Professor Stephen Evans


Graduated in Physics from Queen Mary College London and obtained his Ph.D. on LB Superlattices of Porphyrins, with Richard Tredgold, at Lancaster University.  He subsequently held undertook postdoctoral work at Imperial College London and was a visiting Scientist at Eastman Kodak, Rochester.  In 1991 he moved to the School of Physics and Astronomy, at the University of Leeds where became Professor of Molecular and Nanoscale Physics in 2002. Since 2000 he has held posts as Deputy Director of the multidisciplinary Centre for Self-Organising Molecular Systems (SOMS), the Nano Manufacturing Institute and has been the head of the School of Physics & Astronomy.  He currently heads the Molecular and Nanoscale Physics group and is the Deputy Head of Physics and Astronomy.  


  • Head of Molecular and Nanoscale Physics Group

Research interests

I work on:

1. Micro- and Nanobubbles for the treatment of : Cancer, bacterial infection, as well as for oxygen delivery. 

In particular we have developed a microfluidics platfform for the delivery of therapeutic agents. We are also developing on chip systems for studying therapeutic delivery to organoids for pancreatic, colorectal and bladder models.

2. Single Cell Phenotyping.  Here we are using using molecular deformation, Raman spectroscopy and surface acoustic wave dielectrophoresis for the manipulation and characterisation of cells at the single cell level - in high throughput.

3. Nanomaterial. We are developing novel  nanomaterials for applications in photothermal treatment and imaging of cancer, Nanoenzymes, and plasmonics

4. Lipid Membranes. We use model lipid membranes for developing our understading the membrane proteins, in particular we are interested in the fcGR.

5. Lipid Coated liquid crystal biosensors. We are using lipid coated LC droplets as self-amplification systems for the detection of bacterial infection



Student education

Year 1: Optics & Waves

Research groups and institutes

  • Molecular and Nanoscale Physics

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//;-synthesis-and-application-">Atomically Thin Gold &ndash; Synthesis and Application </a></li> <li><a href="//">Cell Deformation Cytometry for Studying of the Role of Perineuronal Nets in controlling the Biomechanics of Neuronal Cells</a></li> <li><a href="//">Single Cell Deformation for Understanding Progression</a></li>