Professor Andrew Briggs is the inaugural holder of the Chair of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford. His research interests focus on materials and techniques for quantum technologies and their incorporation into practical devices. Current hot topics include vibrational states of nanotubes and charge transport through single molecules in graphene nanogaps. He has nearly 600 publications, with over 16,000 citations. In February 2016 Oxford University Press published his book with Roger Wagner entitled The Penultimate Curiosity: How science swims in the slipstream of ultimate questions.

The Penultimate Curiosity Update

The Penultimate Curiosity documentary film is now available on line for streaming.

The first two books of The Curious Science Quest series have been published by Lion Hudson:  Cave Discovery and Greek AdventureFurther information on this series.

Blog Post

Read my recent blog post for Graphcore on Why artificial intelligence will allow us to make scientific discoveries.

New Release

It Keeps Me Seeking: The Invitation from Science, Philosophy, and Religion

Andrew Briggs, University of Oxford; Hans Halvorson, Princeton University; Andrew Steane, University of Oxford
It Keeps Me Seeking is a fresh look at how science contributes to the bigger picture of human flourishing, through a collage of science and philosophy, richly illustrated by the authors’ own experiences and personal reflections. They survey the territory of fundamental physics, machine learning, philosophy of human identity, evolutionary biology, miracles, arguments from design, naturalism, the history of ideas, and more.
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This title is available to purchase as an ebook from your preferred ebook provider.

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Recent Published & Recently Accepted Papers


  • Our Paper Distance Measurement of a Noncovalently Bound Y@C82 Pair with Double Electron Electron Resonance Spectroscopy has been published in the Journal of American Society [PDF]
  • Our Paper Seeing opportunity in every difficulty Protecting information with weak value techniques has been published in Quantum Studies: Mathematics and Foundations [PDF]
  • Our Paper Spiro-Conjugated Molecular Junctions: Between Jahn-Teller Distortion and Destructive Quantum Interference has been published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters [PDF]
  • Our paper Seeing Opportunity in every difficulty has been published in Quantum Studies: Mathematics and Foundation [PDF]
  • Our paper The spin resonance clock transition of the endohedral fullerene 15N@C60 has been published in Physical Review Letters [PDF]
  • Our paper Field-effect control of graphene−fullerene thermoelectric nanodevices has been published in Nano Letters  [PDF]
  • Our paper Conditioned spin and charge dynamics of a single electron quantum dot has been published in Physical Review A [PDF]
  • Our paper Environment-Assisted Quantum Transport through Single-Molecule Junctions has been published in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics  [PDF]
  • Our paper CF2-bridged C60 dimers and their optical transitions has been published in ChemPhysChem [PDF]