Professor Richard Jones

Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Research & Innovation

Professor Richard Jones

Richard is an experimental polymer physicist who specialises in elucidating the nanoscale structure and properties of polymers and biological macromolecules at interfaces.  He has a first degree and PhD in Physics from Cambridge University, and following post-doctoral work at Cornell University, USA, he was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge┬┤s Cavendish Laboratory, before he moved to Sheffield in 1997.  In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 2009 was awarded the Institute of Physics Tabor Prize for his contributions to nanoscience.  He is the author of more than 150 research papers, and three books, the most recent of which is Soft Machines: nanotechnology and life, published by Oxford University Press in 2004.

Richard has written extensively on the wider issues surrounding nanotechnology.  He was the co-author of a report published by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), The Social and Economic Challenges of Nanotechnology (2003), and he chaired the Nanotechnology Engagement Group, a body set up by UK Government to support the development of best practice in publish engagement around nanotechnologies, and to ensure that publish engagement feeds into policy and decision-making.

He was the Senior Strategic Advisor for Nanotechnology for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) from 2007 to 2009, and in 2013 he was appointed to the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Married with two children, his interests include rock climbing and running (rather slowly) in the Peak District.