Andrew Evans

Head of The Department of Physics (Professor)

Contact Details

Room Number..........:  2.49
Building....................:  Physical Sciences
Phone.......................:   +44 (0)1970 622800
E-Mail........................:   dne


Andrew is Professor of Materials Physics and currently Director of the Institute of Mathematics and Physics. Prior to arriving at Aberystwyth, he worked with Prof. J.O. Williams in Wrexham on the characterisation of wide-gap materials and before this with Prof. K. Horn at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin, developing synchrotron radiation methods for the study of surfaces and interfaces. He graduated with a first class degree in physics from the University of Wales Cardiff and obtained his PhD in semiconductor physics under the supervision of Prof. R.H. Williams FRS.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Carbon-based Materials:

    Andrew’s principal research interests lie in the science and applications of carbon-based materials such as diamond, graphene, SiC, organic semiconductors and bio-molecules. His research group develops and applies imaging and spectroscopic methods to probe the influence of nano-scale physical, electronic and photonic properties on the functionality of materials and devices.

Teaching Areas

Modules Taught



Cooil, S.P., Mazzola, F., Klemm, H.W., Peschel, G., Niu, Y.R., Zakharov, A.A., Simmons, M.Y., Schmidt, T., Evans, D., Miwa, J.A., Wells, J.W. 2017. In Situ Patterning of Ultrasharp Dopant Profiles in Silicon. ACS Nano 11 (2) pp. 1683-1688. 10.1021/acsnano.6b07359 Cadair


Feng, C., Hu, D., Gong, K., Jiang, X., Yin, J., Cao, Y., Tang, X., Yang, F., Zhou, Z., Yu, G., Evans, D. 2016. Thickness-dependent electronic structure modulation of ferromagnetic films on shape memory alloy substrates based on a pure strain effect. Applied Physics Letters 109 (21) 212401 10.1063/1.4967996 Cadair


Cooil, S.P., Wells, J.W., Hu, D., Niu, Y.R., Zakharov, A.A., Bianchi, M., Evans, D.A. 2015. Controlling the growth of epitaxial graphene on metalized diamond (111) surface. Applied Physics Letters 107 (18) 181603 10.1063/1.4935073 Cadair

Mazzola, F., Trinh, T., Cooil, S., Østli, E.R., Høydalsvik, K., Skjønsfjell, E.T.B., Kjelstrup, S., Preobrajenski, A., Cafolla, A.A., Evans, D.A., Breiby, D.W., Wells, J.W. 2015. Graphene coatings for chemotherapy: avoiding silver-mediated degradation. 2D Materials 2 (2) 025004 10.1088/2053-1583/2/2/025004 Cadair

Bianchi, M., Song, F., Cooil, S., Monsen, A.F., Wahlström, E., Miwa, J.A., Rienks, E.D.L., Evans, D.A., Strozecka, A., Pascual, J.I., Leandersson, M., Balasubramanian, T., Hofmann, P., Wells, J.W. 2015. One-dimensional spin texture of Bi(441): Quantum spin Hall properties without a topological insulator. Physical Review B 91 (16) 165307 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.165307 Other Cadair

Heinhold, R., Reeves, R.J., Williams, G.T., Evans, D.A., Allen, M.W. 2015. Mobility of indium on the ZnO(0001) surface. Applied Physics Letters 106 (5) 051606 10.1063/1.4906868 Cadair


Heinhold, R., Cooil, S.P., Evans, D.A., Allen, M.W. 2014. Stability of the Surface Electron Accumulation Layers on the Nonpolar (1010) and (1120) Faces of ZnO. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118 (42) pp. 24575-24582. 10.1021/jp507820m Other Cadair

Williams, G.T., Cooil, S.P., Roberts, O.R., Evans, S., Langstaff, D.P., Evans, D.A. 2014. High temperature photoelectron emission and surface photovoltage in semiconducting diamond. Applied Physics Letters 105 (6) 061602 10.1063/1.4893274 Cadair

