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, and is 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

Bustamante C, Gadea E, Horsfield A, et al., 2021, Dissipative equation of motion for electromagnetic radiation in quantum dynamics, Physical Review Letters, Vol:126, ISSN:0031-9007

Wells T, Horsfield A, Foulkes WMC, et al., 2019, The microscopic Einstein-de Haas effect, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:150, ISSN:0021-9606

Coury MEA, Dudarev SL, Foulkes WMC, et al., 2018, Erratum: Hubbard-like Hamiltonians for interacting electrons in s, p, and d orbitals (vol 93, 075101, 2016), Physical Review B, Vol:98, ISSN:2469-9950

Thong A, Shaffer M, Horsfield AP, 2018, Rectification and negative differential resistance via orbital level pinning, Scientific Reports, Vol:8, ISSN:2045-2322

Zauchner M, Horsfield AP, todorov T, 2018, Efficient electron open boundaries for simulating electrochemical cells, Physical Review B, Vol:97, ISSN:1098-0121, Pages:1-1

Boleininger M, Guilbert A, Horsfield AP, 2016, Gaussian polarizable-ion tight binding, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol:145, ISSN:1089-7690

Horsfield AP, Boleininger M, D'Agosta R, et al., 2016, Efficient simulations with electronic open boundaries, Physical Review B, Vol:94, ISSN:1550-235X

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