Anthony Cheetham

Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, Materials Research Laboratory and Materials


3013 Materials Research Laboratory
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Materials Research Areas: 


Fellow of the Royal Society, London; Treasurer and Vice-President, 2012-2017
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow/Foreign Member of Pakistan, Indian, German and World Academies of Science
Docteur Honoris Causa, Universities of Versailles, St. Andrews, Warwick, Tumkur

International Gold Medal for Materials Science and Technlogy, MRSI, India

Research Description: 

Professor Tony Cheetham is widely known for his work on the synthesis and characterization of functional inorganic and hybrid materials. Early work focused on the development of methods by which unknown crystal structures could be obtained from polycrystalline materials using high-resolution synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction. These methods, complemented by magic-angle spinning NMR and electron microscopy, were applied to a wide range of new materials, including aluminosilicate zeolites, nanoporous nickel phosphates, new materials for natural gas conversion, and phosphors for solid state lighting. Later work in the area of both porous and dense metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) led to the discovery of multiferroic and amorphous/glassy MOFs, as well as lead-free hybrid perovskites for optoelectronic applications.


M.A. University of Oxford
D.Phil. University of Oxford