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Prof Ian Ford
Room A26
Physics Building
UCL, Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: 02076797136
Fax: 02076797145
Appointment
  • Professor of Physics
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Biography

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.

Research Summary

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
Teaching Summary

Statistical mechanics
Stochastic mathematics
Thermodynamics

Appointments
01-OCT-2007 – 01-OCT-2007 Professor Physics and Astronomy/LCN UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2003 – 30-OCT-2007 Reader Physics and Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1999 – 30-SEP-2003 Principal Research Fellow Physics and Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
01-JAN-1996 – 30-SEP-2003 Senior Research Fellow Physics and Astronomy UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1987 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Theoretical Physics University of Oxford
1984 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Physics and Theoretical Physics University of Cambridge
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