prof ian boyd

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  • Ian
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  • Prof Ian Boyd
  • 2009-10-01
Joined UCL
  • 2009-10-01

Research Summary

Professor Boyd has wide research experience in solid state and optical physics and engineering.   He has developed a worldwide reputation in laser applications, thin films, and nanotechnology.  In addition to specialisms in silicon oxidation and pulsed laser deposition of a range of insulating, superconducting and magnetic oxides,  he has been instrumental in the development and application of ultraviolet excimer lamp sources.  As principal investigator he has won more than £1m in research contracts and is jointly responsible in winning more than £30m of infrastructural income at UCL and MCN.  He has graduated some 16 students at PhD level.

He has published more than 300 papers and book chapters, delivered some 45 invited papers at international conferences, and presented around 50 guest seminars around the world.  In 2005, he was recipient of the J.R. Yarwood Senior Medal for pioneering work in thin film technology.

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Academic Background

  • Award Year
  • 1983
    Chartered Physicist
  • 1982
    Doctor of Philosophy
    Heriot-Watt University
  • 1979
    BSc Hons
    Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    Heriot-Watt University


Professor Boyd obtained BSc (1stClass) and PhD degrees at the Heriot Watt University.  He worked in medical physics at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital and Hughes Microelectronics prior to post-doctoral research in North Texas State University, USA, in laser physics.  He was appointment lecturer in the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL in 1985, senior lecturer in 1989, and Reader in 1992, and became the youngest professor since Fleming in 1994.  He established the laser processing thin films group and became the head of the 22-strong Electronic Materials & Devices in 2001.  Together with Prof Price, he established the Centre for Materials Research at UCL, and was integral in the foundation of the London Centre for Nanotechnology LCN).  He has served as a Director and executive committee member of LCN, and is currently Director and Research Advisor at the Melbourne Centre for Nanotechnology (MCN) and is recipient of the 2005  J.R. Yarwood Senior Medal for pioneering work in thin film technology.

Prof Boyd has served on numerous boards and committees, including IMEC, the Link Nanotechnology group, the Materials group of the IET, and notably the executive council of the European Materials Research Society in Strasbourg, where he was elected vice- and subsequently president in 1995-97, and Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society in the USA in 2009.  He has contributed to more than 30 international conference advisory committees and chaired or co-chaired 28 symposia and conferences in Europe, Asia, and the

USA.   Ian has also published more than 300 papers and book chapters, authored/edited 10 books, and presented more than 45 invited papers at international level in addition to more than 40 seminars worldwide.  He has contributed numerous articles to the trade and popular press and appeared on BBC, ABC (Australia), Romanian and Chinese TV and Radio and is an Honorary/Visiting Professor at four universities on three continents.

Additional Information
  • Materials Research
  • Nanotechnology
  • Thin Films