Dr Andrew Thomas is a Research Fellow in the School of Materials and is based in the Photon Science Institute. Having graduated in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, he then obtained an MSc in Instrumentation and Analytical Science from UMIST in 1990. He obtained his PhD with his thesis, "Adsorbate Studies of Titanium Oxides", from the University of Liverpool in 1994. Following postdoctoral researcher positions in Chemistry and Physics at UMIST, he was made a Research Fellow in Physics at UMIST in 1999. He contiuned in this role until 2014 when he transferred to the School of Materials as a member of the Ceramics and Inorganics and Corrosion and Protection groups.
He is currently the Secretary of the Thin Films and Surfaces group of the Institute of Physics (IOP), and was recently elected to the Groups Committee of the IOP. He was a co-founder of the UK based Network, Surface Science of Biological Important Interfaces in 2000. In 2003 he obtained funding and co-chaired the first "Biological Surfaces and Interfaces", European Conference at Castelvecchio Pascoli in Italy, and was involved in organising the 2005 and 2007 meetings. He was guest editor for a special issue of Journal of Physics:Condensed Matter on Surface Science f Biologically Important Interfaces. He is co-chair of the upcoming ISSC21 Conference to be held in Manchester in 2017 He is currently guest editor for the Journal of Physics:Condensed Matter for a special issue on Near Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy.
Dr. Thomas is heavily involved in outreach and has undertaken a great deal of Schools and public outreach work including lectures and demonstrations for schools, colleges adult education centres, the Institute of Physics and Manchester Science Festival to name a few. His lectures have included the flash bang show, "Physics and Chemistry, More Magic than Harry Potter", "On the Face of it: Surfaces in Chemistry, Materials and Medicine" and "Filling up on Sunshine: Energy from Sunlight". He was part of a team from the University of Manchester who manned a stand on generating fuel from sunlight at the 2011 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, for which he made the video "How to make a Berry Solar Cell" on YouTube. He has worked on stands at three Jodrell Live events as well as numerous other schools and college events. He has also been a partner scientist in two Royal Society Partnership projects; the first, "Gases Galore", with St. Paul's School in Stalybridge, focused on pollutant gases and how they can affect breathing. The second with Broadbent Fold School in Dukinfield was entitled, "Light for Life", and involved the children trying to determine whether simple digital photography could be used to measure blood flow as well as introducing children from Year 1 to year 6 to concepts associated with light and imaging.
Surfaces and Interfaces representative Diamond User Committee, Diamond Light Source Ltd1 Mar 2017
→ 28 Feb 2021
Member of the Groups Committee, Institute of Physics1 Oct 2014
→ 30 Sep 2018
Secretary of Thin Films and Surfaces Committee, Institute of Physics1 Oct 2013
→ 30 Sep 2017