Ian Ford

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Prof Ian Ford

Telephone Number: 
+44 (0)20 7679 7136
Telephone Extension: 
37 136
Fax Number: 
+44 (0)20 7679 0595
A26 Physics
Research Interests: 
Statistical physics of nonequilibrium processes
Nucleation of phase transitions
Aerosol physics
  • BA Physics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge 1984
  • DPhil Theoretical Particle Physics, Oxford 1988
  • Theoretical Physics Division, Harwell Laboratory, UKAEA 1987-1995
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL, 1996-present
Awards and honours: 

Smoluchowski Prize, Gesellschaft fur Aerosolforschung 1999

Honorary Life membership, Aerosol Society 2011

External positions held: 

External Examiner, Department of Physics, Royal Holloway University of London

Member of the Thomas Young Centre, the London Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials.


PHAS2228 Statistical Thermodynamics

I teach an undergraduate course on statistical thermodynamics, in which it is my aim to provide an intuitive grasp of the rather difficult concept of entropy, and its microscopic foundation.

PHAS2423 Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physicists

I cover the continuum modelling of fluid mechanics as a component of this module.

I am preparing to deliver a course on stochastic dynamics in 2013. This area of mathematics is applied widely in the area of statistical physics, for example to describe the Brownian motion of colloidal particles, and the effects of thermal fluctuations on molecular structures.