Professor Andy Cooper is a Nottingham graduate (1991) and also obtained his PhD there in 1994. After his PhD, he held an 1851 Fellowship and a Royal Society NATO Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and then a Ramsay Memorial Research Fellowship at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis in Cambridge. In 1999, he was appointed a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in Liverpool, where he is now the Academic Director of the Materials Innovation Factory at the University of Liverpool. He is also the Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Functional Materials Design.
Andy's main research interests are organic materials and materials for energy production and molecular separation. This is underpinned by a strong interest in high-throughput methods and autonomous robotics. A unifying theme in his research is the close fusion of computational prediction and experiments to discover new materials with step change properties. He was elected to the Royal Society in 2015 and was awarded the Hughes Medal in 2019. He is also currently serving as the Editor-in-chief of Chemical Science.