Dr Andrew Kerridge

Senior Lecturer


Andy is a Senior Lecturer in Computational Chemistry and a former 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.

Selected Publications

Actinide covalency measured by pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy
Formanuik, A., Ana-Maria, A., Ortu, F., Beekmeyer, R., Kerridge, A., Tuna, F., McInnes, E., Mills, D. 06/2017 In: Nature Chemistry. 9, 6, p. 578-583. 6 p.
Journal article

Energy-Degeneracy-Driven Covalency in Actinide Bonding
Su, J., Batista, E.R., Boland, K.S., Bone, S.E., Bradley, J.A., Cary, S.K., Clark, D.L., Conradson, S.D., Ditter, A.S., Kaltsoyannis, N., Keith, J.M., Kerridge, A., Kozimor, S.A., Loble, M.W., Martin, R.L., Minasian, S.G., Mocko, V., La Pierre, H.S., Seidler, G.T., Shuh, D.K., Wilkerson, M.P., Wolfsberg, L.E., Yang, P. 26/12/2018 In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 140, p. 17977-17984. 8 p.
Journal article

The inverse-trans-influence in tetravalent lanthanide and actinide bis(carbene) complexes
Gregson, M., Lu, E., Mills, D., Tuna, F., McInnes, E., Hennig, C., Scheinost, A., McMaster, J., Lewis, W., Blake, A., Kerridge, A., Liddle, S. 3/02/2017 In: Nature Communications. 8, 11 p.
Journal article

Emergence of comparable covalency in isostructural cerium(IV)– and uranium(IV)–carbon multiple bonds
Gregson, M., Lu, E., McInnes, E., Hennig, C., Scheinost, A., McMaster, J., Lewis, W., Blake, A., Kerridge, A., Liddle, S. 1/05/2016 In: Chemical Science. 7, 5, p. 3286-3297. 12 p.
Journal article

Photoluminescence of Pentavalent Uranyl Amide Complexes
Ortu, F., Randall, S., Moulding, D., Woodward, A., Kerridge, A., Meyer, K., La Pierre, H.S., Natrajan, L.S. 13/08/2021 In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 143, 33, p. 13184–13194. 11 p.
Journal article

Quantification of f-element covalency through analysis of the electron density: insights from simulation
Kerridge, A. 25/06/2017 In: Chemical Communications. 53, 50, p. 6685-6695. 11 p.
Journal article

The Chemical Simulation Toolkit
01/10/2020 → 01/12/2021

Tuneable molecules for the exploration of heavy element chemical space
01/10/2019 → 30/09/2021

How covalent are covalent bonds?
01/07/2019 → 01/09/2019

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  • Analytical and Spectroscopy Research Group
  • Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Chemical Theory and Computation Research Group
  • Energy Lancaster
  • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry