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Richard A. Jones (physicist)

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Richard Jones
Richard Anthony Lewis Jones

1961 (age 62–63)[4][5]
EducationDenstone College[4]
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA, PhD)
Known forSoft Condensed Matter[2]
Scientific career
Soft matter[2]
Science policy[3]
ThesisMutual diffusion in miscible polymer blends (1987)

Richard Anthony Lewis Jones (born 1961)[4][5] FInstP FLSW FRS[6] is professor of Materials Physics and Innovation Policy at the University of Manchester having been professor of physics at the University of Sheffield until 2020.[7][1][8][9]


Jones was educated at Denstone College[4] and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he studied the Natural Sciences Tripos and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics 1983.[4] He continued his study at the University of Cambridge where his PhD investigated diffusion in polymer blends.[10]

Career and research[edit]

After postdoctoral research at Cornell University, he was appointed a lecturer at the University of Cambridge based at the Cavendish Laboratory[4] and in 1998 was appointed a professor at the University of Sheffield.[11]

Jones' research[1][8] investigates the physics of Polymers and Biopolymers at surfaces and interfaces, with implications for polymer blends.[6][2] He pioneered the use of ion beam methods to study the segregation of one component to the surface of a blend.[6] This in turn led to experiments on capillary wave broadening of interfaces, using neutron reflectivity.[6] His experiments on the thickness-dependence of Glass transitions[12] in thin films has stimulated a new research field.[6][13] He has extended his studies to the denaturation of proteins at interfaces, demonstrating how the surface hydrophilicity has a strong effect, with implications for problems ranging from fouling to disease.[6][14]

In 2018 he co-authored The Biomedical Bubble[3] with James Wilsdon [Wikidata], which argued that United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) needs a greater diversity of priorities, politics, places and people.[15][16][17][18][19]

In 2020, Jones moved to Manchester.[20]

Awards and honours[edit]

Jones was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2006 for "substantial contributions to the improvement of natural knowledge".[6]

In 2008 he won the Institute of Physics David Tabor Medal and Prize.[21]

In 2021, Jones was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.[22]


  1. ^ a b c Richard A. Jones publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Richard A. L. (2002). Soft Condensed Matter. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198505891.
  3. ^ a b Jones, Richard A. J.; Wilsdon, James (2018). "The Biomedical Bubble". nesta.org.uk. Nesta.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Anon (2017). "Jones, Prof. Richard Anthony Lewis". Who's Who (online ed.). Oxford: A & C Black. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U151439. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ a b Richard Jones at Library of Congress
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Anon (2012). "Professor Richard Jones FRS". royalsociety.org. London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 29 June 2017. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)

  7. ^ Sheffield, University of. "Richard Jones – Contacts – Physics and Astronomy – The University of Sheffield". University of Sheffield.
  8. ^ a b Richard A. Jones publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  9. ^ "Soft Machines – Some personal views on nanotechnology, science and science policy from Richard Jones". softmachines.org.
  10. ^ Jones, Richard Anthony Lewis (1987). Mutual diffusion in miscible polymer blends. jisc.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 499164519. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.233254.
  11. ^ "About Richard Jones – Soft Machines". softmachines.org. 29 October 2011.
  12. ^ Keddie, J. L; Jones, R. A. L; Cory, R. A (1994). "Size-Dependent Depression of the Glass Transition Temperature in Polymer Films". Europhysics Letters (EPL). 27 (1): 59–64. Bibcode:1994EL.....27...59K. doi:10.1209/0295-5075/27/1/011. ISSN 0295-5075. S2CID 250841160.
  13. ^ Jones, Richard A. L.; Norton, Laura J.; Kramer, Edward J.; Bates, Frank S.; Wiltzius, Pierre (1991). "Surface-directed spinodal decomposition". Physical Review Letters. 66 (10): 1326–1329. Bibcode:1991PhRvL..66.1326J. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.66.1326. ISSN 0031-9007. PMID 10043177.
  14. ^ Howse, Jonathan R.; Jones, Richard A. L.; Ryan, Anthony J.; Gough, Tim; Vafabakhsh, Reza; Golestanian, Ramin (2007). "Self-Motile Colloidal Particles: From Directed Propulsion to Random Walk". Physical Review Letters. 99 (4): 048102. arXiv:0706.4406. Bibcode:2007PhRvL..99d8102H. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.048102. ISSN 0031-9007. PMID 17678409. S2CID 16932092.
  15. ^ Anon (2018). "Editorial: UK life science research: time to burst the biomedical bubble". The Lancet. 392 (10143): 187. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31609-X. PMID 30043738.
  16. ^ Ahuja, Anjana (2018). "Britain must stop inflating the biomedical bubble". Financial Times. (subscription required)
  17. ^ Jones, Richard A. J.; Wilsdon, James (2018). "It's time to burst the biomedical bubble in UK research". The Guardian.
  18. ^ Jones, Richard A. J.; Wilsdon, James (2018). "Rethinking the life sciences strategy". wonkhe.com.
  19. ^ Watt, Fiona (2018). "Popping the bubble". insight.mrc.ac.uk. Medical Research Council. Archived from the original on 10 September 2018.
  20. ^ "New Chair in Materials Physics and Innovation Policy". University of Manchester. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  21. ^ "2008 Tabor Medal and Prize". Institute of Physics. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  22. ^ Wales, The Learned Society of. "Richard A.L. Jones". The Learned Society of Wales. Retrieved 30 August 2023.

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