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.

Recent Published & Recently Accepted Papers


  • Our Paper Quantum Interference in Silicon 1D Junctionless Nanowire Field-Effect Transistors F. J. Schupp, M.M. Mirza, D.A. MacLaren, G.A.D. Briggs, D.J. Paul, and J.A. Mol has been accepted by Physical Review B. [PDF]


  • Our Paper Geometrically Enhanced Thermoelectric Effects in Graphene Nanoconstrictions. A. Harzheim, J. Spiece, C. Evangeli, E. McCann, V. Fal’ko, Y. Sheng, J. Warner, G. Briggs, J. Mol, P. Gehring, O. Kolosov. In Nano Letters, 2018. [PDF]
  • Our Paper Beyond Marcus theory and the Landauer–Bütiker approach in molecular junctions: A unified framework.  J.K. Sowa, J.A. Mol, G.A.D. Briggs and E.M. Gauger. Published in Chem. Phys. Editor’s Pick, October 2018 [PDF]
  • Our Paper Measuring carbon nanotube vibrations using a single-electron transistor as a fast linear amplifier Y. Wen, N.  Ares, T. Pei, G.A.D. Briggs and E. A. LairdPublished in Appl. Phys. Lett, October 2018 [PDF]
  • Our Paper Anchor groups for graphene-porphyrin single-molecule transistors B. Limburg, J.O. Thomas, G. Holloway, H. Sadeghi, S. Sangtarash, I.C.-Y. Hou, J. Cremers, A. Narita, K. Müllen, C.J. Lambert, G.A.D. Briggs, J.A. Mol and H.L. Anderson. Published Advanced Functional Materials, 2018 [PDF]
  • Our Paper Low-Frequency Noise in Graphene Tunnel Junctions P. Puczkarski, Q. Wu, H. Sadeghi, S. Hou, A. Karimi, Y. Sheng, J.H. Warner, C.J. Lambert, G.A.D. Briggs and J.A. Mol. Published ACS Nano September 2018 [PDF]
  • Our Paper Distance Measurement of a Noncovalently Bound Y@C82 Pair with Double Electron Electron Resonance Spectroscopy G. Gil-Ramírez, A. Shah, H. El Mkami, K. Porfyrakis, G.A.D. Briggs, J.J.L. Morton,  H.L. Anderson and J.E.  Lovett. Published in the Journal of American Society, June 2018 [PDF]

The Penultimate Curiosity Update

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

The first four books of The Curious Science Quest series have been published by Lion Hudson:  Cave DiscoveryGreek Adventure, Rocky Road to Galileo and Hunt with NewtonFurther information on this series.

Upcoming Event

You are warmly invited to the London launch of The Curious Science Quest. This is a series written by the award winning author Julia Golding, based on The Penultimate Curiosity for which you may have attended the launch at the Oxford Museum of Natural History on 2 February 2016. 

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.