Meet the Editor: Professor Richard E. Palmer Advances in Physics: X

Introduction to Advances in Physics X

Richard Palmer is the Editor-in-Chief of the new open access journal Advances in Physics: X. The journal aims to demonstrate:

1. the connectivity of Physics, i.e., intellectual relationships between one branch of Physics and another, and
2. the pervasiveness of Physics, i.e., the influence of Physics across (hence the ‘X’) the boundaries into other disciplines, including chemistry, materials science, engineering, biology and medicine.

Thus the journal will promote the centrality of Physics and physical measurement to modern science and technology, defending the discipline and revealing both its richness and its impact.

Read Richard's opening Editorial 'From plasmons to plankton: the wonderful world of physics'.


Richard is Senior Research Fellow in the College of Engineering of Swansea University and also Professor in the School of Physics of Nanjing University. His research interests range from fundamental studies of nanostructures, including atomic clusters and atomic manipulation, to applications of nanomaterials, including catalysis, cancer diagnosis and nanofabrication for next generation electronics.

At Cambridge (1980-1994) Richard was awarded an MA and PhD and held 1851, Clare College and Royal Society Fellowships. At Birmingham (1994 -2017) he founded the UK's first nanoscience centre. Richard has held visiting positions at Cornell, Oxford and Harvard Universities. In 1996 he was awarded the CV Boys Medal of the Institute of Physics and elected Fellow; in 2010 he received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Hasselt University, Belgium; in 2012 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and awarded a senior EPSRC Fellowship; in 2013 he was awarded the Senior Prize and John Yarwood Memorial Medal of the British Vacuum Council; and in 2014 he was elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Richard has published ~400 papers with h-index of 53 and in addition ~20 families of patent applications. Spin-off companies include Inanovate and Irresistible Materials. In addition to his role as founding Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Physics: X, he is Series Editor of the ‘Frontiers of Nanoscience’ book series (Elsevier).

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