Ian Ford's home page
am a theorist in the Condensed Matter
and Materials Physics group
(CMMP) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL, and a
Investigator in the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN). I work on
the statistical physics of soft condensed matter, particularly the process of nucleation of molecular clusters. |
Applications are to be found in the area of aerosol physics (the study of small particles suspended in a gas), and in colloids, which are particles suspended in a liquid phase host, and I have also looked at the conformational and thermodynamic behaviour of complex biological molecules and structures.
I have interests in the fundamental nature of entropy production in nonequilibrium processes, including thermal conduction, particle diffusion and dissipative systems in general, both classical and quantum mechanical.
In addition, I have worked on topics as diverse as quantum chromodynamics, nuclear reactor safety and financial asset pricing.
I maintain a number of official webpages describing my roles at UCL:
Summary of research career
Brief details are to be found here.
Some recent presentations
I have taught Solid State Physics; liquid state theory; fluid mechanics; stochastic dynamics; and statistical thermodynamics.
I currently teach a fourth year (masters) module: PHAS0061 Advanced Topics in Statistical Mechanics (formerly PHASM/G228)
Current and former members of my research group:
Hanna Vehkamaki (former Postdoctoral Fellow: Monte Carlo simulations of clusters, development of nucleation theorems)
Michael Knott (former PhD student: phases of charged colloids)
Jayesh Bhatt (former PhD student: formation and surface chemistry of interstellar dust)
Shahid Hussain (former PhD student: electromagnetic properties of colloids)
Sarah Harris (former Postdoctoral Fellow: molecular dynamics simulations of liquid clusters; protein aggregation)
Sukina Natarajan (former PhD student: freezing processes in the atmosphere)
Sascha Khakshouri (former PhD student: density functional methods in statistical mechanics)
Hoi Yu Tang (former PhD student: stability of molecular clusters)
Christiane Losert-Valiente-Kroon (former PhD student: stochastic description of nucleation processes and chemical reactions)
Richard Spinney (former PhD student: irreversible processes in stochastic dynamics and fluctuation relations)
Hemant Tailor (former PhD student: molecular thermodynamics of DNA and collagen)
Jake Stinson (former PhD student: dynamics and thermodynamics of sulphuric acid/water molecular clusters)
Dino Osmanovic (former PhD student: statistical physics of the nuclear pore complex)
Joel Posthuma de Boer (PhD student based at Imperial College: nucleation and growth of graphene sheets)
Gabriel Lau (PhD student (PhD student based at Imperial College: thermodynamics of droplets)
Seyyed Reza Haqshenas (PhD student, based at UCL Mechanical Engineering, crystal nucleation and growth in acoustic fields)
Peter Bebbington (PhD student: dynamics of price formation in markets)
Jullian Thompson (PDRA: properties of caesium hydroxide aerosols)
Claudia Clarke (PhD student: entropy production in a quantum setting)