Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Research Fellow



+44 (0)20 7594 9528a.cairns




203DRoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





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Andrew 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.



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., Chem Commun (camb), Vol:54, Pages:10554-10557

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

Dziubek K, Citroni M, Fanetti S, et al., 2017, Synthesis of High-Quality Crystalline Carbon Nitride Oxide by Selectively Driving the High-Temperature Instability of Urea with Pressure, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:121, ISSN:1932-7447, Pages:19872-19879

Dziubek K, Citroni M, Fanetti S, et al., 2017, High-Pressure High-Temperature Structural Properties of Urea, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol:121, ISSN:1932-7447, Pages:2380-2387

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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