Richard Neill, Consultant Physicist
I am a consultant physicist, experienced in environmental consultancy and I.T. projects.
I provide scientific consultancy services and technical advice, and have worked in areas including
industry, environmental projects, and academia.
I can quickly grasp an individual situation, perform physical and mathematical modelling (in overview, or in precise detail)
and then clearly explain it to other non-physicists. This has proved particularly useful to members of the
business-community, confronted by techical projects which they are not themselves equipped to analyse.
My previous projects have included:
I am currently in negotiations with a major oil company to evaluate a renewable energy scheme. (details confidential at this point)
- Waves Power: I was commissioned by the Group Finance Director of a major British
company to evaluate the technical design of a proposed wave-energy generator. I performed a
detailed physical analysis to evaluate the likely real-world performance, and demonstrated this to
the client; despite conflicting advice, I was proven correct, and the client acted in accordance with
- Warehouse IT systems: I worked with a major retailer on their new warehousing controls, in order to
assist the divisional-manager with understanding the software implementation complexities. Following my report, he
described our one-to-one conversation as "the clearest, most effective 57-minutes' advice on the
project, since its inception."
- Silicon Nanostructures: I researched the plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition of silane,
catalysed by gold. The creation of silicon nanowires has potential applications in nanomaterials and in semiconductor fabrication.
- Infrared Camera system: I am working on an IR camera system for Infrared Optical Interferometry. This involves
the design and construction of the sensor for a high-resolution telescope. I have designed and assembled the hardware, as well
as the software from scratch.
- Bespoke Software: I have written software for various bespoke applications, including video-streaming and post-processing;
web interfaces, and microcontrollers. Some of this is published here.
Qualifications and References
I hold the degrees of M.Sci., M.A. and B.A. from Cambridge University, having read Natural Science (Physics, with Mathematics, and some Chemistry/Materials-Science).
In addition, I received an M.Phil. in Engineering, also from Cambridge, for my work on Silcon Nanostructures. I hope to obtain my Ph.D in the near future.
My practical experience includes a great deal of electronics, software development, and teaching.
I would be happy to provide you with my CV and references on request.
What I can do for you
- Mathematical modelling of real-world physical devices and situations - either approximations, or detailed high-precision calculations.
- Explanation of scientific principles and problems to non-technical people. I have wide experience in teaching, which means I can tune my explanation to the
experience and knowledge-level of the other person.
- Validation of existing projects. I can provide anything from a basic "go/no-go" opinion based on an overview, down to a detailed technical report. I can analyse the
feasibility, as well as suggesting potential enhancements.
- Software deployment and design, especially open-source.
- Electronics design and construction, including prototypes and one-offs.
- Design and construction of models and demonstrations.
- Access to other experts. Having previously worked with other experts, both academic and professional, in scientific and non-scientific fields, I can draw upon other expertise where needed.
- Advice compatible with the real-world. I know what limitations exist in the real-world, and what is feasible for business.
I am happy to offer any initial discussions without charge; thereafter, my consulting rates are by negotiation.
Please contact me to discuss how I can be of help. I look forward to hearing from you.