Andy is a Lecturer in Computational Chemistry at Lancaster University. A member of the Chemical Theory and Computation (CTC) research section, Andy’s current research focuses on complexes of the f-elements. Decades of nuclear energy production in the UK has left us with a significant environmental and economic problem with regard to the storage and remediation of spent nuclear fuel. In order to devise improved strategies for the management of this legacy waste a deeper understanding of fundamental f-element chemistry is required. The high radioactivity of the actinides makes experimental studies of these complexes extremely challenging and so quantum mechanical simulations can play an important role in developing this understanding. Andy is currently investigating the fundamentals of bonding in actinide and lanthanide complexes and how these can be best characterised via theoretical and computational approaches.
Andy has a multidisciplinary research background. After obtaining his PhD working with Professors Marshall Stoneham and Tony Harker in the Department of Physics at University College London, he completed a postdoctoral position in the London Centre for Nanotechnology, applying quantum chemical methodologies to problems in quantum computing. He then moved to the UCL Department of Chemistry, working on problems in actinide chemistry with Professor Nik Kaltsoyannis before obtaining an ESPRC Career Accelerations Fellowship and beginning his independent research career. He has been a Lecturer at Lancaster University since 2014.