UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy

Prof Angelos Michaelides

Prof Angelos Michaelides

Professor of Theoretical Chemistry

Dept of Physics & Astronomy

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2006

Research summary

Our research involves computer simulations of catalytic and environmental interfaces, aiming at reaching fundamental new understanding of elementary processes at such interfaces. Water is a major focus of our work. We are part of the London Centre for NanotechnologyDepartment of Chemistry at UCL, and the Thomas Young Centre, and we often work closely with other theoretical and experimental groups throughout Europe and beyond. 

For more information see our Group Website

Teaching summary


Queen's University of Belfast
PhD, Chemistry | 2000
Queen's University of Belfast
BSc, Chemistry | 1997


Angelos Michaelides obtained a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry in 2000 from The Queen's University of Belfast. Following this he worked as a post-doctoral research associate and junior research fellow at the University of Cambridge and then at the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow. Subsequently he was promoted to staff scientist and research group leader at the Fritz Haber Institute. In 2006 he moved to University College London, where since 2009 he has been Professor of Theoretical Chemistry.

He has received a number of honours and awards for his research including the Royal Irish Academy Young Irish Chemist of the Year (2000), a visiting professorship at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (2004), a European Young Investigator Award (2005), a European Research Council (ERC) Startup Grant and an ERC Consolidator Grant, and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2012). He was also the 2010 recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Marlow Award "For his innovative contributions in broad areas of surface and physical chemistry, with particular relevance to heterogeneous catalysis and improved understanding of the water-ice interface".  In 2012 became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Since 2011 has been Director of the Thomas Young Centre (www.thomasyoungcentre.org) and since 2013 he has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics (www.jcp.aip.org).