Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Professor Richard Jones, FRS
Richard is a physicist, with a PhD from Cambridge University. Following postdoctoral work at Cornell University, he lectured at Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory before moving to Sheffield as a Professor of Physics in 1998, where he was Head of Department from 1999 to 2003. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
His work has focused on experimental studies of the nanoscale structure and properties of polymers and biological macromolecules at interfaces. He is the author of more than 120 research papers, and three books, the most recent of which is 'Soft Machines: nanotechnology and life', published by Oxford University Press in 2004.
Richard is currently the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. With a long-standing interest in public engagement and the broader societal dimensions of nanotechnology, Richard co-authored a report published by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council, 'The Social and Economic Challenges of Nanotechnology' (2003).
He also chaired the Nanotechnology Engagement Group, a body set up by UK Government to support the development of best practice in public engagement around nanotechnologies, and to ensure that public engagement feeds into policy and decision-making. From 2007 to 2009 he was the Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanotechnology for the EPSRC.