Bob Pollard was appointed to a lectureship in Condensed Matter Physics at Queens University Belfast (QUB) in 1995. Prior to this he held PDRA posts at the Universities of Salford and Liverpool. Over this time he has developed expertise in relating the functional properties of materials to their microstructure. Recently, and in line with growing trends, his research effort has shifted to concentrate on the production of nanostructured materials via self-assembly. Progress has been achieved by employing a variety of techniques, including oblique incidence sputtering, the oxidation of sputter deposited aluminium thin films and electrochemical processing. The materials that have been developed to date are compatible with industrial processing and of considerable promise in a number of areas including optical devices and data storage.
He is a member of the IOP having served on the magnetism group committee from 2004-2007. He co-organised a Symposia at the Condensed Matter Physics Conference CMP2006.