Imperial College London

Dr Andrew Cairns

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Research Fellow



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Andrew (He/Him) joined Imperial College London as Research Fellow in September 2017. Prior to Imperial he was a postdoctoral scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France on the high pressure beamline ID27. He was awarded his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2015 in Inorganic Chemistry. 

His research focuses on understanding and exploiting unusual properties of flexible framework materials. Central to this work is the ability to reveal the atomic structure—how atoms are arranged in 3D space—using crystallography. Knowing the atomic structure allows us to design better materials, and push materials with unique properties towards application.

In 2016 Andrew was awarded the ESRF Young Scientist Award and PANalytical PCG Thesis Prize from the British Crystallography Association.



Nearchou A, Cornelius M-LU, Skelton JM, et al., 2019, Intrinsic flexibility of the EMT zeolite framework under pressure, Materials, Vol:24, ISSN:1420-3049

Boström HLB, Collings IE, Cairns AB, et al., 2019, High-pressure behaviour of Prussian blue analogues: interplay of hydration, Jahn-Teller distortions and vacancies, Dalton Transactions, Vol:48, ISSN:1477-9234, Pages:1647-1655

Scelta D, Baldassarre A, Serrano-Ruiz M, et al., 2018, The p-sc structure in phosphorus: bringing order to the high pressure phases of group 15 elements, Chemical Communications, Vol:54, ISSN:1359-7345

Nobrega MM, Teixeira-Neto E, Cairns AB, et al., 2018, One-dimensional diamondoid polyaniline-like nanothreads from compressed crystal aniline, Chemical Science, Vol:9, ISSN:2041-6520, Pages:254-260

Gupta MK, Singh B, Mittal R, et al., 2017, Anomalous thermal expansion, negative linear compressibility, and high-pressure phase transition in ZnAu2(CN)4: Neutron inelastic scattering and lattice dynamics studies, Physical Review B, Vol:96, ISSN:2469-9950

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