Prof. Martin Evans

Personal Chair in Statistical Physics
Research Theme:
Condensed Matter and Photonics
Research Group:
Soft Matter, Statistical Physics and Biophysics
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0)131 650 5294
School of Physics and Astronomy, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD, United Kingdom

Research interests

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

Research outputs

  1. Effects of refractory period on stochastic resetting DOI
    Martin R. Evans and Satya N. Majumdar, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical (2018)
  2. Minimal stochastic field equations for one-dimensional flocking
    Eoin Ó Laighléis, Martin R. Evans and Richard A. Blythe, Physical Review E (2018)
  3. Exact spectral solution of two interacting run-and-tumble particles on a ring lattice
    Emil Mallmin, Richard A Blythe and Martin R Evans, Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment (2018)
  4. Run and tumble particle under resetting DOI
    Martin R. Evans and Satya N. Majumdar, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 51 (2018)
  5. Width Scaling of an Interface Constrained by a Membrane DOI
    Justin Whitehouse, Richard Blythe, Martin Evans and David Mukamel, Physical Review Letters, 121 (2018)
  6. Active Growth and Pattern Formation in Membrane-Protein Systems DOI
    F. Cagnetta, M. R. Evans and D. Marenduzzo, Physical Review Letters (2018)
  7. Phenotypic Switching Can Speed up Microbial Evolution DOI
    Andrew C. Tadrowski, Martin R. Evans and Bartlomiej Waclaw, Scientific Reports (2018)
  8. Predicting the dynamics of bacterial growth inhibition by ribosome-targeting antibiotics DOI
    Philip Greulich, Jakub Dolezal, Matthew Scott, Martin R. Evans and Rosalind J. Allen, Physical Biology, 14, 6 (2017)
  9. Renyi entropy of the totally asymmetric exclusion process DOI
    Anthony Wood, Richard Blythe and Martin Evans, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 50, 47 (2017)
  10. Exact Solution of Two Interacting Run-and-Tumble Random Walkers with Finite Tumble Duration DOI
    A. B. Slowman, M. R. Evans and R. A. Blythe, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 50 (2017)
Last updated: 19 Feb 2018 at 21:11