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 more than 600 publications, with over 24,000 citations.

Recently Published


  • Eight Oxford Questions: Quantum Mechanics Under a New Light. N Ares, AN Pearson, GAD Briggs. (2020) [PDF]
  • Machine learning enables completely automatic tuning of a quantum device faster than human experts. H Moon, DT Lennon, J Kirkpatrick, NM van Esbroeck, LC Camenzind, Liuqi Yu, F Vigneau, DM Zumbühl, G Andrew D Briggs, MA Osborne, Dino Sejdinovic, EA Laird, N Ares. Nature Communications, (2020).[PDF]
  • Sensitive radiofrequency readout of quantum dots using an ultra-low-noise SQUID amplifier. FJ Schupp, F Vigneau, Yutian Wen, A Mavalankar, J Griffiths, GAC Jones, I Farrer, DA Ritchie, CG Smith, LC Camenzind, L Yu, DM Zumbühl, G Andrew D Briggs, N Ares, EA Laird. JAP, (2020). [PDF]
  • Beyond Marcus theory and the Landauer-Buttiker approach in molecular junctions: A unified framework (vol 149, 154112, 2018). JK Sowa, J A Mol, GAD Briggs, E M Gauger. (2020) [PDF]
  • Role of metallic leads and electronic degeneracies in thermometric power generation in quantum dots. A. Harzheim, Jakub K. Sowa, Jacob L. Swett, G. Andrew D. Briggs, Jan A. Mol and P. Gehring. Phys.Rev. Research, 10 February 2020. [PDF]
  • Radio-frequency optomechanical characterization of a silicon nitride drum. A. N. Pearson, K. E. Khosla, M. Mergenthaler, G. A. D. Briggs, E. A. Laird & N. Ares. Nature Research (2020). [PDF]
  • A coherent nanomechanical oscillator driven by single-electron tunnelling. Yutian Wen, N.Ares, F. J. Schupp, T. Pei, G. A. D. Briggs & E. A. Laird. Nature Physics, (2020). [PDF]
  • Large amplitude charge noise and random telegraph fluctuations in room-temperature graphene single-electron transistors. Japser P. Fried, Xinya Bian, Jacob L. Swett, Ivan I. Kravchencko, G. A. D. Briggs and Jan A. Mol. Nanoscale, (2020). [PDF]

IF Oxford Festival – 1st to 31st October 2020

Are you all set to participate in this big free online festival?

Check out if-oxford.com for over 100 science and ideas events for all age groups. The Oxford science and ideas festival brings you digital talks, new performance and film plus demos.

Professor Andrew Briggs would also be there for his book The Penultimate Curiosity – Two Film Club evenings to view and discuss the two parts of our documentary film.

The Penultimate Curiosity: the routes of curiosity 12 October, 7:30 pm

The Penultimate Curiosity: the conflicts of curiosity 19 October, 7:30 pm

There are also two booths from our lab in Explorazone Digital:

Making waves Music may be the product of instruments that create it, but it is so much more! Sound is a wave, and the space in which we hear it has a profound impact on our sonic experience. Learn the link between spaces and sound, and how this connects to quantum chemistry. Department of Materials, University of Oxford

Information engines Can information be used instead of fuel to power an engine? Play a new Maxwell game to find out how, and explore limitations on how engines work. Complete our dot-to-dot and guess the underlying picture with as few lines as possible, just like our machine accelerates scientific discoveries! Department of Materials, University of Oxford

Citizenship in a Networked Age

What does it mean being human in a Machine learning Age?‘, read the blog based on Citizenship in a Networked Age written by Professor Andrew Briggs which was recently published on CRPA.

Beijing CiNA Virtual Launch Event on 20th September 2020

Citizenship in a Networked Age hosted by Tsinghua University, Beijing in China. Click here to watch.

Technology can help us, but people must be the moral decision.

Prof Andrew Briggs has written an article which can be accessed below.

Templeton World Charity Blog

Digital networking and algorithms are transforming the ways we make decisions and interact with one another. In 2018, scholars at the University of Oxford launched a research project to promote human flourishing in this evolving technological landscape.

Today, the choice is not between citizens and machines, it is about identifying and protecting humans’ uniqueness as moral decision-makers.

These ideas and goals are at the heart of the Citizenship in a Networked Age report.
Learn about the report

Read the executive summary

Download the full report

Film of Andrew’s flying adventures around the Mediterranean

View the two-part documentary film of The Penultimate Curiosity which Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs made. The film includes sequences flying to locations in Europe and beyond, as well as in Galloway, Cambridge, and Oxford.

Mega Sale !

Hurry ! Grab your copy of ‘Kindle Editions’ of ‘The Penultimate Curiosity‘ and ‘It Keeps Me Seeking‘ on Amazon today, until Sale lasts.

The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

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

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Obituaries of David Briggs

David Briggs, father of Professor Andrew Briggs, died on 16 March 2020 at the age of 102. He sang in the first BBC broadcast of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve 1928. Ninety years later he spoke about that experience in a BBC broadcast on Christmas Day 2018. His obituary in the Telegraph on 24 March is available here.

His obituary in The Times on 18 May is available here.

His obituary in Church Times on 29 May is available here.

Recent Highlights

Machine Learning helps open up new possibilities for quantum devices.

University of Oxford, in collaboration with University of Basel and Lancaster University, have developed an algorithm that can be used to measure quantum dots automatically. Read further.

The Open Access paper can be found here: Efficiently measuring a quantum device using machine learning.


Using single-electron tunnelling to generate nanomechanical oscillations

This paper has been featured as a research highlight in Nature Reviews Materials : Pumping up and Cooling down [PDF]

The original paper can be found here : A coherent nanomechanical oscillator driven by single-electron tunnelling

This technique will provide a crucial experimental capability for a new programme of research on non-equilibrium nanoscale thermodynamics, in both classical and quantum regimes.

The Penultimate Curiosity Update

The Penultimate Curiosity received an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Expanded Reason Awards.

Interview with Andrew Briggs.

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

All six books in The Curious Science Quest series have now been published by Lion Hudson:  Cave DiscoveryGreek Adventure, Rocky Road to Galileo, Hunt with Newton, Victorian Voyages and Modern Flights.  Further information on this series.

Werner Herzog discusses The Penultimate Curiosity with Andrew Briggs and Roger Wagner at Chapman. Please click to watch.