UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


About the Dean and Vice-Deans

Professor Ivan Parkin
Ivan Parkin

Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Professor Ivan Parkin is an inorganic materials chemist, who became Faculty Dean of Mathematical & Physical Sciences in October 2016.

Prior to his appointment as Dean, he was Head of Department for UCL Chemistry. Within this role he led the development of new inorganic materials and the discovery of new phases and polymorphs. His work has included light activated antimicrobial polymers; self-cleaning window glass; discriminating gas sensors based on zeolites; thermochromic coatings by Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) and Photoaccustic based ultrasound fibers.

His work on antimicrobial coatings was featured in a display at the Science Museum (Aug-Dec 2014) and his thermochromic work has been featured in over 200 articles in the media (press, magazines, TV).

Professor Parkin is assisted by six Vice-Deans, who focus on the faculty's research, enterprise, education and international strategy.

Professor Andrew Wills

Andrew Wills


Vice-Dean (Research)

Professor Andrew Wills's research crosses physical, inorganic and theoretical chemistry and focuses on magnetism. Before coming to UCL he gained a MA in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and worked as a researcher in the groups of Prof J.E. Greedan at the BIMR (the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, McMaster University), the French Atomic Energy Commission, the CNRS and the Institut Laue Langevin (Grenoble).  

Professor Jawwad A Darr

Jawwad Darr

Vice Dean (Enterprise)

Professor Jawwad A Darr received his doctorate from Imperial College in 1996 in Synthetic metal-organic chemistry. After PDRA positions at Imperial, Nottingham, he was an experimental officer and then holder of an EPSRC Advanced Research fellowship (2001 – 2006) at Queen Mary London. He was appointed to UCL in 2007 and promoted to full professor in October 2011. He is currently head of the Clean Materials Technology group which develops applications of nanoparticles (energy storage, fuel cells, transparent conductive oxides, catalysts, etc.) from laboratory to pilot plant scale (with UK industry). Professor Darr is currently a visiting professor at Zhejiang University, as well as COMSATS University (Lahore Pakistan).


Professor David Waters

David Waters
Vice Dean (Education)

Professor David Waters arrived at UCL in 2001 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow, having completing a DPhil and Junior Research Fellowship at Oxford University. He is a particle physicist, having worked on colliders and cosmic rays but now focused on understanding neutrinos. He is UK Principal Investigator for the SuperNEMO experiment which is currently under construction and hopes to elucidate whether neutrinos are their own anti-particles or not. He was recently undergraduate admissions tutor in Physics & Astronomy and currently teaches a course on Climate and Energy.

Professor Nikolaos Konstantinidis
Nikos Konstantinidis

Vice-Dean (International)

Professor Nikolaos (Nikos) Konstantinidis is a particle physicist and has been at UCL since 2002, having previously conducted postodoctoral research at CERN, UC Santa Cruz, and CPP Marseille. His is currently heading the UCL team working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and is the PI of ATLAS-UK, the country’s largest scientific collaboration. His latest research is on the search for physics beyond the Standard Model through Higgs boson pair production, and he has also been prominent in the ATLAS and LHC upgrades programme. He gained his PhD from Imperial College London.

Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro 
Alexandra Olaya-Castro

Vice-Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)

Professor Olaya-Castro is a theoretical physicist and is known for her work on quantum physics on biomolecular processes, specifically for her research on quantum effects in photosynthesis. Before joining UCL, she gained an MSc in Physics from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, a PhD from the University of Oxford and did research on quantum optics at California Institute of Technology, and on solid state physics at the Institute of Microstructural Sciences in Ottawa. 

Dr Nick Ovenden 
Dr Nick Ovenden

Vice-Dean (Development) 

Dr Nick Ovenden from the Mathematics Department has been appointed to the position of Vice-Dean of Development, a role unique to MAPS focusing on external giving and Alumni affairs. Dr Ovenden's research is concerned with developing mathematical models of problems from medicine and industry, typically involving challenging aspects of fluid mechanics, that utilise asymptotic and perturbation methods. He gained his BSc and PhD in Mathematics from UCL, and is involved in research groups covering Fluid Mechanics, the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Mathematical Modelling in biology, finance, industry and society.

Dean and Vice-Deans