Richard A. Jones (physicist)

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Richard Jones
FRS
BornRichard Anthony Lewis Jones
1961 (age 56–57)[1][2]
EducationDenstone College[1]
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA, PhD)
Known forSoft Condensed Matter[3]
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics[4]
Soft matter[3]
Science policy[5]
Institutions
ThesisMutual diffusion in miscible polymer blends (1987)
Websitesoftmachines.org

Richard Anthony Lewis Jones (born 1961)[1][2] FRS[6] is professor of physics and the pro-vice-chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Sheffield.[7][4][8][9]

Education[edit]

Jones was educated at Denstone College[1] and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he studied the Natural Sciences Tripos and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics 1983.[1] 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[1] and in 1998 was appointed a professor at the University of Sheffield.[11]

Jones research[4][8] investigates the physics of polymers and biopolymers at surfaces and interfaces, with implications for polymer blends.[6][3] 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[5] 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]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Anon (2017). Jones, Prof. Richard Anthony Lewis. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U151439. closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Richard Jones at Library of Congress Authorities
  3. ^ a b c Jones, Richard A. L. (2002). Soft Condensed Matter. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198505891.
  4. ^ a b c Richard A. Jones publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ a b Jones, Richard A. J.; Wilsdon, James (2018). "The Biomedical Bubble". nesta.org.uk. Nesta.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Anon (2012). "Professor Richard Jones FRS". royalsociety.org. London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2017-06-29. 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". www.sheffield.ac.uk.
  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". www.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". www.softmachines.org.
  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. doi:10.1209/0295-5075/27/1/011. ISSN 0295-5075.
  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. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.66.1326. ISSN 0031-9007.
  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). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.048102. ISSN 0031-9007.
  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". ft.com. Financial Times. (subscription required)
  17. ^ Jones, Richard A. J.; Wilsdon, James (2018). "It's time to burst the biomedical bubble in UK research". theguardian.com. 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 2018-09-10.

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