Professor M R Evans
Martin is a member of the following School research institute and research areas:
Professor Evans' research focusses on the statistical mechanics of non-equilibirum systems. Such systems are all-pervasive in nature and form the central challenge of modern statistical physics -- the classical assumptions of thermal equilibrium do not apply to most real world systems. Professor Evans has contributed to establishing a now vibrant and expanding field by elucidating the properties of simple mathematical models through various analytical and numerical techniques. These models, such as the asymmetric exclusion process and zero-range process which have proved fundamental in demonstrating unexpected phenomena such as nonequililbrium phase tranistions and are now used as baseline models for various biophysical systems. Current research initiative is to develop the application of these fundamental models to problems of biophysical transport, such as molecular motors, and to other complex non-equilibrium systems.
I have taught many courses at various levels within the University, mainly concerening Mathematical Physics and Statistical Physics. Most recently I have taught a Level-9 Electromagnetism course to all Mathematical Physics, Physics and Theoretical Phyiscs undergraduates, details of which can be found at http://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~mevans/em/.
Martin has featured in the following recent School news stories:
- The European Physical Journal B
- Inter-particle ratchet effect determines global current of heterogeneous particles diffusing in confinement DOI, Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, 2021, 1, p. 1-25
- Towards a microbial process-based understanding of the resilience of peatland ecosystem service provisioning – A research agenda DOI, Science of the Total Environment, 759
- Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, 2020
- Physical Review E, 101, 6