UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


About the Dean and Vice-Deans

Prof Ivan Parkin

Prof Ivan Parkin…
Ivan Parkin

Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Professor Ivan Parkin is an inorganic materials chemist, who joined the Faculty as Dean of Mathematical and 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).

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

Prof Des McMorrow

Des McMorrow

Vice-Dean (Research)

Professor Des McMorrow is Professor of Experimental Physics at UCL, and a former acting director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology. His research is focused on understanding how electrons organise themselves in solids to produce the wonderfully diverse range of phenomena encountered in modern condensed matter physics. Prior to coming to UCL in 2004, he held academic appointments at the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford, as well as at the Niels Bohr Institute and Riso National Laboratory in Copenhagen. He gained his PhD from the University of Manchester.

Prof 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). Prof Darr is currently a visiting professor at Zhejiang University, as well as COMSATS University (Lahore Pakistan).

Prof 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.

Prof 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.