prof ian ford

  • Prof
  • Ian
  • John
  • Ford
  • Prof Ian Ford
  • Tel: 02076797136
  • Ex: 37136
  • Fax: 02076797145
  • Website
  • 1996-01-01
  • 544
  • Room A26
  • Physics Building
  • UCL, Gower Street
  • London
  • WC1E 6BT
Joined UCL
  • 1996-01-01

Research Summary

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 Activities
  • 262
  • Research interests

Academic Background

  • Award Year
  • 1987
    Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Oxford
  • 1984
    BA Hons
    Bachelor 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.

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