Dr Andrew Parnell studied for an MPhys degree in Physics at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2001. This was followed by an MSc in Nanoscale Science and Technology, jointly taught by the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield.
Subsequently he undertook a Sheffield PhD with the title “A Study of Weak Polyelectrolyte Brushes” supervised by Professor Richard Jones FRS, viva date January 2007. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry working with Professor Patrick Fairclough, also at the University of Sheffield from 2006-2007.
He returned to the Physics department at Sheffield in 2007 to work on the Soft Nanotechnology Platform grant held by Professor Jones. In 2015 he was promoted to lecturer grade and is currently a senior research fellow.
His research interests include polymer physics, biophysics, soft matter, organic photovoltaics, phase separation, photonics, neutron and x-ray scattering, block copolymers, polymer brushes, structured surfaces and anti-microbial surfaces.