Dr Andrew Britton

Dr Andrew Britton


I completed my PhD in Physics at the University of Nottingham where I researched charge transfer of molecules on surfacesin 2012. Afterwards, I did a one year postoctoral fellowship in Sungkyunkwan University in Suwon, South Korea studied multiple exciton generation on quantom dots. After that I went to Freie Universitat in Berlin, Germany where I developed a sample preparation chamber for the VEKMAG beamline at the BESSY synchrotron and also carried out research on magnetic molecules on surfaces for three years. I then came to the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds as a Reseach Fellow where I studied polar nanostructures in high temperature ferroelectric relaxors using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, X-ray Pair Distribution Function and Neutron Pair Distribution Function for two years.

I am currently the Research Officer for the Versatlie X-ray Spectroscopy Facility at Leeds and have been at this position since 2019. I am responsible for the day to day operation of the facility. The facility has two X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy systems: the HAXPES UHV-XPS system which has multiple x-ray sources and measures at high vacuum, and the enviroESCA system which is a high throughput NAP-XPS system capable of measuring in pressures up to 20 mbar. I work closely with my colleagues, Beth Willneff and Sven Schroeder.


  • Experimental Officer for the Versatile X-ray Spectroscopy Facility

Research interests

I specialise primarily in surface science and specifically in the technique of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy which is my core focus. 

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  • PhD Physics & Astronomy (University of Nottingham)
  • MSc Nanoscience (University of Nottingham)
  • MPhys Physics (University of Oxford)