Andrew Ian Cooper

Andy Cooper
Andrew Cooper at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2015
Andrew Ian Cooper
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham (PhD)
Scientific career
FieldsMaterials chemistry
Doctoral advisorMartyn Poliakoff
Other academic advisors

Andrew Ian Cooper FRS is Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool.


Cooper was educated at the University of Nottingham where he was awarded a PhD[title missing] for research supervised by Martyn Poliakoff.


After his PhD, Cooper held a number of postdoctoral research positions. He is an 1851 Research Fellowship and a Royal Society NATO Research Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he worked with Joseph DeSimone. He then held a Ramsay Memorial Research Fellowship at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis at the University of Cambridge, working with Andrew Bruce Holmes. He moved to the University of Liverpool in 1999 where he has worked ever since.

Awards and honours

Cooper was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2015. His nomination reads:

Cooper is distinguished for his outstanding and broad contributions to the design-based discovery of a range of functional materials encompassing polymers prepared using supercritical fluid solvents, templated structures, nanoparticles, and porous solids. In particular, his innovative work has introduced new classes of materials such as porous organic polymers with extended conjugation, and molecular organic crystals with high levels of porosity, which have changed the perception of what is possible in this field. In collaboration with computational chemists, he has developed strategies for the supramolecular synthesis of functional molecular crystals in a more designed way.

Cooper was elected a member of the Academia Europaea in 2017.

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