Prof
Felix
Fernandez-Alonso
(01235) 778203
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felix.fernandez-alonso@stfc.ac.uk
No
RAL R3,2.20
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07775-817006
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Introduction

Felix is the leader of the ISIS Molecular Spectroscopy Group.  His group is responsible for the science and instrumentation programmes on a growing suite of high-resolution neutron spectrometers spanning ca. eight orders of magnitude in timescales, from stochastic diffusion and quantum tunnelling at THz and sub-THz frequencies to nuclear quantum dynamics using mass-resolved spectroscopic techniques with electron-volt neutrons. These experimental capabilities remain unique to ISIS, with an increasing number of applications in physical and materials chemistry, energy, and catalysis – for recent reviews of these emerging areas, see Refs. [1-4] or the proceedings of the latest Molecular Spectroscopy Science Meeting.

At the STFC, Felix is also the coordinator of the Centre for Molecular Structure and Dynamics, a research network funded and managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council to bring together expertise in Molecular Science across STFC departments and external ​stakeholders from academia and industry.

Research

Felix's scientific interests are primarily focussed on the development and use of state-of-the-art radiation-scattering techniques to guide the discovery of new materials, with an emphasis on energy and sustainable applications. Current research projects range from molecular [5-9] and supramolecular [10-12] uptake and intercalation in nanostructured and soft layered media [13-15], to energy storage and transport in carbon-based and hybrid organic-inorganic materials [16-17]. This research programme makes extensive use of computational materials modelling in parallel with experiment, as best illustrated by ongoing developments in mass-selective spectroscopy [18-20]. For an overview of ongoing activities in this growth area, see also the proceedings of the latest MDANSE Workshop.  As a physical chemist, Felix has also made pioneering contributions to our understanding of chemical reactivity using velocity-sensitive laser spectroscopy and ion-imaging techniques [21-23].

At present, Felix leads a number of projects in close collaboration with UK and international partners. These include the development of next-generation capabilities on IRIS & OSIRISTOSCA, and VESUVIO at ISIS [24-26], as well as the design of the first Spanish accelerator-driven neutron source for materials research [27-29]. Beyond ISIS, Felix continues to champion the application of neutron scattering in ​physical and materials chemistry [30-31] and, to this end, is regularly involved in the organisation of conferences and workshops across the globe [32-34]. With D.L. Price, he has been series editor of a new book series on the fundamentals and applications of neutron scattering [35-37].

Felix has over 150 publications. For an up-to-date list, please visit ePubs

Selected publications

[1] P.W. Albers, D. Lennon, and S.F. Parker, Catalysis, in: F. Fernandez-Alonso, D.L. Price (Eds.), Neutron Scattering – Applications in Biology, Chemistry, and Materials Science, Academic Press, New York, 2017, pp. 279-348.

[2] A.J. O'Malley and C.R.A. Catlow, Sorbate Dynamics in Zeolite Catalysts, in: F. Fernandez-Alonso, D.L. Price (Eds.), Neutron Scattering – Applications in Biology, Chemistry, and Materials Science, Academic Press, New York, 2017, pp. 349-401.

[3] C. Andreani, M. Krzystyniak, G. Romanelli, R. Senesi, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, in: F. Fernandez-Alonso, D.L. Price (Eds.), Neutron Scattering – Applications in Biology, Chemistry, and Materials Science, Academic Press, New York, 2017, pp. 403-457.

[4] M. Karlsson and A. Perrichon, Ionic Conductors and Protonics, in: F. Fernandez-Alonso, D.L. Price (Eds.), Neutron Scattering – Applications in Biology, Chemistry, and Materials Science, Academic Press, New York, 2017, pp. 547-581.

[5] C. Cabrillo, F. Barroso-Bujans, R. Fernandez-Perea, F. Fernandez-Alonso, D. Bowron, and F.J. Bermejo, Carbon 100 546 (2016).

[6] G. Romanelli, A. Liscio, R. Senesi, R. Zamboni, E. Treossi, F. Liscio, G. Giambastiani, V. Palermo, F. Fernandez-Alonso, and C. Andreani, Carbon 108 199 (2016).

[7] M. Krzystyniak, M.A. Adams, A. Lovell, N.T. Skipper, S.M. Bennington, J. Mayers, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, Faraday Discussions 151 171 (2011).

[8] A. Lovell, F. Fernandez-Alonso, N.T. Skipper, K. Refson, S.M. Bennington, and S.F. Parker, Physical Review Letters 101 126101 (2008).

[9] F. Fernandez-Alonso, F.J. Bermejo, C. Cabrillo, R.O. Loutfy, and M.-L. Saboungi, Physical Review Letters 98 215503 (2007).

[10] F. Barroso-Bujans, S. Cerveny, P. Palomino, E. Enciso, S. Rudić, F. Fernandez-Alonso, A. Alegría, and J. Colmenero, Macromolecules 49 5704 (2016).

[11] F. Barroso-Bujans, F. Fernandez-Alonso, J.A. Pomposo, E. Enciso, J.L.G. Fierro, and J. Colmenero, Carbon 50 5232 (2012).

[12] F. Barroso-Bujans, F. Fernandez-Alonso, S. Cerveny, S.F. Parker, A. Alegria, and J. Colmenero, Soft Matter 7 7173 (2011).

[13] M.R. Ryder, B. Van de Voorde, B. Civalleri, T.D. Bennett, S. Mukhopadhyay, G. Cinque, F. Fernandez-Alonso, D. De Vos, S. Rudić, and J.-C. Tan, Physical Review Letters 118 255502 (2017).

[14] M.R. Ryder, B. Civalleri, T.D. Bennett, S. Henke, S. Rudić, G. Cinque, F. Fernandez-Alonso, and J.-C. Tan, Physical Review Letters 113 215502 (2014).

