Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Professor of Theory and Simulation of Materials



+44 (0)20 7594 6753a.horsfield




Bessemer B331Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Andrew Horsfield joined the Materials Department at Imperial College in 2007 as an RCUK Fellow, is an honorary Research Fellow at the London Centre for Nanotechnology and a member of the Thomas Young Centre. His main current research interest is the simulation of the corrosion of Mg. Previous to this he was the Senior Research Fellow in charge of the theory core project for the IRC in Nanotechnology at UCL where he developed a novel scheme for non-adiabatic molecular dynamics (Correlated Electron-Ion Dynamics).

His interest in the interface between biology and physics was made possible by a Career Development Fellowship from the Institute of Physics which he received while working for the Fujitsu European Centre for Information Technology. His interest in efficient electronic structure methods and the development of two electronic structure codes (Plato and OXON) occurred while working in the Department of Materials at Oxford University with Prof. David Pettifor and Prof. Adrian Sutton. This built on his experience with tight binding while studying liquid silicon with Prof. Paulette Clancy at Cornell University as a PDRA and Junior Lecturer. He obtained his PhD in Physics from Cornell University.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Wiener A, Fernandez-Dominguez AI, Horsfield AP, et al., 2012, Nonlocal Effects in the Nanofocusing Performance of Plasmonic Tips, Nano Letters, Vol:12, ISSN:1530-6984, Pages:3308-3314

Miranda RP, Fisher AJ, Stella L, et al., 2011, A multiconfigurational time-dependent Hartree-Fock method for excited electronic states. I. General formalism and application to open-shell states, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:134, ISSN:0021-9606

Stella L, Miranda RP, Horsfield AP, et al., 2011, Analog of Rabi oscillations in resonant electron-ion systems, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:134, ISSN:0021-9606

Wang J, Horsfield A, Schwingenschloegl U, et al., 2010, Heterogeneous nucleation of solid Al from the melt by TiB2 and Al3Ti: An ab initio molecular dynamics study, Physical Review B, Vol:82, ISSN:1098-0121

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