prof ian ford
- Room A6
- Physics Building
- UCL, Gower Street
- WC1E 6BT
- Professor of Physics
- Dept of Physics & Astronomy
- Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
My research is on theoretical aspects of soft condensed matter, including aerosol, colloid and materials and biological physics. I am particularly interested in the nucleation of a phase transition, such as condensation or freezing, and in nonequilibrium entropy-producing processes in general. 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
Small system kinetic processes
- Research interests
Investigating the significance of zero-point motion in small molecular clusters of sulphuric acid and water.
Model inspired by nuclear pore complex suggests possible roles for nuclear transport receptors in determining its structure.
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 took a job in 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.