Young Scientist of the Year

Former Trinity student Andrew Cairns (2007) has won the ESRF Young Scientists of the Year award.

The ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) User Organisation has awarded the title of Young Scientist of the Year to Dr Andrew Cairns for ground-breaking studies into materials that expand under increasing pressure. This so-called negative linear compressibility is both counterintuitive and rare, but with potential uses in areas as diverse as fibre optic telecommunications and artificial muscle.

Andrew, who took a four-year undergraduate MChem degree at Trinity, was presented with the award by Professor Massimo Altarelli (Director, European XFEL) at the 26th ESRF User Meeting in Grenoble in February. In the award citation the judging panel notes that Andrew ‘identified materials with the strongest NLC effect yet known…at least one order of magnitude larger than in previous known cases’.  His work was published in Nature Materials in 2013 and received much attention, not only in scientific spheres, but also in the general media.

‘It was an honour, and a huge surprise, to receive the ESRF Young Scientist Award. I feel fortunate to have received wonderful guidance, support and inspiration along the way. My time at Trinity was pivotal: I met so many great friends, had great experiences, and of course had the privilege of being tutored by Russ Egdell and Gus Hancock (amongst others). I never thought I would study somewhere like Oxford, and it is an experience that has opened up so many opportunities to me since.’
Posted: 18 February 2016
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