Dr Mark Richards has a BSc in Chemistry (Manchester) and a PhD in Physics from Imperial College London. His research centred on the spectroscopic study of nitric acid vapour for atmospheric remote sensing retrievals. After working in finance for a while, Mark returned to Imperial in 2002 as a Post Doctoral Researcher within the High Energy Physics Group to manage a Technology Transfer program. He has since co-founded Duvas Technologies, an Imperial spin-out company specialising in wireless air sensing networks for real-time pollution mapping. Mark is currently a member of the Physics Teaching Staff and is also the Departmental Head of Outreach.
Mark is also an active member of Imperial As One - the Universities' Race Equality Advisory Group, and has been involved in numerous widening participation and outreach programs that aim to encourage more students from diverse backgrounds to pursue science and engineering as career choices. As a student, Mark spent most of his spare time Djing as DJ Kemist and more recently founded Xtremix Records, an independent label that provides a remixing service to the music industry.
'' love to experiment with sound waves (Dj & remixing) in much the same way as I enjoy research into the behaviour of light waves (spectroscopy), both can stimulate the mind and provide a deeper insight into our physical world but from very different perspectives.''
Co-founder and Director of Duvas Technologies
Head of physics outreach
- Interview for BBC London News
- Work with Brighton Schools, IoP, Royal Society
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