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Dr Finlay D. Morrison

Dr Finlay D. Morrison


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Finlay Morrison obtained his PhD in solid-state chemistry (University of Aberdeen 1999) followed by PDRA positions in the Engineering Materials Department, University of Sheffield (1999-2001) and the Earth Sciences Department, University of Cambridge (2001-2004). Finlay was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2004-2012) which he initially held at the University of Cambridge before joining the School of Chemistry at St Andrews in 2006. He was promoted to Reader in 2012.


Specialist areas: solid-state and materials chemistry; functional materials; electroceramic oxides.

Finlay contributes to undergraduate teaching at both sub-honours and honours levels providing lectures for CH1402 Inorganic and Physcial Chemistry (Properties of Solids, 10 lectures); CH3712 Quantum Theory of Atoms, Molecules and Solids (Advanced Solid-State Chemistry, 8 lectures; 2 workshops), CH4453 Materials Distance Learning (Polymers, 10 lectures), CH4715 Functional Materials (8 lectures; 2 workshops, Module Convenor). Finlay also convenes the CH1402 Inorganic and Physcial Chemistry lab and provides Solid-State Chemistry content for the CH4421 Research Skills Lab; he also takes tutorials for CH1402 Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, CH2701 Physical Chemistry and acts as academic monitor for CH4441 External Placements and supervisor for undergraduate research projects (CH4442-CH5441). Finlay also provides extra-curricular development for undergraduates by coordinating Summer Research Projects and acting as Chemistry Careers Link.

Research areas

My research focusses on functional inorganic materials (piezo-, pyro-, ferroelectrics and also multiferroics) for electronic applications. Activities encompass both development of new materials and understanding of the role of intrinsic (composition, crystal structure) and extrinsic (interfaces, processing) factors on the performance of materials. Our approach is to use in-depth structural studies, using x-ray and neutron powder diffraction techniques, in combination with extensive electrical characterisation using immittance/dielectric spectroscopy, polarisation-field, and pyroelectric current measurements.

PhD supervision

  • Grant Howieson
  • Jiyu Tian
  • Hang Liu

Selected publications


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