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
Investigating the significance of zero-point motion in small molecular clusters of sulphuric acid and water.
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.