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Peter Richmond BSc, PhD, DSc, FInstP, CPhys.


Peter Richmond trained as a theoretical physicist and has wide experience of research, technology, innovation and management within both academic and commercial environments. He is a Principal with EPM Associates Ltd, a research management and technology consulting company. He has been Visiting Professor in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland since 1998

Brief History

After a period of teaching and research in solid state physics in the Universities of Kent, UK and New South Wales, Australia, he was offered a Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellowship to work in the Department of Applied Mathematics, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University. Here he developed a keen interest in colloid and surface science. In 1973 he joined Unilever where he applied his expertise to the world-wide detergents business. He also assisted with strategic activities relevant to the wider business activity.

During the 1980's he built a new department concerned with the strategic science underpinning food processing at the Institute of Food Research at Norwich. After 4 years the department totalled 50 technical staff and was highly respected throughout the food industry and academia. Appointed Head of the Laboratory in 1986 he had responsibility for leadership of the Institute and its 300 staff working in the 3 key areas of diet and health, food biophysics and processing and biotechnology.

In 1991 he was appointed Group General Manager, Technical Services for CWS Ltd, the largest Consumer Co-operative in Europe and owner of both the Co-operative Bank and the Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS), responsible for innovation as the business evolved from a manufacturer and wholesaler into a major UK retailer. He was a member of the CWS Consumer Issues Group, a key policy making group that evolved the highly successful co-operative ethical policy and launched the first food product in the UK made via the use of a genetically modified organism and clearly labelled as such. For 4 years he chaired the Co-operative Retail Trade Technical Committee which linked the organisation to both UK and EU governments on regulatory matters.

He has served on a number of official and professional bodies. These include the UK Government's Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, the Food and Drink Federation and the British Retail Consortium. He has been Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, Norwich since 1988. From 1985-88 he was Industrial Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Loughborough. He has published over 120 papers in the technical literature.

Since establishing EPM in 1996, he has consulted widely for universities in the UK and Ireland, the European Commission and major corporations concerned with food and other FMCG goods. He has acted periodically for the UK Quality Assurance Agency in the assessment of Teaching Quality in UK universities. He is an Executive Editor of the Journal for the Science of Food and Agriculture. Recently he has turned his attention to the new area of econophysics.

With his two children now developing their own careers, when not travelling, he can be found either in Dublin or Norwich listening to music and dining with friends.

Selected Publications

Stability of Pareto-Zipf Law in Non-stationary Economies, (with Sorin Solomon) In 'Economics with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents', Editors:Alan Kirman, Jean-Benoit Zimmermann, Springer-Verlag Lecture notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems 503, Berlin 2001 141-159

Power Laws are disguised Boltzmann Laws, (with Sorin Solomon) Int J Modern Phys, 12 No3 (2001) 1-11

The super highway and all that, Co-op Horizons, 3 (1995) 6

Food technology and nutrition: challenges for colloid and interface science, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 64 (1992) 1751

Food Colloids (Edited with R D Bee and J Mingins), Royal Society of Chemistry, 1989

Extraction of food colours using supercritical carbon dioxide (with A Jay and T W Smith) In "Supercritical Fluids" vol 2, M Perrut editor, 1988, page 821

The physical properties of extruded food foams (with A L Hayter and A C Smith) J Mat Sci 21 ( 1986) 3729

The Dynamics of Colloidal Dispersions (with RC Ball) Phys Chem Liquids 9 (1980) 99

Ferromagnetism in narrow non degenerate energy bands - a variational principle (with G Rickayzen) J Phys C Solid State Physics 2 (1970) 528

Food Safety, Diet & Health. A survey of Research Across Europe, European Commission DGXII, EUR 18493, 1999

Starch: structure and functionality. Royal Society of Chemistry, 1997 (with AM Donald, PJ Frazier, Editors)

Statistical mechanics of inhomogeneous films of nonelectrolytes, In 'Thin Liquid Films', Marcel Dekker 1988, 131 with G Rickayzen

Electrostatic interactions in thin films, In 'Thin Liquid Films', Marcel Dekker 1988, 275 with MJ Grimson, Chr St Vassilieff

Solvent structure contributions to the small angle scattering of colloidal dispersions, J Physique, 46 (1985) 447 with MJ Grimson

Solvation forces in fluids, In 'Microscopic aspects of adhesion & lubrication, Elsevier, 1982, 41

Dynamics of Colloidal Dispersions, Physics and Chemistry of Liquids, 9 (1980) 99 with RC Ball

Electrostatic disjoining presssure in symmetrical films with adsorptive charge regulation

Annuaire de l'Univeriste de Sofia 73 (1979) 69 with Chr St Vassilief, BG Tenchov, LS Grigorov

Electrical forces between two permeable planar charged surfaces in an electrolyte solution, J Chem Soc, Far Trans I 74 (1978) 2617 with AJ Dunning, J Mingins and BA Pethica

Hamaker constants and combining rules, J Chem Soc, Far Trans II 74 (1978) with NF Owens

A primer to entropy methods used in statistical mechanics and probability theory, Math Sci 3 (1978) 63

Some fundamental concepts in flotation, Chemistry and Industry, October 1977, 792

Contact Angles of pure liquids and surfactants on low energy surfaces, In 'Colloids and Surfaces' Chapter 5, 1977, 127 with NFOwens, D Gregory, J Mingins and D Chan

Van der Waals forces for mica and quartz; claculations using complete dielectric data Proc Roy Soc A 353 (1977) 163 with D Chan

Colloidal Dispersions- a study of their order using the Percus- Yevick equation, J Chem Soc: Far Trans 2 72 (1976) 773 with RP Keavey

The Theory and calculation of van der Waals forces In Colloid Science, DH Everett (Ed) Specialist Periodical Reports, Chemical Society, London 2 1975


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