Dr Andrew Kerridge

Senior Lecturer


Andy is a Lecturer in Computational Chemistry and an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow with a multidisciplinary research background. After obtaining his PhD working with Professors Marshall Stoneham and Tony Harker in the Department of Physics at University College London, he completed a postdoctoral position in the London Centre for Nanotechnology, applying quantum chemical methodologies to problems in quantum computing. He then moved to the UCL Department of Chemistry, working on problems in actinide chemistry with Professor Nik Kaltsoyannis before obtaining his Fellowship.

Andy is a member of the Chemical Theory and Computation (CTC) research section and his current research focuses on complexes of the f-elements. Decades of nuclear energy production in the UK has left us with a significant environmental and economic problem with regard to the storage and remediation of spent nuclear fuel. In order to devise improved strategies for the management of this legacy waste a deeper understanding of fundamental f-element chemistry is required. The high radioactivity of the actinides makes experimental studies of these complexes extremely challenging and so quantum mechanical simulations can play an important role in developing this understanding. Andy is currently investigating the fundamentals of bonding in actinide and lanthanide complexes and how these can be best characterised via theoretical and computational approaches.

More information about the research carried out in Andy's group can be found here.