[15] G. Graziano, J. Klimeš, F. Fernandez-Alonso, and A. Michaelides, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 42 424216 (2012).

[16] K. Drużbicki, R.S. Pinna, S. Rudić, M. Jura, G. Gorini, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 7 4701 (2016).

[17] J. Armstrong, S. Mukhopadhyay, F. Bresme, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18 17202 (2015).

[18] C. Andreani, M. Krzystyniak, G. Romanelli, R. Senesi, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, Advances in Physics 66 1 (2017).

[19] M. Krzystyniak, K. Drużbicki, G. Romanelli, M.J. Gutmann, S. Rudić, S. Imberti, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 19 9064 (2017).

[20] M. Krzystyniak, K. Drużbicki, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 17 31287 (2015).

[21] F. Fernandez-Alonso and R.N. Zare, Annual Review of Physical Chemistr53 67 (2002).

[22] S.C. Althorpe, F. Fernandez-Alonso, B.D. Bean, J.D. Ayers, A.E. Pomerantz, R.N. Zare, and E. Wrede, Nature 416 67 (2002).

[23] F. Fernandez-Alonso, B.D. Bean, J.D. Ayers, A.E. Pomerantz, R.N. Zare, L. Bañares, and F.J. Aoiz, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 39 2748 (2000).

[24] M. Krzystyniak, G. Romanelli, M. Fabian, M. Gutmann, G. Festa, L. Arcidiacono, M. Gigg, K. Drużbicki, C. Andreani, R. Senesi, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, VESUVIO+: The Current Testbed for a Next-generation Epithermal Neutron Spectrometer, Journal of Physics: Conference Series (submitted, 2017).

[25] R.S. Pinna, M. Zanetti, S. Rudić, S.F. Parker, J. Armstrong, S.P. Waller, D. Zacek, C. Smith, S.M. Harrision, G. Gorini, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, The TOSCA Spectrometer at ISIS: The Guide Upgrade and Beyond, Journal of Physics: Conference Series (submitted, 2017).

[26] F. Demmel, D. McPhail, C. French, D. Maxwell, S.M. Harrison, J. Boxall, N. Rhodes, S. Mukhopadhyay, I. Silverwood, V. Garcia Sakai, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, Time-of-flight Backscattering at the ISIS Facility: Status and Perspectives, Journal of Physics: Conference Series (submitted, 2017).

[27] J.P. de Vicente, F. Sordo, J.M. Perlado, F.J. Bermejo, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 663 012011 (2015).

[28] F. Sordo, F. Fernandez-Alonso, S. Terrón, M. Magán, A. Ghiglino, F. Martínez, F.J. Bermejo, and J.M. Perlado, Physics Procedia 60 125 (2014).

[29] J.P. de Vicente, F. Fernandez-Alonso, F. Sordo, and F.J. Bermejo, Neutrons at ESS-Bilbao – From Production to Utilisation, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Technical Report RAL-TR-2013-016 (Chilton, 2013).

[30] F. Fernandez-Alonso, Lecture Notes on Neutron Science – Tor Vergata 2015, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Technical Report RAL-TR-2015-002 (Chilton, 2015).

[31] F. Fernandez-Alonso, Density Functional Theory for Experimentalists – A Four-lecture Primer, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Technical Report RAL-TR-2014-002 (Chilton, 2014).

[32] Neutrons Matter: VII International Workshop on Electron-volt Neutron Spectroscopy.

[33] R.A. Campbell, E. Canetta, K. Thompson, I.M. Tucker, and F. Fernandez-Alonso, Neutrons Greet Faraday, Neutron News (in press, 2017).

[34] F. Fernandez-Alonso and F. Bresme, Chemical Energy at the Nanoscale – Simulation Meets Experiment, Neutron News 27 7 (2016).

[35] F. Fernandez-Alonso and D.L. Price Eds, Neutron Scattering – Fundamentals (Academic Press, New York, 2013).

[36] F. Fernandez-Alonso and D.L. Price Eds, Neutron Scattering – Magnetic & Quantum Phenomena (Academic Press, New York, 2015).

[37] F. Fernandez-Alonso and D.L. Price Eds, Neutron Scattering – Applications in Biology, Chemistry, and Materials Science (Academic Press, New York, 2017).

 

Professional activities

Present:

• Visiting Professor at University College London, United Kingdom.

• International Joint Chair (Doppia Cattedra), Università di Roma – Tor Vergata, Italy.

• Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry with Chartered Chemist status, United Kingdom.

• Editor (with D.L. Price), Neutron Scattering – Fundamentals (2013), Neutron Scattering – Magnetic & Quantum Phenomena (2015), and Neutron Scattering – Applications in Biology, Chemistry, and Materials Science (2017), Academic Press, U.S.A.

• Invited Lecturer, The John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science and The Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science and Technology, United Kingdom.

• Committee member and Faraday representative, Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Physics Neutron Scattering Group, United Kingdom.

 

Past:

• Erasmus Docente, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy (2013).

• Professeur Invité, Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée, Université d'Orléans, France (2010-2011).

• Impact Fellow and Visiting Professor, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom (2011-2015).

• Editor, ISIS Annual Review, United Kingdom (2010-2012).

• Associate Lecturer in Chemistry, The Open University, United Kingdom (2003-2006).

• Individual-merit Marie Curie Research Fellow, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy (2001-2003).

• Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University, USA (2000).

• PhD candidate, Stanford University, USA (1995-1999).

• Elihu-Root pre-doctoral Fellow, Hamilton College and SRI International, USA (1994).

• Unilever Prize in Physical Chemistry, Imperial College London, United Kingdom (1993).



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