Noebels, M., Cross, R.E., Evans, D.A., Finlayson, C. 2014. Characterization of spray-coating methods for conjugated polymer blend thin films. Journal of Materials Science 49 (12) pp. 4279-4287. 10.1007/s10853-014-8123-5 Cadair


Heinhold, R., Williams, G.T., Cooil, S.P., Evans, D.A., Allen, M.W. 2013. Influence of polarity and hydroxyl termination on the band bending at ZnO surfaces. Physical Review B 88 (23) 235315 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.235315 Cadair

Evans, D.A., Vearey-Roberts, A.R., Roberts, O.R., Williams, G.T., Cooil, S.P., Langstaff, D.P., Cabailh, G., McGovern, I.T., Goss, J.P. 2013. Transport and optical gaps and energy band alignment at organic-inorganic interfaces. Journal of Applied Physics 114 (12) 123701 10.1063/1.4823518 Cadair

Evans, D.A., Roberts, O.R., Vearey-Roberts, A.R., Williams, G.T., Brieva, A., Langstaff, D.P. 2013. Molecular organization in organic semiconductor thin films observed in real time. Applied Physics Letters 102 (2) 021605 10.1063/1.4775762 Cadair

Truscott, M., Evans, D.A., Gunn, M., Hoffmann, K.F. 2013. Schistosoma mansoni Hemozoin Modulates Alternative Activation of Macrophages via Specific Suppression of Retnla Expression and Secretion. Infection and Immunity 81 (1) pp. 133-142. 10.1128/IAI.00701-12 Cadair


Cooil, S.P., Song, F., Williams, G.T., Roberts, O.R., Langstaff, D.P., Jørgensen, B., Høydalsvik, K., Breiby, D.W., Wahlström, E., Evans, D.A., Wells, J.W. 2012. Iron-mediated growth of epitaxial graphene on SiC and diamond. Carbon 50 (14) pp. 5099-5105. 10.1016/j.carbon.2012.06.050 Cadair

Heine, P.J., Williams, M.A., Williamson, E., Bridle, C., Adams, J., O'Brien, A., Evans, D., Lamb, S.E., , 2012. Development and delivery of an exercise intervention for rheumatoid arthritis: Strengthening and stretching for rheumatoid arthritis of the hand (SARAH) trial. Physiotherapy 98 (2) pp. 121-130. 10.1016/ Cadair


Langstaff, D.P., Roberts, O.R., Williams, G.T., Evans, D.A. 2011. A system for real-time in situ photoelectron spectroscopy. Diamond Light Source Proceedings. pp. e111. 10.1017/S2044820110000456 Cadair

Jones, G.O., Roberts, O.R., Williams, G.T., Langstaff, D.P., Poolton, N.R.J., Martineau, P., Fisher, D., Lawson, S., Evans, D.A. 2011. Detecting sp2-bonded carbon in diamond using optically detected X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Diamond Conference Proceeedings. pp. e131. 10.1017/S2044820110000936 Cadair

Evans, D.A., Roberts, O.R., Williams, G.T., Langstaff, D.P. 2011. Characterisation of Organic Semiconductor Growth using Real-time Electron Spectroscopy. MRS Proceedings . pp. mrsf10-1318-uu09-05. 10.1557/opl.2011.270 Cadair


Evans, D.A., Vearey-Roberts, A.R., Roberts, O.R., Brieva, A., Bushell, A., Williams, G.T., Langstaff, D.P., Cabailh, G., McGovern, I.T. 2010. Real-time monitoring of the evolving morphology and molecular structure at an organic-inorganic semiconductor interface: SnPc on GaAs(001). Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 28 (4) C5F5 10.1116/1.3464769 Cadair

Williams, G.T., Roberts, O.R., Evans, S., Langstaff, D.P., Evans, D.A. 2010. High-temperature electronic structure of the diamond (111) surface. Diamond Conference Abstracts 2010. Cadair


