condensed matter
- Nucleation phenomena
- Aerosol science
- Biomolecular mechanics
- Entropy production and stochastic thermodynamics
- Small system kinetic processes
- Fluctuation relations
- Research interests
Free energy of formation of clusters of sulphuric acid and water molecules determined by guided disassembly
Nanoscale stiffness topography reveals structure and mechanics of the transport barrier in intact nuclear pore complexes.
1987DPhilDoctor of PhilosophyUniversity of Oxford
1984BA HonsBachelor of Arts (Honours)University of Cambridge
I graduated from Cambridge University in 1984 with a BA in Physics and Theoretical Physics, and went on to complete a DPhil in 1987 at Oxford University on the theory of elementary particles. I then moved to the Theoretical Physics Division at the Harwell Laboratory of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. In 1993-5 I was attached to the Department of Materials at Oxford University as a part-time Royal Society Industrial Fellow. I left Harwell at the end of 1995 to join the Condensed Matter and Materials Physics group of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL. I became a Reader in Physics in 2003 and a Professor in 2007.