Academic Profile: Professor Andrew Briggs
Professorial Fellow of Nanomaterials
Andrew Briggs, MA (Oxford), PhD (Cambridge)
Andrew Briggs is the inaugural holder of the Chair of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford. He is Fellow of St Anne’s College, Fellow of Wolfson College, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, and Member of International Society for Science and Religion and Academia Europaea. He has a degree in Physics from Oxford, and a PhD in Physics and a degree in Theology from Cambridge. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers, and he holds a current Private Pilot Licence. He has led several interdisciplinary projects, with major industrial sponsorship from companies such as BNFL, Toppan, Hitachi, and Hewlett-Packard. From 2002 – 2009 he held an EPSRC Professorial Research Fellowship, and was Director of the Quantum Information Processing Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration. He received the Holliday Prize, Institute of Materials, 1984, and the Metrology award for World Class Manufacturing, 1999. His early research at Oxford pioneered acoustic microscopy for materials characterisation. With the invention of scanning tunnelling microscopy he studied surface properties at ever higher resolution, including semiconductor quantum dots during growth and defects in oxides. Following a sabbatical at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, he developed carbon and molecular materials for quantum computing. Current hot topics include vibrational states of nanotubes and charge transport through single molecules in graphene nanogaps. He has nearly 600 publications, with over 16,000 citations. In February 2016 Oxford University Press published his book with Roger Wagner entitled The Penultimate Curiosity: How science swims in the slipstream of ultimate questions.