Evans, D.A., Roberts, O.R., Williams, G.T., Vearey-Roberts, A.R., Bain, F., Evans, S., Langstaff, D.P., Twitchen, D.J. 2009. Diamond-metal contacts: Interface barriers and real-time characterization. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 21 (36) 364223 10.1088/0953-8984/21/36/364223 Cadair

Langstaff, D.P., Evans, D.A., Roberts, O.R., Zhu, X. 2009. Progress on the Aberystwyth electron counting array. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 604 (1-2) pp. 133-135. 10.1016/j.nima.2009.01.040 Cadair


Evans, D.A., Evans, S., Jones, G.O., McGlynn, A.G., Poolton, N.R.J., Roberts, O.R., Williams, G.T., Fisher, D., Lawson, S., Martineau, P. 2008. Detecting sp2-bonded carbon in natural and synthetic diamond using Optically-Detected X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy. Diamond Conference Abstracts. Cadair

Evans, D.A., McGlynn, A.G., Towlson, B.M., Gunn, M., Jones, D., Jenkins, T.E., Winter, R., Poolton, N.R.J. 2008. Determination of the optical band-gap energy of cubic and hexagonal boron nitride using luminescence excitation spectroscopy. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 20 (7) 075233 10.1088/0953-8984/20/7/075233 Cadair


Evans, D.A., Roberts, O.R., Vearey-Roberts, A.R., Langstaff, D.P., Twitchen, D., Schwitters, M. 2007. Direct observation of Schottky to Ohmic transition in Al-diamond contacts using real-time photoelectron spectroscopy. Applied Physics Letters 91 132114 10.1063/1.2790779 Cadair


Evans, D.A., Vearey-Roberts, A.R., Poolton, N.R. 2006. Locating hexagonal and cubic phases in boron nitride using wavelength-selective optically detected x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Applied Physics Letters 89 (16) 10.1063/1.2360910 Cadair Other

Poolton, N., Towlson, B.M., Hamilton, B., Evans, D.A. 2006. New instrumentation for micro-imaging X-ray absorption spectroscopy using optical detection methods. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 246 (2) pp. 445-451. 10.1016/j.nimb.2006.01.013 Cadair

Brieva, A., Jenkins, T., Jones, D.G., Strössner, F., Evans, D.A., Clark, G.F. 2006. Internal structure of copper(II)-phthalocyanine thin films on SiO2/Si substrates investigated by grazing incidence x-ray reflectometry. Journal of Applied Physics 99 (7) pp. 73504. 10.1063/1.2180399 Cadair

Towlson, B.M., Evans, D.A., Poolton, N., Hamilton, B. 2006. Synchrotron-laser interactions in hexagonal boron nitride: an examination of charge trapping dynamics at the boron K-edge. New Journal of Physics 8 (5) pp. 76. 10.1088/1367-2630/8/5/076 Other Cadair


Chase, T.R., Evans, D.A., Langstaff, D., Bushell, A. 2005. A fully integrated multi-channel detector for electron spectroscopy. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 238 (1-4) pp. 219-223. 10.1016/j.nimb.2005.06.187 Cadair

Hamilton, B., Poolton, N., Evans, D.A. 2005. Synchrotron-laser pump-probe luminescence spectroscopy: Correlation of electronic defect states with x-ray absorption in wide-gap solids. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 38 (9) pp. 1478-1484. 10.1088/0022-3727/38/9/023 Other Cadair


Evans, D.A., Steiner, H.J., Evans, S., Middleton, R., Jones, T.S., Park, S., Kampen, T.U., Zahn, D.R.T., Cabailh, G., McGovern, I.T. 2003. Copper phthalocyanine on InSb(111)A—interface bonding, growth mode and energy band alignment. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 15 (38) S2729 10.1088/0953-8984/15/38/011 Cadair