Professor Andrew Goodwin, a materials chemist in the Department of Chemistry, has been elected today as a Fellow of the Royal Society. He joins a group of 80 scientists, eight of whom are from the University of Oxford, who have been selected for the honour this year.
Andrew is distinguished for his seminal contributions to the study of correlated disorder in materials. His innovative methods for interpreting both diffuse scattering and correlated disorder have led to the discovery of unexpected defect structures in various technologically important materials.
One of his most significant contributions has been the discovery of solids with negative compressibility, which means they expand when compressed. This counterintuitive mechanical property has the potential to revolutionize materials science by enabling the development of new materials with unique properties.
Andrew's work has significantly impacted several important fields, including energy storage, frustrated magnetism, and biomineralogy. His studies of disorder and flexibility have led to new approaches for optimizing the performance of materials through disorder engineering.
Andrew Goodwin said:
I am thrilled by this great honour from the Royal Society, which is fantastic recognition of the hard work of a creative and talented team – students, collaborators, and colleagues alike – from whom I have learned so much. I am very grateful.
Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society said:
I am delighted to welcome our newest cohort of Fellows. These individuals have pushed forward the boundaries of their respective fields and had a beneficial influence on the world beyond.
Among this year’s intake are individuals who were at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and those working on global challenges, from TB to climate change. They are pioneering scientists and innovators from around the world who have confounded expectations and transformed our thinking.
This year’s intake have already achieved incredible things, and I have no doubt that they will continue to do so. I look forward to meeting them and following their contributions in future.