Professor Paul Attfield is Chair in Materials Science at Extreme Conditions at the School of Chemistry and Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, University of Edinburgh. He grew up in Durham where he attended the Durham Johnston School. He received his BA and DPhil degrees from Oxford University, and he was a Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Superconductivity at the University of Cambridge from 1991 to 2003. He previously received the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Meldola and Corday-Morgan medals and Peter Day Award, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.
Early research contributions include pioneering resonant X-ray scattering experiments of cation and valence ordering, and studies of disorder effects in functional oxides. Current research is centred on electronic and magnetic materials, including use of high pressure methods.